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Great Moments in False Advertising

False Advertising

This article looks at different false advertising that some of our favorite companies are engaging in. The first one the article looks into is Airborne. This product claims that it can boost your immune system so you don’t get sick. This is not proved in any studies though. Secondly Dell promised buyers “no interest, or no payment” and then the customers were stuck with a higher interest. This was not only considered false advertising but “deceptive business and abusive debt collection”. Poor ethics are coming to light in many of the businesses that we trust. The article goes on to mention false advertising for shampoo and lotion that “make your hair stronger” or your “skin younger”, and Nike using sweat shops.

Most of the previous companies were taken to court to punish them for falsely advertising. This is all too common though and many companies don’t get in trouble for this. Companies know what false advertising they are putting forward, and what negative effects it will have on its customers later. The big businesses have become so caught up in getting customers to buy their products, so they can profit, that they don’t even give factual information. People are being fed false promises from products that end up being false. The big businesses have moral obligations to their customers to give them good products that actually work how they are promised. As discussed in class the businesses seem to not be worried with ethical responsibilities to their customers but only to better the business and their income.

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  1. yardieboy88
    November 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Msnipulative Advertising is a very big issue today, and even though the laws against false advertising is in place that still doesnt stop these companies. Just like walmart feels that even though they can be sued for not recogizing unions they still do it any ways because they feel that only a small percentage of people will react to the issue so they pay off is not as drastic.

    So as long as companies feel like the pay off is not as bad, they are going to do it.

    No stopping it.

  2. courtnei86
    December 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Fale advertising has become a major problem today. Companies are more focused on making a profit than the happiness of their customers. They do not think about the long term affects. Such as the customers refusing to buy their product or even getting in troble for the false advertising. As long as they make a profit in the short run they are happy. It seems that this problem is becomming more widespread and even in companies that we trust. Maybe a solution to this problem would be to have harsher punishments from the crime of false advertising. Maybe then the companies would think twice.

  3. twinpate
    December 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Misinformation is rampant in today’s media. Stiffer regulations regarding false advertisement need to be in place and enforced. Despite this there will always be companies looking to get one over on the consumer. I think the biggest false advertising is located in the credit card industry.

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