Author Topic: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals  (Read 6360 times)

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I cracked up when I saw this elevator ad in the Venetian Las Vegas (out here for a work conference).


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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 03:51:51 PM »
Sometimes, I feel like I'm a broken human and feel sad that I can't empathise with my fellow beings when I see adverts like this.

Is there something wrong with us?  How small a minority are vaguely mustachian types?

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 06:58:46 PM »
Sometimes, I feel like I'm a broken human and feel sad that I can't empathise with my fellow beings when I see adverts like this.

Is there something wrong with us?  How small a minority are vaguely mustachian types?

I don't think it's that. All advertising basically boils down into a promise to make you happy. Extremely vague ads like this only display it more prominently: "You didn't know <thing> existed, but it will finally be the thing that makes you ultimately happy."

Mustachians have bought into the idea that owning less things and having more financial stability and control and freedom is the thing that will make them happy. Which I think is more correct, but it's not really that different.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 01:50:55 AM »
Terry Pratchett had a great line about the definition of advertising -- at least I think it was him:

"Successful advertising is the suspension of intelligence long enough to extract money from it"

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 10:41:00 PM »
I hate advertising with the fury of a thousand suns. Before I discovered Mustachianism, I was completely brainwashed by advertising to spend tons and tons of money on worthless garbage that they convinced me would make me happier and more successful. In the end, it turned out that what I  needed to be happy and successful was to not spend money.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 04:13:06 PM »
This reminds me of every time I hear "because you deserve it" on a radio or commercial ad... I about jump out of my skin when I hear that! I can just see some poor dude that is credited to the hilt with a little "extra" income each month thinking "yea, their right, I do deserve that"... Infuriating to say the least.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2017, 04:41:27 PM »
I cracked up when I saw this elevator ad in the Venetian Las Vegas (out here for a work conference).

Just checked my receipts of several years of attending an annual three-day business conference in Las Vegas about 15 years ago. A restaurant bill, one of the buffets, a candle I brought home as a present and a dollar for gambling in a slot machine. I do remember the mall in the Venetian though for it's artificial sky, it's high prices for ice cream and the notice on one of the bridges that the (expensive!) fake gondola ride feature was operated in compliance with the local drought rules (or whatever they are called).

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 05:31:54 PM »
I interpret that ad as the stores need to make money.  They want to convince people that wants and needs are the same thing.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2017, 04:35:53 AM »
How about those GMC commercials? 

Neighbor 1: I just bought a little holiday decoration. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved hundreds!
Neighbor 2: (sneering) I just bought a new car. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved thousands!
Neighbor 1: (feels shame, needs to go to GMC dealership)

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2017, 05:57:12 AM »
Reminds me of one I've seen a few times (don't know for what- shows you how often I watch TV). Dude's commuting by bus day after day. One day he passes a car dealership and sees...a full-size truck. Next thing you know he's the proud owner of said truck. Because of course that's the logical next step from mass transit. (must have gotten tired of repeatedly carrying loads of bulk mulch and construction supplies home on the bus...) Cue eyeroll.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2017, 06:55:22 AM »
I've realized that the majority of advertisements lack a logical flow. There's just a before and an after. Maybe I don't get the subliminal messaging.
But I don't watch much live TV anymore, unless it is PBS. Shows are recorded and stripped of commercials.
And I don't see web/mobile ads with the use of ad-blocking tools.
I've created an ad-free bubble.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2017, 07:32:04 AM »
How about those GMC commercials? 

Neighbor 1: I just bought a little holiday decoration. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved hundreds!
Neighbor 2: (sneering) I just bought a new car. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved thousands!
Neighbor 1: (feels shame, needs to go to GMC dealership)
Wait, wait, this is real?  Barf.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2017, 07:46:14 AM »
This reminds me of every time I hear "because you deserve it" on a radio or commercial ad... I about jump out of my skin when I hear that! I can just see some poor dude that is credited to the hilt with a little "extra" income each month thinking "yea, their right, I do deserve that"... Infuriating to say the least.

I work hard, I do deserve it.  I feel that I deserve to retire at a reasonable age and enjoy my life more, however.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2017, 07:50:51 AM »
Reminds me of one I've seen a few times (don't know for what- shows you how often I watch TV). Dude's commuting by bus day after day. One day he passes a car dealership and sees...a full-size truck. Next thing you know he's the proud owner of said truck. Because of course that's the logical next step from mass transit. (must have gotten tired of repeatedly carrying loads of bulk mulch and construction supplies home on the bus...) Cue eyeroll.
I've seen this many times (my parents always have the tv going).  The guy has a goal (to buy the truck), and so he works hard, takes the bus, etc.. to save up money for goal.  Great, saving for a goal and living within your means!  But then he buys this huge pointless truck.  And then we watch him drive to work one morning in his warm truck while he passes his usual bus stop, and we see the other people miserably standing there waiting in the cold dark for the bus.  It really irritates/upsets me to see this ad.  :(

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2017, 07:53:19 AM »
How about those GMC commercials? 

Neighbor 1: I just bought a little holiday decoration. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved hundreds!
Neighbor 2: (sneering) I just bought a new car. I just had to have it!  It lights up!  I saved thousands!
Neighbor 1: (feels shame, needs to go to GMC dealership)
Wait, wait, this is real?  Barf.

In the version I've seen, neighbor 1 is just returning home from black Friday shopping with a huge trunk full of purchases. S/he is exhausted and despondent, but happy to have saved all that money by waiting in lines. Neighbor 2 is well rested and looking great, waving over to his new truck in the driveway. It's disgusting.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2017, 08:27:16 AM »
What they don't show you is the mustachian next door who got to sleep in because they don't want a clown car or trunk full of useless purchases

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2017, 06:53:35 PM »
This reminds me of every time I hear "because you deserve it" on a radio or commercial ad... I about jump out of my skin when I hear that! I can just see some poor dude that is credited to the hilt with a little "extra" income each month thinking "yea, their right, I do deserve that"... Infuriating to say the least.

I'm glad I'm not alone on this, my skin crawls when I hear "you deserve it" and it's usually accompanied by some advertisement for a personal loan for a vacation or some other terrible financial product...

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2017, 12:58:34 PM »
Man I don't know how anyone can lose money with a casino. Just think about it, people go in knowing that the odds are stacked against them. If they play big the casino will comp them*, if they lose then they'll be told something about personal responsibility, but what's nice about when people win is that they are often prone to live lavishly. They'll go to the shops or find other ways to blow their winnings.

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2017, 01:42:15 PM »
This reminds me of every time I hear "because you deserve it" on a radio or commercial ad... I about jump out of my skin when I hear that! I can just see some poor dude that is credited to the hilt with a little "extra" income each month thinking "yea, their right, I do deserve that"... Infuriating to say the least.

I'm glad I'm not alone on this, my skin crawls when I hear "you deserve it" and it's usually accompanied by some advertisement for a personal loan for a vacation or some other terrible financial product...

Ugh.  Yeah.

Another one I absolutely hate is:  "There's never been a better time ..."

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Re: I don't think this elevator ad reads the same to Mustachians as to normals
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2017, 05:39:29 PM »
Man I don't know how anyone can lose money with a casino. Just think about it, people go in knowing that the odds are stacked against them. If they play big the casino will comp them*, if they lose then they'll be told something about personal responsibility, but what's nice about when people win is that they are often prone to live lavishly. They'll go to the shops or find other ways to blow their winnings.

Play $1/hand. Drink $5 beers each hand. Stare in amazement at others' gambling.