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.

Get the Hook

We think we'll be passing on these dubious offers. 


A photo of the lip and eye remover.

In the Eye of the Beholder
This gives new meaning to the saying "Beauty is only skin deep."
Submitted by Eric Chan of Chatham, N.J.


A photo of the dubious coffee offer.

Buzzed & Bewildered
Hankering for a seventh cup of morning joe? Then you've got more problems than this freebie can fix.
Submitted by Walter Taffarello of West New York, N.J.


Subway's dubious offer.

Subpar
If that's Subway's idea of a deal, we'll be lunching elsewhere.
Submitted by Larry Birchfield of Raleigh, N.C.


A sign that says

Locally Sourced
Should nonresidents be thrown back into the pond?
Submitted by Tom Kenzik of Mount Pleasant, S.C.


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