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March 2, 2015

Nissan Cars Can’t Snowboard…Duh

Filed under: Autos,Humor — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 6:17 am

  Car manufacturers love to put important details about their vehicles and offers in minuscule fine print in their television commercials. And Nissan is no exception.

Just in case you couldn’t read the tiny disclaimer in two recent Nissan commercials, we’ve captured it for you.


Commercial #1: Nissan Sentra

This ad shows Nissan cars gliding effortlessly over banks of snow the way a snowboarder would.

*MOUSE PRINT:

Nissan snowboarding

And just in case you can’t read that, and to prevent a misimpression, Nissan has an important warning for viewers. You should not try snowboarding in your car because “cars can’t snowboard.”


Commercial #2: Nissan Leaf

This ad shows Nissan cars rolling backwards out of a trailer truck while going full speed on a highway.

*MOUSE PRINT:

Nissan Leaf

So, just in case you thought you could buy a Nissan Leaf, put it on a truck, and roll backwards out of it at 60 miles an hour, the company advises viewers not to try it because you are watching a “fantasy.”


Commercial #3: Mazda

Not to be outdone, in the opening scene of a Mazda commercial about safety, they show a man who has been set on fire and provide the standard fine print warning: do not attempt.

*MOUSE PRINT:

Mazda do not attempt

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August 4, 2014

Boy, Do They Have (Beach) Balls

Filed under: Humor,Retail — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 5:36 am

 John S. wrote to Mouse Print* about a beach ball he just purchased at Dollar General.

It was in a package that in big type indicated it was a 16-inch beach ball.

Upon closer examination of the fine print, however, John got an unexpected surprise.

*MOUSE PRINT:

beach ball

The ball is really only about a 10-inch ball when inflated.

Who in their right mind measures a ball in its uninflated state to come up a product description? (A manufacturer who wants to make you think you are buying a bigger ball than your really are, apparently.)

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June 2, 2014

For Once, The Small Print Giveth

Filed under: Food/Groceries,Humor — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 5:37 am

  We have lamented for years that “the big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.” For once recently, the opposite was true.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a college food delivery service issued this coupon offering students 10% off:

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In a twist, however, it included some very unusual and unexpected fine print.

*MOUSE PRINT:

“So you’re one of those people who have [sic] to read all the rules and stipulations. You know what we think about that? We think that’s awesome. On the other hand, we think you should probably relax. … we think you deserve an even bigger discount for listening to us ramble. Try “TIMETORELAX” for 15% off any order today.”

So, as a reward for reading the fine print, this service was upping the discount to 15%.

How many people actually read the fine print and got the bigger discount? According to Business Insider, only 12%.

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March 31, 2014

No Joke, Sears Advertises Customers’ Complaints

Filed under: Humor,Internet,Retail — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 5:39 am

 For inexplicable reasons, until recently, Sears maintained a page on its “Shop Your Way” website that was automatically populated with customers’ reviews and comments. The result of this automation was that unflattering comments about Sears’ products and practices got published and promoted as if they were ads, along with the positive ones.

*MOUSE PRINT: Happy April Fools Day week, but these ads are no joke. These negative ads were recently culled from the Sears page containing all product ads.

 


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December 9, 2013

Holy Sheets: Paper Towel Size Madness

Filed under: Food/Groceries,Humor,Retail — Edgar (aka MrConsumer) @ 5:36 am

Have you shopped for paper towels lately? It seems that these paper manufacturers have conspired to confuse customers by putting crazy size comparisons on each package.

Four rolls of this is equal to eight rolls of that. Eight “giant” rolls are equal to 12 “regular” rolls. Six “mega” rolls are equal to eight regular rolls, but six “big” rolls are also equal to eight regular rolls, and six “huge” rolls are equal to 15 regular ones. Twelve “giant” rolls are equal 18 regular rolls, but 12 “big” rolls are equal to only 16 regular ones.

Doesn’t this drive you crazy? Why don’t they simply say in big letters (as opposed to the tiny print they use now ) exactly how many sheets are on each roll so you know what you are really buying.

*MOUSE PRINT:

sheets

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