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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.

Bird-Brained Thanksgiving Deals

These goofy grocery deals are real turkeys. 


Birds of a Feather?
For those who don't know their farm animals.
Submitted by Stephen Einson, via email


Fowl Play
That's some puzzling poultry pricing.
Submitted by Becky Andrews, via email


Bean Bluff
These sneaky Brussels sprouts can't fool us!
Submitted by Micah Donahue, Newburyport, MA


Blanc Check
This copywriter may have sampled the wares before crafting this ad.
Submitted by Nancy Landolf, Baltimore


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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