Shop Less, Live More

There are some commercials that are just great and fun to watch, while others are just so bad. And I’m not talking about the bad locally produced commercials (usually for a car dealership). I mean the bad ones made by major companies. I always wonder what could be more worse than loud car commercials? Until I saw Macy’s new commercial, where celebrities gather. They all come out trying to sell (market) their stuff to the regular folks. I mean they have all the fame and fortune, yet they are out scheming of ways to make more money. No wonder I haven’t shop at Macy’s for a good 10 years now. And so glad as well.

It makes sense for celebrities to sell perfume or other beauty products, since they are all about image anyway. But for them to slap their names on anything and sell it in shops is just absurd. I just don’t know who would fall for such ads. I know I won’t purchase something just because some celebrity puts their name on it. Martha just puts her name on kitchenware and linens and expects people to trust it just by using her name. Wow, have people come this far just to be so behind in their thinking? From what I know aboutMartha, she had a product line for Kmart too. And one of her glass patio table scattered into tiny (unsafe) pieces and she has yet to reimburse the people who have bought the table. That is not very good business or a good thing (to do to your fans and customers).

In the meantime, while the rest of America lags behind in what has become known as a recession, these commercials will not make you a richer or happier in your life. So please people, don’t just buy senseless items just so they can be thrown away later.

And when I see that Macy’s commercial, I just switch channel or stop watching TV right away. I don’t know what’s worse, seeing Jessica Simpson look so plastic or the idea that shopping at Macy’s will bring us happiness. People need to go outside more and realize that a walk in the woods is probably all they need. Go outside, feel the sun on your face, listen to the birds in the trees, and consume less and do your part to help preserve the beautiful planet we live in.

“Macy’s wouldn’t comment on the cost of the new campaign. TNS Media Intelligence said Macy’s total ad spending in 2006 was $1.09 billion, with $187.1 million for TV.” -ABC news, Macy’s Seeks Celebrity Power for Its Fall Advertising Campaign

Photo credit: Charlotte’s in Ontario


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