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 ripoffs, poorly worded ads, half-empty packaging, outlandish claims, and goofs that have made them laugh out loud.

Spinning Our Wheels

Car contradictions, conundrums, and confusion! 


The Great Indoors
If you've got rain, sap, and bird droppings inside your garage, you have bigger problems than covering your car.
Submitted by John Spiciarich and Lisa Galjanic of Big Pine Key, Fla. 


The Devil's in the Detailing
Coupon, no coupon; morning, all day—this deal's a moving target.
Submitted by Richard Shore of Greenwood, S.C. 


Tiresome Exclusion
Our dreams of budget tires were deflated after reading the fine print.
Submitted by Name withheld, Vt. 


Mud Bath
If this place only takes cars that are already clean, what does it do? Give them mani-pedis?
Submitted by Harvey Ulano of Jensen Beach, Fla. 


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