REVEALED: Australia’s ‘shonkiest’ products for 2016 named and shamed

Australia’s shonkiest products for 2016 have been revealed in the 11th annual CHOICE Shonky Awards.

Nine products and companies were named and shamed this year for reasons ranging from sneaky surcharges, dodgy diet advice and exploding mobile phones.

Consumer group Choice say they hold the shonky awards every year to oust the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers.


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“Every year CHOICE hands out Shonky Awards to manufacturers, service providers, and especially marketers and advertisers. They win the title of Shonky for misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service,” a description of the Shonky awards reads.

Below are a list of the nine products dubbed the worst of 2016.

Samsung: For Selling a Product That’s Too Hot To Handle

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American Express: For Sneaky Surcharges

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Camel Milk Victoria: For Milking the Truth

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Cash Converters: For Best Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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Green and Clean: For Claims as Thin as Air

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Kelloggs Pringles: For Chipping Away at your Wallet

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Medical Weightloss Institute: For Dodgy Diet Advice

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Nestle Milo: For Sugar-Coating Health Claims

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Vanish Preen Powerpowder: For Fast Action Money Removal

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