Selling It

A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

Consumer Reports magazine: September 2012

A truly nutty pistachio

The green color and nut pieces shown in this product certainly suggest that it’s pistachio, as advertised. But wait, pistachio lovers. The ingredients reveal that the nuts are diced almonds; the flavor, artificial. And the green color? Yellow and blue dyes.





Left, a “weekend special” from a restaurant named Oscar’s. The soup is labeled "Cream of Crap."

Right, a supermarket’s dessert. “It looked tasty,” a reader wrote of the misspelled mousse (labeled "chocolate mouse cake"), “but I decided to go with the ratberry torte.”




Sound advice

While you’re at it, keep that blade out of adults, too.






You don’t look like a chickadee

An Alabama reader wrote that he snapped this shot two days after tying two bags of squirrel repellent to his feeder. “Squirrels get one whiff,” claims one of the product’s sellers, “and they take off for good!” Or not.





Riled reptiles

“Living in Madison,” a reader wrote, “I’ve been missing out, just because sea turtles are not indigenous to Wisconsin!” The ad describes "indignant sea turtles."






For vampires only

A puzzled reader sent this tag from a Calvin Klein sweater.

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