A vintage photo of a woman reading a newspaper.

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

Signs of the Times

Some days you just can’t believe what you’re seeing! 


For Mature Babies Only
Books for those super-early readers in your life.
Submitted by Jordan Levine, via email


Did Virtual Learning Drive You to Drink?
A very weird school shopping list: pens, pencils, textbooks, and a bottle of wine, too.
Submitted by W. Fernhead, via email


Now This Is Eating Light
We hope this is just a mistake and not the latest diet craze.
Submitted by Robert Werkema, seen in Grand Rapids, MI


Pricier by the Dozen
Sometimes you save when you buy in bulk, and sometimes . . . you don’t.
Submitted by Scott Lerner, Dallas

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.