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Dumb commercials on TV

02 Jul 07 - 11:30 PM (#2092916)
Subject: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

There are so many dumb commercials on TV I can't name one.


02 Jul 07 - 11:35 PM (#2092919)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

Uh, yep!


02 Jul 07 - 11:41 PM (#2092922)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Dickey

Well, they are spinning a TV show off of the Geico caveman commercials.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960384.html?categoryid=1300&cs=1


02 Jul 07 - 11:41 PM (#2092923)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

Right you are Peace.


02 Jul 07 - 11:43 PM (#2092924)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

I heard they are making a sitcom with the geico cavemen.....I'll never watch it.


02 Jul 07 - 11:46 PM (#2092927)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Bert

You weren't expecting them to be intelligent were you?


02 Jul 07 - 11:49 PM (#2092928)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

No I wasn't


03 Jul 07 - 12:02 AM (#2092938)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

YOUTUBE

And all so above-board also.


03 Jul 07 - 12:10 AM (#2092941)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: GUEST,dianavan

They have ruined a perfectly good kids chant with this commercial.

http://www.bebo.com/FlashBox.jsp?FlashViewType=Personal&FlashBoxId=4010737462&MemberId=1566764

I won't be able to teach this chant to little kids anymore.


03 Jul 07 - 10:27 AM (#2093044)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: SINSULL

Funny - I have the same problem. There are ads that I immediately turn off because they are annoying, loud, incredibly stupid, all of the above. But I can't seem to remember a single product involved. Too bad - I would like to boycott them.

Have to admit, Geico is a real nuisance. Between that idiotic lizard and the caveman...


03 Jul 07 - 10:33 AM (#2093055)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Becca72

For me it's the "head on" commercials. The ones where they have people in the commercials saying how annoying the commercials are is even worse than the originals.


03 Jul 07 - 12:03 PM (#2093135)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Liz the Squeak

The one I loathe most is that stupid Barry Scott shouting at me to go and buy Cillit BANG!

The one presently running has such a BAAAAD voiceover, it's incredible!

LTS


03 Jul 07 - 12:05 PM (#2093138)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Liz the Squeak

And it's not even the same Barry Scott as last year!

LTS


03 Jul 07 - 12:26 PM (#2093166)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: The Walrus

I must admit, I've never noticed the change in 'Scotts', the shouted commentary of the earlier commercial has conditioned me to automatically change channels at the first sight of the ad. - Pavlov thou art proven!

W


03 Jul 07 - 12:31 PM (#2093172)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Liz the Squeak

This one is older and has a squarer head. And more hair.

LTS


03 Jul 07 - 12:48 PM (#2093197)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don Firth

I've seen several commercials lately, advertising different products, that concentrated so hard on some stupid gag that I never did figure out what product or service they were trying to peddle.

Don Firth


03 Jul 07 - 01:10 PM (#2093209)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Bill D

I'm so tired of seeing cars driving mountain roads at 90MPH or balanced on rocks in canyons....that.....never mind.

I once knew a guy who actually worked for the Ad agency that did the old maudlin "Double your pleasure, double your FUN!" commercials for Wrigley's gum. He said the crew could barely stand doing it, but the president of Wrigley personally oversaw and helped plan those things.

It would a lot easier to list the few funny, good commercials.


03 Jul 07 - 01:44 PM (#2093241)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Big Al Whittle

Most hated ...Picture Finance.

This moron (sometimes a man, sometimes a woman) gets into debt over the phone to the tune of 25 grand, whilst the kids are jumping round and the spouse is rummaging mindlessly around.

They will peobably get the money, put it somewhere, forget where it is, and contract another loan tomorrow.


03 Jul 07 - 01:52 PM (#2093247)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

I wish they WERE dumb ads!

They come on at four times the volume of the program, and nigh on blow you out of your chair.

I've become adept at hitting the mute button on the fly, and although I haven't a clue as to the best detergent, I DO get to watch some incredibly amusing short silent movies.

Don T.


