It’s time to invoke Betteridge’s Law of Headlines here, because the answer is a resounding no!
Steve did a great video back in January debunking this idea. There are plenty of objectively bad products. There are ones nobody should even accept as giveaways. Heck, there are ones you couldn’t pay me to take!
I see this paraded out to justify everything from service-level agreement (SLAs) breaches, to caveat emptor. An unstable platform sold as rock solid, or a fire hazard sold as a computer case, is false advertising regardless of the attached price.
I guess tacking on a “sometimes” to that platitude isn’t as punchy. Wasn’t that an Erasure song? Oooh sometimes, the truth is harder than pain inside…!