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 ripoffs, poorly worded ads, half-empty packaging, outlandish claims, and goofs that have made them laugh out loud.

Spring Is in the Air

No matter what the season, it's funny business as usual on these silly signs, ads, and labels. 


Niños Nachos
Gives new meaning to "the children's menu."
Submitted by Edward Bass of Burbank, Ill. 


Start Making Cents
A penny saved is . . . well, a penny.
Submitted by Maureen Thurston of Pickerington, Ohio


An Inconvenient Truth?
"Probably a good thing they took the day off," wrote Jeff and Chris McGee of Nampa, Idaho.


A Weighty Typo
Unless she's Tinker Bell, we bet this model weighs more than 40 pounds. (And yes, we know "capacity" is spelled wrong.)
Submitted by Jeffrey Thomson of LaGrange, Ohio


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See our Selling It archives for previously-published silliness. 

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