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.

Home Improvement?

These real estate and renovation ads are real fixer-uppers. 


Up in Smoke
Maybe they needed those chimney bricks to repair the porch.
Submitted by C. Neall and Dorothy Schroeder, Rochester Hills, MI


No-Car Garage
I guess we'll be parking on the street.
Submitted by Scott Wycoff, Hockessin, DE


A Change of Scenery
It's amazing what a difference clean windows can make—to your neighbor's house.
Submitted by Rufus Cactus, Austin, TX


Bedroom Community
Someone call the old woman in the shoe! This place could fit all of her children, with rooms to spare.
Submitted by Sheryl Backus, Madison, IN


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Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the May 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.