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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.

Pet Peeves

It's raining gaffes and dogs this month. 


See Spot's Fence
Um, maybe the dogs can't see it?
Submitted by Victor Intintolo, Springfield, PA


Forks for Fido?
Those mutts must have great manners if they can use cutlery.
Submitted by Gail Schechter, Skokie, IL


Holy Hairball!
We discovered the cause of your pet-hair problem. There's a retriever in your washer!
Submitted by Ladene Nelson, Jamestown, ND


That's Some Furry Logic
Guess this means that if you own a petite pooch, there's no welcome mat out here.
Submitted by Paul Erikson, Portland, OR

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