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.

Beauty Blunders

These grooming products and services might leave a different kind of beauty mark. 


Go for the Glow . . . Stay for the Spay?
While $15 may be cheaper than local vet prices, we’ll pass on this deal.
Submitted by Paul E. Zopf Jr., Greensboro, NC


Moussed to Mediocrity
Finally! A product for people who are sick of having perfect hair days.
Submitted by Crosby Morgan, Acton, CA 


Tressed to Kill?
We love a good pun, but even so, this salon’s name makes our hair stand on end.
Submitted by Emily Adler, Burlington, VT


Beauty Rest
We agree. If you want a dreamy hairdo, do your styling while awake!
Submitted by Peggy (last name withheld), via email 


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