I stated earlier in a Blog entry that my e-mails were scaring me. I was getting ads for walk in tubs, the best assisted living centers, good quality senior homes, three footed canes, grave plots and cremation.
This week I am getting encouragement to apply for nursing training online, YEAR long cruises and now this, Apply and work for a Psychology degree. Then I am torn because I am tempted by the last one, “Look like you are 40 when you are 80”. Now that one sounds good. I am only a few years from 80. I should probably start working on that now.
Yeah, I know BS when I hear and read it:
Cure your Diabetes in 20 days.
Have a full head of natural hair in three weeks.
Eat this and NEVER forget, ever again.
Lose weight and eat what you want.
I read these titles to e-mails and I remember the times as a kid I was fooled by the ads on comic books. Did you ever do that?
I must have written for information on the Charles Atlas Muscle building course ten times (but then they wanted more money once you got the carrot). The ad showed a muscle man kicking sand in a little guys face on the beach and walking off with his girl friend. Then in just a few short weeks of Charles course, the Kid gets even with the muscle man. I wanted to do that. (I was still a skinny kid)
I actually ordered a “real” log cabin play house $1.00 + .50 handling. I was one excited guy. It came as a big plastic bag with printed logs that had to be draped over a card table and cut the door out. (SHUCKS)
My most disappointment was the ad for Army Walkie Talkies. ‘These are not plastic toys, they are completely wireless, talk to your friends,’ only… $1.00 + $.25 handling.’'
Little Jackie is excited, I was looking for a big package. I received a brown flat envelope. It was NOT PLASTIC and it was WIRELESS. It was two printed pasteboard walkie talkies that you had to fold an glue and they were attached by a string (NOT WIRE).
I have often wondered how those companies got away with those ads that only kids ordered. (SMILE).
I think these companies still have my name with sucker beside it.
Maybe it has taken 70 years to learn something I have heard all my life, “If it sounds too good to be true, IT PROBABLY IS”
Did you ever order anything from a comic book?
This Merc was new when I ordered from comic books, 1948