Do any of you ever avoid a thing because of the ads for it?

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I will never buy Barilla pasta - they used to run ads on Cartoon Network that were double the volume of the shows, and if I wasn't quick to mute they'd wake up the whole house.

Granted, I'd probably buy the cheaper store-brand anyway...

As pretty much every single Brit has said, Go-compare. I dislike most of the insurance ads, but I hate one with a passion.

MetalMagpie:
Confused.com is not quite as bad, but it's getting there. With each sight of that stupid cartoon character, I get closer to murder...

The thing that I find almost kind of funny about them is that their big thing right now is that you can get 1000 nectar points if you get insurance from them. So they're big advertising base right now, is not that they're really easy too use, or they're really cheap, but that I'll be able to have a 5 shop at Sainsburys.

Marketing people, how stupid are you?

cerealnmuffin:
I quit watching TV due to advertisements. That was 6 years ago and I still don't watch TV. I only watch the few shows I'm interested in via itunes or the net. Even then it would be like one episode a week, two or three at the most. (On Monday, I watch the latest ep of Walking Dead and Project Runway... don't give me that look...I love the dress making show). I hate commercials so much that I don't mind paying a couple bucks for episodes.

Back when I did watch TV, I used to drink a lot of soda switching between pepsi and coca cola. Price swayed my choice but so did the advertisements. I would buy the competitor's product if the commercial was really annoying.

I also plan on raising my future daughter without TV save for games or occasional movie via dvd. The TV wouldn't pick up reception for standard channels. I did read a lot when I was little, but the tv was always on in my house and I regret hours wasted watching shows I didn't even like. My parents preferred TV over paying for piano lessons or something great like that.

Same here, gave up TV for a few reasons.

- Too many ads
- Male bashing (apparently we're all incompetent and lazy and if not for the children and the wife we wouldn't be able to operate kitchen appliances)

Last night though I tuned into Fox to watch Bones, a show that I have been watching on Netflix. The ads were so bad, it seemed like you would get 3 minutes of the show and 5 minutes worth of ads. Being used to only watching TV shows on DVD and Netflix, I found this unwatchable. I did finish the episode but I remember very little because the show was so broken up between blocks of ads.

Avoid?

Seems a little too active on my part, it's like this Space Janitors thing, I am throughly annoyed by the ads for it, especially considering that the idea behind it just sounds outright stupid to me, but I will be giving it a shot. I just expect that I won't like it at all, will end up writing a post about how it is shit and then not touch it again in hopes that the escapist drops it. I like Schadenfreude, so when a Ad annoys the fuck out of me (even if it is actually the coders fault) I hope whatever the Ad is for ceases to exist and the makers go bankrupt.

Unless I'm wrong and it's ok, then I'll just mention how fucking annoying the ad was.

Worgen:
I wont go to go daddy because the ads for it make it look like a crappy porn site from the late 90s that would be riddled with viruses.

That's exactly what I was thinking of. For quite a while, I had no idea what Go Daddy was, and I didn't want to look about for it in case it was in fact some malware-pushing POS that scraped together enough money to hire ex-porn actresses for a commercial.

OT: If the ads are like Go Daddy, where they don't actually tell you anything about the product, I will avoid it on the principle of "They don't know how to actually sell their product, therefore they don't actually know about their product."

Well, I work at a videostore where we are expected to blare advertisements upon all our TV's nonstop from the moment we open to the moment we close. Sometimes I just can't bring myself to watch some of the films advertised, even when I know they're gonna be good. I need a cooldown period before-hand, after being forcefully immersed in the film's ad campaign. >_<

More of a response than I thought there would be.

I wish marketers would catch on to the fact that they can do damage to their sales or ratings by producing terrible ads. I wish the Escapist would figure out how to not fail all over itself with this Space Janitors thing.

Thing is, I know that it's not necessary because when you actually make something really good, all the publicity you need is generated by the people who like it. Look at Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress. Much of the software I use is stuff I heard about from people who's judgement I trust, or from doing my own research.

You don't need ads. All you need is to have just a little talent at what you do. If you don't have that, then stop trying to impersonate a creator and go flip burgers or something, because the best thing you can do for humanity is to not taint it with your products.

The Escapist could also learn from this. I'm never going to join the publisher's club because the Escapist does not show signs of being run by people who know what they're doing, especially with regards to money. That's the clearest message that comes through in the ads on this site and the way that they deal with them, and also from the things that came to light when Extra Credits left. I have never bought a single product advertised on this site and I'm not going to, and any willingness I'd have to look past the silly name of Space Janitors and give it a try has been eroded by the ads. Try to be good at what you do, Escapist, it'll work better for you than what you're doing now.

I hardly ever see commercials any more due to the wonders of internet tv :D
However, I did catch and advert for Geordie Shore which was so hilarious I did get an urge to watch it...but I fear it will take itself much more seriously than its commercial did.

