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5th Dec '17 4:46:09 PM themisterfree
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** There was also the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Peterson Tom Peterson]], who was in fact a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. He didn't position himself as insane, but rather became well known for not only constantly appearing on the floor of his stores (that sold appliances, furniture and electronics) and interacting with customers, but also unusual gimmicks and commercials- ranging from alarm clocks to cutout masks of himself to even haircuts. At one point, his flagship store was so popular he had ''a trolley'' running between the store and its' parking lots. Sadly, when he acquired a competing chain of electronic stores, it proved to be too big for him to swallow and he ended up declaring bankruptcy, closing most of his stores in the process. He and his wife Gloria attempted a comeback with a new store, but this closed in 2009 and the man himself died in 2016.
14th Nov '17 11:28:47 AM OriCat
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10th Nov '17 9:54:50 PM lizaphile
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* ''Series/XPlay'' featured "Crazy Adam's Import Imporium", which contained several rip-offs of real games and imports. The owner is just straight criminally insane, with antics that include his [[TalkativeLoon rantings]], saying he's [[SilenceOfTheLambs going to make a woman suit]], and preparing to take a sledgehammer to the head of a tied up employee. His theme song was "Crazy, crazy, crazy, Adam; crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy Adam!"

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* ''Series/XPlay'' featured "Crazy Adam's Import Imporium", which contained several rip-offs of real games and imports. imports (such as ''Fast Driv3r'', which was set in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin). The owner is just straight criminally insane, with antics that include his [[TalkativeLoon rantings]], saying he's [[SilenceOfTheLambs going to make a woman suit]], and preparing to take a sledgehammer to the head of a tied up employee.employee (by the end he had moved to Mexico because he had violated every consumer law in the California Commercial Codes). His theme song was "Crazy, crazy, crazy, Adam; crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy Adam!"
10th Nov '17 9:39:51 PM lizaphile
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* ''Mattress Mack'' of Gallery Furniture in Houston, Texas fit this trope with his long-running TV commercials where he ended every commercial with the slogan, "Gallery Furniture really will saaaaave you money!" Mattress Mack himself played the part of the crazed owner.

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* ''Mattress Mack'' of Gallery Furniture in Houston, Texas fit this trope with his long-running TV commercials where he ended every commercial with the slogan, "Gallery Furniture really will saaaaave you money!" Mattress Mack himself played the part of the crazed owner. Thankfully in real life Mack is more MeanCharacterNiceActor and in 2017, he became a hero after he let [[https://www.npr.org/2017/08/29/546953258/houston-s-matress-mack-opens-his-doors-to-house-flood-victims evacuees of Hurricane Harvey sleep on his display beds in-store]] while they got their lives back together, and made good on a promise of [[http://triblive.com/sports/mlb/12899326-74/houston-area-mattress-mack-promised-refunds-that-rides-on-astros-win-in-world free bedding for customers]] if the Astros won the World Series.



* In central Wisconsin, there's Scott from 199ride.com. He's a used car salesman with NoIndoorVoice whose whole gimmick is a series of annoying commercials that advertise how much he either needs to move his inventory or replace it with new vehicles, claiming to buy any vehicle regardless of working condition, type, make, model, or year, will pay off any payments you still owe on your current vehicle, and will guarantee up to $3500 in cash off of whatever vehicle you exchange for it (the kicker being that the vehicle is listed $3500 more than normal price anyway). He's Scott from '''ONE NINETY-NINE RIDE DOT COM!''' '''''THAT'S ONE NINETY-NINE RIIIIIIIIDE DOT COM!!!'''''

