Selling It

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In this month's installment of Selling It:

 Free water—for a price
 Bearing a Packers' resemblance
 A Gulden river
 'Leash,' not 'licorice'
 A torturous bag of tortilla treats?
 House (plants) for sale
 Drug team jerseys
 
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Who’s thirsty?

These water bottles were in a Michigan hotel. The one on the left was free. The one on the right? An eagle-eyed guest found the answer. “I’d call that sneaky,” he writes.
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Let’s go Bearpackers!

Unless Chicago changed its colors to green and gold while we weren’t looking, someone dropped the ball.
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Hope you like mustard

Gulden’s squeeze jar has a bigger opening than before. “Controlling the flow,” a reader said, “is almost impossible.”
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Canine caution

OK, how many of you used to think that swallowing a dog leash was a good idea? (The product also warns not to leash kids—that’s children, not goats.)
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Food fight!

Call us crazy, but we don’t understand how a kick to a sensitive area would help sell tortilla chips. A translation of the Japanese on the label (“electricity stomp returns”) doesn’t help, either.
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Plants for sale (plus house)

“I can see trouble,” a reader predicts, “when it’s time to move in.”
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An overdose of idiocy

A company called Kitson has been selling these T-shirts, saying “Pop one on and you’ll feel better.” But several attorneys general and makers of the drugs don’t feel good about the pitch.
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This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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