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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.

Food for Thought

These oddball ads are tough to swallow. 


A Raw Deal
Sushi so fresh it might swim off the shelves?
Submitted by Jonathan A., via email


Dream Diet
We can’t shake the feeling that one of these menu items is too good to be true.
Submitted by Lora C., Philadelphia


The Diner Who Knew Too Much
So if you know about this ad, you can forget about getting the discount.
Submitted by Jerry Galbreath, Enid, OK


Sour Grapes
The perfect bottle for your least favorite friend?
Submitted by Sandra Kenny, Cedar Grove, NJ  

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This also appeared in the May 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.