If it sounds too good to be true, well, you know…

By John Pierre | Feb 19, 2014

What ever happened to "truth in advertising?"  Or was there ever any such honesty in radio and television ads?

The ads in question are repeated many times during any 24-hour period and are, with a very few exceptions, blatantly false.

One that makes me wonder is about a product called "No No."  First of all, the ad is much too lengthy ... it seems like 90 seconds but probably is only 60 seconds in duration.  I haven't timed it so I don't know, but it gets painfully tiresome.

Then it repeats over and over again as the day wears on.  If, as they claim, it removes unwanted hair painlessly with its purple light as the instrument moves along, it probably has some value.  Why doesn't this same company develop another treatment that could be called "Yes Yes" for growing hair on totally bald folks?

Then there are myriad advertisements for various brand new pharmaceutical products, of which on any given day you can hear several new, catchy name brands. And when they list possible side effects, it would scare anyone other than the gullible few who buy everything that strikes their fancy –  things like the possibility of everything from incontinence to death are mentioned.

Did you ever notice?  The mouthpiece always advises you to consult your doctor if you suffer from any condition down to and including ingrown toenails. Why do they suggest you consult your doctor?  I suspect it’s to cover their backside in case of lawsuits ... and I'm guessing they have many waiting for a court date.

There is one ad that claims their clients don't lose money when the stock market takes a nosedive, but enjoy growth when the stock market is up.  Does that make sense?

Sounds to me like someone is selling an insurance policy at what I imagine is a hefty monthly sum.  Even then, if the stock market should crash as it did in 2008, who do you suppose is going to take the lumps?  Everyone who is invested at the time ... everyone.

I could go on and on because misleading advertising is one of my many pet peeves, but I shant.  I only wish the gullibles in our society would wise up, then the money for these ads would dry up.  But they won't.  In history, they never have.  Just look at whom they keep voting into political office.

Maybe more on this subject next week?  It depends upon what time sensitive matters may come up.

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