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 ripoffs, poorly worded ads, half-empty packaging, outlandish claims, and goofs that have made them laugh out loud.

March Madness

Our final four of fantastic flubs. 


Upwardly Mobile
Must be some white-glove service to justify a markup that steep.
Submitted by Robert Beatty of Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Stairing You in the Face
A tip for hidden-drawer manufacturers: You may want to rethink the pull knob—it's a dead giveaway.
Submitted by Ron Koenig of Cambridge, Wis. 


Mystery Meat
Gives new meaning to "guess who's coming to dinner."
Submitted by Bill Joseph via email


Pack Runner
Nothing says commitment to fitness like a dedicated spot in your running belt for a pack of smokes.
Submitted by Kersten Herold of Chanhassen, Minn.


Be on the lookout for goofs and glitches like these. Share them with us via:

  • Email: SellingIt [at] cro.consumer.org
  • Mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703

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

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the March 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.