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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.

Cooking Up a Deal

These grocery gaffes and kooky cookware ads might make you lose your appetite. 


Who's for Dinner?
Is it a slow cooker—or a hot tub?
Submitted by Fred Seitz, Beaufort, SC 


No Bone to Pick Here
Yes, we've always preferred our bulbs without bones.
Submitted by Linda Morgan, Santa Fe, NM 


Mystery Meat
Do we dare ask how old the other 20% is?
Submitted by Sheldon Somerstein, Mt. Sinai, NY


Ready to Roll
If eggs can roam, maybe pigs really can fly.
Submitted by Sal Petinga, via email

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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