A woman reading a newspaper

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.

Signs of the Times

These ads and billboards should not be taken at their word. 


A Shop-Rite ad

A Bedtime Offer You Can't Refuse
These sheets must be guaranteed to make you lose sleep.
Submitted by Michael Consolo, via email


The entrance to a laundromat

Funny Business
Mom warned us about laundromats like you.
Submitted by Andrew Watz, Queens, NY


A sign for a furniture maker

Time Flies
Perfect for those who are truly impatient.
Submitted by Megan Fotheringham, Alexandria, VA


A fishing pier

Catch Me if You Can
If the fish aren't biting today, move 2 feet to your left.
Submitted by Steve Furedy, State College, PA 


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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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