The older I get the less tolerant I am for advertising BS. Here's an ad for a car dealer in Illinois I heard the other day.
“Don’t miss our HUGE FOUR DAY SALE of unclaimed vehicles, over 1,000 new and used vehicles to be sold at a fraction of their original price.”
One thousand unclaimed vehicles… I can’t imagine someone taking a car in for service and not bothering to pick it up so perhaps these vehicles came from valet parking attendants who need to make room room. Is it possible that Toyota dropped the cars off at the dock and forgot about them or they were obtained from the flooded 9th Ward of New Orleans? “Unclaimed vehicles” my great white behind. They’ve got a thousand vehicles they haven’t been able to unload. Maybe the dealership figures people are too stupid to see through their sleight of hand use of words until it’s too late.
It wouldn’t surprise me if “sold at a fraction of their original price” amounted to about 99/100 of the MSRP either. If you can’t trust what someone says in their advertising, you probably can’t trust them at all. And we wonder why consumers are fed up with advertising.
Abraham Lincoln said it best, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”