Selling It

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

Published: November 2014

Ready, Aim . . . Miss!

Sharp-eyed Consumer Reports readers sent us another batch of confounding marketing maneuvers. You can't make this stuff up!

In this month's installment of Selling It:

That's some dog! | It's the final countdown | A bag for Denver Steelers fans | Not-so-crunchy granola math | See more Selling It items

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:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


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


Perhaps the right phrase is ‘haute dog'

You apparently get the filet mignon of frankfurters when hitting off the tees at this Clifton Park, N.Y., golf course.
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End time

This watch counts down the hours and minutes left in your life—a disconcerting thought, notes Ryan Murphy of Scottsbluff, Neb.
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‘Showing Broncos pride with a Steelers purse?'

Try again, says Dee Lawrence of Sunbury, Pa., one of several readers to send in this ad.
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Save 10 calories by eating one at a time

Bill Rowley of Evergreen, Colo., flagged what looks like a math miss: 90 calories for one bar, 190 calories for two. General Mills is actually following FDA rules that allow calories to be rounded up or down to the ­nearest 10.
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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:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


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


Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine



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