Selling it

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

Published: October 2014

Mmmm. Minty with a hint of . . .   

Alcohol? You wouldn’t expect that by reading the front of this Equaline bottle of fluoride rinse, mailed in by Frank Donato of Park Ridge, Ill. But the list of inactive ingredients on the back leads off with benzyl alcohol. OK, so the preservative isn’t considered alcohol as defined by the Food and Drug Administration, but still, it seems the label’s proud claim doesn’t quite deliver.

Baby, meet bathwater

What the heck. We figured we’d get the kid and the shirt clean all at the same time. Who knew that wasn’t a good idea?—Sent by Bill Schuck, Brunswick, OH
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Illustration: Brown Bird Design

Caveat vegans!

Here’s a head scratcher. The creamer says “non-dairy,” but the stuff contains milk. What it actually is: the milk protein casein, which shouldn’t bug the lactose-intolerant. Careful, though! It still can affect the allergic—and vegans.—Sent by Madeline Levinson, Toledo, OH
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Illustration: Brown Bird Design

Eating your veggies never tasted so good

“Bacon or salad?” wrote this reader, who picked up a bag at Costco that was labeled “Bacon,” but which featured a large photo of a salad—with a few tiny bits of bacon nestled under the leaves.—Sent by Mark Graham, Renton, WA
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Illustration: Brown Bird Design

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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 November 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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