I'm really curious about this. Why is it that so many ads promote their product in misleading ways? Why is it that I constantly see the benefits in
bold and the pitfalls don't show up until either the consumer does some research, or the buyer gets screwed?
I constantly see these campaigns where people are drawn in by all sorts of wonderful deals and then given the shaft. Commercials that prop companies
up that have been known to be less than efficient and haphazard in their practices.
I've seen companies re-package the same thing over and over again; lure you in with the gimmick and get you to spend that hard-earned cash on the
same crap. They are allowed to feed you half-truths and partial statistics.
Their defenses against their shenanigans in the event that they are cornered is that they didn't SPECIFICALLY say their product can/can't cause
blank, so ... they really aren't to blame?
The biggest defense for these companies is that one should have enough sense to research the product. And it is understandable that one should have
enough sense to know about the product they're buying.
But at the same time ... shouldn't there be a standard? I mean, doesn't promoting yourself with a farce of a campaign tend to leave consumers a bit
peeved with you?
What would the world be like if advertisers were only allowed to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Wouldn't the standard of
products rise dramatically? Would it change anything?
I, for one, believe this is just part of the Capitalist mentality. A mentality that insists upon profiteering and developing ways to profit while
still operating legally by "technical" standards.
This, along with other factors, contributes to the shady business of advertisement campaigns.
I'm not too keen on people that are incapable of seeing that saying "specific" things to a sterile listener may eventually lead said listener into
I don't much care for it because I can see, plain as day, that it is deceitful and manipulative.
And I don't much care for people that care to label it as anything else but that.
It literally seems more like, "how can I get them to spend their money" as if salesmen where hunters and consumers were prey. "How do I pull one
over on this shmuck?"
I see the lies everywhere, and it literally makes me ill. The internet is blasted with ads that tell all sorts of lies, some come with neat little
trojan packages. TV is blasted with constant ads that tell you one thing now, and later they're on the News trying to explain that their code
violations were kind of a thing that happened in the time that no one really cared ... and so that mentality must remain, because back then was back
then, and now is now.
I mean, isn't this practically hustling? Isn't it like robbery in disguise? Would society benefit if producers had to be absolutely truthful about
I mean, if you think about it, it would only eliminate all the rubbish products and leave those of true value standing.
Left with that, we could focus on how to improve upon the best thing we have so far, and come up with even better products.
I have to ask; in a society where value is gauged by necessity and demand, why are people allowed to manipulate our thoughts? Doesn't that
contaminate the pool? Doesn't that make it so the value of 'said product' changes dramatically without having gained anything to increase its
In a world where prices aren't set in stone, based on the services they provide and their applications and usefulness, etc. This leaves the cost of
products up in the air. This poisoning of the well serves to manipulate how it is that consumers spend that which is allegedly precious, their
Can't anyone see how dangerous this stuff is? Or are we all expected to become experts in every field? – Let it be known that I would LOVE to be an
expert in a great many things, unfortunately, I don't believe I am gifted in that way.
Though, I guess all's fair, no? The strong live, the weak die? Something like that, ne?
[edit on 8-6-2010 by SentientBeyondDesign]