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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.

Silly Summer Sales

These goofs may cast some shade on your summer fun. 


Throw Dad a Bone
Maybe these are best for those who want to teach an old dad new tricks?
Submitted by Megan Shawker, Catonsville, MD 


Off Their Rockers
Life is short, but this warranty is even shorter.
Submitted by Robert Gochberg, Canton, MA


This Deal Is the Pits . . .
. . . if you're the one who got only 20 percent off.
Submitted by Martin Friedman, Staten Island, NY


Troubled Waters
These ad writers may want to hide their heads in the sand.
Submitted by Larry Leisenring, via email

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Send us your funny ads. Please include key information, such as the publication's name and date. We might publish your submission here.

See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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