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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.

Funny Valentines

These ads may be best for half-hearted romantics.


Cat Got Your Tongue?
This is a dessert only a feline could love.
Submitted by Glen Cohen, Syosset, NY


Just Spell My Name Right
Love is blind . . . and also bad at spelling, apparently.
Submitted by Dennis Hart, via email


Lasting Love
For husbands who want their spouses to live as long as possible.
Submitted by David Rittenberry, Prescott Valley, AZ


Say It, Don't Spray It
We think a simple Valentine's Day card wipes the floor with this gift idea.
Submitted by Sara Abe, Silver Creek, WA

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the February 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.