Illustration of store prices.

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.

Don't Be Fooled by These Signs

Some postings just can’t be believed.


Photo of dry cleaner's with 0 percent off sign.

Taken to the Cleaners
Who advertises that you’ll be paying full price?
Submitted by Sam Whiting, Seattle


Screenshot of JetBlue restrictions listing every day of the week.

The Discount You Actually Can’t Get
This special airfare can be yours . . . when JetBlue invents an eighth day of the week.
Submitted by J LeCapitaine, via email


Photo of sign directing wheelchair users to take the stairs.

Watch Out for Those Steps!
Not exactly safe for wheelchairs, we’d say.
Submitted by Jim Metz, as seen in Honolulu

Photo of Hilton Garden Inn advertisement.

Good Help Is Hard to Find
Want room service or extra towels? This may not be the hotel for you.
Submitted by Michele Hake, via email


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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the February 2022 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.