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Bluestaco
04-25-2008, 10:34 PM
Have you experienced ads that are so obnoxious and insulting to your intelligence that you now refuse to ever purchase the product or service? I have such a list:

1-Goldfish crackers. (The old "Gon' go fi-shin'" radio ads did it.) Haven't eaten one since.
2-Wingers restaurants (The "Wingin' it" take-off on "Makin' it" is nails on the chalkboard of my mind.):cursing:
3-and this one is really too bad because I really LOOOOVED the stuff: Ovaltine. (The "Ovaltine hot...kids like it a lot..." radio spot years ago with the obnoxious kids acting like in-your-face radio DJs):mad: I miss Ovaltine desparately, but there's no way.
4-Jeep. (The new, ubiquitous TV spot with the animals flying in doing Andy Kim's "Rock me gently")--I won't even ride in one anymore.

Any ads disgust you that bad?

robertw
04-25-2008, 10:38 PM
To be honest, my guilty pleasure in life is to watch late-night infomercials. Those things are so rediculous, I can't help watching just to see what people are trying to hawk.

OldSaw
04-25-2008, 11:03 PM
Well I quit watching TV, so I can't really comment on that media. However, there is a local company that has a radio ad that is so stinking obnoxious that I can't even tell you what it is for, because I turn the dial so fast to avoid having to listen to the screeching monkey sound they thought would be so cute.

Spacegeezer
04-26-2008, 12:57 AM
Well, terminally obnoxious ads made me quit using cable TV and commercial radio. Since then I haven't had too many problems :)

Roman414
04-26-2008, 01:14 AM
Even the cute or clever ads are obnoxious the 500th time you hear/see them.

Must Dash
04-26-2008, 02:16 AM
Some of the ads in Australia are so bad that you can dislocate your shoulder reaching for the remote. My TV watching is probably between 1-3 hours per month. If that. I don't even bother to check what the commercial stations are showing.

What really bothers me is the insidious advertising; especially the type of advertising that has now become part of sports commentary, and every ball, replay, close up and analysis is 'brought to you' by some sponsor or other. Mind you, we've sunk so low that we've even sold the naming rights to our national team in several sports. For example, the Australian rugby team, which should be called 'The Australian Wallabies' is now officially called 'The Qantas Wallabies'.

You won't catch me cheering for an airline :mad:


Jeremy


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gunner6477
04-26-2008, 04:13 AM
The "head on" headache crap commercials are the worst followed quickly by
"free credit report dot com":mad:

kcinghana
04-26-2008, 04:49 AM
I got so annoyed that I unplugged my tv in 2001 and have yet to regret it.



Well, terminally obnoxious ads made me quit using cable TV and commercial radio. Since then I haven't had too many problems :)

BMWRider
04-26-2008, 05:51 AM
I grew up in a house with no television, so I certainly know the advantages of that. It is a great way to raise kids. But I have a home theater in my home, with a DVR. Voila, no commercials. Thirty second skip is my friend.

Bowcephalus
04-26-2008, 08:05 AM
I've grown to hate the radio ads where two folks are talking about something and the premise is that you're eavesdropping and will come away with some little piece of secret info and rush out and buy the product or vote for the candidate.....Subtle con.........

analog_kid
04-26-2008, 08:09 AM
To be honest, my guilty pleasure in life is to watch late-night infomercials. Those things are so rediculous, I can't help watching just to see what people are trying to hawk.


A big plus uno! I love when they demonstrate the "old way" you would do something without their fancy new product, it must suck to have hands that don't work. :lol:

perry
04-26-2008, 08:11 AM
The "head on" headache crap commercials are the worst followed quickly by
"free credit report dot com":mad:

+1 +1!

Prince
04-26-2008, 08:26 AM
The only 2 types I really get annoyed by are the attorney and tech school commercials shown during the day or late at night. Last time I was sick and wanted to watch tv, 99% of the commercials fell into one of these categories. :mad:

neilxvx
04-26-2008, 08:30 AM
Haha, this thread is great. I totally agree with most of the replies. Infomercials are halarious, as are most commericals...especially D.I.Y. commercials, those are guaranteed to be awful.