03 Jul 07 - 03:01 PM (#2093286)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

I hate the starburst commercial with the Gay guy asking two guys if they have Berrys and cream starburst and they tell him yes and e starts dancing around.GAY GAY GAY.


03 Jul 07 - 07:27 PM (#2093470)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: RangerSteve

Yeah, the berries and cream ad is bad. I don't get it. Who is that guy? Why is he dressed like that? Why is he singing? Why does he repeat it in falsetto? Starburst has made sure I'll never buy their product.


03 Jul 07 - 07:50 PM (#2093491)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: saulgoldie

I generally don't watch commercials. So I can't really comment on which is the dumbest. I have a good sense of timing, and when a commercial break starts, I switch to another channel and switch back when my "alarm" goes off and says that the show has started again. The Geico commercials are so ubiquitous that I have not been able to totally avoid them. But I sure as hell don't use their service. Did you know, BTW, that it happens to be pretty lousy insurance? S'probably why they have to advertise so much!

Anyway, when I am not flipping channels, I tape my shows for later viewing and just fast-forward through the annoyances. All of this is why the advertisers are abandoning traditional media and trying to figure out how to "beat" these new trends.


03 Jul 07 - 07:56 PM (#2093494)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

I got rid of the dam##d TV.


03 Jul 07 - 08:12 PM (#2093501)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

really


03 Jul 07 - 08:15 PM (#2093503)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don Firth

So I get tired of retching at the damned commercials and switch over to my local PBS affiliate and--

Freakin' pledge breaks! (How much of Andre Rieu is a person supposed to be able to stand?)

Thank God for our subscription to NetFlix!

Don Firth


03 Jul 07 - 08:21 PM (#2093505)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

Yeah. The thing was driving me nuts. I realized one day after a friend had told me how funny "The Seinfeld Show" was that I didn't find it funny. I watched two shows back to back. Laughed once in the first show and smirked twice in the second. I watched about ten minutes of "Friends" and that was it for that. The News wasn't, and I got really tired of talking heads letting me know what was important. Commercials I find are insulting and aimed at the intelligence and attention span of yer average turnip. So, the TV went.


03 Jul 07 - 08:27 PM (#2093508)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

where did it go?


03 Jul 07 - 08:59 PM (#2093534)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mickey191

Most obnoxious currently is: A drill sargeant: Screaming at the top of his lungs that a guys uniform is stained. I immediately mute-so I don't know the product.

I find the Geico gekko cute--he's very low key & a bit humorous.

SaulGoldie, I saved $400. a year with Geico. I had formerly used AARP's Hartford. I have the exact same coverage too.

Two great ones-The Buick with a beautiful oldies song & great voice. Listen for it. AND-----"There ain't no bugs on me,REPEAT-There maybe bugs on some of you mugs-but there ain't no bugs on me. TEE HEE!! What sweet bundle of fur. I always sing along.


03 Jul 07 - 09:20 PM (#2093547)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

"where did it go?"

It went out. The same out we tell our parents we are going to when they ask where we're going to. Capiche? Out!


03 Jul 07 - 11:54 PM (#2093636)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: RangerSteve

Don - Andre Rieu is good for you and you are supposed to adore him because PBS said so. And you will like him until PBS finds someone else to replace him and you will like that person also. Damn. Now that waltz that he plays in all the ads for his programs is going through my head and it'll be there all night. Never mind, it's good for me.


04 Jul 07 - 12:36 AM (#2093658)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: GUEST,Scoville at Dad's

There used to be one where some little kids brought their parents pancake breakfast in bed, and the dad starts to eat, but the mom whispers the warning in his ear that, "We don't have the stuff to make pancakes."

Flour, milk, sugar, butter, baking powder, eggs. Who the Hell doesn't have the stuff to make pancakes??

* * * * * *

On the up side, there used to be a discount clothing store chain here (Weiner's. Gee, I wonder why they went out of business) that ran an ad at the end of the summer every year that we thought was pretty clever. It showed kids on the beach and then started the "Jaws" theme. Kids start screaming and running, and the camera pans to a fleet of school buses driving towards them over the sand.


