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I keep forgetting to mention this ad that occasionally goes into rotation here that I suspect is a generic one with space for the local person to put his name which features two cartoon birds harassing a woman with cataracts about her not-so-vibrant flower garden. Geez, she's got CATARACTS!

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I don't get The General insurance commercials with Shaquille O'Neal. When did he become their spokesman? Does he own part of the company? I'm not mocking him for doing the commercials,  but I thought The General was some third-rate car insurance company of last resort. On the other hand, he does seem to have fun with them. 

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1 hour ago, SmithW6079 said:

I don't get The General insurance commercials with Shaquille O'Neal. When did he become their spokesman? Does he own part of the company? I'm not mocking him for doing the commercials,  but I thought The General was some third-rate car insurance company of last resort. On the other hand, he does seem to have fun with them. 

I'm sure they are writing him a big check, and he does seem to have fun with them, so why not?  I doubt he is a customer, but not all (if any) celebrity spokespersons are users of the product/service they are pitching.

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On 2/9/2019 at 5:35 PM, Ubiquitous said:

Rush Limbaugh claimed someone was taking advantage of a psychological study that showed that people pay more attention to whispering than speaking loudly, among other things in that ad.

haven't seen that ad, but I was reminded, "if you want to capture someone's attention, whisper." A blast from the past, the 70s or 80s, perfume, I think, but I can't remember who the ad was for or who did it, a woman, maybe famous at the time, I just don't remember. But, I whisper this to my dogs frequently and it does get their attention if they're not being too rowdy.

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37 minutes ago, friendperidot said:

"if you want to capture someone's attention, whisper." 

That's also Public Speaking 101.  Not exactly rocket science.

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On ‎02‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 1:51 AM, janie jones said:

Are you sure it isn't "hassle free deposits"?

The commercial talks about reducing your footprint, so I thought it was fossil fuel free deposits too.

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26 minutes ago, Silver Raven said:

Wait, what?  Carvana ad: "You can pick up your new car at one of our car vending machines."

Maybe they're like those little animal sponges we had when we were kids. Soak 'em in water and they magically grow.

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3 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

Yup. They're a real thing.

It's actually just an automated parking garage. They're capitalizing on the fact that most people in the U.S. haven't seen one before. 

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16 hours ago, Silver Raven said:

Wait, what?  Carvana ad: "You can pick up your new car at one of our car vending machines."

Yes!  They just built one in Indianapolis.  I've driven past it many times.

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18 hours ago, Silver Raven said:

Wait, what?  Carvana ad: "You can pick up your new car at one of our car vending machines."

I swear I first saw this concept in a Mad Magazine several decades ago.

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2 hours ago, Tom Holmberg said:

Do you have to shake the garage real hard to make the car drop down?

I would hope that Carvana teaches its employees the right way to put a car into the garage so that it won't get stuck when you try to get it out.

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OMG!  What's wrong with people now days?  Okay.  So, Volkswagon promotes parents lying to their kid's school principal REPEATEDLY so their kids can go on road trip to theme park!  

It starts out, "Poor Uncle Edward.  He's died 6 times this year."  Then, the kids leave school and get into their car for a great adventure.  Can't they have an adventure without lying to school officials and curtailing their studies?  It just sets a poor example, imo.  I guess that's no big deal anymore.  I just wasn't amused by it. Only offended. 

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/I1q9/volkswagen-atlas-hooky-t1

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1 hour ago, LoneHaranguer said:

I would hope that Carvana teaches its employees the right way to put a car into the garage so that it won't get stuck when you try to get it out.

I hate those Carvana commercials.  No, buying a car SHOULD NOT take place entirely online.  It's not like buying a dvd at Amazon.

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10 hours ago, proserpina65 said:

No, buying a car SHOULD NOT take place entirely online.  It's not like buying a dvd at Amazon.

I agree, I can do preliminary research, but I want to see, to test, to touch, to sit in the seats, I'm short, 4'11", I can't drive just any car, they don't fit. I moved 3 years ago this summer, my nephew moved me. I haven't seen any of my 5 winter coats since I moved. I got by with a couple of cheap hoodies I bought at Walmart until this year. I'm in OK, so it's not like we freeze for 4 months, we just think we are if the temp drops below 40. We have a couple of super horrible cold days a year, can use a coat for a few months, but it's not like when I lived in more northern places. But I decided to get a new coat this year. Since I no longer have a car, it's hard to get out and shop. I tried to shop on line, I've bought 2 coats, one was totally worthless, just fake ones, I donated it. The next one is kind of cute, but it's too light, it'll be fine in the fall and spring, but it is not suitable for really cold. I got tired of this nonsense, I get my prescriptions once a month at a pharmacy/grocery store next to a Burlington, I did buy a coat there, but it's entirely too big, I'll be giving it a friend, there wasn't much selection in late January. But in August? I'll be heading to Burlington and I'm buying a winter coat, heavy enough and with pockets for putting my gloves, my hands, my hands in gloves...

