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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.

Signs of the Times

These peculiar postings may make you do a double take. 


Inn-Sufficient Pay
They shouldn't be surprised if they don't get many applications.
Submitted by Jeanne Alexander, seen in Sarasota, FL 


Press 6 for Pepperoni
We're not sure this place can deliver on its phone-y promise.
Submitted by Susan Hines, seen in West Warwick, RI


Double Negative
This sign is playing fast and loose with its own rule.
Submitted by Patrick Caputo, seen in Waldoboro, ME


Class Clown?
We don't know whether to laugh or cry at this school's spelling slip-up.
Submitted by Anonymous, seen in Douglas County, GA

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

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