A vintage photo of a woman reading the newspaper.

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.

Low-Hanging Fruit

These summer sales aren't quite as juicy as they seem. 


Dole-y Guacamole!
That's one way to sweeten up your usual dip recipe.
Submitted by Diane Westphal, Davis, CA


Feral Fruit
Just curious: What kind of bait do you use to catch a blueberry?
Submitted by Hillary Berry, seen in Coeur d’Alene, ID


Sweet as Feet
Actually, we prefer the strawberry option.
Submitted by Dennis Rau, via email


Seed Money
You'd have to be a real melonhead to pay that price.
Submitted by Tim Chase, via email

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This also appeared in the August 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.