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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.

Scared Silly

These selling tactics are frighteningly funny. 


Power Tools for Ghouls?
Don't invite us to these festivities.
Submitted by Alan Dubin, Los Alamitos, CA


Watch Your Step
Sure, you can walk in . . . but will you walk out?
Submitted by Peter Sartorius, Muskegon, MI


Family Feud
We'll stick to carving pumpkins, thanks.
Submitted by Terrence Doeberl, Somersworth, NH


Pricey Plots
You might rack up a big bill depending on how long you plan to stay dead.
Submitted by Larry Boody, via email

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Send us your funny ads. Please include key information, such as the publication’s name and date. We might publish your submission here.

See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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