The Best of the Shonky Awards


Let’s face it, we all like a good deal. In fact a lot of people thrive on the search for a bargain. But as we are all aware, some things are just too good to be true. Here are a few of the Shonky Award winners over the past years that we thought were worth a mention.


lemon • Chery J1 (2011) – roof racks that are for cosmetic purposes only. There is a warning sticker on the inside of the windscreen stating “Roof rails are for cosmetic purpose only. Do not use”. So is there really a point?

• Glaceau Vitamin Water (2008) – not so healthy water. Containing a third of your recommended daily sugar intake, and less than 1% fruit juice, there aren’t too many vitamins to be found in this drink. Instead what you can find is artificial colours and flavouring.

• Airobe Luxury Body Dryer (2008) – the alternative to a towel. Don’t feel like drying yourself after a shower? Then why not spend $1345 on a body dryer fan that will do it for you? Claiming it is better for the environment as you don’t have to wash towels, you will only break even on your investment after 20 years due to electricity costs!

• Coles $10 Meals (2010) – feed a family of 4 on $10 (plus another $20). Turns out it will cost you $10 if you have most of the ingredients in your fridge and that the person on the check out lets you buy 1 tablespoon of oil or ½ a cup of flour. Otherwise you’re looking at paying up to $40 instead!

• Peachy Pink shape wear (2011) – green tea, peach and caffeine infused underwear. Forget diets and exercise, just wear this underwear for 8 hours a day, for 21 days and it is “clinically proven” you will lose inches & reduce cellulite. The problem; there is no evidence or clinical studies to prove their claims are true.

You can find all the winners on the Choice website here.

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