Advertisings great liars thieves and wide boys.
Not just misleading, downright lies.
I have had a gut-full of advertising that misleads, tells straight out lies, exaggerate benefits and abuse buyers with impunity.
There are many products on the market that fall way short of living up to their claims. Here are some that really irk. Adsense will probably put some of them on my hub despite me rubbishing them, which I find amusing.
This has to rate right up there for straight out lies. For example, products that show shower scum and mold removal only work on the ads. I have yet to find even one product that will remove mold. They simply do not work at all, and you would get the same result with plain water! The funniest thing I have seen is the mold remover my daughter purchased. In the blurb written on the product it said "it is best to start with a clean shower!"
The perfumed cleaners that hang on the toilet bowl and color the water do just that. Color the water, leave a perfumed smell, but do not keep the toilet clean at all. After about 2 days the water even if sourced from the main clean drinking water supply, will leave a deposit in the bowl that has to be removed with a toilet brush. Other than the coloring that hides the filthy scum left in the bowl from water sitting there, no other benefit at all, and certainly have little or no effect on cleaning the toilet.
Ever seen one that works? I have not. The only way to lose weight that works is to eat less calories and exercise. The results obtained are usually based on water loss. Some appear to work, but as soon as one re-hydrates, the weight is back. In the mean time millions of dollars are wasted by desperate people who are unable to exercise or just to damn lazy to do so.
If an overweight person has a medical problem that causes weight gain, buying weight loss products can be not only frustrating, but can lead to despair and even depression, self blame and even suicide. The morals of these people who promote this crap are in the gutter.
A sensible diet, exercise
and medical assistance can assist with weight loss, but buying weight
loss products will only make your wallet lose weight, not your backside. Every year there is a new fad.
Bill Gates and me are great mates!
SEO and backlinking.
These are both necessary if you want your online work to be seen by the search engines, but most are hyped to a degree that defies logic. Backlinking and SEO take time and effort to obtain any long term results. You are better off improving the quality of your writing than spending money on all the SEO and backlinking software available which Google ignore sooner or later. When they fall over and don't work anymore that leaves you to start all over again with the next miracle tool that Google will kill as soon as they discover it, which usually happend pretty quickly. The claims made are usually just straight out lies.
Turnkey business plans.
Again this market is chocka-block with liars,thieves and wide-boys.. The "automatic" business market is full of it. Try to do this without spending other money on expensive hosting and you will find they cannot even be set up. Without all the server-side bells and whistles only available from expensive hosting these are generally useless. Even if you do manage to install all the supporting software, you will only get results by spending another few thousand dollars on advertising. Something they usually "forget" to tell you. The complexity of some of these "easy to set up" businesses would drive Albert Einstein to distraction!
Pay em enough moola and most celebrities will promote any old rubbish. In Australia a famous cricket player with a reputation for lying to his wife about his dalliances is advertising for a hair replacement therapy company that specializes in lying. Apparently you can replace your hair "scientifically."
In reality they either cut holes in your head and plant what looks like a forestry plantation gone mad, or replace your hair "stran by strand. With the number of hairs on an average head that should take about a year!. One of my mechanics had this procedure done at enormous cost and all his new hair fell out in months. My physio had the same thing done and his only lasted 3 months as well. They make it look like they are going to make your own hair grow. A bit different to the reality of looking like your hair has been planted like rows of carrots!
Being a celebrity can be hard work. It seems the magazine got it a bit wrong here, and although it made me famous, it was not the type of fame I was hoping for. It was fun trying on all the party frocks though!