04 Jul 07 - 02:11 AM (#2093686)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Liz the Squeak

There are undoubtedly some very clever adverts, but mostly they're just dumb, or assume that the viewer is dumb. Certainly they assume they are deaf, otherwise there wouldn't be all that shouting about cleaning my toilet. I mean, other than student accomodation and building sites, who gets their toilet that dirty anyway? And if I want my toilet to smell of flowers, I'll put a vase of flowers in the window or better yet, open the window!

The Advertising Standards Agency in the UK was approached in a bid to lower the volume of commercials shown... I wonder what happened to that idea?

But the ones on UK TV that annoy me most of all are the series of Halifax Building Society adverts. No wonder I can never get served when I have to visit their office to complain about their latest extravagant charges for going 2.30 overdrawn.... all the bloody staff are out shooting commercials! And if I ever meet that Howard bloke, I'm going thump him so hard he'll be able to clean his glasses with his underpants.

LTS


04 Jul 07 - 03:15 AM (#2093714)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Big Al Whittle

Its the sheer quantity of all the loan company adverts and the way they trivialise or attempt to make huge debts seem normal and acceptable that annoy me.

I think they are as bad morally and as insidious as adverts for smoking.


It would serve all these bastards right if the government wrote everybody's debts off, because these companies conned people into these financial messes.

Al (not in debt, but been there)


04 Jul 07 - 03:36 AM (#2093731)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mr Red

UK - Nobby's Nuts


04 Jul 07 - 03:48 AM (#2093733)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

And how does Nobby feel about the ads?


04 Jul 07 - 04:13 AM (#2093745)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Big Al Whittle

Nobby's Nuts - great label, disappointing product.


04 Jul 07 - 07:00 AM (#2093812)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Michael

I was stopped in town the other day by a rather bedraggled lady who asked me if I could spare a few minutes to do a market research survey: It was raining and the offer of a cup of coffee sounded tempting (and cheaper than a cafe). So I was sat at a laptop and watched some TV ads with the names removed, I'm pleased to report that I (honestly) couldn't identify any of them!!

Mike


04 Jul 07 - 09:23 AM (#2093873)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: HuwG

Ironically, it is usually the most evil products i.e. tobacco, which produced the best advertisements.

I recall one which starred comedian Russ Abbott, after getting inspiration from a certain brand of cigar, using a home-made blunderbuss to blast ten clay pigeons in flight. The camera then cut to the operator of the clay pigeon trap ... Des O'Connor, who was loading the trap with CDs labelled "Russ Abbott's greatest hits".

Another had no commentary, just stock footage of American steam locomotives of the 1930s in majestic progress, with a background soundtrack of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning".

Of course I cannot remember either brand. Not only do I not smoke, but the advertisers failed to hammer the product name into my head with a nauseating discord and inane unrhyming lyrics.

The demon drink now ... with certain exceptions, if it is advertised on the TV, I regard it as guaranteed to be utter swill. (Guinness is the one exception which springs readily to mind.)


04 Jul 07 - 10:12 AM (#2093907)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!


04 Jul 07 - 10:18 AM (#2093914)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: SINSULL

The best ad campaigns? Alka Seltzer and Oscar Myer in the 60s. Pepsi in the 80s with those adorable puppies and the little boy.

Alka Seltzer! Alka Seltzer! with all the old cons sitting around the tables. Great stuff! And you had to remember the product.


15 Jul 07 - 12:10 PM (#2103334)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

I HATE ESURANCE COMMERCIALS!!!!!


16 Jul 07 - 05:47 AM (#2104012)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Liz the Squeak

The juxtaposition of adverts is amusing too....

Last week, during afternoon TV, the first was an advert for Immodium, a diahorrea medicine, shortly followed by one for Senakot, a constipation medicine. Immediately following those was the one that starts 'Fact, there are more germs on your chopping board than on your toilet'. Makes you wonder what people do to their intestines.

