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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.

Supermarket Madness

If these signs are to be believed, strange things are happening at stores this spring.


Something Stinks
Think skipping your a.m. shower is responsible for that odor in the produce aisle? Blame the smelly durian fruit instead.
Submitted by Eric, via email


Good Thing They Have 9 Lives
Cat lovers may want to skip this section.
Submitted by Travis McCann, Sacramento, CA


A Very Pricey Pie
This is a pretty flaky amount to pay for a frozen crust.
Submitted by Rosemary Brining, via email


Penny Wise, Pounds Foolish
You’d have to eat a whole lot of ice cream for these savings to add up.
Submitted by John Turowski, Pasadena, MD


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