History Main / WhatWereTheySellingAgain

4th Sep '16 7:08:48 PM mightymewtron
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON_enOWJGFA A radio ad]] for Quick Draw from New York Lottery focuses on people waiting in line to eat the "muffgel", a hybrid between a muffin and a bagel. The only connection to the lottery in the ad is that it's a better way to bring people together than waiting for the latest food trend.
24th Aug '16 5:58:46 AM LadyJaneGrey
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See also BreakawayAdvertisement, SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer, MadeOfShiny.

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See also BreakawayAdvertisement, SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer, MadeOfShiny.
MadeOfShiny. Contrast ThePowerOfCheese, which is when the ad gives ''way'' too much credit to the product.
30th Jul '16 6:09:57 PM nombretomado
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** Lampshaded by DaveBarry: "It's all ocean waves? Did they park too close to the sea? 'Damnit, I told you the tide was coming in!'"

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** Lampshaded by DaveBarry: Creator/DaveBarry: "It's all ocean waves? Did they park too close to the sea? 'Damnit, I told you the tide was coming in!'"
30th Jul '16 3:27:06 AM Screwhorn77
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* In 1991, Russian company named Seldom ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zafcl6KHeK8 this ad.]] It has the name of the company fading in on a white background and an announcer saying the following words: "Once upon a time, there was a company named Seldom, and it decided to make an ad for itself. Not a simple one, but a ''very'' simple one. Like this. *''[[{{Beat}} beat]]''* Seldom company". And '''that's it'''. No mention of what this company does, no contact information... Later commercials did establish Seldom as an electronics retailer, but this one could as well be a prime example of this trope.
11th Jul '16 11:58:48 PM wuggles
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** Cialis also had an infamous ad campaign from about 2009-2011 which had a couple holding hands while in separate bathtubs without ever directly saying what Cialis does.
4th Jul '16 4:42:01 PM twilicorn
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAXP_bKsv0 A current running ad]] in Canada for The Salvation Army features happy music and a girl wearing grungy clothes in a subway station imagining twirling around in a pink dress, swinging on a swingset, and being read a bedtime story being read to her by her mom. Had it not have been for the final shot featuring the tagline and the Salvation Army's logo, you'd have thought it was an advertisement for something totally different. Justified to some degree; the Salvation Army being a charitable group (a church, too, but mostly a charitable organization) with a focus on providing for the poor and particularly poor children, the girl's daydream ''is'' what they're "selling".
* The Foundation for a Better Life commercials that often are shown in American movie theaters are something of an inversion: they usually depict someone doing a good deed, then say "pass it on..brought to you by the Foundation for a Better Life." Viewers might assume these are trying to sell them on the Foundation, but the Foundation is a nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage people to do more good deeds, meaning that the demonstration of the good deed is the point of the advertisement.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAXP_bKsv0 A current running This ad]] in Canada from Canada, for The Salvation Army Army, features happy music and a girl wearing grungy clothes in a subway station imagining twirling around in a pink dress, swinging on a swingset, and being read a bedtime story being read to her by her mom. Had it not have been for the final shot featuring the tagline and the Salvation Army's logo, you'd have thought it was an advertisement for something totally different. Justified to some degree; the Salvation Army being a charitable group (a church, too, but mostly a charitable organization) with a focus on providing for the poor and particularly poor children, the girl's daydream ''is'' what they're "selling".
* The Foundation for a Better Life commercials that often are shown in American movie theaters and on TV are something of an inversion: they usually depict someone doing a good deed, then say "pass it on..brought to you by the Foundation for a Better Life." Viewers might assume these are trying to sell them on the Foundation, but the Foundation is a nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage people to do more good deeds, meaning that the demonstration of the good deed is the point of the advertisement.advertisement.
** [[http://www.values.com/inspirational-sayings-billboards Their billboard series]] takes a similar approach: showing a famous or semi-famous person who overcame some sort of barrier, and admonishing those who see it to "pass it on!"
4th Jul '16 4:25:37 PM twilicorn
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* There's a series of highway billboards which are all black with white text which only say "I HATE STEVEN SPRINGER" without any other information. Turns out the advertisements are for [[spoiler:a brand of jewelry called Steven Springer, which is "hated" because it's too great of a deal]]. Too bad most people don't know the brand and the signs can quite easily backfire by discouraging the people who do know it.

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* There's In Philadelphia, there's a series of highway billboards which are all black with white text which only say "I HATE STEVEN SPRINGER" SINGER" without any other information. Turns out the advertisements are for [[http://www.ihatestevensinger.com/ for]] [[spoiler:a brand of jewelry called Steven Springer, Singer, which is "hated" because it's too great of a deal]]. Too bad most people don't know the brand and the signs can quite easily backfire by discouraging the people who do know it.
28th Jun '16 6:09:17 AM Berrenta
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* The original Claritin commercials involved bright, beautiful scenery and happy music. They were very uplifting and memorable, at least at the time...yet what they actually were selling remained a mystery for some time, making this the most famous effect of YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO?

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* The original Claritin commercials involved bright, beautiful scenery and happy music. They were very uplifting and memorable, at least at the time...yet what they actually [[SideEffectsInclude were selling selling]] remained a mystery for some time, making this the most famous effect of YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO?time.
21st Jun '16 10:02:08 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* This Thailand commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)

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* Carl's Jr is notorious for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjCigJyu3lo commercials that advertise their hamburgers]] with EroticEating; the product is clearly visible, but isn't what most viewers focus on.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Ih0UGZmig
This Thailand Thailand]] commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)
21st Jun '16 9:57:30 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* This Thailand commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)
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