Commercials! Especially those "as seen on TV" commercials! Don't they get you? "Order now and we'll send you a second one absolutely free!" Heh. "It's a $50.00 value for only $12.95!"
I think not. Who are they fooling? Usually the very people who can least afford to lose the money on gimmicks and false promises.
Actually, commercials are the main reason that I don't watch television anymore. Most of them are repetitive, stupid, and some are downright offensive. Have I ever bought something because it was advertised on television? No. I confess that I'm usually the last one to know about a product or service. Eventually, a friend or family member will mention it to me. Then I'll ask stuff like, "Does it work?" "How much is it?" "How long does it last?"
And maybe in another six months or so, I might try it.
An interesting study was done a while back. The scientists involved in the study discovered that people EAT more when they watch television if they are shown more commercials for food products. People actually get up and go in search of food if they watch food product commercials. Interesting? I think so.
What else do they go in search of? I wonder if there's a correlation between internet shopping and commercials. I'm not talking about QVC, though goodness knows you could run up a hefty debt by watching that channel. I'm talking about the regular television channels. Hmmmm.
On the other hand, maybe I should try that sales pitch for my books. "Order now to get your $20.00 value half price!" Would it work??? Maybe.