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Shonkys 2016

Presenting the 2016 Shonky Awards! From camel milk to credit cards, we've scoured the country looking for the dodgiest health claims, the shiftiest marketing tactics, and the downright worst products for sale. 

To qualify for this prestigious award, a product must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Flaws, faults or failed a standard
  • Lack of transparency
  • False claims or broken promises
  • Consumer detriment or confusion
  • Poor value for money
  • Has the propensity to outrage or amuse

The Shonky Awards name and shame the worst goods and services sold in Australia. Our goal is to expose the ways businesses lie to, trick and rip off consumers, and how they weasel around the standards in place to protect Australian consumers.

Shonkys 2016 winners


The Shonky Award for... Selling a Product That’s Too Hot To Handle.

American Express

The Shonky Award for... Sneaky Surcharges

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Camel Milk Victoria

The Shonky Award for... Milking the Truth

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Cash Converters

The Shonky Award for... Best Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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Green and Clean

The Shonky Award for... Claims as Thin as Air

Kelloggs Pringles

The Shonky Award for... Chipping Away at your Wallet

Medical Weightloss Institute

The Shonky Award for... Dodgy Diet Advice

Vanish Preen Powerpowder

The Shonky Award for... Fast Action Money Removal

Nestle Milo

The Shonky Award for... Sugar-Coating Health Claims

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