Those dang commercials...

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I'm ready for a good rant!
I'm having a reaction to the commercials on TV these days. In fact I just watched, back to back, a Christmas commercial in September followed by the now infamous "I'm a woman pooping on TV" commercials. Quickly followed by the "Check your zipcode for savings on Medicare" (watch out, these are gonna be all over the place during the open enrollment period coming up).

I have an entire list of commercials that drive me nuts.

Which commercials annoy you the most?

 

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Most all of them but especially the ones for drugs with dreadful side effects they try to cover up by showing aesthetic images while rattling off things like death, suicidal thoughts, spasms, bizarre infections, etc, etc.
 
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Most all of them but especially the ones for drugs with dreadful side effects they try to cover up by showing aesthetic images while rattling off things like death, suicidal thoughts, spasms, bizarre infections, etc, etc.
Oh, those are BIG on my list! The way I see this, a doctor has to prescribe for you. So why the heck are you advertising to me? The money spent on those ads could be taken off my prescription cost. Especially the ones that cost upwards of $700 for a 30 day supply!
 

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Those Medicare commercials irritate me as well. I ignored them until I hit Medicare age and signed up, then I realized how deceptive they are. They make no effort to say they are not the SSA, and to let viewers know they are advertising for insurance companies.

Along the same lines, we have insurance offices in the area calling themselves "Medicare Resource Centers" and other similar names that are equally deceptive. Lots of red/white/blue decorations (and flags at a few) and signs that would lead many to think they are dealing with a USG office.

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Those Medicare commercials irritate me as well. I ignored them until I hit Medicare age and signed up, then I realized how deceptive they are. They make no effort to say they are not the SSA, and to let viewers know they are advertising for insurance companies.

Along the same lines, we have insurance offices in the area calling themselves "Medicare Resource Centers" and other similar names that are equally deceptive. Lots of red/white/blue decorations (and flags at a few) and signs that would lead many to think they are dealing with a USG office.

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And if you read the fine print on those offering the $122 back into your bank, they tell you in itty bitty print this is if you qualify for state Medicaid assistance, which means you have to be at or below poverty level to qualify for that little deal. They are all insurance companies trying to get you into their plan D or Advantage plan.
 

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The drug commercials bug me the most. It is illegal in any other 1st world country for pharmacuetical companies to advertise their prescription drugs on television. And the negative political ads make me want to call the organizations that pay for them and yell at them. It isn't candidates doing that in my state, organizations. Very weird. Probably to separate the negative lies from the actual candidate they are supporting, but if you support someone I want to know why you support them. I am sick of hearing yelling about this guy or that woman did this and it is bad so don't vote for them. They are politicians! They all have made mistakes, taken payoffs or chosen to vote for something that supports their corporate owners instead of us.
 

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I am thankful to say that I don't see any of these commercials unless somebody rants about them and posts a video. I have seen that one with grown women announcing their views on their elimination habits, as if they are newly potty trained or something. ;er Supposedly there is another urging people to put deodorant on their nether regions. Honestly!
 

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Most all of them but especially the ones for drugs with dreadful side effects they try to cover up by showing aesthetic images while rattling off things like death, suicidal thoughts, spasms, bizarre infections, etc, etc.
Yeah, and the person reading the side effects sounds like an auctioneer.

I hate commercials that try to tell some kind of short story with some subtle product placement almost as an afterthought. One was an adult guy coming back to visit home and his kid sister is so happy to see him as they sit down at their parents table and talk about how much everyone missed each other while drinking coffee. If you are paying attention you might notice that it's Foldgers coff6. Another was a grandmother teaching her two grandchildren how to make a banana split over a video call on a tablet so they could give it to their mother. At first I wasn't sure what was even a commercial for, I was guessing it was for the tablet or maybe the internet/phone service, possibly it was for the video call software. But the product being sold was actually the ice cream.

I get that they are trying to create an emotional impact that the audience can associate with their product. But it's not going to do much good when the customer doesn't know what product is.
 
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Yeah, and the person reading the side effects sounds like an auctioneer.

I hate commercials that try to tell some kind of short story with some subtle product placement almost as an afterthought. One was an adult guy coming back to visit home and his kid sister is so happy to see him as they sit down at their parents table and talk about how much everyone missed each other while drinking coffee. If you are paying attention you might notice that it's Foldgers coff6. Another was a grandmother teaching her two grandchildren how to make a banana split over a video call on a tablet so they could give it to their mother. At first I wasn't sure what was even a commercial for, I was guessing it was for the tablet or maybe the internet/phone service, possibly it was for the video call software. But the product being sold was actually the ice cream.

I get that they are trying to create an emotional impact that the audience can associate with their product. But it's not going to do much good when the customer doesn't know what product is.
I hate to admit it, but sometimes I have NO clue what a commercial is trying to sell, especially if it's aimed at the younger folks. I swear they speak another language.
 

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I listen to talk radio and sports radio all day long. The Balance of Naature commercials drive me batty. ( and that's a good product.)

However I think that those ad buys are tremendously expensive and saved AM radio.

And one thing I noticed is the spokespeople for old people products are Tom Selleck ,Fonzie and Joe Namath. Even Jimmy Walker is in on it.