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- The Lexus commercials featuring Jonathan Pryce blend Appeal to Vanity with Celebrity Endorsement.
- Say this in your most snobby voice: "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" Their early commercials played the "Snob Appeal" straight, but later commercials evolved into self-parody.
- Movado wristwatches.
- Played dead straight in an ad for a resume posting site. A man playing tennis is mobbed by uninvited spectators from the stands trying to get in on the game. Most of them are terrible players, and tennis balls are flying every which way. VO: "When you let everybody play, nobody wins." Apparently the first player's resume is getting lost in all the others on whatever site he's posting it. The tagline: "$100k+ jobs for $100k+ jobseekers". What a pity: Our Hero couldn't find his dream job because he was surrounded by hoi polloi!
- A junk mail ad for The Economist subscriptions listed some of the powerful, influential people who read it (especially heads of state or their cabinet members). The gist is that powerful people like them read it, and you're like them (i.e. powerful), so you should read it too.
- One of the Apple iPhone's applications was named "I'm Rich!" It costs $999.99 and all it did was show a ruby on your display. The message was pretty clear: only rich people (like you!) would buy something this useless! It managed to sell a few copies until someone claimed they bought it by accident and Apple removed it.
- The Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour chain had the "Accountant's Special" as a joke menu item: one scoop of plain vanilla ice cream for $99.99.
Folk and Fairy Tales
- Wonderfully subverted by Les Luthiers: "You, who are used to success as just one more habit of life... You, who succeed with the same ease in business and in the most exclusive sports... You, who are used to being respected by men and admired by women... You... can you tell us how you do it?"
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. Right there in the title, folks.
Live Action TV
- Saturday Night Live neatly parodied this device with the "I'm #1" trucker's cap. "Lets everyone in the room know you're better than they are. Only $9.95, available at K-Mart and Caldor!"