LTS


18 Jul 07 - 10:09 AM (#2105895)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: fat B****rd

Speaking of "Make people shit and get rich" (c. Milligan) type adverts, how come it's only women who get constipated or bloated ?.


18 Jul 07 - 10:17 AM (#2105897)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Donuel

The Steve Irwin talking action figure NOW available at Toys R US.
Krikey


18 Jul 07 - 10:30 AM (#2105905)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

That's rude.


18 Jul 07 - 05:15 PM (#2106214)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: GUEST,petr

regarding the pancakes - have you tried Palacinkas?

flour eggs milk sugar. Like crepes.. put some jam, or maple syrup and
roll them up and eat.. you wont want to go to pancakes after that..

- the commercials that bug me - are ones where the power is out
(an add for power generator) and some guy is singing and playing spoons to entertain his guests.. and a similar one which I think was about having cableor highspeed internet for kids whose parents sit around and play guitars.. (so the kids have something to do other than homemade entertainment)

NOw youd think - that its far better to make your own music then relying on mindless tv or internet..


18 Jul 07 - 05:43 PM (#2106235)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster

I like the tic-tac commercial when they juggle tic-tacs on their tounge.


19 Jul 07 - 09:48 AM (#2106771)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: JennyO

GUEST,petr, your post reminded me of a commercial we have for some brand of high speed internet connection, where the father and son have gone to a neighbour's place to use the internet because they don't have it.

The neighbour puts on his kilt and picks up his bagpipes and starts playing. Father and son are muttering to each other that they really MUST get the internet on VERY soon.


19 Jul 07 - 06:09 PM (#2107173)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Richard Bridge

There are or have been some ads for some little Japanese jukebox cars (not sure which) that have WONDERFUL music soundtracks - one was a modern version of Billy Fury's "Wondrous Place" and there have been several others. One was so good I tried to trace the ad agents to find out what the track was - but they never replied.

Someone is using the Classics IV classic track "Spooky" at present(ish) too.


19 Jul 07 - 07:40 PM (#2107237)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Donuel

From: Donuel - PM
Date: 18 Jul 07 - 10:17 AM

The Steve Irwin talking action figure NOW available at Toys R US.
Krikey


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Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: cookster - PM
Date: 18 Jul 07 - 10:30 AM

That's rude


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The commercial is currently on Nickolodeon and family channel.
(I suspect they were ready to go prior to his death and they waited a period of time before unloading them)


19 Jul 07 - 09:10 PM (#2107297)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Charley Noble

I have to agree with Becca above that the "Head on!" commercials are the most obnoxious.

But now I know their product name...

Charley Noble


09 Jun 09 - 05:47 PM (#2652634)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

What gets me is the Burger King commercials where the dad and his kids are playing with the toys and the dad always does something that looks funny ,but in reality it just makes him look dumb. It's just so pathetic.


10 Jun 09 - 12:04 AM (#2652879)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: maire-aine

The cable TV and the telephone-cable-internet commercials the ones that irritate me the most. They are an insult to the viewer's intelligence.

Maryanne


10 Jun 09 - 04:53 AM (#2652983)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: RangerSteve

There's an ad for a septic tank cleaner that "unlike other cleaners, you can pour it down any drain, any time, day or night".
I don't get it. Are there septic tank cleaners that won't work on a 24hour basis? If I use one at the wrong time, what happens? Will it be rejected and splash me in my face? Will it explode? And how does it know that it's not the proper time to be used?


10 Jun 09 - 07:33 AM (#2653049)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mr Red

There was an article in the New Scientist last week about pundits but it applies to Adverts just as much.

We believe people who state with conviction and don't haver. "Probably" and 60% is not yer average fare in ads. They lie all the time and need to be challenged.

One ad for Lynx (man) perfume - that'a all it is whatever you call it - claimed that women don't like men who sweat. Now all the reports of scientific research I ever came across say just the opposite - traces of "man sweat" make park benches and T-shits etc preferred by most women. Now it the ad had said "women say they don't like man sweat" it might have been true, but it didn't.

FWIW the same is true for woman sweat on men according to similar research. It is all about staleness and amount.


