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    1. Why do some advertisements tell us 'not to attempt it at home'? If we can't do it then why bother showing us in the first place? (Contributed by Don F.)
    2. Why do some advertisements say 'Free with Purchase'? If you have to purchase something then its not free is it? (Contributed by Don F.)
    3. Why do they say 'New and Improved'? How can it be new if it was improved? (Contributed by Don F.)
    4. When they say that something is 'maintenance-free' do they really mean that when it breaks it can't be fixed? (Contributed by J.J.)
    5. Why do all companies advertise their product as being 'voted the best'? Doesn't every product get that award from their makers? (Contributed by Jon Kilts)
    6. When you hear someone say 'And your money will be cheerfully refunded if you're not satisfied' do you envision a man grinning from ear to ear, happy as a lark counting money, just waiting for you? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    7. How come some stores have the 'sale of the century' every week? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    8. Why do companies offer 'complimentary free gifts'? How do they differ from free gifts? (Contributed by Dan St.Amand)
    9. Why do stores put ads in the paper that read 'Big Sale Last Week'? Why do they bother to advertise? Haven't we missed it already? (Contributed by Yakov S.)
    10. What's with those billboards proclaiming a 'new tradition of service'? Isn't a tradition something that has been going on a long time? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    11. If a product is so good why is the competition called 'the leading brand'? (Contributed by Renfairboy)
    12. Why do ads for pet products always promise that 'your dog will thank you for it' but they never do? (Contributed by Crazy Thoughts)
    13. Why do commercials refer to themselves as the 'Number One leader in their field'? Just how many leaders can you have? Would you be in bad shape if you were the Number Nine leader in your field? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    14. When a newspaper advertises a free gift 'for every reader' does that mean you have to actually buy the paper to get the gift? Or just read it? (Contributed by Brian Giffin)
    15. How can something be a 'genuine imitation'? (Contributed by Angiree16)
    16. Why don't Skittles 'taste like the rainbow'? (Contributed by Angiree16)
    17. What's with those advertisements for 'Self-Storage'? Would they be any cheaper than a hotel? (Contributed by Don F.)
    18. Isn't it redundant to say an offer is void where prohibited? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    19. How come we always hear that something is 'The best since sliced bread'? If this were true, then we wouldn't keep hearing it because there would be a new standard, right? (Contributed by Life_Is_A_Joke)
    20. Why do companies publish ads that set an upper limit on the sale price of whatever it is they're selling … 'Discounts up to xx%', and then negate that by saying … 'and more'? (Contributed by Ben L.)
    21. We often hear advertising which touts 'Free Gifts', right? Isn't that a redundancy? After all, what sort of 'gift' is it if you have to pay for it in order to receive it? (Contributed by Mark Bakke)
    22. You always see a lot of advertising that includes the phrase 'Commited to Excellence', but have you ever wondered if 'Excellence' is simply the name of the institution? (Contributed by Don F.)
    23. When they say 'If its in stock, we've got it', do they mean that they will never order anything special for us? (Contributed by John Foster)
    24. So just where does everyone want to go today? (Contributed by Don F.)
    25. Does a witty saying really prove anything? (Contributed by Neil Enns)
    26. How long does a 'Grand Opening' really last? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    27. Why do companies have a 'Grand Re-Opening' when they never really closed? Or should they do this every day? (Contributed by Tim Biden)
    28. When newspapers say they are 50% recycled, are they referring to the paper or the news items? (Contributed by Don F.)
    29. If Pringles are so good that once you pop, you can't stop, why do they come with a re-sealable lid? (Contributed by The Duke of Endor)
    30. What would you do for a Klondike Bar? (Contributed by K-dub)
    31. When beer commercials advertise free T-shirts or hats and say 'No Purchase Necessary', does that mean we can just walk in, open the case, and take the shirt or hat? (Contributed by Gary Parnham)
    32. If something is idiot proof, does that mean there is proof that it can be done by an idiot? (Contributed by Craig Lloyd)
    33. You know those places that guarantee your eye glasses in about an hour? If you need glasses that bad, how can you see the clock? (Contributed by HaLife.com)
    34. Why do people say ‘Its selling like hotcakes’? Are hotcakes really the most demanded thing on the market? (Contributed by Alex)
    35. How can anything be an instant classic? (Contributed by B. Malone)
    36. What age do you have to be where lifetime guarantees are no longer reassuring? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    37. Do dogs really go around their homes asking, ‘Where's the Bacon - beggin' for bacon!’? Or are the pet food manufacturers trying to convince us to eat it? (Contributed by Larry Harrison)
    38. How can you get a product that is the most perfect? Is there such thing as being more perfect than perfect? (Contributed by Julie A. Campbell)
    39. What kind of deal are you getting when the ad says "Everything up to 50% off or more!"? Couldn't this mean any price? (Contributed by Wazmo Nariz)
    40. If someone says “the best just got better”, would you ever buy their product? Aren’t things always good, better, or best? (Contributed by Deb)
    41. At Albertson's, 'Three's A Crowd' means that if there's ever more than three people in line, they'll open up the next available checkstand, right? But what exactly do they mean by "available"? Doesn't it really mean that they'll open a checkstand if it's convenient for them to do so? (Contributed by Waz)
    42. Do I really want to buy a sleep aid that “might cause drowsiness”? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    43. What’s with those advertisements about buying a complete pair of eyeglasses? Does that mean they will sell only one lens? (Contributed by Don F.)
    44. Doesn’t a good slogan beat a good solution? (Contributed by Ralphie)
    45. Why do fast food restaurants have such dirty slogans? Think about it: Mc Donalds - I'm lovin' it; Harvey's - It's a beautiful thing; Wendy's - You know when it's real; Swiss Chalet - Family happens at Swiss Chalet; KFC - Finger lickin' good; Burger King - Have it your way; etc. (Contributed by FB)
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