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A lot of advertisements try to attract customers by saying things like:

"From the people who brought you Friday the 13th"

"From the director of Slumdog Millionaire"

"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"

"From the designer of Ticket to Ride"

"From the producers of Jersey Shore"

Is there a similar slogan (real or imagined) that would cause you to stay far, far away from whatever they were trying to sell?
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Normally I'll know far before this line comes out in an add, but if I ever hear 'But wait, there's more!' I know I can stop listening (assuming I haven't already!)
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From anybody responsible for any superhero movie...
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From the world-class company that brought you the Zero...

(ok, ok, I'm a day late for December 7th, but I couldn't resist)

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"From the inventor of boiled okra..."
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From the folks that brought you Pauly Shore...
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joe_salamone wrote:
A lot of advertisements try to attract customers by saying things like:

"From the people who brought you Friday the 13th"

"From the director of Slumdog Millionaire"

"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"

"From the designer of Ticket to Ride"

"From the producers of Jersey Shore"

Is there a similar slogan (real or imagined) that would cause you to stay far, far away from whatever they were trying to sell?
With the possible exception of "from the best-selling novel by...", all of those statements tell me that whatever-it-is can't stand on its own and their only hope is to attract fans of some other thing.
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From Walt Disney Pictures... Yep I went there.
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joe_salamone wrote:
"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"
Exactly what are the selling me from the novel?
 
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joe_salamone wrote:
A lot of advertisements try to attract customers by saying things like:

"From the people who brought you Friday the 13th"

"From the director of Slumdog Millionaire"

"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"

"From the designer of Ticket to Ride"

"From the producers of Jersey Shore"

Is there a similar slogan (real or imagined) that would cause you to stay far, far away from whatever they were trying to sell?


Anything that starts with "from the people who brought you...".

I don't care what else they've done, these are people paid to spray out as many products as possible. You have something of interest? Tell me about it, not everything else.
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joe_salamone wrote:
A lot of advertisements try to attract customers by saying things like:

"From the people who brought you Friday the 13th"

"From the director of Slumdog Millionaire"

"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"

"From the designer of Ticket to Ride"

"From the producers of Jersey Shore"

Is there a similar slogan (real or imagined) that would cause you to stay far, far away from whatever they were trying to sell?

Those recommendations on the backside of books are in the same league.

It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
 
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anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?
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From the mind of a certain orange "millionaire."
 
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Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?

Anytime where marketing was not a 'science'. Yeah, you had those guys selling life elixer.

Ever seen an ad like below.

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Vikings
"They're fast and furious. They come at your house. To plunder ... and to rape your women"

"They are ... Vikings.

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The Vikings were fast and furious. They came at your house and actually rape your women. What you see is what you get.

You could pick any example. Even one with indians or cowboys.

Now I buy a book with on the backside recommendations from the New York Times and the Washington Post. And what I read is crap!
 
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Pretty much anything having to do with Jersey Shore.
 
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anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?

Anytime where marketing was not a 'science'.
Well I'm not really sure what time period that covers. But I'm fairly certain that as long as people have been around this has been a problem. It's usually easier to make something look better than it is to make it actually better. And I don't give any credence to the idea that man was particularly better in the distant past than he is today.

I bet if you visited an ancient market 2,000 years ago, there'd be hawkers trying to convince you that their products were better because they came from distant lands. Or that some cure-all was effective because it included a piece of the shroud of a famous saint. Or that their knives came from the forge of a famous armorer.

Don't believe for a second that this is anything new. There have always been greedy people and there have always been gullible people. You'd have to be a fool to think that this hasn't always been the way of the world.
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Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?

Anytime where marketing was not a 'science'.
Well I'm not really sure what time period that covers. But I'm fairly certain that as long as people have been around this has been a problem. It's usually easier to make something look better than it is to make it actually better. And I don't give any credence to the idea that man was particularly better in the distant past than he is today.

I bet if you visited an ancient market 2,000 years ago, there'd be hawkers trying to convince you that their products were better because they came from distant lands. Or that some cure-all was effective because it included a piece of the shroud of a famous saint. Or that their knives came from the forge of a famous armorer.

Don't believe for a second that this is anything new. There have always been greedy people and there have always been gullible people. You'd have to be a fool to think that this hasn't always
been the way of the world.

Nice plea, but we are not discussing human nature here. I agree with some, but not with others.

We are talking about the fact that we have 'sciences' like marketing, PR, psychology, mass-media, image, spokesmen, advertisement ... etc. Truthfullness is no longer a virtue. The image is relatvely more important.
 
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Translation:

"From the people who brought you that reindeer carcass last week..."
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anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?

Anytime where marketing was not a 'science'.
Well I'm not really sure what time period that covers. But I'm fairly certain that as long as people have been around this has been a problem. It's usually easier to make something look better than it is to make it actually better. And I don't give any credence to the idea that man was particularly better in the distant past than he is today.

I bet if you visited an ancient market 2,000 years ago, there'd be hawkers trying to convince you that their products were better because they came from distant lands. Or that some cure-all was effective because it included a piece of the shroud of a famous saint. Or that their knives came from the forge of a famous armorer.

Don't believe for a second that this is anything new. There have always been greedy people and there have always been gullible people. You'd have to be a fool to think that this hasn't always
been the way of the world.

Nice plea, but we are not discussing human nature here. I agree with some, but not with others.

We are talking about the fact that we have 'sciences' like marketing, PR, psychology, mass-media, image, spokesmen, advertisement ... etc. Truthfullness is no longer a virtue. The image is relatvely more important.
And if you believe that it was ever any different, then I've got a bridge in San Francisco I'd like to sell you.
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Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
anemaat wrote:
It is exemplary of our times, where it is easier to improve the image than to improve the actual product.
I'm curious what period of history you think this wasn't true of?

Anytime where marketing was not a 'science'.
Well I'm not really sure what time period that covers. But I'm fairly certain that as long as people have been around this has been a problem. It's usually easier to make something look better than it is to make it actually better. And I don't give any credence to the idea that man was particularly better in the distant past than he is today.

I bet if you visited an ancient market 2,000 years ago, there'd be hawkers trying to convince you that their products were better because they came from distant lands. Or that some cure-all was effective because it included a piece of the shroud of a famous saint. Or that their knives came from the forge of a famous armorer.

Don't believe for a second that this is anything new. There have always been greedy people and there have always been gullible people. You'd have to be a fool to think that this hasn't always
been the way of the world.

Nice plea, but we are not discussing human nature here. I agree with some, but not with others.

We are talking about the fact that we have 'sciences' like marketing, PR, psychology, mass-media, image, spokesmen, advertisement ... etc. Truthfullness is no longer a virtue. The image is relatvely more important.
And if you believe that it was ever any different, then I've got a bridge in San Francisco I'd like to sell you.

How much? ... And I want a certificate!

hundred years ago coffee was sold from a big bag of beans. Now I can choose from dozens of types of coffee. They say they don't sell me coffee, but an experience. gulp
 
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Thunkd wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean"
Exactly what are the selling me from the novel?


Usually, a movie based on the novel.

"From the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean: Gregory Peck, starring in The Guns of Navarone."
 
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From the people that brought you the 1040 Form...


You know, of all the IRS stuff, the 1040 is pretty clean. But then I suppose "Better than the other stuff they made" isn't exactly high praise. Considering they're dealing with Congress's whims, though, I feel like their forms aren't so bad.
 
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