10 Jun 09 - 08:19 AM (#2653077)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: SINSULL

Quizno's finally got rid of the moron who, with a mouth stuffed with greasy crap, says "Prime Rib, da kink of meats". Now they have the voice of Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey controlling a numbnuts sandwich maker. "Give it to me, now". I keep hoping he will entice the sandwich maker into the oven and...


10 Jun 09 - 11:48 AM (#2653207)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Ebbie

One I haven't seen lately always had me doing a double take.

The dog wakes the man; he wants to go out. Grroaning, the man takes a shower. And then they go on a run.

Who showers before jogging?


10 Jun 09 - 12:49 PM (#2653260)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

I cant stand all the Billy Mays and Vince commercials. They are just too annoying.


10 Jun 09 - 04:17 PM (#2653426)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: RangerSteve

YEAH, I AGREE. BILLY MAYS IS ANNOYING. HE'S WAY TOO EXCITED ABOUT ALL HIS PRODUCTS. Can you imagine having him for a father? HEY KIDS, IT'S TIME TO GET UP. IT'S A GREAT DAY OUTSIDE. AND YOU'LL PROBABLY LEARN ALL KINDS OF GREAT THINGS IN SCHOOL TODAY! BUT FIRST, HOW ABOUT BREAKFAST? WE'RE HAVING EGGS! AND, IF YOU GET UP NOW, I'LL INCLUDE ABSOLUTELY FREE, ANOTHER EGG. SOUND GOOD? HOW ABOUT IF I THROW IN, ABSOLUTELY FREE, THREE SLICES OF BACON? AND, IF YOU EAT IT WITHIN THE NEXT HALF HOUR, I'LL MAKE YOU LUNCH!!!!AND NOT JUST ANY LUNCH, BUT A LUNCH LIKE NO OTHER LUNCH EVER MADE!!!!!
And then one morning, I'd have to kill him. Or myself.


10 Jun 09 - 10:44 PM (#2653692)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

I WILL COOK YOU EGGS, FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF 19.99 AND I WILL ALSO THROW IN SOME BACON ABSOLUTELY FREE. JUST PAY SHIPPING AND HANDLING!!! I would sneak out in the middle of the night and put myself up for adoption if he were my father.


28 Jun 09 - 11:22 PM (#2666834)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

I nw regret making fun of Billy Mays. R.I.P


28 Jun 09 - 11:42 PM (#2666842)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Amergin

why? he was annoying.


29 Jun 09 - 04:20 AM (#2666908)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: GRex

Try recording your favourite programs and then zap the adverts during replay. Much more enjoyable that way.

            GRex


29 Jun 09 - 04:43 AM (#2666918)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: SharonA

Hey, theman, I don't think you need to apologize. Billy Mays himself poked fun at his style of product-pitching. I'm sure he would have laughed if he had read the send-up that you and RangerSteve wrote, and he might even have acted it out on video. There are several clips on YouTube of him having fun with his image -- ordering food at a McDonald's drive-through; wreaking havoc in an office by misusing the products he pitched; parodying Shakespeare on Jay Leno's show, etc. He was a nice guy who didn't take himself too seriously... which may have been his downfall: he laughed off the blow to his head, joking about how hard it was, instead of seeking medical attention.

RIP, Billy Mays -- you were loud, you were proud, and your smile was the biggest special bonus you offered. We'll miss you!


29 Jun 09 - 06:47 AM (#2666961)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Bill D

Ah, but he couldn't match Ron Popiel!




But folks...you are missing the most gawd-awful, tedious, insulting to the intelligence, dishonest, misleading, annoying commercials running today (in the US).

"Freecreditreport.com" Stupid kid playing bad music too fast & too loud to sell you something already available for free!

("But", you say..."it says FREEcreditreport...") It also says in the fine print...'applies with enrollment in Triple Advantage'.

Right...look here


29 Jun 09 - 07:29 AM (#2666978)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mooh

Mute. Music. News. Refrigerator. Books. Magazines. Prayer. Sex. Anything is better than ads. Some beer ads are amusing the first time, but rarely the second time. The commercial breaks during hockey games are dumb on several levels, and they disturb the flow of play...not to mention those stupid board ads.

