14 Products That Don’t Work as They Should But People Still Buy Them

In a world full of innovative gadgets, some products just don’t live up to the hype. Scroll to see the products that people regret spending their hard-earned cash on.

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#1 Cardboard “Tear Here” Packages

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“Any cardboard package with perforated “Tear Here” lines. They never tear there.”

Commenters lament the eternal struggle with these deceptive packages. Despite the bold “Tear Here” lines, these boxes always seem to thwart our attempts to open them neatly. It’s like they’re playing a never-ending game of hide-and-seek with the tear line, leaving us frustrated and flustered.

#2 Detox Products

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“Anything that is supposed to cleanse, flush, or remove “toxins” from one’s body.”

From teas to foot pads, these detox products promise to cleanse our bodies of mysterious “toxins.” Yet, as some users pointed out, our bodies are already equipped with a pretty efficient detox system – the liver and kidneys. So, why do we continue to fall for these dubious products? It’s a question that has left many scratching their heads.

#3 Copper Bracelets

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“Those silly copper bracelets that supposedly do everything from healing things to fixing your golf game.”

Some users shared their experiences with those copper bracelets that claim to have superpowers. While they might make for fashionable wrist-wear, their miraculous claims seem to be as elusive as a hole-in-one on the golf course.

#4 The Sims 4 Expansion Packs

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“The Sims 4 expansion packs.”

Gamers know the allure of expansion packs, but many feel that The Sims 4 takes it to a whole new level. Commenters wonder if these packs are just an excuse for EA to empty our pockets while adding, well, not a whole lot. The allure of virtual life keeps us hooked, expansion pack after expansion pack.

#5 Axe Body Spray

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“Pretty sure no woman has smelled Axe body spray and thought ‘I really want to have sex with him, he smells amazing!’”

It seems that no matter how much Axe body spray you douse yourself in, it doesn’t quite turn you into an irresistible magnet for the opposite sex, as the commercials might suggest. Many users can’t help but chuckle at the idea that the scent alone will seal the deal.

#6 Flushable Wipes

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“Flushable Wipes. I don’t care what the packaging says.”

Despite what the packaging claims, flushable wipes seem to cause more plumbing headaches than they’re worth. Many users are left questioning the validity of the “flushable” label as they deal with clogs and blockages in their plumbing.

#7 Gas Cans with Safety Spouts

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“Gas cans with their mandated safety spouts. It takes two hands to operate them. Very unwieldy, especially when filling small tools like chainsaws. Often leads to spillage.”

#8 Fabric Softener

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“Fabric softener ruins the absorbent power of your bath towels.”

The battle between soft and absorbent leaves us questioning whether dryer sheets are truly our allies.

#9 Personal Antivirus Software

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“Personal AntiVirus software. It all sucks and doesn’t effectively work. And even then, the most effective is actually Windows Defender which is built in and free. Source: working in cyber security, including in malware for 10+ years.”

With insight from someone in the field of cyber security, it’s clear that personal antivirus software doesn’t quite live up to its promise. The consensus seems to be that even the built-in and free Windows Defender outperforms many paid alternatives.

#10 Hulu’s No Ads Plan

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“Hulu No Ads plan. Still laden with plenty of ads despite the name. What am I paying for?”

Hulu’s “No Ads” plan may sound like a dream come true, but as some users have pointed out, it’s not quite ad-free. Despite the promising name, you might still find yourself subjected to a surprising number of ads. The mystery of why we pay for something that still makes us watch commercials remains unsolved.

#11 Insurance

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“Insurance, only because they look for 100 ways to not pay you.”

While insurance is a necessity, many users express their frustration with the industry’s tendency to find countless ways to avoid paying claims. It’s a love-hate relationship, with users reluctantly shelling out premiums while hoping they never have to navigate the labyrinthine world of insurance loopholes.

#12 Pumpkin Carving Kits

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“Those pumpkin carving kits that are sold every single Halloween with the tiny tools that break immediately.”

Pumpkin carving kits, complete with tiny tools prone to breakage, leave some users doubting their value. Every Halloween, these kits hit the shelves, complete with tiny tools that seem tailor-made to break within minutes. Commenters question whether they’re worth the investment, considering the yearly disappointment they bring.

#13 Q-tips

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“I mean Q-tips do work for the purpose they are made for. But 99% of people who buy it, buy it for a different purpose.”

Q-tips are designed for cleaning ears, but as some users humorously point out, very few people seem to use them for their intended purpose. It’s one of those products that everyone has at home, though it’s unclear why.

#14 Natural Deodorant

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“Natural deodorant.”

For those seeking an alternative to traditional deodorants, natural deodorants promise a chemical-free solution. However, some users find themselves questioning the effectiveness, especially on particularly sweaty days when “natural” may not cut it.

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12 Of The Craziest Things Overheard on a Plane

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