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.

The Sales of Summertime

The living may be easy, but making sense of these ads is hard. 


Wizard of Odd
Gee, that looks an awful lot like a hand to us.
Submitted by Margaret Huddy of Alexandria, Va.


Breakfast of Champions
'Cause it's 5 o'clock somewhere . . .
Submitted by Cherryl Walker and Marty Hill of Grants Pass, Ore.


A 'Reel' Opportunity
Well, maybe catfish are especially good at serving up gizzards?
Submitted via email 


Tea-Totaler
Kind of a buzzkill if you were counting on a tall glass of sweet stuff.
Submitted by Barry Burns of Tenaha, Texas


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness. 

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