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.

Fall Fumbles

These colorful mix-ups really put the "um . . ." in autumn.


Fruitless Endeavor
Someone please tell Kroger that apples grow on trees—not on strawberry plants.
Mary Carter, Miamisburg, Ohio


The Big Bad Wolf Was Here
At least they don't plan to blow the whole house down!
Jim Langford, Georgetown, Texas


One-Womb Schoolhouse
It seems as though kids are starting school younger and younger these days.
Keral Fell, Beverly, Ohio


Flesh Direct
This strange smorgasbord offers more than we can stomach.
Linda Johnson, Alexandria, Va.


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