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* In central and northeastern Wisconsin, there's Scott from 199ride.com. He's a used car salesman with NoIndoorVoice whose whole gimmick is a series of annoying commercials that advertise how much he either needs to move his inventory or replace it with new vehicles, claiming to buy any vehicle regardless of working condition, type, make, model, or year, will pay off any payments you still owe on your current vehicle, and will guarantee up to $3500 in cash off of whatever vehicle you exchange for it (the kicker being that the vehicle is listed $3500 more than normal price anyway). He's Scott from '''ONE NINETY-NINE RIDE DOT COM!''' '''''THAT'S ONE NINETY-NINE RIIIIIIIIDE DOT COM!!!'''''COM!!!''''' For his 2017 series of ads he's begun to suggest that doctors have told him to stop discounting his used car inventory at $199/month and that it will drive him to an early death, but he's ignoring their orders and taking his sales pitches UpToEleven because "I'm a dealer...FOR THE PEOPLE!"
10th Nov '17 9:30:41 PM lizaphile
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* A few years ago, a major Milwaukee car dealer held a used car event in the Miller Park lots when the Brewers were on the road. Their spokesman was a man who would swear liberally (bleeped of course) in their ads, make jibes at the other dealers in the area and at the end, held a knife and said "CHOP CHOP!" to denote the low prices of the event, but also terrified more that a few children with the scary look in his eyes. Within a couple years a more sane advert was put on the air instead.

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* A few years ago, a major Milwaukee car dealer held a used car event in the Miller Park lots when the Brewers were on the road. Their spokesman was a man who would swear liberally (bleeped of course) in their ads, make jibes at the other dealers in the area and at the end, held a butcher knife and said "CHOP CHOP!" to denote the low prices of the event, but also terrified more that than a few children and adult with the scary look unnervingly homicidal glint in his eyes. Within a couple years a more sane advert was put on the air instead.
5th Nov '17 3:52:32 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This Trope is often combined with HonestJohnsDealership, in cases where the pitch is a little ''too'' good of a bargain.

May be the explanation why WeBuyAnything and WeSellEverything.

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This Trope is often combined with HonestJohnsDealership, Often seen in cases where the pitch is a little ''too'' good kind of a bargain.

KitschyLocalCommercial that HonestJohnsDealership uses. May be the explanation why WeBuyAnything and WeSellEverything.
5th Sep '17 2:04:56 AM jormis29
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* The notorious "Big Bill Hell's" ad (apparently passed around on video in Maryland during TheNineties, now made famous by Website/YouTube) is a ClusterFBomb of insanity mixed with BrutalHonesty:

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* The notorious "Big Bill Hell's" "Advertising/BigBillHells" ad (apparently passed around on video in Maryland during TheNineties, now made famous by Website/YouTube) is a ClusterFBomb of insanity mixed with BrutalHonesty:
2nd Aug '17 12:17:52 AM BURGINABC
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* Exhibit A: Russell Oliver, owner of [[CanadaEh Canada's]] Oliver Jewellery, and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW8d4oZ_UCE certifiably batshit insane.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/oliverjewellery He even has a YouTube channel showing how insane his commercials are.]]''
** He's recently started buying silver, so naturally his latest commercial has him covered head to toe in silver body paint.
5th Jul '17 5:50:04 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In Madison, Wisconsin, there are the Mad City Mitsubishi Mad Men. Highlights include turkey costumes around Thanksgiving and disembodied floating heads wearing sailor hats for Memorial Day, and the 'Nickel Pickle Sale', which naturally involves gherkin outfits, inflatable props, and a chainsaw. [[NoIndoorVoice And they never, ever, stop shouting.]] They also advertise on practically every TV station and most radio stations in the area. There is no escape.

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* In Madison, Wisconsin, there are the Mad City Mitsubishi Mad Men. Highlights include turkey costumes around Thanksgiving and disembodied floating heads wearing sailor hats for Memorial Day, and the 'Nickel Pickle Sale', which naturally involves gherkin outfits, inflatable props, and a chainsaw. [[NoIndoorVoice And they never, ever, stop shouting.]] They also advertise on practically every TV station and most radio stations in the area. Including the Spanish-language AM station, where they sometimes (but oddly, not always) give their spiel ''en Español''. There is no escape.
1st Jul '17 4:45:02 PM nombretomado
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* TheOtherWiki suggests that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_Muntz Earl "Madman" Muntz]] might have originated the schtick before Crazy Eddie.

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* TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki suggests that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_Muntz Earl "Madman" Muntz]] might have originated the schtick before Crazy Eddie.
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