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.

The Top Ten Most Overused Advertising Cliches

1 But wait! Order now and you also get

There are at least 50 ads on tv right now that have this on it

yes, I hear that on every commercial - Razor79

Oh. So if I order this piece of crap now I can get more crap. ? Wow "cool"

Order within 10 minutes and you will get two for the price of one!

2 25 percent more effective!

Research shows that you must not use round numbers for percentages. Use numbers like 37, 23, 78 etc, so people will fall for it easily.

3 "Get a second one free! Just pay separate processing & handling"

The free part just becomes useless when they say that.

It's free but it isn't!

I did not get the message from the ads..


4 As seen on TV!

Isn't it on T.V. already? - ArpstaAmy333

5 But wait! There's more!

Get a free cat

Billy May's famous quote

Kind of similar to But Wait! ORDER NOW AND YOU ALSO GET

Get a cat

6 Ask your doctor if it's right for you

Of course it may increase your risk of cancer, liver disease or a stroke... But...

7 Children 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!!

The kids are cute, but I have to admit it's annoying. That's like showing a picture of a kitten rolling around and talking about car insurance in the background. It's adorable, but irrelevant.

I notice now that every other commercial nowadays always deals with first-time parents.

These are bad because they all try to make you laugh, and think they are original, but the kids are just annoying. - RoBot214

8 Any price ending with 95 or 99 cents

There is actually a point behind it, though. Science shows that is you have a, say, 5 dollar product, and sell it for 4.99, (Or 4.95 if you live in a country where the penny no longer exists), you will thinks it's a cheaper price

You should sell it for 7 dollars instead of 6.99 because one time, I bought something for 6.99 and I gave them 7 dollars and then I gave them 5 dollars for tax because that is all I had and I got no change.

9 Cool 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.

Here’s an ad on toothpaste:

*Jhene Aiko singing*
*dog barking*
Kid: mammeee! Can I have sum candee?
Mother: nono, it’s bad for your little teeth!
*Mother buys kid toothpaste from a shop*
Mother: buy it now for only 9.99!
*dramatic string music olays*
*dog runs off*
*Jhene Aiko dances*
*kid and mother shopping*
*music ends*
Disembodied voice: GoodSmile. Keeping you healthy and happy.

Me: what was that ad about?
- TheDuttyGyal

10 Each sold separately


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11 Fake doctors

it is fraud and false advertising which are both criminal acts - moose4life19

There are actors on the commercials.
"This saves my life! I'm ___, and this is my true story! " And at the bottom of the screen, in tiny letters, it said "actor portrayal."

Or fake patients who tell their story...
"I took this pill for 2 days and I lost 200 Kg" - Ananya

12 Enjoying life with no side effects

Hidden side effects may be present

13 Prices 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.

14 For 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!

When I actually want to buy the product, ill refresh the limited time to get the bonus!

15 Fake testimonials

These are done by actors who have never been on T.V., so they are perceived to be 'normal' people. Usually shot outdoors or some location to make it look like they were chosen at random.

16 Cell phone commercials that don't know about house phones
17 The first 100 callers also get...

Cheap ass way to make idiots buy it faster.

18 Going 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.

19 Are you tired of.....

ARE YOU TIRED OF (insert annoying thing here)? DO YOU WISH THAT (insert something you wish would happen here). HI BILLY MAYS HERE WITH (insert any product endorsed by Billy here), THE FASTEST EASIEST WAY TO (insert way to solve your problem here) GUARANTEED! ORDER RIGHT NOW!

Are you tired of hearing are you tired of?! Great! - ArpstaAmy333

Are you tired of are you tired of?

That one wrote itself.

20 Comes with certificate of authenticity

That claims you stupid for buying our crap product

21 For only 17 payments of $29.99

It normally costs hundreds of dollars, but you can get it here for only 5 payments of $75 - waterboy51

And people think it is better than saying the true price.

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.

22 In business since...

Just because a company is old doesn't mean it's good.

Yep, that's right, 1853!

In buisness since you never existed!

23 The more you buy, the more you save!

So if you buy 7 things that you don't want, you will be saving more money than if you only got one.

You save money by spending it!

24 Introducing...

Every other commercial on T.V. uses this at the beginning or somewhere in the content.

Every car commercial ever

25 Today Only!

That repeats forever..For the same product. - Ananya

Day one ad - Today only.
Day 2 copy of day 1 ad - Today only.
Repeats forever. - Skullkid755

26 It 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.

I'm dying of laughter

27 Annoying songs in the background

That acne commercial

28 Apes being shown in the commercial
29 Group of hipster friends laughing while using product
30 We?re overstocked so we are running a sale to reduce our inventory

Just give it to HowToBasic

31 2 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

32 Get More

Countless advertisers think they're being oh so original and cute and "provocative" by using this tired double entendre.

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

33 1-800 Numbers

You can't dial letters, so you gotta find out what number the letter means - Yatagarasu

They suck, and they're everywhere! Case closed.

Dial 1 800 Product today!
I wish they just told me the numbers.

CALL 1-800-Despacito NOW! - starryrcad

34 Do the math

i'm asian

I'm not Asian...

35 Use of celebrities

They’ve been doing this since the 50s! For example, Samantha Eggar, who voiced Hera in Disney’s Hercules, endorsed a commercial for a T.V. called the RCA Colortrak system back in 1976.

36 "Real people, not actors!"

So what are actors, then?

37 Best In Class

But horrible at home

38 Only 19.95

And it's only $1990573456836, 34884678364734676, 23872873867346736. 99 - lostgirl19

39 It's just great for a gift!

I don't want band-aids for Christmas! - RalphBob

Yay, I've always wanted an egg cracker for Christmas!

40 It Works!

Proactive commercial: Those pimples/acne will go away.

Me: SHUT UP! NO IT WON'T! - Ilovestephanie

Watch Deal or Dud first before buying the products

41 Fakin' 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

42 ...That's Right!
43 Hurry in!

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

44 XYZ 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.

45 All half-off
46 Making 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!

47 Sports 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.

48 These offers can't last forever

Especially if I believed you

49 Honestly...

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

50 Love it or your money back

So one time, my mom bought something with a 30 day money back guarantee and it was 11 days later and she did not think the product was worth it so she called to return it and they said "I'm sorry, miss, we do not accept returns."

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