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.

Movable Feast

Some of these food and dining ads may give you indigestion. 


Berry Confusing!
Looks like there are some mandarins trading places with strawberries at Trader Joe’s.
Submitted by Anna O’Hare, Deer Park, IL


Feast for the Eyes
How large do you have to make this cracker till it’s really delicious?
Submitted by Mary and Harold Johnson, Pelham, NH


When Less Is More
If 16.5 ounces is considered “more,” we’ll stick with “less,” thank you.
Submitted by Jeffrey May, Millsboro, DE


Deep Discount
And then do I get to spend the other $20 anywhere I want?
Submitted by Bruce Esselborn, Milton, GA


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the August 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.