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.

Potty Mouths

These ads and products made us think that maybe bathroom humor gets a bum rap. 


A Straight Flush
No joke: This company believes in telling it like it is.
Submitted by Kathleen Eagan of Beacon, N.Y.


Just Roll With It
We're all for sustainability, but this is one turn too many, even for us. Submitted by Bjarne Kvarnstrom of Huntington Beach, Calif.


You Light Up My Life
We're surprised that the Minions' movie careers didn't stop them from moonlighting "down under."
Submitted by Laura Ostrem of Montezuma, Iowa


Moving Violation
We're not convinced that this is the best seat in the house—or out of it.
Submitted by Linda Brengle of Agoura Hills, Calif.


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