There are just things you need to try in person. And it's getting harder and harder to shop in person, all the stores are closing, the malls are losing stores, the malls are closing. For some things, shopping on line is perfectly fine, but for others, I want to see, to touch, to try on.

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Their business model covers a good deal of that. You either get it at a vending machine or they deliver it to you. You then have 7 days to test drive, send it to a mechanic for inspection, etc. The part they're trying to eliminate is the "being at the dealer and talking to humans and haggling", not the in-person evaluation of the vehicle.

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12 hours ago, friendperidot said:

I agree, I can do preliminary research, but I want to see, to test, to touch, to sit in the seats, I'm short, 4'11", I can't drive just any car, they don't fit.

I'm tall, so I have a similar problem, but even if you know exactly which model and option package you need, it's a used car, so each Is an individual. There's an ad (not sure for which company) where a wife takes over a car search from her husband and quickly announces success, at $2K below market price. My immediate reaction is "so what's wrong with it?".

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On ‎02‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 11:36 PM, theatremouse said:

Their business model covers a good deal of that. You either get it at a vending machine or they deliver it to you. You then have 7 days to test drive, send it to a mechanic for inspection, etc. The part they're trying to eliminate is the "being at the dealer and talking to humans and haggling", not the in-person evaluation of the vehicle.

It still doesn't work for me.  The whole "return it if you don't like it" thing is more of a hassle than dealing with the car dealer.  Car buying is not like buying other items.

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On ‎02‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 1:51 AM, janie jones said:

Are you sure it isn't "hassle free deposits"?

Nope, it's for a bank card from Aspiration, and it specifically says "fossil fuel free deposits".  Apparently the bank only invests in funds which are fossil fuel free or something.

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24 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

It still doesn't work for me.  The whole "return it if you don't like it" thing is more of a hassle than dealing with the car dealer.  Car buying is not like buying other items.

How different is it from going to the dealer, test driving a car and then ordering or tracking down a car with all the specs you want?

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2 minutes ago, cynicat said:

How different is it from going to the dealer, test driving a car and then ordering or tracking down a car with all the specs you want?

I've never ordered a car in my life.  I've always found the car with the specs I wanted on the lot.  I do the research online and go to the dealers who have what I want.

The idea of returning a car after going through the loan process seems like an extreme pain in the ass to me.  I wonder how that might affect someone's credit score.  Does it count as a loan which is paid off?  And then another loan right after it for the car you actually keep?  Just a whole lot of unnecessary hassle, imo.

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7 minutes ago, cynicat said:

How different is it from going to the dealer, test driving a car and then ordering or tracking down a car with all the specs you want?

Carvana is selling used cars, so even if you track down one with everything you want on it, it is going to be different from others of the same make/model/options.  For that reason alone, I wouldn't buy one without test driving the specific car I'm going to buy.  I would rather do that before, rather than after, buying it.

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10 minutes ago, proserpina65 said:

The idea of returning a car after going through the loan process seems like an extreme pain in the ass to me.  I wonder how that might affect someone's credit score.  Does it count as a loan which is paid off?  And then another loan right after it for the car you actually keep?  Just a whole lot of unnecessary hassle, imo.

If you buy a different car from them instead, would it be a new loan, or just change what's being used as collateral for the existing loan, avoiding the hassle? That would be an incentive to stay with them.

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1 minute ago, LoneHaranguer said:

If you buy a different car from them instead, would it be a new loan, or just change what's being used as collateral for the existing loan, avoiding the hassle? That would be an incentive to stay with them.

I suppose it would.  But what if you didn't buy a different car?

It's all academic for me, since I would never buy a car that way.

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1 hour ago, proserpina65 said:

Nope, it's for a bank card from Aspiration, and it specifically says "fossil fuel free deposits".  Apparently the bank only invests in funds which are fossil fuel free or something.

Is this one of those places that accepts cars and lawn mowers as payment? 

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On 2/14/2019 at 9:46 AM, proserpina65 said:

Nope, it's for a bank card from Aspiration, and it specifically says "fossil fuel free deposits".  Apparently the bank only invests in funds which are fossil fuel free or something.

Thank you!  I could not remember the name of the bank card, that is how much it made an impression on me.  Thanks too for clearing up to what that phrase was referring.

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On ‎2‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 10:46 AM, proserpina65 said:

it's for a bank card from Aspiration,

Wouldn't one want to get a credit card from a company that's  more than just an Aspiration?

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I think this has been mentioned before, but the Royal Canin breed-specific dog foods—what are you supposed to do if you have a mutt?

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On ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 5:26 AM, smittykins said:

what are you supposed to do if you have a mutt?

