14 Underhanded Marketing Tactics That Are Creepily Common

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Advertising and marketing requires a certain amount of shiftiness, because it's all geared to hack your brain into buying something you don't need. But disturbingly often, companies go past persuasion and into overt sketchiness, in their quest to relieve you of your money.

We asked readers to hold their noses and take a deep dive into the more troubling techniques marketing professionals use when they're planning commercials and other promotions. Brace yourself for a truly disheartening glimpse into corporate greed.

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Entry by John E.

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Coolhunting is a marketing technique that picks out the popular kids and interviews them, to predict trends. In addition to hidden-camera focus grou

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Entry by CornishPlasty

RAGKEID RON DeCoy pricing A tactic that increases the sales of high-profit items by creating another mid-range version solely to make the pricier vers

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Entry by masta_X

Have you ever been outraged at an advert that makes you go; How did this sh*t get past the editor?! This is a marketing technique known as Shock Adv

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Marketing experts disguise data-gathering into a fun quiz or game. WHICH BREED Dog OF ARE YOU That way, they don't have to search for participants, th

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Entry by MonikaScott

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Have YOU Ever Talked About Something With A Friend And The Next Day You See An Ad About It? MIlllons UP TO $600 PLUS DE of GET lfustratlons 60 DAYS CO

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CRACKEDc COM The Gruen Transfer A manipulative technique that makes a shopper more susceptable to unplanned purchases through intentionally confusing

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Entry by Andrea Meno

In their TV ads, Hollywood studios like showing fans falling all over themselves to praise a movie. waking neD Devine Sometimes, the fans are studio

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Entry by Tee Ngin Rui

Troll marketing is when brands shame their own customers on social CRAGN media or in ads. For instance, they may make a sarcastic statement based on

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Entry by Andrea Meno

More and more, music artists are writing new songs just for brands. Wiz Khalifa and his son dunking Oreos in the Playful 4 Life music video For exam

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Entry by Tee Ngin Rui

Brands are exploiting internet outrage, creating mini-backlashesf for marketing. For instance, using inflammatory words like kill is more likely to

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Love bidding in online auctions? Careful not to fall prey to shill bidders. BID BID BID BID T Shady online sellers will use another account to bid on

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Neuromarketing, a growing trend, involves observing how people's brain activity responds to products. It's as creepy as you think: companies hook cons