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.

These Home-Sale Signs Are Fixer-Uppers

After reading these silly signs, you may want to extend your house search. 


A Cheesy Sales Pitch
Proof perhaps that there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Submitted by Karen Jury, via email 


Coming Up Short
Buyers more than a foot tall need not apply.
Submitted by Allan Hirsch, Belmont, CA


Lawn Story
Could be great for those who hate to mow.
Submitted by Kaye McSpadden, via email


A Charming One-Bathroom?
Forget about getting a kitchen, too.
Submitted by Ken O'Gorman, Flemington, NJ

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See our Selling It archives for previously published silliness.

Editor’s Note: This also appeared in the March 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.