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Commercials I can live without

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by huron77, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. tvwatcher365

    tvwatcher365 Mentor

    May 24, 2005
    E.D./Male Enhancement
    Bookit.com commercials
    "Buy Gold"
    Ronni Deutch/debt consolidation
    Ads that feature bugs. I have a local channel exclusive to cable that airs one featuring bed bugs
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Britta Water

    Pretty much the only commercials I like are ones with animals.
  2. yosoyellobo

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    I like the one about the father preparing his little girl to take out the Subaru for the first time.
  3. Eddie501

    Eddie501 AllStar

    Nov 29, 2007
    I typically watch everything on a DVR, with the exception of the morning news as I'm getting ready for work. Still, enough with the following:

    Any prescription medication - I take prescription drugs because my Dr says I need them, not because of a marketing campaign.

    Gieco & Time-Warner Cable - these are two companies who will not have my business for life because of their ads. Not only their incessant TV commercials, but they feel the need to carpet bomb my neighborhood once a week with junk mail just in case nobody got the message.

    Empire Carpet - Especially at the end after the jingle "Call 988-2300...Empire!" they guy with the annoying voice has to chime in "today!". Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

    Car ads - why is it always $3,000 cash back & not $3,000 off? Does anybody really expect to buy a car & walk out with a wad of cash?
  4. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I was going to answer "all of them" :) , but since you started this thread understanding the reality of commercials I'll try to be (semi) serious. :)

    There aren't many that really get-under-my-skin drive-me-away. They do exist, thankfully I don't remember any of them--DVRs are wonderful! :)

    There are some I almost enjoy--but won't stop for. And there are a rare few that I'll actually stop to watch. For Mrs. Tibber, they would include most any playing puppy.

    Folgers ran a serious that was an ongoing story; we watched those.

  5. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    If we had commercials like they do in Europe I might actually watch a few: :)


    On a serious note, the ones that get to me the most are attorneys, debt consolidation and prescriptions
  6. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    Lawyer ads. Particularly the national ads trying to gin up a class action (a suit where your lawyer gets millions and you get pennies) about stuff that you did not even know about. Particular low place in h**l reserved for the ones from asbestos lawyers that make you think they are providing some service other than suing to company that supported your family for your lifetime.
  7. radioflyer79

    radioflyer79 New Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Im surprised nobody mentioned the "speed up my PC" commercials. As someone who dabbles in computers, at first I found them amusing.:lol: Then I realized that some people out there are actually giving these idiots money, and that makes me a sad panda...:(

    I think that much like anything else, in moderation these commercials wouldn't bother half of us. Unfortunately advertisers feel like they need to get in our face to sell us something now. What happened to watching a handful of commercials and then actually getting back to the program? Now I have to watch distracting little adverts in the lower part of my screen when the show comes back on. It seems they always find another tactic to get your attention, like screaming and insane volume fluctuations. At this point I feel like its "dirty" or "underhanded" tricks that they are using to get me to buy something.

    I hear you on the DVR argument and agree that my life would cease to function without my DVR, but realistically I do find myself watching TV live most of the time.

    TLDR Version:
    Ads suck. I agree. :)
  8. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Yep that's a cute one.
  9. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    The jingle's apparently not even doing what it's intended to do -- that's the wrong number you've got there. :D
  10. pfp

    pfp Whatever

    Apr 28, 2009
    Every commercial for prescription meds can go.
  11. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    This Ronni Deutch?


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's attorney general sued "tax lady'' Roni Deutch for more than $34 million on Monday, alleging that her law firm regularly violates state law by making false promises that it will help people resolve disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.


    Brown's lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, says Deutch's firm takes in at least $25 million annually, and spends $3 million on advertising.
  12. tvwatcher365

    tvwatcher365 Mentor

    May 24, 2005
    Yup that's the Ronni Deutch I was talking about. :lol:
  13. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    The Snuggles bear is highly effective advertising. The effect is that not only will I not buy that brand of dryer sheets, but also I won't buy from any brand in the Lever Brothers family.
  14. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I also hate those stupid Swifter ads.
  15. hoophead

    hoophead Godfather

    Feb 10, 2008
    Fortunately, any program I plan on watching gets recorded (give games an hour or so head start) and skipping the commercials is the main reason for it.
  16. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    We do that around here as much as possible but now and then a commercial or two can sneak up on you especially when many channels now show 10 minutes of program and 5 minutes of commercials.
  17. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    In all my decades of TV viewing I can count the number of products purchased after viewing a commercial on my hand and have fingers left over.
  18. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    I can't say it would be that few as I have purchased my share of Time-Life Music/Book products over the years after watching a 30 or 60 second spot but for the most part, commercials for everyday products have little effect on me.
    I can not think of the last everyday product I have purchased because of a product advertisement

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