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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.

Holiday Hoodwinks

These odd offers might make you look twice. 


Scrooge-y Sale
This stingy discount won’t help these “clearance” reindeer fly off the shelves.
Submitted by David Onodera, via email


Snow Job?
Here’s a waffle maker that may be a true Christmas miracle.
Submitted by Cheri Lenhart, via email


Oh, Fudge!
Sometimes you just gotta spell out the whole word.
Submitted by Gary Gunderson, Olympia, WA


A Chilly Reception
A perfect solution to make sure your holiday houseguests don’t overstay their welcome.
Submitted by Beverly Carrigan, Colorado Springs, CO

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2019 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.