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PostSubject: Car Ads    Mon May 25, 2015 6:40 am

I am often ticked off by ads on TV -- the U.S. is the only country in the world that allows ads for prescription drugs, and misleading claims about food are commonplace, ads for casinos say everyone is a winner.  However the ads that really puzzle me are car and truck ads.  Do people really do impulse buying on $30-40,000 vehicles?

The ads make it sound like people should go car shopping for fun.  They show people skipping work to visit a showroom.  They show whole families dropping in like its a visit to Disneyland.  Hey kids, let's go get ice cream and buy a $50,000 truck!


This has become so ubiquitous that it might not even seem bizarre anymore.  But it is bizarre and unsettling.

Don't get me started on the "cash back" scam.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Ads    Mon May 25, 2015 4:33 pm

I have the same problem with TV advertising. Except for very rare occasions, I do not watch live TV, but either download the programs or record them on the DVR and skip through the ads. If I was forced to sit through ads in order to watch TV, I would just unhook the satellite and use the TV only as a monitor for DVDs.

I will confess that I once saw a TV ad for a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and thought it was really cute and went down and bought one. I hadn't even been in the market for another car. But that was twenty years ago, and the car was only about $25K.

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