When you really think about it, a whole lot of products out there are most likely sold because of the placebo effect.

I’ll let you think of some for a minute…

Okay, now that you have your answers, see how they compare to the way folks responded to this question on AskReddit.

1. Let’s get funky.

“My friend is a music engineer. His recording studio setup had a stand-alone panel with a switch that just said “Funk.”

Whenever a picky recording artist was never content with a mix, he would flip the funk switch and have them listen again. The switch did nothing, but the artists always agreed that it sounded way better…”

2. Must be worth it.

“When I deliver commissioned creative work the same or next day, folks assume I didn’t spend enough time on it.

People are thrilled if I wait three days to driver because they feel I worked on their assignment nonstop even if I was finished a day or two before.”

3. Amazing.

“There was an airport where people complained that their luggage didn’t arrive fast enough after they got off the plane.

So the airport, instead of changing the luggage arrival time, simply routed the passengers through a circuitous path that added some delay to the time they arrived at baggage claim.

Passenger satisfaction went up even though nothing really changed.”

4. Don’t need them.

“Products claiming to “Detoxify your body!”

No, your organs flush most things out the system itself.”

5. That’s nice, honey.

“My wife does essential oils…

I think it smells nice but doesn’t actually do anything.”

6. Parenting 101.

“My kid was having trouble sleeping and asked if I had anything that could help her. I told her about Melatonin and went to my CAR to get her some (surprise, surprise). I returned and handed her a Tic-Tac.

The next day, she yelled at me because she went asleep right away after taking it and couldn’t wake up the next day – she was drowsy all day.

I had a good laugh at my own expense.”

7. Nonsense.

“Those copper bracelets that claim to do some magnetic bulls**t to improve your joints and flexibility or some nonsense.”

8. Sounds dangerous.

“Those amber bead necklaces people put on their kids and claim it helps with teething, because the amber gets magically absorbed into their skin.

Just a str**gulation risk more than anything.”

9. It is what it is.

“Cellulite creams/ brushes/ potions.

There is nothing that can be done to eradicate cellulite in women because it’s how our collagen is structured to keep fat in place. Men have a crisscross structure where as in women it’s vertical with more gaps.

Yes you can build muscle and loose fat to shrink the fat cell sizes so it’s less noticeable (sometimes almost invisible), but no amount of creams or brushes or any bs will change how your fat is distributed.”

10. It’s all a mystery…


People really believe a pretty rock can change their entire lives nowadays.”

11. FYI.

“Any paracetamol products that are solely aimed for period pains, and are advertised as being a cure for them.

It’s just normal Paracetamol in pink packaging.”

12. Hmmm…

“Dan Ackroyd’s Crystal Head vodka.

I love his movies but I heard him pushing it relentlessly on Joe Rogan, and he’s a stright-up snake oil salesman. He was going on about how “pure” it was and how “everybody loves it because it’s got no toxins”. His USP was that this was basically a magic wellness product that was amazingly good for you.

Well firstly, that’s bulls**t because it’s still f**king vodka, al**hol is literally just a toxin. It’s always gonna be bad for you.

Next, he claimed it was “filtered through diamonds” which end up yellow after the process, showing how many “toxins” the “diamonds” had extracted.

I looked into it, turns out it’s poured over bits of quartz (which is very different to “filtered through diamonds”). And s**t like that is often full of heavy metals, arsenic etc etc. You’re basically just mixing in industrial mining slurry with cheap vodka.

And quartz is an inert mineral, it won’t filter jack s**t. Some oily contaminants might stick to it, but that’s about it.

Really annoyed me because he was talking as if it was some sort of elixir of life, when in reality it’s probably an exceptionally toxic vodka that’s (imho) well over the line into delusion and false advertising.

If you’re gonna drink, then drink. It’s bad for you but it’s fun. Don’t try and fool yourself into thinking you have some some new-agey cheat-code that means getting blackout is somehow good for your body.”

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