My biggest pet peeves on T.V. are "reality" shows, bad acting on infomercials, and worst of all, IMHO, corporate media. I absolutely loathe Fox News, for various reasons.

Bowcephalus
04-26-2008, 08:37 AM
"I absolutely loathe Fox News, for various reasons.".....You don't like their commercials?

Jim
04-26-2008, 08:57 AM
Nothing can beat the Crazy Eddie ads, unless its Viagra spam!

Silb3r
04-26-2008, 08:59 AM
My distaste for ads led me to throw my TV away. I've been TV-free for 4 years and I love it :thumbsup: Seeing ads on TV at friend's houses is strange these days, it really is a degrading experience and I'm surprised everyone puts up with it. :blush:

Roman414
04-26-2008, 09:17 AM
What is insidious, those annoying ads seem to work. I caught myself humming the "freecreditreport.com" song yesterday...

Phog Allen
04-26-2008, 10:46 AM
Here are my two current favourites to hate; The Viva Viagra songs. Good lord. Would any red blooded man ever sit around a recording studio singing Viva Viagra to the tune of Elvis' Viva Las Vegas? I wish the King could jump out of his grave and kick the arses of every one of those guys in those ads. The fact that they are only actors getting paid to do a job is immaterial to me. Absolute nails on chalk board aggravation to me.

The other and even more detestable is J.G. Edwards. "IT'S MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW!" I would love to punch the asshat who came up with that one.

Regards, Todd

photoshaver
04-26-2008, 10:54 AM
as someone pointed out, the ads that show the "old" way to do something versus with their new product are the ones that really get me. i firmly believe that the people depicted showing the old method are 15 iq points below the average village idiot.

AsciiSimon
04-26-2008, 02:01 PM
For example, the Australian rugby team, which should be called 'The Australian Wallabies' is now officially called 'The Qantas Wallabies'.

Oh I so hope Tampax gets that sponsorship deal next time :001_smile

Like many other I solved the annoying advertising problem by stopping watching TV. Can't say I miss it either. I must admit the odd times I have seen it lately I have been amazed at just how much advertising there is.

Simon

puffmtd
04-26-2008, 02:05 PM
McDonalds

AsciiSimon
04-26-2008, 02:05 PM
"I absolutely loathe Fox News, for various reasons.".....You don't like their commercials?

From the little I have seen of Fox news the adverts are more likely to be making claims that are true!

Simon

JayKay
04-26-2008, 02:12 PM
The generic vehix.com comercials that play every 5 minutes on every station. I cant stand how they end it with "no wonder its a _____________ favorite" and just insert the nearest big city. For the longest time they had the wrong town, that wasnt even in the same state as me.

AsciiSimon
04-26-2008, 02:27 PM
McDonalds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q16KpquGsIc

Simon

rabidpotatochip
04-26-2008, 04:20 PM
*flex* Yup, MythTV. Auto-skip commercials. I love it.

"We'll be back right after this commercial break!"
"Aaaand we're back!"
*blink* Huh?

It's a little overwhelming not having your shows stop actually, but it's very nice to shave about 20 minutes off a supposedly one hour episode. :biggrin:

SlyGI
04-26-2008, 05:30 PM
The "head on" headache crap commercials are the worst followed quickly by
"free credit report dot com":mad:

+10 on the Head On commercials. Man, they are way too annoying.

However, I kind of like the Free Credit Report Dot Com commercials. Not that my credit is bad, it's actually very good. But I can totally relate to being a young guy in a crappy car trying to pick up hot chicks if a convertible mustang. OMG that was me in 1989!!!!

Then the one where the guys are in a Red Lobster or someplace singing. That totally hits me in the heart too! It's like "man, I have a crappy job, but I can still dream of something better!"

Phog Allen
04-26-2008, 05:35 PM
*flex* Yup, MythTV. Auto-skip commercials. I love it.

"We'll be back right after this commercial break!"
"Aaaand we're back!"
*blink* Huh?

