Businesses have one main goal: profits.
They will go to any length to get them, even if it means fooling their customers or using dubious tactics to get them to spend more.
Big companies have many tricks and secrets they don’t want their customers to know.
Once we learn their sneaky tricks, we could decided we don’t want to buy their produts, which they don’t want.
Companies deliberately sabotage their products so you will upgrade
A practice called “planned obsolescence” means the deliberate sabotage of an item by its manufacturer.
Manufacturers do it to push you to upgrade to a more current version of their product.
Last year Apple was in the news when it was blamed for hindering down older phones to drive users to buy newer makes.
Apple is not the only company guilty of this; they were just the only ones to get caught.
Mobile companies such as Apple can discreetly put in a code to their updates, or firms that don’t have updates will sabotage the product when they are making it.
They use low-quality materials in certain parts of the product, ensuring it will break after a few years.
Carmakers are well-known for this, hence why they release new models of vehicles each year.
However, this is not illegal in the United States, but it is in France, where you could be fined if you’re to blame for slowing down older makes forcing customers to upgrade.
Hardly anyone needs gluten-free food
Gluten free is big business, but only one in 100 people suffer from celiac disease in the US.
Businesses and health practitioners have realized to be more innovative and, perhaps, deceitful in their marketing strategies since people have become more mindful about their health.
Gluten-free foods are one of the more recent scams, and loads of people are falling for them. We know this because carbohydrates such as bread and pasta have declined in sales while their ‘gluten-free versions’ have seen a boost in sales.
These days, confectioners, bakeries, and stores have a gluten-free version of practically every product, including food that doesn’t even have gluten.
Someone took the gluten-free frenzy and made a gluten-free dating website.
The gluten-free industry that has jumped up in the last couple of years is a hoax.
But the fact is gluten does not affect the majority of people.
The only individuals who need gluten-free foods are those impacted by celiac disease, which is a medical condition that renders the body’s immune system to attack gluten.
Just 1 in every 100 individuals suffers from this disease, and they were the ones who initially got gluten-free medications.
Bottled water is just tap water
Over half of bottled water sold in the US is standard tap water which has just been put through a filter.
Fluoride is removed in the filtering process, which leaves buyers at risk of tooth decay.
Taking out the fluoride from bottled water is one of the reasons that people say tap water is more suitable than bottled water, but tap water is much more regulated than bottled water.
For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency mandates that fluoride is added to tap water. However, no company insists that it should be put in bottled water.
Bottled water companies are also keen on glorifying their products with meaningless words like ” glacier water” and “mountain water.”
Supermarkets add carbon monoxide to make meat redder
This sounds crazy, but it’s true.
Most people believe the redness of meat indicates how fresh it is, but this isn’t always the case.
Supermarkets cover the meat with a small amount carbon monoxide, the same toxic gas emitted in car exhausts, to make it red, and even when it’s expired, it will stay red.
Meat usually turns gray or brown a few days after its cut, so the meat industry created modified atmosphere packaging to stop this.
Consumers have tried to stop the meat industry from using harmful carbon monoxide in their products; however, the meat industry states it will persist in using carbon monoxide as consumers will not buy meat that is not fresh.