Selling It

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

Published: August 2013

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Say (less) cheese

The 24-slice package gives you just 33 percent more cheese than the 16-slice package. How does that math work? A slice in the smaller package weighs three-quarters of an ounce; in the larger, two-thirds.


Power wash

Preferred Softwash roof cleaners promise to remove ugly roof stains "in one day!" Apparently they also make quick work of tree and bush removal.    Back to top

Warning! Oh, never mind

An alert next to this picture, from a product containing cement and silica sand, says, "Wear waterproof gloves, a fully buttoned long-sleeved shirt, full-length trousers and tight fitting safety goggles."    Back to top

Surf's down

"If you liked using [discontinued] Surf Hair Texture Paste we think you will also like our new Power Putty Surfer Hair," Garnier says. But a Florida reader demurs. "A hair product that I have been using for years has suspiciously increased the size of its packaging, decreased the ounces contained within, and raised the price." The suggested retail price for Surf Hair was $3.99; for Power Putty, it's $5.99.    Back to top

Are we bothering you yet?

A Florida reader opted out of receiving mailed promotions from Bank of America. So—of course!—the bank mailed him a letter asking him to reconsider his opt-out option, which was expiring. If he wanted to continue not getting letters like the one he just got, he could (a) go online and select marketing preferences, (b) call a toll-free number, (c) visit a banking center, or (d) talk to his financial adviser.    Back to top


Over the years, a Maryland reader has noticed a change in this liqueur. With enough time, it may consist only of hazelnuts.    Back to top


Either that or this T-shirt website found a fellow who can shrink and grow at will.    Back to top

Send us your submissions

If you spot something that makes you chuckle, causes your jaw to drop, or leaves you confounded, send it our way:


Fax: 914-378-2911 (attention: Selling It)

Mail: Consumer Reports, Attn: Selling It, 101 Truman Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703

Editor's Note:

This article appeared in the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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