I just saw what has to be the second most misleading advertisement I’ve ever seen. I say it’s the second most misleading adverstisement because - surprise! - the same company made the absolute most misleading adveristment I’ve ever seen.
Trojan condoms…well, you wouldn’t know it was a company that sold condoms from the online banner. Oh no, you would think it just had a free offer…or spyware, depending on whether or not you know most ads include spyware (and if you don’t know, now you do!). The banner included a yellow box of Trojan’s newest product, Ecstasy, front and center, seated on a table, with Trojan soldier heads behind it on some kind of wall, or something like that. But the box was not close enough for you to know what was in it, and it was just far enough away for you to think it included something cool, because hey, when you see the word “ecstasy”, you think it’s something good that will make you happy - and I’m sure the company knew this too! Next to the product was a banner that said FREE SAMPLE* Of course there was a disclaimer that said *While supplies last. And on the other side of the box was the brand name, and, under it, the magical phrase “Click here to learn more”.
There was NOTHING on the ad to indicate the product was a condom. And if you click on the banner, you get sent to - get this! - trojancondoms dot com. Yes, their website has the word “condoms” in it, but they didn’t feel the need to include the full brand name on the product. Gee, I wonder why? Trojan must be desperate for new customers to not tell people what their company manufacters and sells. Now, I had gone to the website so I could complain to them, but, much to my surprise, there is nothing on the site to tell you how to contact them. Sound suspecious? It should! Anytime a company dose not give you their contact information, you should immediately think twice of giving them your time or your money - they’re not going to listen to complaints, they just want you to give lots and lots of money, because they’re greedy and don’t care about your personal well-being. Ironically, I did find company info, in FAQ, near the bottom, and this is it, I’m not lying:
Church & Dwight Inc., Co.
No city, no zip code, no telephone number, nothing. Only adds to the supsecious, right? Well, let me tell you about the company’s most misleading commerical…
In the commerical, a man is in a grocery store, and he’s a dad. His kid wants to grab something off the shelf, but the dad won’t let him. So he starts screaming and crying. A lot. For almost a full minute. And the dad just looks at him like, “Why did I let you be born?” And that’s the whole point of the ad. Seriously. Children are evil monsters and you don’t deserve to be burdened by them! Here, let us help by giving you these condoms!
The commerical includes no information about the health risks of condoms, and I was really wondering how they managed to slip that by the FCC. Maybe they just didn’t catch it. Who knows. But the company has a duty to warn its customers of side effects of its products…or maybe Trojan didn’t get that memo. Wish I could give it them. But I can’t.
So, let’s pray for these people, that they stop working at Trojan and get better, healthier, and more wholesome lives. Not to say they aren’t healthy or wholesome people.