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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.

Automotive Amusements

These signs and ads may take you for a ride. 


An Unexpected Turn of Events
Looks like you’ll have to wait until the construction is finished if you want to obey this road sign.
Submitted by Lance Lubach, via email


Bladder Relief, by Appointment Only
Spotted at a Department of Motor Vehicles, this sign suggests that long waiting times haven’t gotten any better.
Submitted by Troy S., Yorba Linda, CA


Love at First Drive
But what if you’re already married?
Submitted by Mitch Long, Conover, NC


Gas Pumping for Dummies
Perhaps someone tried to make a carnival game out of filling the tank?
Submitted by J.L. Mutolo, via email

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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