It's a little overwhelming not having your shows stop actually, but it's very nice to shave about 20 minutes off a supposedly one hour episode. :biggrin:

Ah yes. The main reason I will build my next pc is to integrate the pvr functions. I already have Dish Networks' pvr and it is alright. They just want too much money to upgrade my current equipment. About $350. So I will build an HTPC using one of the Linux + Myth distributions. Oh, and the OS costs nothing. I'm serious lads. Once you get used to pausing live tv so you can answer a call or attend to the loo, not to mention the ease of time shifting, you will never want regular television again.

Regards, Todd

JayKay
04-26-2008, 05:38 PM
I pay the 10$ a month for my comcast PVR. Its completely worth it. Sure, I could go out and actually purchase equipment for a couple hundred dollars or even build a pc, but that sort of stuff eventually will need to be replaced, upgraded, etc. I'll stick with renting it. Its not my equipment, its not my problem. It does what it should and when I'm done with it or they come out with something new, I'll get that.

bishop
04-26-2008, 05:43 PM
Head On, definitely.

When I first saw the thread title, though, I immediately thought "Hardee's." Those commercials make my skin crawl.

First off, I am apparently the exception to the "man" rule, by Hardee's standards. I do not require a fast food chain to make my food for me. I am not obsessed with cars, nor do I view women as nothing more than sex objects.

Second, the voice-over makes me want to chew glass. I can imagine the fellow with a big smirk on his face the whole time he says the lines.

Third, to repeat part of number one, I do not view women as mere sex objects, and the hotness of a woman has little relevance to how I enjoy my food within her proximity.

Duggo
04-26-2008, 06:21 PM
The worst is when you are watching a commercial, that doesn't have a clear message or target its market. It leaves you in a mass of confusion ... "What was that all about? :confused: :blink:

On the other hand...

There have been successful ad campaigns. When you have a runny nose, depending upon where you live, you may very well ask for a Kleenex. Kleenex is actually a brand name of facial tissues, usually 2 ply. <-- inserted for the benefit of our global members....

I always wished I was the guy who landed that account. What a crowning achievement, to have people ask for your product by it's brand name when all they wanted was a facial tissue. That's the type of advertising money can't buy.

Holton181
04-26-2008, 06:49 PM
To be honest, my guilty pleasure in life is to watch late-night infomercials. Those things are so rediculous, I can't help watching just to see what people are trying to hawk.

Man, do I love those comercials with that guy who sells all the cleaning products (Oxy Clean, that motorized handheld Auger, KaBoom!, the handheld steamer thing) I always wait to see what additions you can get, and how much the price is. I don't think he does full length infomercials any more.

But back to commercials I don't like. Any ED commercial, Flomax, or the worst:

"I have Gential Herpes."
"And I don't."

Damn. Is herpes that much of a problem in this country?

rabidpotatochip
04-26-2008, 07:07 PM
The worst is when you are watching a commercial, that doesn't have a clear message or target its market. It leaves you in a mass of confusion ... "What was that all about? :confused: :blink:

On the other hand...

There have been successful ad campaigns. When you have a runny nose, depending upon where you live, you may very well ask for a Kleenex. Kleenex is actually a brand name of facial tissues, usually 2 ply. <-- inserted for the benefit of our global members....

I always wished I was the guy who landed that account. What a crowning achievement, to have people ask for your product by it's brand name when all they wanted was a facial tissue. That's the type of advertising money can't buy.

It's also the type of advertising that may prevent you from getting money in the future. Examples include velcro and the zipper. They became such common names that the owners pretty much had to give up their trademark. Or at least that's the version of history I've heard. As with any fact on the internet, YMMV. :wink:

Evbo
04-26-2008, 08:09 PM
I help make commercials for a living. I used to work at a major ad agency and now I'm a partner in a small co. servicing the agencies. I routinely work w/ad folks, day in & day out. Not that there aren't a lot of nice people working for the agencies but if there's anyone who's truly developed a distaste for advertising, it's me.

