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September 26, 2007

Annoying Encyclopedia Boy

What can we say? How annoying was this guy? We do miss him so.

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February 13, 2006

I'm Starting to Hate Radio Shack!

Hey Radio Shack! Christmas is over, it's time to move on to another annoying advertising campaign. The question is "Are you as sick of Radio Shack's "Red Chair" campaign as I am?".

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January 6, 2006

No more Employee Discount Commercials Please - In Fact I'll Pay Double!

I did not buy a new car last year! Even though we were bombarded with "employee discount" commercials for auto dealers every couple of minutes. I have to say all of the "employee discount" hokiness really got on my nerves. By the end of the year it seemed that every product seller in the US jumped on the "ed" bandwagon. I don't care how much of a discount Suzanne Somers gets, I'm still not buying a Thighmaster.

I have a point to this rambling (I think - what was I talking about?). According to, General Motors regrets starting the whole "ed" trend:

"Hindsight being 20/20, I probably wouldn't have done it," Mark LaNeve, vice president for GM's North American marketing, told the Wall Street Journal's online edition. Ahead of next week's Detroit auto show, LaNeve told the Journal that GM plans on doing a better job of promoting the quality of its products, while still pursuing an "aggressive" tact on lowering prices.

The discount promotion, which prompted record sales for GM during its June-September run, was soon mimicked by rivals Ford (up $0.34 to $8.35, Research) and DaimlerChrysler AG (up $0.04 to $53.55, Research) as they rolled out their own programs in July.

Don't fall for it people! I guarantee that GM (and every other company with something to sell) will blanket us with more "employee discount" deal commercials this year. GM wants you to know how bad it hurt them, so that the next time they offer the "ed" deal, you'll think "Wow, I better do this before they come to their senses".

Hey, I've got no problem with saving money but I do have a problem with Companies trying to manipulate consumers with a "our pain is your gain" mentality.

Maybe I'll get a Thighmaster to work all my aggressions after all. Anybody know how much Suzanne Sommers pays?

Rant done! Carry on.

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December 19, 2005

Commercials That Annoy the Heck Out of Me: Radio Shack - Let the Begging Begin!

Have you noticed how annoying the actors on Radio Shack's commercials are this Holiday season? I'm talking about the commercials where an actor with ADD sits in front of a TV camera and begs for something for Christmas. These commercials are just plain annoying! These have my vote for the most annoying:

3: The guy who wants Satellite Radio so he and Beth can listen to "Coouuuuntry"
2: The moron who uses a "push to talk" phone to find out what his girlfriend is cooking for dinner
1: The high school dropout who's way to old to be begging (in the world's most annoying voice) his dad for an XMODS RC racer

Hey Radio Shack, how about add a little class and go back to the Howie Long commercials? Yep, it's definitely the end of the world when you're asking for Howie Long!

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November 29, 2005

Commercials That Annoy the Heck Out of Me: What Would You Do For Love?

I've been in a bad mood this week. Maybe it's the Holiday season? No, I think it's the commercials. Because there are so many commercials that annoy me, I'm starting a new series entitled "Commercials That Annoy the Heck Out of Me". Why, you ask? Because it's my blog and I like to gripe, but if you're really good you can send me your commercial gripes to and I might even post them.

All types of commercials have annoyed me this week but I'm going to start with the "What Would You Do for Love" commercial from The Diamond Trading Company (the company that says debt a diamond is forever).

If you haven't seen the commercial (lucky you!), you'll be surprised to know that you don't love your wife/spouse/significant other/secretary! Yep, the Diamond Trading Company has decided that the new token of love "must" be diamonds. So guys, all of those 2 am trips to Taco Bell for your pregnant wife didn't mean anything unless there was a "rock" on top of that Nacho Bell Grande (a "rock" does not mean 2 am Taco Bell beans either). Anyway, the basic premise is young rich model guy (should pay his student loan before buying diamonds) is stuck at a snowed in airport. He calls his wife and tells here he won't be home in time for Christmas. He hangs up and sulks as he pulls out a case that contains a 3 diamond necklace. All of a sudden with a determined look he closes the case and runs out of the airport into a blizzard with the commercial ending "What Would You Do For Love". Losing all of my digits to frostbite isn't really my first thought for what I'd do for love, but maybe "the world's greatest man" has a plan.

Well, the great thing is we get a second commercial. Young rich wife is sadly asleep on the couch in the house she and rich husband are way to young to have, when she's awoken by the sounds of a snow plow in front of the house. All of a sudden rich boy shows up from the snow plow (snow plow theft is a crime mister!), hugs rich wife and hands her the diamond necklace as she gasps and so frickin' on.....

Anyway, at the end of the second commercial they flash "What Would You Do For Love" again. So it's not just enough to give diamonds these year, you have to be a freakin' hero. I'm thinking a 1/500 carat necklace on top of the wife's Nacho Bell Grande is kinda hero like (hey! it's cold outside and I did have to drive a mile!)

Rant done! Carry on.

William Hungerford at Permalink | Comments (4) | social bookmarking

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