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  • Truth in advertising

    We all agree commercials and just slick slogans are simply Madison Avenue hype!

    I was in Home Depot and asked the paint counter guy what time will he be at my home?
    He looked at me confused...I said "doesn't your TV ad say "you can do it we can help"?"

    I was at Lowe's lumber and they were even less enthusiastic....I asked for a 2x4 and the
    guy asked "how long"? I said "a long time, I'm fixing a deck"! I received a blank stare.

    Then when paying for the 2x4 I asked the cashier "what time will you be at my house to help me install the 2x4?" She looked at me as if I was from outer space! I told her the Lowe's TV ad states " let's build something together!"

    To make matters even worse I asked her if she would take "Hawaiian dollars"? She called the manager...After a long and quiet 10 minutes they both realized that "Hawaiian dollars are exactly the same as Arizona dollars!!"

    I suppose my expectations are just too high and usually wait for the cashier to ask "do you want to super size your order" when I check out!

    Finally as I leave they spit out that mechanical "have a nice day" crap!
    I smile politely and reply "I have other plans"!

    Cactus Man

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    Re: Truth in advertising

    i was watching the idiot box a couple months back when a predagree dog food commercial came on.

    it's a dog eating dog food. no big deal right? wrong.

    the volume of the chomping was very audible and grossed me out.

    i phoned up the company and complained that i teach my kids not to eat with their mouths open and was wondering who's bright idea that was to air the commercial.

    i also mentioned that i'm a plumber and that i turn the channel everytime it came on.

    don't know about you guys but the commercial is no longer on the air up here.

    go figure, a plumber telling them that their commercial was disgusting.

    Vince

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    • #3
      Re: Truth in advertising

      I'm all for truth in advertising and my pet peeve is food commercials. I'd like a law that demands that the product sold looks exactly like the product advertised. Whether it be fast food at McDonalds, Wendy's, or Burger King, what you see is no where close to what you get. And those Pizza bit commercials and similar stuffed snacks just look so stuffed and delicious, but when you bite into a real one, it's more like a red stained empty pastry shell. "Where's the beef".... where's anything!

      The commercial that I absolutely hate is the one where all these teen guys come into the kitchend, start opening and slamming doors throwing stuff to each other and disgustingly sliding stuff down the counter... then the microwave's bell goes off and Mom walks into the room with a plate full of Pizza Bites (I think that's the product). "Thanks Mom"

      Well Mom should have come into the room with a broom and swep their sorry little butts out the back door! It's hard enough to teach a teenager anything, without having some spit-dribbling marketeer give them a bad example of social behaviour.

      CWS
      Last edited by CWSmith; 04-04-2009, 01:09 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Truth in advertising

        A while back I had a lady call me on a Sunday at 7pm for her kitchen sink blockage.

        I told her I can be out tomorrow before noon.

        "Well I need it done tonight."

        I told her I dont do 24 hour.

        "Well I'm looking at your ad right now and it states 7 days a week"

        I said, "Yes, I was open earlier, but now I'm closed"

        My ad does not say 24 hours.

        In a frustrated tone she said, "But your advertising 7 days a week"

        To which I added "7 days a week, yes, 24 hour, no"

        Her "Well I'm going to call the BBB on you."

        Me "Go ahead, they'll side with me"

        She continues to argue and when she stops to take a breath I jumped in and said with a sarcastic tone, "Well I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to work for you, you seem like such a delightful person." and hung up.

        There was truth in my advertising, she just tried to stretch it.

        Lenny

        Pronounced A-Bear Drain Care

        I know, it doesn't make sense.


        http://www.hebertdraincare.com

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        • #5
          Re: Truth in advertising

          Originally posted by Vince the Plumber View Post
          i was watching the idiot box a couple months back when a predagree dog food commercial came on.

          it's a dog eating dog food. no big deal right? wrong.

          the volume of the chomping was very audible and grossed me out.

          i phoned up the company and complained that i teach my kids not to eat with their mouths open and was wondering who's bright idea that was to air the commercial.

          i also mentioned that i'm a plumber and that i turn the channel everytime it came on.

          don't know about you guys but the commercial is no longer on the air up here.

          go figure, a plumber telling them that their commercial was disgusting.

