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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.

Mixed Messages

These signs and ads might make you do a double take. 


Seafood Subterfuge
This faux-fish dish is bound to make some customers crabby.
Submitted by Mark Sinkhorn, Louisville, KY 


Sign Unseen
This street sign may be taking itself too literally.
Submitted by R.T. Neumann, Pittsburgh


Smells Like a Bad Idea
But maybe there are people who want to relive their stinkiest memories?
Submitted by Russ Durnil, St. Louis 


You’ll Laugh so Hard . . .
It's all fun and games until somebody needs a diaper change.
Submitted by Craig and Debbie Holscher, Aurora, CO

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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