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Sat Nov 30, 2013, 09:59 PM

Microsoft's "Pawn Stars" commercial is the most disgusting running this season



I happened to run across this spot on Thursday.

To start out, does anyone really think "how much am I gonna be able to hock this for?" when making a buying decision?

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Reply Microsoft's "Pawn Stars" commercial is the most disgusting running this season (Original post)
jmowreader Nov 2013 OP
Blanket Statements Nov 2013 #1
bowens43 Nov 2013 #4
Blanket Statements Nov 2013 #7
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #10
pintobean Nov 2013 #17
Blanket Statements Nov 2013 #18
Renew Deal Nov 2013 #34
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #5
Blanket Statements Nov 2013 #12
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #13
SpcMnky Nov 2013 #14
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #15
nomorenomore08 Nov 2013 #31
Blanket Statements Nov 2013 #19
SpcMnky Nov 2013 #2
Hoyt Nov 2013 #3
lorent Dec 2013 #49
RedCappedBandit Nov 2013 #6
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Nov 2013 #8
DanTex Nov 2013 #9
loli phabay Nov 2013 #16
jmowreader Nov 2013 #22
Bonobo Nov 2013 #35
Renew Deal Nov 2013 #37
LibbyTreehugger Nov 2013 #11
greyl Nov 2013 #21
Scootaloo Nov 2013 #30
Skip Intro Nov 2013 #20
dballance Nov 2013 #23
Logical Nov 2013 #25
dballance Nov 2013 #27
Logical Nov 2013 #28
Bonobo Nov 2013 #36
Logical Nov 2013 #24
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #26
Jetboy Nov 2013 #29
nomorenomore08 Nov 2013 #40
Jetboy Dec 2013 #41
nomorenomore08 Dec 2013 #42
Jetboy Dec 2013 #43
nomorenomore08 Dec 2013 #44
Renew Deal Nov 2013 #32
Rosco T. Nov 2013 #33
Bonobo Nov 2013 #38
hunter Nov 2013 #39
TlalocW Dec 2013 #45
fishwax Dec 2013 #46
Initech Dec 2013 #47
onethatcares Dec 2013 #48

Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:09 PM

1. It's educating a consumer about what Google does

 

And how inferior their product is. It's not about selling laptops for cash to get to Hollywood
It's a nice play on the delusional people who think they're sitting on a gold mine

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Response to Blanket Statements (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:13 PM

4. wrong. it's just bullshit. Obviously you know little about it....

 

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:16 PM

7. I know the net book is an inferior product

 

And the fact that Google is selling its users information to make money for itself shouldn't be over looked.

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Response to Blanket Statements (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:20 PM

10. for what it does, the netbook is fine...

and you don't think Micro$oft doesn't gather/sell?

You really don't have a clue do you?

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:29 PM

17. Micro$oft?

 


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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:30 PM

18. I know what google's agreement with its users is

 

I wouldn't use their net book because of it

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:08 PM

34. What part of the ad do you dispute?

Specifically. "All of it" is not an answer. Which claims do you have a problem with?

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Response to Blanket Statements (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:16 PM

5. It's a nice play on the delusional people...

.. that think they have the slightest concept of knowing what Google does and does not do.

Hmm three posts eh Blanket Statements? I see.....

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:23 PM

12. You should read Googles TOS agreement

 

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Response to Blanket Statements (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:25 PM

13. You should read Micro$oft's.. and Apple's... and everyone elses...

You don't want any information collected? Stay the frig off the internet. Period.

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:26 PM

14. Or

 

Enforce privacy LAW.

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Response to SpcMnky (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:27 PM

15. That work's too...

no question.

