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.

Mixed-Up Merchandise

These tricky products aren't quite what they seem. 


What You See Is . . . What You Get
But how do they know when they’re out of stock?
Submitted by Michael Beirl, Bolingbrook, IL


A Wrinkle in Time
This wall clock has truly roamin’ numerals.
Submitted by Terri Von Bokern, Florence, KY 


Seeking a Malt Mate
Though reserved, this 18-year-old Glen is single and a hit at parties.
Submitted by Donna Vogel, Bethesda, MD


A Renegade Gone Rogue
This dealership must be confident that you'll flip over its Jeep deal.
Submitted by Anonymous, Berkeley, CA 

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