10 Things Advertising Has Conned You into Actually Believing

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There is a funny disconnect when it comes to advertising. Most people would agree that advertising works and that is why companies advertise. But if you ask individuals if advertising works specifically on them, they will tell you that it doesn’t, or it only works to a small extent. Obviously, both can’t be correct. In reality, advertising affects most people far more than they believe or are willing to admit. Below are a number of things that marketers have conned you into believing to separate you from your money.

Brand Names are Better

If you were given a choice between two products that looked the same and you knew nothing about them except for the price, chances are that y


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5 Responses to 10 Things Advertising Has Conned You into Actually Believing

  1. jim says:

    Thank you! Finally – someone with some common sense.

  2. Diet pills are useless if you don’t have a self control and a consistent work out. It’s just a waste of money, I really wondered why do some people still believe that they can lose weight just taking the pills.

  3. Kostas says:

    I was just discussing some of this the other day with a friend of mine. The great debate about brand labels or generic. It all comes down to if you are trying to keep up with an image, or actually like the products you use based on their quality. Excellent post! There are far too many ‘sheep’ out there.

  4. Minny says:

    I love diet products, they always come with the rider – use with a calorie controlled diet – doh!

  5. JoeP says:

    How about the statements that say you are SAVING by buying a certain product? I don’t have cable TV, so mailings that I get saying how much I can SAVE are simply lying; I am saving the most by not having their product or that of their competitors in the first place.

    Ones I absolutely hate are ads for prescription drugs. Besides driving up health care costs by people “asking their doctor” or getting even small insurance co-pays, I have to conclude that there are actually people who convince themselves that they have whatever ailment is being shown on TV.

    Finally, we have a lot of car dealers that advertise by yelling and putting all kinds of sound effects and lasers and stuff in their ads. I’m not against a business making money, but the fact that those places are still in business is an indication that this technique works on some people. So while I hate being yelled at, obviously some people believe the pitch if it is yelled.

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