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Walking through the isles of a grocery store can sometimes turn into a stroll down Ambush Alley. The shenanigans just keep getting worse for shoppers. Even the most astutechicken-plumping consumers can be tricked by the creative tactics they encounter at grocery stores and the trickery of food manufacturers. What's a savvy shopper to do? Read the label, and read it carefully, because chances are you'll get ripped off if you don't. Here are 5 common rip-offs that you can avoid by reading the label.

Diluted Bleach:

This one got me the other day, and only making a return kept me from being ripped off. My problem started when I picked up the cheapest bleach I could find. Bleach is bleach, right? Wrong? My mistake was picking up a private label brand called "Simply Value" from Smart & Final for the low, low price of $1.49 a gallon. They should have named it "Simply a Rip-Off" because based on the active ingredients, it was significantly more expensive than Clorox. Simply Value figured out that if you dilute normal 6% bleach to 2.75%, you can still get people to buy it at the equivalent price of $3.25 a gallon. Neat trick and since it's a store brand, the store was in on the scam. As I returned the diluted bleach, I noticed the "No Cards, No Gimmicks" sign. They'll keep half of that promise - No Cards.

Barely "Fruit" Juice

The term fruit in anything has become fairly meaningless. Take the term, "Fruit Juice Drink Blend". You would think that you are getting a blend of fruit juices. Examine CapriSun, it has a whopping 10% fruit juice. The blend is sugar and water mixed with a tiny bit of apple and grape juice concentrate. Ocean Spray has fruit drinks with cranberry and other juices but when you look at the label carefully, you'll see that it contains a meager 27% actual fruit juice. It used to be that nobody wanted cranberries and that's why they put them in the juice drinks. Now they don't even give you 100% cranberries.

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