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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.

Some Fumbles for Super Bowl Sunday

You may want to take a pass on these game-day deals. 


Don’t Put This on Your Wings
We’re guessing it won’t smell or taste like your favorite sauce.
Submitted by Alan Silver, Delray Beach, FL


Budget-Busting Brew
At this price, there better be gold in that ale.
Submitted by Kent Krisher, Fort Wayne, IN


Maybe Not the Event You Planned
Definitely a lousy idea in the midst of a pandemic.
Submitted by Sally Horn, via email


That’s One Pricey Pizza
We don’t care if it’s with everything—this pie is overpriced.
Submitted by Aristea Fenney, via email

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the February 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.