A woman reading a 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.

Thanks—but No Thanks

If this were a gift guide, we'd take the cash instead. 


A woman wearing a reversible jacket.

Seeing Double
This jacket designer really doubled down on paisley.
Submitted by Keith Littlepage, West Chester, OH


Band-Aids in a gift box.

Festive First Aid
Bow or no, this would make only the clumsiest person on your gift list happy.
Submitted by Constantin Barbulescu, Purchase, NY


A box with a

Empty Promises
It may be the thought that counts, but generally there should be something in the box.
Submitted by Sally Ramsey, Nashville, TN


An ad with the words Submitted by Kevin Hackett, Carlsbad, CA

Will They Still Work by Christmas Morning?
We don’t think these ad copy writers will last long, either.
Submitted by Kevin Hackett, Carlsbad, CA

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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