No way I'm representative of the target audience. What's advertised aren't things I want or need.

Peace, Mooh.


29 Jun 09 - 10:01 AM (#2667075)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

That's the whole point Mooh.

Advertising isn't about supplying what WE need, we'll go out and buy that anyway.

Advertising is all about shifting the mountain of crap products nobody WANTS.

Don T.


29 Jun 09 - 10:21 AM (#2667089)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mooh

Oh, I get that loud and clear Don, just reaffirming the position, and making my point about hockey games. Funny, we don't have much of that mountain of crap. There are however, way too many musical instruments, books and magazines around.

Those autoharp and baritone ukulele commercials are the worst!

Peace, Mooh.


29 Jun 09 - 07:59 PM (#2667642)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

he died of heart disease Sharon


30 Jun 09 - 10:14 AM (#2668000)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Mr Happy

Ad fo Co-Op food on British TV selling 'outdoor reared sausages'!!


30 Jun 09 - 01:30 PM (#2668129)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: robomatic

Some commercials are cleverer than others, and then there's the whole 'meta' commercial thing, being the manner and method of the commercial being displayed.

I think GEICO is rather clever, they have at least three (no, make that four, no it's really five) major themes and they 'tend' not to overplay any one of them.

1) The GEICO gecko connection. The best of these were before the gecko had a voice, it was simply an appearance of the lizard, the most memorable being a shot of a dog looking out a car window, this was a really nice dog and clearly its attention was riveted as we found out by a lizard sitting on a convertible car seat next to it.

2) The testimonial of a normal person made obviously and with great fanfare by a genuine semi-celebrity (one time it was Joan Rivers).

3) A semi-dramatic event where one of the characters says out of the blue "I just saved a lot on my car insurance"

4) The "fine young cavemen" commercials.

5) The money-fold with big eyes that follows someone around who could be saving a lot of money on their car insurance.

In fact, GEICO can't be that cheap because they're spending so bloody much on pretty good commercials.


VOLKSWAGEN has generally good clever, not overdone commercials.


I even like the "I'm a PC" commercials in response to the really well-done "I'm a MAC -and I'm a PC" commercials where the truly funny guy is an increasingly well known humorist playing of course the PC.

The one's I can't stand. Anything with a talking baby or someone who shouts. Anything which tells you to talk to your doctor then follows this by an auctioneer's gabble of warning symptoms.


01 Jul 09 - 01:22 PM (#2669053)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

I really don't like the volkswagen commercials with the talking hippy bus. No offense to anyone who has ever owned one.


01 Jul 09 - 01:41 PM (#2669072)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: robomatic

I have fond memories of 12 of us arrayed around the floor of my college room-mates' microbus, coasting down the twisty bit of Lombard Street yelling "no brakes!".


30 Aug 09 - 10:42 PM (#2712607)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

The Bing.com commercials are seriously stupid. They are just people saying random things that are completely beside the point.


30 Aug 09 - 10:55 PM (#2712613)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Bill D

My latest vote for tedious commercial is that weird woman selling vehicle insurance in the 'white', vaguely 'office' setting. She makes cutesy, inane comments while sappy 'customers' pretend to be finding exactly what they want.


30 Aug 09 - 10:59 PM (#2712614)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Ebbie

Isn't buying car insurance a blast! giggle, giggle That one is one of my 'off putters', too, Bill D.


30 Aug 09 - 11:09 PM (#2712620)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Peace

I think most any of them are stupid. I no longer have a TV, but commercials I have seen over the years make no sense to me at all. Of course, they didn't make any sens 50 years ago either, imo.

The last witty one I remember was a Volkswagen commercial:

Buy one, it makes your house look bigger.

That was when the Beetle was a few years in existence.


31 Aug 09 - 08:41 AM (#2712839)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: SINSULL

My favorite VW commercial:
Ever wonder how the snow plow driver gets to work?

