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.

Larger Than Life

Sometimes you have to bring your expectations down to size.


Selling It: An ad for 3D wall sticker of a charging and roaring dinosaur to give rooms an enchanting and relaxing atmosphere.

Off the Wall
"Enchanting?" Maybe. "Relaxing?" Not exactly. (Submitted by Alex Cohen, Dover, N.H.)


An ad from Staples office supply store that encourages shoppers to fill shopping bags with discount items, including furniture.

It's (Not) in the Bag
How big is that tote bag, anyway? (Submitted by T. Price, Rochester, N.Y.)


An ad for a catering hall that implies a free child will be offered if customers hold their next birthday party at its location.

Party Favor?
You might want to think hard before booking your next birthday bash here. (Submitted by Tom Baxter, Gibsonia, Pa.)


An outdoor retail area sign that lists a McDonald's restaurant and an urgent medical care clinic in the same location.

Big Mac Attack
Or as this reader wrote, "Makes you think twice about ordering the Egg McMuffin, doesn't it?" (Submitted by Jan Elliot, Worthington, Ohio)


Be on the lookout for goofs and glitches like these. Share them with us via:

  • Email: SellingIt@cro.consumer.org
  • Mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703

Send us your funny ads and we might publish it here.

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