Friday, February 20, 2009

Advertising for Dummies

Here we are having arrived at Friday again. Seems to come rather often really, every seven days or so .... Just can't stop a good thing.

This week has been rather uneventful and slow(er), but not in a good way. Quite quickly on Tuesday morning it became apparent that the week would be unfolding unpleasantly. Computer problems at the office.

There is absolutely NO WAY anyone can convince me that Mac's are superior to PC's - NO WAY!!

And whatever you do upon reading that sentence - do not send me "comments" trying to convince me otherwise. Resistance is futile.

I will not delve any further, except to say - today is Friday and the difficulties have not changed one iota! So I happily go home to my PC laptop.

I am happy to report that I made it through Valentine's Day without shedding one single tear, or having the mildest of tantrums. I'm not sure if that's a sign of lost hope, resignation, or a numbness to the realities of married life. As usual it went unnoticed by the male population in our house. With the exception of the following day being told "Happy Un-Valentine's Day".

On another unusual note to my week - I received some mail at work from a company that we deal with for our copier. The previous week I'd been visited by our new sales rep, and his supervisor. This week I get an post-card ad from said new barely twenty-something sales person.

The catch phrase across the top of the 3x9 inch coloured postcard read "Call us if your copier still sucks". The "still" was written like an after-though with a little ^ interrupting the sentence to insert it for emphasis. And just below that it read "it's just that easy!" leading into a grinning head shot of our oh-so-naive new sales rep.

Where do I begin? My first complaint - the word "sucks". It's one thing to say it, it another thing to use it as your advertising slogan.

AND - since we already have a copier from this company - is he calling his own product down?

Then - WHAT is "just that easy!"? Calling them? If you're already leasing one of their machines and it "sucks" wouldn't you have already been on the phone complaining?

I got this piece of 'crap' in the mail on Wednesday and I'm still incensed. I've called and left a message with our rep's supervisor, but lucky for him he's off sick.

Yes - I know I wrote the work 'crap', you don't need to remind me of my hypocrisy. I'm not using the word in an advertising slogan for the church now am I?

Does anyone else see what's wrong in this advertisement? Is it just me? Am I being an old fuddy-duddy? I know I'm not 'hip', but I like to think I'm flexible and accepting of others and generational differences.

Although .... does anyone remember the "Church Lady" from Saturday Night Live in the 90's??


Cloudy said...

Glad you made it through valentine's day. Who created that day anyway? Could it be SAAAATAN???

linds said...

Thanks for the congrats about Ben! :) We will be staying right where we are. Since it is the city police, he just got to pick a section of the city to work in and he got his top choice. His first day was yesterday and he got to make his first arrest! I am so proud of him! [I know, I have said that like a kajillion times! :P} How is your week treating you??