With a VW plowing its way through the snow.

My latest "Most Hated Commercial" is that stupid bitch with her spoiled brat kids who refuse to use old "minutes" on their cell ohones. Take the damn cell phones away and let them pay for their own phones and their own minutes.


31 Aug 09 - 04:05 PM (#2713164)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Stringsinger

there was one I liked. Was it Sprint?

"What if life were like a movie set?"

"No rain, no rainbow",.........."Stunt-groom"......."Jackpot"...........I thought it was funny.

How do you measure dumb?


31 Aug 09 - 09:11 PM (#2713366)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

On a sale of 1 to 10 Stringsinger. 1 being ok. 10 being turn of the freaking tv.


31 Aug 09 - 10:33 PM (#2713396)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

My most hated are those that have a doorbell or phone ringing. They even fool my dogs.


01 Sep 09 - 12:22 AM (#2713447)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Ebbie

I just remembered one that makes me reach for the remote every time. It's one of those 'uplifting' ones where the man is waiting for his lady love outdoors on the deck and when she comes - em - they cuddle and he has this look on his face that is meant to be loving and tender, I suppose, but it appears more smarmy and lascivious than anything else.


01 Sep 09 - 11:41 AM (#2713734)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

Scraping around beneath the barrel brings up what is arguably the worst irritant since the evolution of poison ivy.

The sponsor ads for British Cop Soap "The Bill", starring an overacting halfwit who should never have left his day job.

He makes a complete hash of trying to be a comic US SWAT team member, combating, dirt and grime with a range of cleaning products.

A village somewhere is advertising for a new, better qualified, village idiot. They can't possibly be wanting this one back.

If I ever find out which advertising agency came up with that crap, I'll recommend them for the Guinness Book of World records.....and early euthanasia!

Don T.


01 Sep 09 - 01:43 PM (#2713841)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Little Hawk

I never see any of them. I've heard rumours about the "Grey Power" car insurance one, though. People seem to hate it.


01 Sep 09 - 08:07 PM (#2714148)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

May have been mentioned before, but too much up above.

The insurance commercial about the guy who has a 20-year-old car, and his insurance is also 20 years old.
Anyone with any sense long ago cut back to accident and liability coverage, which works out about the same with all insurers, and dropped coverage on the car itself.
The commercial also implies that the guy should get a new car, but if a vehicle is properly maintained and in good condition, the guy is well-ahead of the game.


01 Sep 09 - 08:32 PM (#2714166)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Bill D

Tonight...guy with baseball glove, tossing ball to kid.

Announcer says:"Many things get passed along from Father to Son....like Aqua-Velva shaving lotion!"

Transition? Nawwwww...


01 Sep 09 - 08:50 PM (#2714177)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Joe_F

Surely, it would be far more efficient to have a thread for *sensible* commercials on TV.


01 Sep 09 - 09:31 PM (#2714197)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

It probably would Joe


01 Sep 09 - 09:36 PM (#2714200)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: theman

The Purex 3-in-1 dryer sheets commercial. It stars this red headed woman who talks about the wonderful things this dryer sheet does. At the end she says "now if it could just fold." She says this as she has the deer in the headlights look.


02 Sep 09 - 05:06 PM (#2714922)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

""Surely, it would be far more efficient to have a thread for *sensible* commercials on TV.""

What a good idea Joe F. It would be the fastest slide off the list in the history of Mudcat, with NO posts whatever.

Pity it's not THAT easy to get rid of the ads themselves.

Don T.


03 Sep 09 - 04:11 PM (#2715667)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Cobble

Stupid family going to find out what the sale is all about. RIGHT.

Cobble.


03 Sep 09 - 08:36 PM (#2715844)
Subject: RE: Dumb commercials on TV
From: Little Hawk

There is a very easy way to get rid of the ads themselves. Rip the guts out of your television and turn it into a plantholder or just drop it off a high place and watch it go "BOOM".

Do the same with your radio...or just tune it to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's national radio show which is publicly financed and thus HAS no commercials.

Problem solved.