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.

Bathroom Humor

These offers may be best for those ready to boldly go where no one has gone before. 


Floor No. 1 or Floor No. 2?
On second thought, we’ll take the stairs.
Submitted by James Royle, San Diego


Show & Tell
In this case, we’d prefer that everyone just tell.
Submitted by Anne Stone, Greenback, TN


Cheat Sheet
We like our toilet paper on a roll, not in a ream.
Submitted by Debbie Weaver, via email


Go Big or Go Home
For those who like their bathrooms to be stadium-sized.
Submitted by Larry Leisenring, San Clemente, CA

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This also appeared in the September 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.