Playing With / Beat Bag

Basic Trope: A mundane product is sold as a valuable (and usually illegal) one.
  • Straight: Bob sells "marijuana" that is actually just bits and pieces of oregano.
  • Exaggerated: Bob sells wood shavings as marijuana.
  • Downplayed: Bob sells actual marijuana, but claims the pot to be a new "super-sticky" variety, when it's just a more mundane "average potency" type.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is an undercover cop in a sting operation.
    • Bob is a con artist, looking to make some quick money.
  • Inverted: Bob sells marijuana, but tells people it's only oregano.
  • Subverted: Bob hands a customer a bag of oregano, while slipping them the real product.
  • Double Subverted: Which is also not real.
  • Parodied: When the would-be stoners find out that Bob sold them oregano, they literally stone him.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob vends actual marijuana, sometimes oregano when his normal supply is running short.
  • Averted: Bob sells actual marijuana.
  • Enforced: The writers want a quick way to show off Bob's Con Artist nature while giving him victims that people will feel less sympathy for because they believe Drugs Are Bad.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey...this isn't pot! This is just oregano!"
  • Invoked: Bob, The Aggressive Drug Dealer, is running short on supply, but very high on demand. He doesn't want to tell his customers "no," so he puts oregano into bags and sells it as pot.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob knows this will anger customers. Angry customers mean lost business, and can put Bob's life and safety (and/or that of his family) at risk. So he doesn't try to pass off oregano as marijuana.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Once a customer tries the product, he realizes it is fake by the lack of effects.
  • Reconstructed: Bob sells it to people who sell it to other people, and do not use it themselves. Once the customer finds it is fake, they do not know who was responsible.
  • Implied: Bob is seen selling bags of product, but clearly does not grow marijuana or have connections to anyone who does.

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