12 Common Placebo Products That Don't Actually Do Anything

It pays to be an informed consumer - literally. You can save big money by being aware of outrageous product claims, or even subtle claims that are insidiously deceptive. Sometimes, there are products that don't work as advertised, and the only way you can combat scam products is by being aware of what you're buying.

And just because a celebrity is backing a product doesn't necessarily give it validity. Such was the case with Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke backing Skechers Shape-ups, the shoes that supposedly toned your legs merely by walking around in them. Many angry customers and a $40 million lawsuit later, and Skechers is probably wishing they hadn't made quite so many outlandish claims.

The general rule of thumb is that if it sounds too good to be true (like "fat burning" body wraps), it usually is. But what about something as innocuous sounding as rental car insurance? That's where it pays off to do your research because standard auto insurance will provide coverage for rental cars a solid 95% of the time.

Read on to discover some surprising placebo products so you don't fall prey to false claims!