You have to mix the various foods in the correct proportions, 1/2 cocker spaniel food and 1/2 poodle food for a cockapoo, and etc.

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I think this has been mentioned before, but the Royal Canin breed-specific dog foods—what are you supposed to do if you have a mutt?

That's when you go to the Walmart and pick up some Old Roy.

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On ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 5:26 AM, smittykins said:

Royal Canin breed-specific dog foods

You might also try their Plebeian Canin brand dog food for mutts

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My late, great cat developed an allergy to her food; it was suggested she eat some Royal Canin. She hated it. We eventually got her settled on Science Diet Venison & Green Pea. Poor Scooter had to eat that the rest of her life. 

Now Stella's decided to be picky about her food and has stopped relishing anything I buy her. She eats it because she's hungry.  I still won't try RC food for her.  (Bosco will eat anything.)

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You might also try their Plebeian Canin brand dog food for mutts

AKA Rachael Ray's Nutrish.

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I happen to know what bokeh is, but is it a well enough known word to make it the focus of an ad?

On 2/10/2019 at 9:40 AM, SmithW6079 said:

but I thought The General was some third-rate car insurance company of last resort.

They pretty much admitted that in their older ads.

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4 minutes ago, xaxat said:

I happen to know what bokeh is, but is it a well enough known word to make it the focus of an ad?

Re. the bolded:  Pun intended?  🙂

I had to look it up, and was amused to find this article complaining about the ad turning using a noun as a verb (and which links to an earlier article complaining about the pronunciation).

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They do realize that Veruca Salt's tantrum while singing this song got her dumped down the garbage chute, right?

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On 2/17/2019 at 6:26 AM, smittykins said:

I think this has been mentioned before, but the Royal Canin breed-specific dog foods—what are you supposed to do if you have a mutt?

"A lab and a golden retriever are very different."  No, they are not.  Really dumb advertising.

16 hours ago, xaxat said:

I happen to know what bokeh is, but is it a well enough known word to make it the focus of an ad?

Wouldn't it make more sense for a mom to be upset that her child was not blurred out of someone's FB photo?  I wouldn't want people posting pics of my kids.  More dumb advertising.

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There's a Pizza Hut ad that starts out with a perfect parody of the "Oh. My. God. Becky." opening to Baby Got Back - but is the target audience for a pizza ad even aware of that video? The song, sure, but when's the last time you saw any videos? I couldn't even find a non-fuzzy version on Youtube.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Iy1Y/pizza-hut-ultimate-cheesy-crust-pizza-look-at-that-crust-song-by-sir-mix-a-lot

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7 minutes ago, Jamoche said:

There's a Pizza Hut ad that starts out with a perfect parody of the "Oh. My. God. Becky." opening to Baby Got Back - but is the target audience for a pizza ad even aware of that video? The song, sure, but when's the last time you saw any videos? I couldn't even find a non-fuzzy version on Youtube.

I don't know, maybe the target audience is 40-somethings with teenagers to feed. Except the commercial is millenials at a party. So yeah, I find the commercial perplexing as well.

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26 minutes ago, Jamoche said:

There's a Pizza Hut ad that starts out with a perfect parody of the "Oh. My. God. Becky." opening to Baby Got Back - but is the target audience for a pizza ad even aware of that video? The song, sure, but when's the last time you saw any videos? I couldn't even find a non-fuzzy version on Youtube.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Iy1Y/pizza-hut-ultimate-cheesy-crust-pizza-look-at-that-crust-song-by-sir-mix-a-lot

Yeah. I was wondering why Pizza Hut would want to associate their pizza with big butts.

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11 minutes ago, xaxat said:

Yeah. I was wondering why Pizza Hut would want to associate their pizza with big butts.

That's what happens if you eat it too often.

Hee hee, those two girls crossing their eyes cracks me up.

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5 hours ago, xaxat said:

Yeah. I was wondering why Pizza Hut would want to associate their pizza with big butts.

Eat so much you get a big butt :p? I dunno. But yeah, I found that song choice odd, too.

(Also, the idea that there will be people seeing that commercial who aren't familiar with that song makes me feel old.) 

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25 minutes ago, Annber03 said:

Also, the idea that there will be people seeing that commercial who aren't familiar with that song makes me feel old.

I wonder if the actresses in the commercial had to have it explained to them. They were SO not alive yet when that song came out.

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On ‎2‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 12:06 PM, proserpina65 said:

I hate those Carvana commercials.  No, buying a car SHOULD NOT take place entirely online.  It's not like buying a dvd at Amazon.

I would agree, except that both of my sons bought cars online.   

16 hours ago, Haleth said:

"A lab and a golden retriever are very different."  No, they are not.  Really dumb advertising.

Right.  give a golden retriever a short haircut, and it looks just like a lab.  

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