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.

Food for Thought

Take these promos with a pinch of salt. 


Free as a Bird?
This chicken Catch-22 may ruffle our feathers.
Submitted by Robert Redmond of Alexandria, Va. 


It's a Small World After All
Spotted in a Pennsylvania grocery store: Maybe by "local" they mean on the same continent.
Submitted by Kip Rosser of Morrisville, Pa.


Rolling in Dough
At almost $300, we'd expect this "shorti" to be a "longi."
Submitted by Derek Day of Ocean City, Md.


Lowering the Bar
If that's what they serve the kids, what do they serve the adults?
Submitted by Fred Noemer of Sarasota, Fla.


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