I know what you mean Serena, My sister-in-law had been sending in crosswords for ages (not sure which magazine it was) and eventually they told her she'd won a tea-set worth $200.
She was so excited until the 4 cups and small teapot arrived (the pot full of liquid wasn't big enough to make tea for the 4 cups. They were badly painted green, yellow, blue and purple blobs and smears over a white background.
She asked my daughter if she wanted it as all of her children and friends didn't, my daughter took it but said she was just being polight and didn't want it either. It's like they have a room of donated reject stuff that stores can't sell or something.