Internet ads still annoy me though, especially the ones that advertise 'hot women in your area'. No matter how attractive a woman may be, I have no desire to have her 'in my area'

Need I say more?

I don't understand how can someone actually think this is cool. I think the whole point of this ad is "how not to be cool".

OnLive. There was a period where every advert I saw on Youtube started with 'Onlive is cloud gaming' *Cue patronising voice* 'BUT, what is CLOUD GAMING?'

AHHHH SHUT THE FUCK UP! I'm watchiing Music videos, just please leave me alone

All the products placed by poorly implemented, unskippable, unmutable 30-second ads which frequently crash my computer (or at least, before I upgraded) just before a video I want to watch.

Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Seriously. That's terrible advertising.

Yes, absolutely. Same thing with emails and post. You send me a takeaway menu through my letterbox, and I'll tear it up, stick it in the recycling bin, and never buy anything from there ever again.

However, if you manage to make an ad that is either funny or clever (or both), I will consider buying your product when I would of normally.

cerealnmuffin:
I quit watching TV due to advertisements.

Me too, although I do watch more than 1 or 2 programmes a week, just sporadically.

ElPatron:

Need I say more?

I don't understand how can someone actually think this is cool. I think the whole point of this ad is "how not to be cool".

I thought it was actually kind of funny, not cool, just funny. Didn't make me go out and buy MW3 though.

Absolutely. I remember mainly with those "I'm a mac, and I'm a PC" ads that had that young comedian/actor guy, and the guy in the suit who looked like a young Bill Gates.

I'm not actively anti mac, but the smug attitude from that ad campaign really soured me on the brand. It's probably because I identified with the guy in the suit, who was portrayed as an uptight loser.

Also, your product needs to be able to promote itself on its' own merit. Merely bashing the competitor to look superior is bad form.

CardinalPiggles:
I thought it was actually kind of funny, not cool, just funny. Didn't make me go out and buy MW3 though.

It "could" have been funny. It looked like someone tried to make a parody of people "trying to look cool". All it accomplished was make fun of itself.

Kinda trashes the connotation we have put on the world "soldier" and "vet". When I think of the phrase "there is a soldier in all of us" I think about everyone accepting sacrifice as a mean to protect one of his kind. Reminds me of people who put themselves trough hell so you didn't have to, and don't ask anything in return.

Now, throw into the mix what you have seen about the military in the past 2 decades. Throw into the mix the word "soldier" being a synonym to "welfare-queen".

Now add a commercial to a franchise whose past installments claimed to be a realistic approach to war. Make them joke about what the military does, comparing it to a multiplayer game full of twats "trying to look cool".

Come on, one of the dudes isn't even fit enough to be in a combat role. There is a soldier in all of us, but that doesn't mean you are able to fight.

And plus, it's false advertisement. Nobody on Call of Duty will walk you trough the game.

Compare to this:

No CGI. Music is very subtle. Guns are loud, and they actually echo.

You can see casings that actually come out of the gun, instead of CGI casings flying out of a cheap airsoft replica.

No bullshit explosions fueled by gasoline and flammable gas.

Actual tactics used, everyone works as a team and makes use of suppressive fire.

How does a bank robbery feel more military themed than an ad for a war game?

I never watch a Blip video on google chrome because I can't get the adblock to work. I hate that stupid car commercial it does right now where they send it out of a plane with parachuters along to some obnoxiously bright music.

The escapist is the only site I actually tolerate ads on.

ElPatron:

CardinalPiggles:
I thought it was actually kind of funny, not cool, just funny. Didn't make me go out and buy MW3 though.

It "could" have been funny. It looked like someone tried to make a parody of people "trying to look cool". All it accomplished was make fun of itself.

Kinda trashes the connotation we have put on the world "soldier" and "vet". When I think of the phrase "there is a soldier in all of us" I think about everyone accepting sacrifice as a mean to protect one of his kind. Reminds me of people who put themselves trough hell so you didn't have to, and don't ask anything in return.

Now, throw into the mix what you have seen about the military in the past 2 decades. Throw into the mix the word "soldier" being a synonym to "welfare-queen".

Now add a commercial to a franchise whose past installments claimed to be a realistic approach to war. Make them joke about what the military does, comparing it to a multiplayer game full of twats "trying to look cool".

Come on, one of the dudes isn't even fit enough to be in a combat role. There is a soldier in all of us, but that doesn't mean you are able to fight.

And plus, it's false advertisement. Nobody on Call of Duty will walk you trough the game.

Compare to this:

No CGI. Music is very subtle. Guns are loud, and they actually echo.

You can see casings that actually come out of the gun, instead of CGI casings flying out of a cheap airsoft replica.

No bullshit explosions fueled by gasoline and flammable gas.

