Visa ... confused
Then the "fine print" speak says "no purchase necessary" ... Arrrugh? Wait a minute, no purchase necessary to get a refund on purchases?
I know that companies cannot require a purchase for promos, else it becomes a lottery and/or gambling and that is not permitted in some states. So "no purchase necessary" is a legal disclaimer. But if the promo is to get refunds for "purchases" and there is a no "purchase" necessary disclaimer; does that not exclude people w/o "purchases"? Which really means you must have "purchases" to qualify? Which means this is a lottery/gambling? Which is illegal?
Does anybody else find this confusing (or as we say in Texas "kornfusing")? It ranks up there with "send in your box tops to enter (no purchase necessary)"!!
Is anybody else feed up with all the "run of the mill" commercial cr@p we are supposed to swallow? Does anybody else watch TV w/ their brain engaged? I could cite a million examples ... but I won't.
Next time you watch a commercial (especially from car manufacturers), count the number of "shots". I.e. you see a car, you see a guy, you see a family, you see them driving on the road, etc... Any angle shift (right side, left side, close up, full shot, etc...); count it! If the number is over ~8, you are being spammed w/o knowing it! And most commercials go WAY over 8. A rush of images is a way to overload you and make you "swallow" the pitch. There are many other techniques, but this one is easy to spot. Maybe I should do a post on marketing techniques ... maybe I will, but it will take a lot of time.
I've counted over 20 shots in a 30 second commercial ... you figure out the average shot duration.
Another easy spotting technique is to mute the TV and see if a familiar commercial is half as interesting as before ... most likely it is not. Try it.
You may think, ease up fella. Maybe I should. But all commercials have 1 goal, make you dissatisfied with what you have and so create a "need" for the "product". And the advertising firm doesn't really care what the "product" is, they only care about creating a "need" in you. Because more than likely you already have something that fulfills the need just fine, but to sell you something you must need their product MORE ... that's when they get paid.
Sorry for the rant, but keep your eyes, ears, and brains turned ON.
posted by iWantToKeepAnon at 9:54 PM |