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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.

Weird Things Happen in the Fall

You may want to run from these strange—and sometimes scary—signs.


This Trend Has Gone Too Far
Are you over the whole pumpkin spice thing, too?
Submitted by Rod Tornquist, via email


I Scream, You Scream . . .
Not the usual place we head to when we're in the mood for a frozen treat.
Submitted by T. Albers, as seen in Saltillo, MS


Quick, Make a U-Turn!
This is the real end of the road.
Submitted by Gene Vollmers, Johnson City, TN


We Almost Got Tricked by This Treat Sale
There's no way to sugarcoat this stingy discount.
Submitted by Alan Orns, Melville, NY

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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