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.

Mashed Potatoes & Minced Words

All the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner—with a few misgivings, too. 


Overstaying Their Welcome
Everyone loves leftovers, but not 899 years' worth.
Submitted by Frances Huwe of Glencoe, Minn. 


The End Is Near
Who knew that infinity ends at five glasses?
Submitted by Robert Osicka of Cleveland, Ohio 


Bottoms Up
Perhaps a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for those on a liquid diet?
Submitted by Katelyn Chanko of Lancaster, Pa. 


A Zero-Sum Game
You have to admire their honesty, but announcing zero savings might be spreading it on too thick.
Submitted by Eugene Uphoff of Portland, Ore.


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