Selling It

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

A collage of advertising visuals. Illustration: Lacey Browne/Consumer Reports, Getty Images

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.

Not-So-Fine Dining

Sometimes it’s just easier to eat at home.

We Cry ‘Foul’ on These Prices

list of souvenir items for sale

Photo: Elizabeth Passarelli Photo: Elizabeth Passarelli

Forget having a budget-friendly outing at this ballpark.
Submitted by Elizabeth Passarelli, via email

Don't Bring Your (Big) Appetite

indian restaurant advertising glutton free and vegan choices

Photo: Bill Hamilton Photo: Bill Hamilton

We say skip this place if you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat meal.
Submitted by Bill Hamilton, Daly City, CA

Open for Business?

hours for restaurant that is open year round and closed several days a week

Photo: Submitted via email Photo: Submitted via email

We challenge you to figure out when this eatery is hoping you’ll stop by.
Submitted via email, as seen in Dewey Beach, DE

Let's Skip Dessert Tonight

label for lemon poopy pound cake

Photo: Rick Magnani Photo: Rick Magnani

Or maybe try another flavor.
Submitted by Rick Magnani, via email

Send Us Your Funny Ads

Be on the lookout for goofs and glitches like these. Share them with us via:
• Email:
• Mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703

Please include key information, such as the publication’s name and date. We might publish your submission here.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2022 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.