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

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"

But wait! Blah blah blah - Enderninja327

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2 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

3 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.

I watched a vodaphone commercial and I had know idea what was being advertised - Enderninja327

Imagine a short philosophical art piece, where Tarkovsky-esque cinematography shows a man running into a blinding light, while narration tells us about the horrors of the world currently happening, and asks us the questions, "How would you hide from the disaster you are in the process of making? How can you escape the utter calamity, the hysteria outside? "

Now imagine that as a Dunkin Donuts commercial. Trust me, it's gonna get made one day. Just you wait. - ArchAces

4 Fake Doctors

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

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

5 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.

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

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

6 But wait! There's more!

When you put the tip in and she already moanin.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

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7 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.

8 As seen on TV! V 1 Comment
9 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.

10 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!

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11 The first 100 callers also get...

Cheap ass way to make idiots buy it faster.

12 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.

13 Cell Phone Commercials That Don't Know About House Phones
14 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

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.

15 The more you buy, the more you save!

You save money by spending it!

16 In business since...

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

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17 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

18 Comes with certificate of authenticity
19 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

20 We?re overstocked so we are running a sale to reduce our inventory V 1 Comment
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