The older I get, the less I want to watch TV. But for premium cable channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.) I hardly watch conventional TV anymore, mainly because I can't stand watching the ads. The ad business is an insidious thing; knowing what goes into making all of the ads kind of makes it worse.

Check out this clip. The guy who wrote & directed it makes commercials. The satire is dead on -- he absolutely nailed it. If you want to know what the ad biz is like, watch this clip. (NOTE: This is definitely NSFW. And if you're offended by profanity, well ... you should probably change the channel. :biggrin:)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Go_VtqtxCHY

spazchowww
04-26-2008, 08:22 PM
*flex* Yup, MythTV. Auto-skip commercials. I love it.

"We'll be back right after this commercial break!"
"Aaaand we're back!"
*blink* Huh?

It's a little overwhelming not having your shows stop actually, but it's very nice to shave about 20 minutes off a supposedly one hour episode. :biggrin:

Isn't that just the best? I built one about a year ago (using mythdora) and just love it when people come over and flip out over the lack of commercials. It does leave me a bit out of touch sometimes when the people at work are talking about the latest big movie, but I can live with it.

Bubarubu
04-26-2008, 08:28 PM
The other and even more detestable is A.G. Edwards. "IT'S MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW!" I would love to punch the asshat who came up with that one.

Couldn't agree more, except that its J.G. Edwards, not A.G. Edwards. :lol: The worst part is the poor editing on the ad that just has their spokesman so that after every jump he's looking from a different direction or turning from a different position. We made better videos in high school with a single camcorder and now editing.

rabidpotatochip
04-26-2008, 08:33 PM
Isn't that just the best? I built one about a year ago (using mythdora) and just love it when people come over and flip out over the lack of commercials. It does leave me a bit out of touch sometimes when the people at work are talking about the latest big movie, but I can live with it.

Well, I have a solution for that problem, Myth Apple Trailers (http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Myth_Apple_Trailers). Granted, I haven't tested it with the most recent version, but you can set up a cron job to automatically download the latest trailers and you can watch them at your leisure.

spazchowww
04-26-2008, 08:46 PM
Well, I have a solution for that problem, Myth Apple Trailers (http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Myth_Apple_Trailers). Granted, I haven't tested it with the most recent version, but you can set up a cron job to automatically download the latest trailers and you can watch them at your leisure.

Cool! I'm going to have to add that. Thanks for the suggestion.

rabidpotatochip
04-26-2008, 08:48 PM
Cool! I'm going to have to add that. Thanks for the suggestion.

Happy to help. It'll revolutionize the amount of time you waste watching movie trailers. :biggrin:

One important note though, it doesn't have the option to discriminate when downloading trailers; I ended up with some pretty strange horror movie trailers in the mix as a result.

spazchowww
04-26-2008, 08:55 PM
Happy to help. It'll revolutionize the amount of time you waste watching movie trailers. :biggrin:

One important note though, it doesn't have the option to discriminate when downloading trailers; I ended up with some pretty strange horror movie trailers in the mix as a result.

I had a quick read on the install - looks pretty simple. I'll have a crack at it in the morning.

chillpill
04-26-2008, 09:17 PM
Yup ... for me it's pretty much every shaving commercial on TV. My dislike of these ads was the catalyst for me ending up here at B&B. A good thing came of it. Hah.

cl00bie
04-27-2008, 09:54 AM
Ah yes. The main reason I will build my next pc is to integrate the pvr functions. I already have Dish Networks' pvr and it is alright. They just want too much money to upgrade my current equipment. About $350. So I will build an HTPC using one of the Linux + Myth distributions. Oh, and the OS costs nothing. I'm serious lads. Once you get used to pausing live tv so you can answer a call or attend to the loo, not to mention the ease of time shifting, you will never want regular television again.

I bought a TV card and have been running Myth + Fedora for about a year. I'll never go back. You can subscribe to their scheduling service for $20 /year (yes, I said year)

The commercial skip is one of the best parts. I don't have it set to automatic yet, but it flags "commercial" on the screen, and I press "z" to send me to the movie / show again.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap desktop CPU unit to put downstairs with wireless, and use that exclusively for Myth.