27 Idiotic Advertising Techniques That Need To Go Away

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Companies have more ways than ever to reach their customers. You'd think that would lead to a ton of innovative, impressive new advertising techniques. You'd be thinking wrong. Advertisements still trot out the same old ineffective tactics they've been using since the magazine days.

As a public service, we asked our readers to list the most annoying examples. The winner is below, but first, the runners-up:

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Entry by Scott Laffey

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Entry by BuffaloGreg

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Entry by Ashebox

USING A PERFECT YOUNG MODEL To SELL ANTI-AGING CREAM, DOES NOT CONVINCE ME YOUR PRODUGT WJORKS. THIS MODEL HAS NEVER HAD A SINGLE WRINKLE IN HER ENTIR

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Entry by Mihailocukk

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Entry by JarOCats

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Why do brands use bland, fortune cookie-type hashtags? #DontCrackUnderPressure #FOLLOWYOURSPIRIT Why don't they use the product's name instead? Using

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Entry by Mihailocukk

Why THE HELL do advertisers think that looking at PERFECT BODIES will make me want to buy their clothes? It just ANNOYS ME and the other 98.8% of huma

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Entry by Dared00

Guys, you don't have to call it those days... Stafree MAXI e..we all know what a period is. CRACKED COM

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Entry by Mihailocukk

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Entry by newverse

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Entry by djHanDon

27 Idiotic Advertising Techniques That Need To Go Away

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Entry by PookieJones

Why are yOU 1 BANDWAGON telling me PRODUCT to be ought as the same else? everyone Others buying your product doesn't make me want it more. CRACKED.COM

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Entry by PollyDarton

have never understood why companies hijack social movements to push their products. They seem to do it to try to appear relevant, but it actually make

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Entry by Sonny Time

Ask your if doctor drug our is right for you. My doctor already knows about your drug and is doing what's best for me. Your commercial is a waste of t

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Entry by Andrea Meno

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Entry by jimclass

Unless your business is modeling, I don't understand the advertising practice of putting over-sized photos of yourself on buildings, billboards, and b

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Entry by Instant_Ramen

ORAGKEDa CON Young rail thin women advertising shapewear I somehow think they are missing (and pissing off) their target audience here.

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Entry by T. S. Obiech

COMPLETELY ANNOYING ME HEADON directly Apply forehead to Apply directly to forehead ADON HEADON HEADON Apply directly to directly forehead Apply foreh

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Entry by PookieJones

CRACKEDCO I never got why companies think we don't see through their OF 10 9 OUT RECOMMEND... DENTISTS nonsensical statistics in ads.

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Entry by ERRiley

DUDE! Why are you SCREAMING at ME? V END Anuthingy Trury .CBYCUTU GWASL2 DLE oat STAIN REMOVER FREE 38 /1 That does not make me want to buy your shit!

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

I started taking Pill X two months ago, and now I can deflect bullets with my arms! -Susan from Texas- Testimonials serve no purpose if there is no wa

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Entry by BuffaloGreg

Very few people in the real world want to be part of a FOCUS GROUP. So why would anyone choose a car based on a PRETEND focus group? Plus, ads like th

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CRACKEDOON COMMERCIALS THAT CLAIM YOU'LL GET A DISCOUNT OR BONUS BUT ONLY IF YOU CALL IN THE NEXT HOUR (EVEN THOUGH THE AD IS ON ALL THROUGHOUT THE DA

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

GRACKEDCOM SPYRIM MOBILE Mobile game companies that advertise their games with gameplay videos from other games are basically asking to be sued.

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Entry by Ka-ga-mi

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YOU SHOULDN'T NEED TO SHOW PEOPLE GOING OUT OF THEIR WAY TO FAIL AT BASIC TASKS TO EFFECTIVELY SELL YOUR PRODUCT.