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8th Oct '17 11:26:30 PM bfunc
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* The father of the viewpoint character in Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" was at least a part-time snake oil salesman, selling bottles of "Doctor Good".
8th Oct '17 11:16:34 PM bfunc
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* "Lily the Pink" by Scaffold (and with a young Elton John on backing vocals) is a satirical take on this; the song touts the increasingly outrageous things "Medicinal Compound" has supposedly done. "Lily the Pink's Medicinal Compound" is ''suspiciously'' close to "Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound", an actual product from the late 19th Century at least up through the Prohibition era, though its 18% alcohol content (36 proof) may have had something to do with its popularity during the latter part of that.
30th Sep '17 2:27:25 AM Hanz
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* Griftah in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is a troll vendor in Shattah City who claims to sell magical amulets, but all of his overpriced merchandise is worthless junk. While the labels on what he sells don't technically lie, they leave out big parts of truth. For instance, one of them claims that if you wear it, critters will not attack you if you don't bother them; "critters" means small, harmless mobs who are neutral to players anyway.
27th Sep '17 4:28:25 PM Temmere
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* In the children's Christmas book ''[[EmmetOttersJugbandChristmas Emmett Otter and the Jug-Band Christmas]]'', Emmett's late father was literally a snake oil salesman. He boated up and down the river selling snake oil. (A RunningGag in the book was that he was unsuccessful because "nobody wanted to oil any snakes."

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* In the children's Christmas book ''[[EmmetOttersJugbandChristmas Emmett Otter and the Jug-Band Christmas]]'', Emmett's late father was literally a snake oil salesman. He boated up and down the river selling snake oil. (A RunningGag in the book was that he was unsuccessful because "nobody wanted to oil any snakes."")


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* They show up a couple of times on ''Series/WagonTrain'', such as the title character of "The Shadrack Bennington Story" (who, while something of a con man, is basically harmless) and Jethro Creech in "The Baylor Crowfoot Story" (a bullying JerkAss).
25th Sep '17 5:36:02 PM nombretomado
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* Betty, Koko, and Bimbo in ''BettyBoop, M.D.'' sell bottles of "Jippo" (we see the bottles getting filled from a fire hydrant).

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* Betty, Koko, and Bimbo in ''BettyBoop, ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, M.D.'' sell bottles of "Jippo" (we see the bottles getting filled from a fire hydrant).
21st Aug '17 1:56:45 AM dvorak
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* Available as a character class in the SpinOff ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing''. The snake oiler actually collects snakes, and can extract a certain ammount of both their oil (a minor healing item) and their venom (poison grenades) per day. The ammount can be increased by stuffing defeated snakes into their breifcase. The description for their healing skill is "Some of your patent medicines actually work! You put them aside for yourself."
9th Aug '17 5:20:06 PM mthsla
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* An American cold war propaganda peice had a sleazy man selling "Ism" tonic, as a cure to the ills of government. A savvy would-be customer shows the side effects of it as being horrible (slave farms, no free speech, everyone is poor and under the heel of the state). The townsfolk run the con man out of town by throwing his "medicine" at him.

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* An American cold war propaganda peice piece had a sleazy man selling "Ism" tonic, as a cure to the ills of government. A savvy would-be customer shows the side effects of it as being horrible (slave farms, no free speech, everyone is poor and under the heel of the state). The townsfolk run the con man out of town by throwing his "medicine" at him.
11th Jul '17 6:55:19 PM WaterBlap
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* Website/{{Quackwatch}} dedicates itself to exposing RealLife Snake Oil Salesmen.
11th Jun '17 5:44:05 PM Gravityman
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** There's a guy like this in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Star Sapphire]]''. He doesn't offer a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. [[spoiler:After dealing with Groudon/Kyogre, an old man who claims to sell stones appears on Route 114. He speaks highly of one he offers for 40,000 [=PokéDollars=], even higher of one for 80,000, and highest of one for 150,000. But all three are Hard Stones. Two items he sells, which he claims are "for beginners" and tries to steer you away from, only cost 1,500; these are the Mega Evolution stones for the two Starters you did ''not'' choose.]]

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** There's a guy like this in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Star Alpha Sapphire]]''. He doesn't offer a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. [[spoiler:After dealing with Groudon/Kyogre, an old man who claims to sell stones appears on Route 114. He speaks highly of one he offers for 40,000 [=PokéDollars=], even higher of one for 80,000, and highest of one for 150,000. But all three are Hard Stones. Two items he sells, which he claims are "for beginners" and tries to steer you away from, only cost 1,500; these are the Mega Evolution stones for the two Starters you did ''not'' choose.]]



* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has one of these in the form of Nigel West Dickens, a major character, even mentioning the trope by name. Drinking his medicine refills your [[BulletTime Dead Eye]] meter.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has one of these in the form of Nigel West Dickens, a major character, even mentioning the trope by name. While his products definitely don't work as advertised, they do have other beneficial effects. Drinking his medicine refills your [[BulletTime Dead Eye]] meter.



** Even better, in the [[ZombieApocalypse Undead Nightmare]] {{DLC}} storyline, it turns out that his "vitality elixir" actually attracts the undead John remarks that "It's like catnip to them!". This turns out to be a good thing, since you can throw bottles of the stuff to lure the zombies away, and later you even "upgrade" it by stuffing a stick of dynamite into the bottle, making it the Wild West version of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Pipe Bomb.

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** Even better, in the [[ZombieApocalypse Undead Nightmare]] {{DLC}} storyline, it turns out that his "vitality elixir" which he sells as a zombie repellent actually attracts the undead John remarks that "It's like catnip to them!". This turns out to be a good thing, since you can throw bottles of the stuff to lure the zombies away, and later you even "upgrade" it by stuffing a stick of dynamite into the bottle, making it the Wild West version of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Pipe Bomb.
27th May '17 11:08:09 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Griftah in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is a troll vendor in Shattah City who claims to sell magical amulets, but all of his overpriced merchandise is worthless junk. While the labels on what he sells don't technically lie, they leave out big parts of truth. For instance, one of them claims that if you wear it, critters will not attack you if you don't bother them; "critters" means small, harmless mobs who are neutral to players anyway.
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