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.

Merry . . . But Not Too Bright

'Tis the season for goofy gift ideas and holiday howlers 


How Much Is That Doggie in the Stocking?
If that particular pup isn't included, we'll be just as happy to have one of the others.
Submitted by Sue Lemontre of San Diego


Fully Baked Advice
You can never be too specific with baking instructions when it comes to holiday cookies.
Submitted by Travis Sixel of Greenville, Wis.


Good Clean Fun
Either the last hill was very muddy or these kids tried to sled down the chimney first.
Submitted by Edward Boeder of Naples, Fla.


Santa's Other Throne?
Apparently some retailers think nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a toilet under the tree.
Submitted by David Stabnow of Nashville, Tenn.


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