          Vince
          up date.

          pedegree has removed the commercial i complained about.

          sometimes all it takes it a phone call.

          Vince

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          • #6
            Re: Truth in advertising

            Originally posted by CWSmith View Post
            Well Mom should have come into the room with a broom and swep their sorry little butts out the back door! It's hard enough to teach a teenager anything, without having some spit-dribbling marketeer give them a bad example of social behaviour.

            CWS
            These are exactly my thoughts when I see those moronic commercials of Bounty and some cleaning supplies. A mom enters a trashed room/kitchen and instead smacking the little buggers who caused it, and instead of making them clean the mess, she pulls out a sheet of Bounty (usually just one) and with a move or two cleans the mess herself. Of course with the compulsory huge smile on her face.

            Medical drugs commercials are pretty idiotic to:

            Ask your doctor if xyz is right for you
            .

            as if a doctor had anything to say in the matter without first asking a bureaucrat in the insurance company.
            In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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            • #7
              Re: Truth in advertising

              Originally posted by darius View Post
              These are exactly my thoughts when I see those moronic commercials of Bounty and some cleaning supplies. A mom enters a trashed room/kitchen and instead smacking the little buggers who caused it, and instead of making them clean the mess, she pulls out a sheet of Bounty (usually just one) and with a move or two cleans the mess herself. Of course with the compulsory huge smile on her face.

              Medical drugs commercials are pretty idiotic to:

              Ask your doctor if xyz is right for you
              .

              as if a doctor had anything to say in the matter without first asking a bureaucrat in the insurance company.
              I blame parents for wanting to be their children's friends! MY kids and I can be friends when they are grown and living on their own, until then they know I will get physical if necessary. I'm not a bully but I'm also not a door mat. Teach your children well, not just song lyrics! I enjoy the drug commercials, reduce stress and lead a normal life with sudden uncontrollable bowel movements and risk of abdominal bleeding which can lead to death. Sign me up!

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              • #8
                Re: Truth in advertising

                Originally posted by darius View Post
                These are exactly my thoughts when I see those moronic commercials of Bounty and some cleaning supplies. A mom enters a trashed room/kitchen and instead smacking the little buggers who caused it, and instead of making them clean the mess, she pulls out a sheet of Bounty (usually just one) and with a move or two cleans the mess herself. Of course with the compulsory huge smile on her face.

                Medical drugs commercials are pretty idiotic to:

                Ask your doctor if xyz is right for you.

                as if a doctor had anything to say in the matter without first asking a bureaucrat in the insurance company.
                There was a time when the FCC banned such commercials, and for good reason. It forced the pharmacutical compaines to spend money on thier business or product development, not wasting millions of advertising. Plus it prevented doctors from constantly wasting time on the phone to answer the same stupid questions rather than treat patients. But, most evil of all, those damn drug compaines are using US, the patients, to deliver their ad right into the doctor's operating room! You will never guess which drug company lobbied the most to have that ban lifted: The one that manufactures Viagra!

                *inhales*
                Still, the best drug ads are the ones with the best side effects:
                May cause diarrea, vomits, even death!

                I kid you not on that last one!

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                • #9
                  Re: Truth in advertising

                  Originally posted by tailgunner View Post
                  *inhales*
                  Still, the best drug ads are the ones with the best side effects:
                  May cause diarrea, vomits, even death!

                  I kid you not on that last one!
                  I noticed that too. On the radio they read the disclaimers at the speed of 1000 words per minute
                  In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Truth in advertising

                    Originally posted by darius View Post
                    These are exactly my thoughts when I see those moronic commercials of Bounty and some cleaning supplies. A mom enters a trashed room/kitchen and instead smacking the little buggers who caused it, and instead of making them clean the mess, she pulls out a sheet of Bounty (usually just one) and with a move or two cleans the mess herself. Of course with the compulsory huge smile on her face.

                    Medical drugs commercials are pretty idiotic to:

                    Ask your doctor if xyz is right for you.

                    as if a doctor had anything to say in the matter without first asking a bureaucrat in the insurance company.
                    I always like the way the ads say to tell your Dr. if you have heart conditions, kidney failure or Asthma. Hell, my Dr. should already know that stuff!
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