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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.

These Signs Bite

We’ve got a bone to pick with the pet products and places below.


That’s a Very Short Dog Walk
Perhaps not the most dog-friendly park, we’d say.
Submitted by Ryan Johnson, Austin, TX


Only the Toy Fish Is for Sale
You have to purchase the kitty separately.
Submitted by B. Hamilton, via email


A Surprising Place to Buy Dog Treats
We’re wondering whether they’d be safe to eat.
Submitted by Dan Kline, New York City


Boneheaded Deal
Chew on this: These treats are on sale for about three times the regular price.
Submitted by Tom McNally, as seen in Grand Rapids, MI


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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