A woman reading a newspaper.

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.

Summer Fun Fizzles

These may seem like hot deals on the surface, but a closer look may cool you off. 


A Lot of Hot Air
We’re cool with “their” price, thanks.
Submitted by Russell Connors, Atglen, PA


Living Large
Perhaps this is a special edition for the chef with eyes way bigger than his stomach?
Submitted by Hank Nyquist, Damascus, OR 


She’s a Man-Eater
This shopper swears she’s a victim of abbreviation! She actually bought a mango smoothie.
Submitted by Carol Janet via email


Shoe on the Wrong Foot?
Forgive us if we drag our heels on this deal.
Submitted by Lori Liker, Chesterfield, VA


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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