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

Summer Daze

Maybe it’s the heat, but these mixed messages left us more than a little confused. 

Selling It July 2016

Upstairs, Downstairs
Looks like it’s standing room only in this apparently bottomless tent. (Submitted by Karl and Janice Smith, Freeland, Wash.)

At the End of Our Rope
Thanks for the reminder to pack a picnic. (Submitted by Mike and Donna Jones, Los Osos, Calif.)

A Bug’s Life
So much for this sting operation! (Submitted by Chrissie Collins, Arlington, Mass.)

Cruising Altitude
Good luck getting home! (Submitted by Richard Cashman, Beverly, Mass.) 

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Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.