Actual tactics used, everyone works as a team and makes use of suppressive fire.

How does a bank robbery feel more military themed than an ad for a war game?

Woah, calm down dude, I said the advert for a GAME was funny, not everything you believe in is a crock of shit.

Clearly you have personal issues with this sort of thing, but there's no need to be so arrogant when it comes to silly little discussions.

Quizno's had a series of ads featuring some kind of singing rat-zombie-alien creatures. I will never patronize an eatery that has used rats (especially obnoxious zombie alien rats) to pimp its products.

There is a store near me called Chapter 11 Mattresses. Their commercials are on the radio, every commercial break, every station, every day. Since the radio is kept on all day at my work -- I have no say in the matter -- I have heard "Chapter 11 is great! Chapter 11 is awesome! Chapter 11's mattresses are incredible!" over 50 times a day for the past few years. Rough arithmetic indicates their company name has been pounded into my skull in that I'm-trying-to-sound-REALLY-important advertising voice somewhere around 187,500 times. It goes without saying that there exists no force in this or any other universe which could ever compel me to buy from that place, but let me try to find words to truly express how I feel: [ahem] I hope the owner of Chapter 11 catches an agonizing, protracted, debilitating, incurable disease that puts him on an unstoppable downward spiral, through months and months of unimaginable, whimpering wretchedness, to end with a slow, gurgling, ignominious death in a puddle of his own shit. If he has children, I hope they catch it first. That doesn't quite do the job, but I think you get the idea.

Most car ads. If I had a nickel for every time I've seen a car commercial use words like "all-new, all-daring, brilliantly redesigned" to describe Generic Sedan #2384759240234235, I could take a couple weeks off. If I were looking for a new vehicle to purchase, the quality of its commercial could never be a factor in my decision.

CardinalPiggles:
I said the advert for a GAME was funny, not everything you believe in is a crock of shit.

Did I say it was?

Basically they did nothing new, nothing "intelligent" or at least remarkable. It was simply a desperate attempt at being funny. Wow, a guy shooting a gun. Wow, a rocket blowing a whole storey off a building. Wow, now the noob is throwing knives.

It makes The Expendables look like comedy gold.

If anything, they only managed to insult everyone who is in the military, or everyone who isn't. I can't decide. But apparently, it's common practice to insult your target audience these days.

I do this all the time with movies. If I see a trailer that I don't like, I avoid that movie like the plague, regardless of its popularity or critical acclaim. Of course, sooner or later, I always end up watching said movie for whatever reason, and I often find that it's not half bad, or sometimes even great. There's a lesson in there, I'm sure.

ElPatron:

CardinalPiggles:
I said the advert for a GAME was funny, not everything you believe in is a crock of shit.

Did I say it was?

Basically they did nothing new, nothing "intelligent" or at least remarkable. It was simply a desperate attempt at being funny. Wow, a guy shooting a gun. Wow, a rocket blowing a whole storey off a building. Wow, now the noob is throwing knives.

It makes The Expendables look like comedy gold.

If anything, they only managed to insult everyone who is in the military, or everyone who isn't. I can't decide. But apparently, it's common practice to insult your target audience these days.

I could go ahead and use your own logic against you, but instead of stooping to your level, I'm going to go and get on my life, have a nice day.

CardinalPiggles:
I could go ahead and use your own logic against you, but instead of stooping to your level, I'm going to go and get on my life, have a nice day.

Really? A "holier than thou" post just because I justified that a heist movie is a lot more military themed than a military themed advertisement for a Mature rated game that is obviously targeted for children?

cerealnmuffin:

I also plan on raising my future daughter without TV save for games or occasional movie via dvd. The TV wouldn't pick up reception for standard channels. I did read a lot when I was little, but the tv was always on in my house and I regret hours wasted watching shows I didn't even like. My parents preferred TV over paying for piano lessons or something great like that.

Same here! I've already told my wife I want to out right ban TV in my house so my little girl doesn't get sucked into the endless cycle of watching stupid shit for lack of anything better to do.

But I'm also going to make sure she starts some sort of martial arts at an early age so she'll be more active than I was too...

My ultimate goal is to hone and sculpt her into my little nerd buddy :D I wanna play an MMO with her or maybe some pokemon if in 10+ years, they make a game worth looking into.

Yes dead space and dante's inferno, hipster choices I know but still

capper42:
As I think everyone living in the UK will agree, I will never use Go compare.

DirectLine is worse. The unfunny comedian and everyone down to the kids should be publicly beaten for the annoyance(clear joke before someone thinks this is serious).

In regards to the GC advert there is a version where Jimmy Carr just punches him in the balls at the end.

Oh, man. The Samsung Infuse. If I were in the market for a cell phone.. and actually, when I *was* in the market for a cell phone about 4 months ago.. I would consider ANYthing but that. The commercial was compressed in such a way that it was about 5x louder than the channel I was watching it on and they played it about every other commercial break for a month or so and I can't tell you how many times I nearly had a heart attack because I'd gone off to the kitchen or bathroom or dozed a little and heard that bitch squealing.

