The Shonky Awards have just wrapped up. There were winners and those winners were losers. All-in-all it was a good day for publically shaming some of Australia’s top brands for misleading consumers and misrepresenting their products.
Personally I’m just happy that Pringles got called out for its terrible decision to move to a box I can’t get my goddamn hands inside.
Here are the winners (losers) of the Shonkys, including Choice’s reasoning for giving them the gong…
“Fresh from offloading 144,000 dodgy top loader washing machines the global tech giant doubled down and put 51,060 potentially dangerous Galaxy Note7s on the market. We think it’s time for Samsung to put consumers’ safety ahead of brand protection.”
“Reckitt Benckiser’s fast action money removal strategy is nothing short of genius:
“Create a bright pink bottle
“Give it a flash sounding name like Vanish Preen Powerpowder Clean and Fresh Large Area Carpet Cleaner
“Make incredible claims like “revolutionary product to clean and refresh your carpet” with five times more dirt removal and a “fast drying action”
“Charge a whopping $14.70 a bottle
“What a shame it fails to outperform water in CHOICE tests. One thing it will clean out is your wallet.”
Medical Weightloss Institute
“MWI serves up a drug program that promises you won’t have to work out to lose weight, or even eat less. It clipped one consumer a staggering $4400 for the program, which was apparently half price. One thing is certain, your wallet will certainly be thousands of dollars lighter, but you’re unlikely to shed the kilos. Safety warning: one of the drugs – – being prescribed has been withdrawn from sale in Australia by our regulator, the TGA. It may cause headaches, nausea and seizures!”
Green and Clean’s bottled air
“Although they dropped the pack price from $4.10 to $4.00, making you think you’ll get more for your money, Kellogg’s actually increased the unit price of Pringles by then reducing the tub and chip size. The tubes decreased by 8.9%, the average Pringle length dropped a staggering 9.7% and the weight fell 10.7% from 150g to 134g. With the price per 100g jumping from $2.73 to $2.99, that’s an increase of 9.5%. And they also increased the saturated fat content by a staggering 60%.”
Camel Milk Victoria
“It claims camel milk is “known to help improve the immune system by fighting off bacteria and infections and aid those who have autism, diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer, stomach ulcers and more.” CHOICE has referred Camel Milk Victoria to the food regulator.”