People still get away with old tricks because we still fall for them! Here are 11 of the “oldest tricks in the book” – do you still fall for any of these?
I Forgot My Wallet
They’ll order everything on the menu, but as soon as the bill arrives, they’ll feign guilt and pull the “I forgot my wallet” crowd. We don’t believe them, but what will we do, not pay the bill?
The best way to get someone to do something is to act like they shouldn’t.
Bait and Switch
Advertise a fantastic product and deliver a flop. The good ‘ole bait and switch is so old it was one of the first recorded examples of a merchant complaint in history.
The Bait and Switch’s sister, the Switcheroo, swaps something important for something ordinary. Plenty of heists use switcheroos when they replace valuables with fakes.
Passing the Buck
Like a game of hot potato, the blame gets passed around until someone settles on a fall guy.
The Check is in the Mail
The promise of payment for services rendered by a check at some undisclosed time in the future is a trick hardly anyone still falls for.
Made You Look
Convincing someone to look away by claiming something interesting is happening is a favored prank, but at one time, it helped escape confrontations. It worked for Marty McFly.
Good Cop, Bad Cop
The criminal justice system employs two cops for questioning: the mean cop who hates you and the good cop who’s trying to help you. Pro tip: neither cop wants to help you out.
Magicians use razzle-dazzle to distract your attention from their sleight of hand, but many others do it, too. Can you spot it?
Creating a Problem, Selling a Solution
Companies get rich off fake problems. They’ll create an issue and manipulate people into buying into their solution for it.
10 Examples of Manufactured Problems
Don’t believe us? Here are 10 problems companies created that the public pays to solve.
All The Things People Say in Romance
People constantly trick potential romantic partners. Men lie about their intentions while women play hard to get. Everyone dances around the truth in the dating game to get the best outcomes for themselves.
Hard Work Pays Off
Maybe hard work used to pay off, but it doesn’t anymore. Here’s why people no longer think it pays to try harder.
Conspiracy Theories That Might Just Be True
Some conspiracy theories are far more believable than others. Here are some we can get on board with.
You Can Be Anything if You’re Rich
Millions of children had their childhood dreams dashed when the harsh realities of adulthood set in. Most of us can’t be whatever we want. Many careers require years of expensive schooling, which most of us can’t afford, or only offer positions based on nepotism. Hard work and talent aren’t always enough.
Be True To Yourself
To live a happy, healthy, life, you must be true to yourself. It can be hard to be ourselves when society wants to force us to be something we’re not. Here are 16 ways to be unapologetically you.