In a word, YES. It isn't just that advertisers pander to the need and greed inside us. I find it most insidious when, for example, government relies on corporations to "provide" us with services. Take healthcare, for example, or medicare. The private sector informs us via advertisements. As stated many times, advertisements are designed to get us to buy that product. Have you ever tried to buy a healthcare product and compared it to other, similar, products? That's what good old competition is supposed to do, but you can't do it based on advertising. Okay, here's a simpler example: pick the best value of paper towels. Are 6 rolls better than 4? Are 12 a better buy? Oh, this one is half the price for the same number of rolls. Hmmm, the square footage is much less though. That one's double ply. That's triple. Geeze, there are two dozen brands, And each brand has half a dozen or more configurations. These are on sale, but are they really cheaper than those. These have a "best buy" sticker, these are "red tagged"-- but it's the regular price. I think I'd rather shop for healthcare.