Marketers want their products and services to be noticed and applauded, but sometimes the attempt backfires. When it does, our eagle-eyed readers let us know, submitting examples of rip-offs, poorly worded ads, half-empty packaging, outlandish claims, and goofs that have made them laugh out loud.

Summertime Slipups

These ads are a hot mess. 


Is It Live or Is It Styrofoam?
Let's just hope it doesn't drink all the beer!
Submitted by Jim Krause of Maple Grove, Minn. 


Your Ship Is Coming In
If this Caribbean cruise really stops at the Grand Canyon, it truly will be a "one-of-kind" experience.
Submitted by Susan Heitsch of Palatine, Ill. 


Gives New Meaning to 'Signing Off'
Seems like you can do just about everything on the internet these days.
Submitted by Jim DeMont of Medford, Ore.


You've Heard of the Tiny House Trend?
But with 10-inch-high ceilings, even Barbie would be too tall for this dream house.
Submitted by Chris Myers of Tucson, Ariz.


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Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.