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Response to SpcMnky (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:06 PM

31. Do both. That way everybody's happy.

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Response to Rosco T. (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:36 PM

19. An option not available to users of the net book

 

Which was kind of the point of the Ad

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:11 PM

2. Scroogled - lol

 

Last edited Sun Dec 1, 2013, 01:27 AM - Edit history (1)

I like the tracking part

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:11 PM

3. Actually, when buying things like musical instruments, I have checked Ebay

to see what I might get. Say I want to buy a $2000 instrument, but I'm reasonably sure I could net $1500 selling it. Then I can rationalize buying it because the price is only $500. At least that's what I tell myself. If I really like it and don't want to sell it, I'm screwed.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:10 PM

49. True but this is a disinformation campaign

True but this is a disinformation campaign. Micro$oft is straight up lying. A chrome book works fine with or without the Internet. And it actually is MUCH, MUCH safer (less likely to be infected with malware) when it does go on0line.

I teach computers and this commercial angers me so much because it is a pack of lies. Watching this commercial is like sitting through a GW Bush speech of listening to a Dick Chenny interview.

If you research it Microsoft has had a LONG history of corporate malfeasance.

Google is certainly no angles but Microsoft has proven itself to be willing to lie, cheat and steal over and over.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:16 PM

6. What exactly is disgusting about it?

It's pretty dumb. Now way would I take technical advice from the people on Pawn Stars.

But it's not "disgusting".

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:19 PM

8. As someone who watches the show now and then, it was funny

Part of the problem with the ad is that it's not really telling you to buy something, just not buy something else.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:19 PM

9. Umm, what? Disgusting? Did you post the wrong link?

I was expecting, you know, something like this:

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Response to DanTex (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:27 PM

16. omg, you didn't.

 

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Response to DanTex (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:40 PM

22. You missed a better one...



The oven should remind Zappa fans of the XQJ-37 Nuclear-Powered Pan-Sexual Roto-Plooker (a machine that looked like a tiny pig with marital aids stuck all over it) in Joe's Garage.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #22)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:09 PM

35. Whoah my God...

I must have plooked hee-heemm.... to dea-ea-eath.... hey, hey, hey...

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #22)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:11 PM

37. lol

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:21 PM

11. Just my opinion

But the JC Penney "go go go go go go, shop shop shop shop" or whatever commercial is by far the worst.
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Response to LibbyTreehugger (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:38 PM

21. Agreed! nt

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Response to LibbyTreehugger (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:05 PM

30. Ugh!

 

I'm not a violent person, but that commercial makes me want to stab.

SOOOOO glad I put the TV away ten years ago.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:37 PM

20. What are you talking about, that's an excellent ad.

F**k Google.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:51 PM

23. Oh, it was funny

 

Notice, however, they didn't compare a Apple to an MS-based laptop or to a MacBook or a Surface to an iPad for resale price.

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Response to dballance (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:53 PM

25. Apple = Cult following. They should sell toasters to apple fanboys. n-t

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:58 PM

27. Actually, I am typing this on Android.

 

I thought the iPad was too expensive for what I wanted. So I got a Google Nexus 7 instead.

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Response to dballance (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM

28. Android is a cool device. And not controlled by the apple censors. They have leap over the Apple....

 

Innovations. I have an iPhone. Work provided and required. n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:11 PM

36. That meme died a few years ago.

Put it in the grave along with Member's Only jackets, bub.

As if not ALL products are sold and marketed in exactly the same way.

If you think you are not buying something because it has been marketed to appeal to you, you are just being obtuse.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:53 PM

24. LOL, ok. I guess you hate Pawn Stars or Microsoft. This place cracks me up. n-t

 

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:55 PM

26. Just as a data point.. the mind behind the Scroogled campaign and this ad is Mark Penn

name ring a bell?

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:05 PM

29. Hilarious!

I don't get how it is in any way bad.

And yes, before I purchase ANYTHING besides absolute necessities, I check how much I can get for it on resale! (or I already know)

And I've been in the guy's shoes of someone trying to sell me something that they think is so great but I wouldn't take for free! Just a funny, harmless commercial dissing some cheap plastic gizmo.

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Response to Jetboy (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:58 PM

40. "Resale" just doesn't enter into it, for me. Then again I am a man of relatively few possessions...

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #40)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 12:10 AM

41. How much you can resell an item for is a pretty good indicator of it's true worth.

If you are buying ANYTHING, it is wise to research it before hand. I happen to work at an auction house and sell stuff on ebay etc on the side.

