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Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 17th, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or maybe "bulls" would be a more apt metaphor, since we acquiesce to standing in bull feces while being bombarded with more of same.

Take automobile commercials, for example. The last two I saw:

1)-An attractive young woman points her Smartphone skyward. It is transformed into a balloon. For almost the entire rest of the commercial she floats dreamily over various idyllic landscapes and into a mountain tunnel, form which she inexplicably emerges in a shiny red car. She looks confident, ready to take on the world. On that basis, I'm supposed to buy one?

2)-A giddy, twenty-something woman gushes over a new car, recommending it unreservedly because it's "ameeezing!" and because she considers the terms of financing to be reasonable. What more need one know?

OK: I remember that car commercials going back to the 50s have always appealed to vanity, sexuality, stylishness etc., but at least they also used to provide some minimal technical information as well.

1930s Magazine ads from Chrysler even even went so far as to promote "floating power" (rubber engine mounts), hydraulic brakes and all-steel bodies (as opposed to sheet metal screwed to a wooden frame).
Seating capacity, vehicle weight, engine displacement, number of cylinders, horsepower, torque, top speed etc. could be found in most car advertising.

I guess none of that matters anymore.

"Alexa...go buy me a car that matches my 'look'..."

*sigh*



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May 17th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

The bread is stale and the circuses rampant with creepy clowns and pedophile carneys.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 17th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

People have been attaching image to vehicles, clothing, shoes, drugs, pets, the kind of alcohol they drink, smokes, etc., for as long as this stuff has been around. Case in point: $1K for a pair of Nikes that cost $12 to make and ship to the US. People buy these things.

The marketing wankers are merely pandering to the emotions of the buying public. There's culpability on both sides of the checkout counter.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 17th, 2019 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Case in point: $1K for a pair of Nikes that cost $12 to make and ship to the US. People buy these things."

Another "case in point":

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May 17th, 2019 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I get tickled at the ads that state if you check your credit score you’ll have a brand new car rather than the beater you had at the start of the commercial.
Now I understand if you have a better credit rating you “can” buy a better car but the thought that spending more money which you don’t have is going to get you there seems a bit of a stretch.

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May 17th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Commercials are all just pure BS. I tune them out or take a couple hits while they're on.

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May 17th, 2019 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I doubt companies broadcast commercials that don't "produce". Why waste the money?

Must be a lot of gullible people out there, if these 60 second spots are working.

Chris Greene
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Buy your virtue signal here
May 17th, 2019 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Marketing is, generally, for the young and impressionable. Once you mature a little, they know better than to market to you.

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THAT...IS...RIGHT!
May 17th, 2019 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Nobody glows"

love,

guy from the Comfort Suits commercial

LudwigVonFender
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May 17th, 2019 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

In a particular brand car commercial, they have to make sure you know that the people in them are, "real people, not actors".

If they has to 'splain it to you, it's BS. Of course actors are real people...sheesh! 🙄

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Planet Peegoo

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May 17th, 2019 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good point, Chris. When's the last time you saw a silverhair in a Nissan ad?

The only time geezers appear is when the smiling young happy family in the nice shiny new Esyoovee goes overtheriverandthroughthewoods to Grandmother's House.

If they were paid to appear in the commercial, they are actors--whether or not they possess SAG card.

Chris Greene
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Buy your virtue signal here
May 17th, 2019 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

When was the last time you saw seniors in a beer at the beach party commercial? Well, it was my generation in a 1970's commercial... Now, not so much.

What we see seniors in these days are pharma ads.

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 01:44 PM, May 17th, 2019)

Gene from Tampa
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May 17th, 2019 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Dad was an illustrator for a Madison Ave advertising firm from the 50's to early 90's It was always a bunch of old men trying to figure out how to sell to an audience 20~30 years younger than they were. I think we still see examples of that today.



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stl80
May 17th, 2019 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

See the USA in your Chevrolet.
Jim

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May 17th, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I heard a radio ad today that claims the credit card companies are tricking you into paying them back. Really you don't have to pay your CC debt. Just call this 1-800 number and we will wipe out your dept.

K4 heads to the Ferrari dealer with his Gold card.....

Pinetree
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Rammstein!
May 17th, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't watch TV, so...




Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 17th, 2019 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Really.

"Oooo, those eee-vool kwedit card coompanies! They want my munny and I doon't wanna give it tooo'em!"

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 17th, 2019 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Good point, Chris. When's the last time you saw a silverhair in a Nissan ad?"

Or a millennial in ads for Depends, oxygen tanks, chair lifts, walkers, Metamucil, medical alert bracelets, statins, stool softeners, assisted living communities, sit-down bathtubs, over-simplified cellphones/computer tablets with giant print, hearing aids...need I go on?

Timmer
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There I was one night...
May 17th, 2019 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

TD's mentioned balloon is red! Not a coincidence but a psy-op.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
May 17th, 2019 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ditto what littleuch said. Is this a quote or something you created?

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