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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.

Turkey Day Fowl-Ups

Everything you don’t need for your Thanksgiving meal this year.


Here’s Some Birdbrained Pricing
We’re guessing this turkey isn’t stuffed with gold.
Submitted by Neal Steiger, Lakeland, FL


Is Chicken the New Turkey?
Poultry is poultry . . . right?
Submitted by Ross Miller, Los Angeles


Where Else Would You Grow Those Apples?
We’re in big trouble when this fruit needs to be concocted with a chemistry set.
Submitted by Muffy and David Vhay, Carson City, NV


A Not-So-Hot Deal
This is where you roast that $123,199.88 turkey.
Submitted by Benjamin Slagter, via email

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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the November 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.