Though I own a ton of really nice things, most all of them are for sale and I have right next to no money invested in them. It doesn't hurt to be at the auction from start to finish 70 plus times a year, year after year. Items are merely a means to an end for me. The only possessions that I cannot do without are my cats. I don't even have cable tv or a smartphone. It's others' love of shiny things that keeps a roof over my head.

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Response to Jetboy (Reply #41)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 12:20 AM

42. I guess the items I typically buy (books, CD's) are low enough in value that I don't even think

of making a profit on them. Not to mention I'd rather not part with most of them anyway.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #42)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 12:32 AM

43. There is a ton of money in used books.

Plenty of people make their living just buying used books and selling on Amazon. I wish I knew them better as they are easy to store and ship with a huge profit margin.

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Response to Jetboy (Reply #43)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 01:04 AM

44. Yeah, but my purchases are generally always based on what I actually want to read/listen to.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:07 PM

32. I think the ad is fine

They make their point very well and it's well produced.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:07 PM

33. Also incase you're interested.. the Advertising Industry's reaction to the ad...

http://marketingland.com/microsoft-scroogled-pawn-stars-chromebooks-66522

Microsoft’s Scroogled Campaign Hits New Low, Uses “Pawn Stars” Guys To Attack Chromebooks


"Wow. How sad.” That was my reaction to watching the latest in Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign against Google, this time using two of the stars from Pawn Stars to attack Chromebooks as not “real laptops” and part of Google’s overall plan to “Scroogle” people.

I’m struggling to understand how the geniuses behind the Scroogled campaign thought going after Chromebooks as somehow Google misleading people was a great idea. But to me — and I’m a big Pawn Stars fan — it comes off as weak and even desperate.

(snip)

If we’re talking ads, Windows 8 has new giant “Hero Ads” that show up baked into the operating system, an extension of other ad options in Windows 8 that people can buy. You can’t buy ads baked into Chromebooks. You just get them the old-fashioned way — in your browser.

(snip)

A Scroogled Too Far

Overall, if Microsoft wanted to run a campaign comparing how Windows laptops are more versatile than Chromebooks, that would have been fair — and perhaps powerful. Even the Pawn Stars segment would have been great, in many ways. But when it starts falling into this somehow being an attempt by Google to “Scroogle” people, what’s next? Is the iPad an attempt by Apple to Scroogle people because it, also, can’t do all the things that a traditional laptop can? Bringing in the Scroogled message just cheapens the message, to me.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:14 PM

38. It's a rather weak and desperate ad.

Microsoft has officially become a whiny baby.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:30 PM

39. I don't buy computers anymore.

I recycle them.

The computer I'm posting this from was a sad, slow Microsoft XP machine.

On Linux it's quite respectable.

Granted, I'm an old Unix guy, been on the internet since 1979, and Linux was like coming home.

But what the hell happened?

The machine under my desk would have been a supercomputer in my university days.

I was expecting AI by now. I think Bill Gates and Steve Jobs killed it.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 01:17 AM

45. Google can't take this laying down!

They need to get the Hardcore Pawn people to do a commercial. They can yell at each other with lots of bleeped out obscenities, and then when the person trying to pawn his/her MS product doesn't get what he or she is asking for it, he or she can try to jump over the counter and then get hauled out of the store by security.

TlalocW

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 02:31 AM

46. I thought the short version was lame ... deosn't really rise to the level of disgusting, though

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 02:40 AM

47. You haven't seen the Audi and Lexus ones.

I'd post clips from Youtube but I can't find any links.

The Audi commercial - Audi cars appear and then the people who own Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW all drop their keys in the Salvation Army bucket. And Santa's helper says "We're gonna need a bigger bucket".

The Lexus commercial - in this huge mansion, this woman is sewing one of those giant bows and at the end, three Lexus models are seen with giant bows on them.

Who are these car company commercials catering to?

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Response to Initech (Reply #47)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 07:10 AM

48. to the

masters of the universe, of course.

You mean to tell my you "aren't" getting your SO 70K vehicle this year?

sheesh, what are the neighbors going to think?

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