Most Overused Advertising Cliches

Experts say that the average person is exposed to about 3,000 advertisements every day. With that many advertisements out there, it is no surprise that advertisers have a hard time coming up with something new. It seems that many advertisers out there have completely given up on being original and are simply recycling the same old ads. This list is a collection of the cliches that advertisers keep on throwing in their ads. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
But wait! Order now and you also get
Shut the hell up already! Hasn't your dumb-ass commercial gone on for long enough?
There are at least 50 ads on tv right now that have this on it
yes, I hear that on every commercial

Razor79

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2Any price ending with 95 or 99 cents

3Cool looking ads that have nothing to do with the product
These ones are great. You watch a 60 second commercial and when it is over, you have no idea what it is that you are supposed to buy.

4Fake Doctors
it is fraud and false advertising which are both criminal acts

moose4life19


5Children advising parents on finances, real estate, insurance etc.
Thank you! Those commercials are not cute at all! They're annoying, especially the smart-daughter-dumb-daddy ads!!

6But wait! There's more!
Kind of similar to But Wait! ORDER NOW AND YOU ALSO GET

7As seen on TV!
Isn't it on T.V. already?

ArpstaAmy333


825 percent more effective!

9For a limited time only
Oh yeah! This simply means: "We're going to stop selling this in a few years". Well any product can be : "For a limited time". You can't sell something FOREVER!

10Prices too low to advertise!
You'd think they didn't want people pounding on their doors in a frenzy to get their product. Maybe it's a safety issue - "we don't want our employees trampled to death, so we won't tell you how low our prices are! " Give me a break.

The Contenders

11Going out of business sale
Ever heard of The Dump? It's a furniture store that probably has had four or five "going out of business" sales that I can remember hearing about on television.

12The first 100 callers also get...

13Cell Phone Commercials That Don't Know About House Phones

14For only 17 payments of $29.99
For only three easy payments of $39.99.
JEEZ! Please, just put the normal price. And no shipping! Make it so the shipping is in the cost. And instead of $39.99 put $40.00.
It normally costs hundreds of dollars, but you can get it here for only 5 payments of $75

waterboy51


15In business since...

16The more you buy, the more you save!

17Comes with certificate of authenticity

18Get More
Ad’s that display the idea of ’You get More with us’ by showing a dog with 6 tails or an ice-cream with like a hundred flakes or a human sized box of popcorn with a weedy man crumbling under its weight etc
Countless advertisers think they're being oh so original and cute and "provocative" by using this tired double entendre.

19Today Only!

20It even comes with a mini-flashlight
I once saw a car ad with this. Why would your new car need a mini-flashlight?!
It probably either breaks down often, such that you need it, or is just poorly designed.
So if your car is advertised with a mini-flashlight, it will likely be terrible. Do not buy it if the company waves its mini-flashlight in your face.

21We?re overstocked so we are running a sale to reduce our inventory

222 day sales
Is there such thing as a two day sale. I've seen "Two Day Sale: This Friday through Sunday" Can't these people count

23Best In Class

24Only 19.95
And it's only $1990573456836, 34884678364734676, 23872873867346736. 99

lostgirl19


25Annoying songs in the background

26Ask your doctor if it's right for you
Of course it may increase your risk of cancer, liver disease or a stroke... But...

27Do the Math

28Are you tired of.....
Are you tired of hearing are you tired of?! Great!

ArpstaAmy333


29Fakin' It

Commercials that simulate TV news alerts, game shows, etc. are way overused. Especially annoying and potentially deceptive are the make-believe "consumer reports. "

DrDanM


30Fake Testimonials

31...That's Right!

321-800 Numbers
They suck, and they're everywhere! Case closed.

33Hurry in!
My brother-in-law is a cop and needs more tickets for his quota.

34XYZ Sales Event is going on NOW
And as soon as it ends, we'll have another sales event. There will ALWAYS be a sales event here.

35Apes being shown in the commercial

36All half-off

37Making memories that will last a lifetime!
Disney World, Florida did this. I'm sure all the lifelong memories it gives me are creepy people dressed as Mickey Mouse stalking me everywhere. What a cliche!

38Sports ads
They always say that "Football just got better", which only appeals to the absolute imbecile. It's all the same and it's just watching the same thing with a slight variation to it. People pay good money to watch people kick a ball. The ad is as big a cliche as the game.

39These offers can't last forever

40Honestly...
How many commercials start with this stupid word? Honestly I don't give a crap - says everyone.

41Enjoying life with no side effects

42"Get a second one free! Just pay separate processing & handling"
The free part just becomes useless when they say that.

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Updated Thursday, July 24, 2014


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