10 Ways Manipulative Marketing Tactics Sell You Things You Don’t Really Need

America is a consumerist society, and an endless number of brands and products are constantly competing for your time and money — even in people who don’t necessarily need what they’re selling. Here are ten ways manipulative marketing tactics convince consumers to purchase products or services that are not only frivolous, but often useless as well.

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