Commercials that make me look dumb in some way.

There is a commercial for beer which goes like "Real men know to set their priorities" and those 3 morons try to put out a fire on a grill. The problem is that behind the grill, the as much water as they want, over 50 beer, while they have no other meat than that on the grill.
Same beer, "Real men are superstitious" and the 4 morons are afraid to go out of a store because there is a cat on the road. They have several other "Real men..."

It's like they are trying to make men as dumb as possible. I don't get how can anyone watch that commercial and buy the product later. Even if I loved that product more than anything else, I wouldn't buy it. It's offensive. They are basically telling me that I'm an idiot so I should buy it. And they basically say that if you don't like their beer, you're not a real men. Really? Then can you explain what that thing between my legs is?

There are several other product, but I wouldn't have bought them in the first place. The commercials just killed the little curiosity I had.

ElPatron:

CardinalPiggles:
I could go ahead and use your own logic against you, but instead of stooping to your level, I'm going to go and get on my life, have a nice day.

Really? A "holier than thou" post just because I justified that a heist movie is a lot more military themed than a military themed advertisement for a Mature rated game that is obviously targeted for children?

He's acting holier than thou because you're overreacting. You might not think you are, but the way you're coming across is overreaction. Sorry man, just how it is.

OP:

Adverts usually make me avoid the product. I assume they must work on some people though, i look at game adverts, so it must just be that the adverts never target me.

Also, for the UK people.

WeBuyAnyCar. That is all.

dogstile:
He's acting holier than thou because you're overreacting. You might not think you are, but the way you're coming across is overreaction. Sorry man, just how it is.

I understand that, but I just made a very lengthy post, not a "hurr hurr you shouldn't enjoy call of duty" post.

I don't have a sense of humor. Which means I laugh at anything even if it's not remotely funny. Except Annoying Orange. That is so horrible it can't even make me grin.

I felt disgusted by the ad, but hey - I'm not their target audience.

But they tried to make a comedy sketch that was even worse than Annoying Orange. They don't have puns, sexual innuendo, no situational comedy, or funny names for body parts.

They just shown something that didn't even praise their product. A game rated Mature and everyone who jumps in is a totally immature clown?

By the way, it insulted anyone in the military. Basically that was a huge buzzkiller.

Anything on live TBS and Fox On-Demand.

loa:
I have been indifferent to halo 3 and didn't buy it in the end thanks to obnoxious gamestop ads that made it overseas thanks to blip.tv.
I don't even play online but fuck that power armor preorder crap.

Also remember this?


This almost made me not buy links awakening.

I actually wish that they made more commercials like this nowadays.

OT: Ty the tasmanian tiger:


I at the time I thought he had mortally wounded Sonic,Spyro and Crash and thought "what kind of hero would do that!?" and vowed never to buy those his games even if they were good

tippy2k2:
I have not bought Dead Space 2 due to their "Your Mom hates this game" commercial. If it's aimed at adults, that's just stupid that you think my mother is influencing what video games I'm buying. If it's aimed at kids, that's just wrong due to it being a M rated game. No matter which way you go with it, stupidity rules.

Seriously EA, you set back gaming culture a few years with that commercial...

Really? Thats why you didn't but it? Or was it really because your mom would hate deadspace 2 ? XD

OT: i am immune to adds , i really did wonder who were these people being influenced by ads , then i met my girlfriend ... True story .

All the time.

I dislike the image and stereotypes associated with 'Axe' products, so I make a point not to purchase them. The same would be true with what is probably hundreds of products/t.v shows and movies.

This is not to say that I'd specifically boycott these things. If it was the only convenient and affordable option of the given product, than I'd buy it rather than deliberately place a burden on my life to work around it.

Those trident gum commercials. "Nobody pays me in gum". Oh, how fucking sad. They just pay you in money, money which you could probably spend on a handtruck of the damn stuff if you wanted. I may like orange crush, but I want to be payed in money, thank you.

And then there's this ad that was JUST on about a minute ago. The M&Ms brown shell ad where a guy keeps laughing because he thinks this female M&M with a brown shell is naked, and it ends with the red M&M taking off his shell and dancing. It's not annoying, but it's bad.

Doctor pepper 10. This is one of those commercials that plays all of it's prejudices completely straight while pretending to be ironic, but failing and making as insulting as it's pretending to be. It basically tries to say that the only things men like in movies are jungle combat scenes with vehicle chases. It insults the crap out of our intelligence, which is why I have no problem declaring that doctor pepper 10 is not my soda.

The Oatmeal did a comic that matches my thoughts to 100%. Event hough this is for salesmen, it works just as well on ads.

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