For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for August 24, 2009

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    BuzzDog  over 14 years ago

    Obviously Ellie is not a “price sensitive” shopper!

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    wndrwrthg  over 14 years ago

    There are many products I will not purchase simply because of their advertising.

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    Ann Lewis  over 14 years ago

    I too, often will not buy a product, or shop at a store when I dislike their advertising. Sadly for all marketers (sp?), a good add might not want to make me buy things, but a bad add has kept me FROM buying things.

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    kfaatz925  over 14 years ago

    Agreed - over-aggressive advertising is the worst.

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    alondra  over 14 years ago

    I can’t stand a lot of shouting hype like this commercial. I also won’t buy something if the ad offends me and many do for various reasons.

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    Allan CB Premium Member over 14 years ago

    I wouldn’t shop there either … I’m starting to think I should stop shopping at WalMart … I remember when it was Woolworths up here in Canada … you’d go in to the shoe department (Woolworths, Zellers, The Bay, Sears etc), the person working in shoes would sit you down, measure your foot with that slider thingy, then ask you what your price range was, style of shoe you wanted, then go pick 4 or 5 pairs. They would come back, and help you fit the shoes, tie them up, and have you walk around. NOW you see some lady, who says “that’s the shoes. Find a pair.” You ask for help she walks away. there is no customer service any more :(

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    bogeydog  over 14 years ago

    I forget this is set in Canada. My dad is from Saskaskschawan. How ever you spell it! And I’m sure someone will correct me!!

    When I think of this from my cousins point of view, some of this is funnier.

    But it is still my favorite comic!

    What ever did happen to “NotNorman”? He/she made things interesting.

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    The_Ol_Goaler  over 14 years ago

    I’m still waiting to find a car dealer who doesn’t YELL AT ME through his/her commercials… if ever I do, that dealer will have my business forever!

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    summerdog86  over 14 years ago

    Where is the mute button on the TV remote?

    Lynn posted the following tidbit at FBORFW on 8/21/09

    “The art you are seeing now is a reworking of the beginning of the comic strip. The work will soon be running as it did originally without the new material added and the characters will age accordingly. With luck, the stories will continue right up to 2003 and beyond and you’ll see everything again.”

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    dianecliff  over 14 years ago

    Canadian Tire!!!

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    alviebird  over 14 years ago

    Did this make anyone else think of Billy Mays? I’m sorry he passed on, but I won’t miss him.

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    JanLC  over 14 years ago

    Reminds me of Cal Worthington and his “dog” Spot. (I even saw him live once at the Ringling circus in Long Beach, CA. His “dog” Spot was an elephant named Ruth.)

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    bogeydog  over 14 years ago

    YES bird55!!! Billy Mays!!

    I thought of him too!!

    But Oxy-Clean really does work!

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    Sternvogel  over 14 years ago

    bogeydog said, about 5 hours ago

    “I forget this is set in Canada. My dad is from Saskaskschawan. How ever you spell it! And I’m sure someone will correct me!!”


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    bald  over 14 years ago

    if you will remember wal*mart used to have a banner “all products Made IN USA”

    since sam walton died, i don’t think 25% of their merchandise is made here anymore

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    jump4joy  over 14 years ago

    I won’t go to Carl’s Jr. for the same reason. Watching a guy slurp, smack, slobber, and drip while eating a hamburger just turns my stomach!

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    alviebird  over 14 years ago

    Am I the only one who’s put off by commercials that demonstrate their crispy or crunchy food by having us listen to people masticate it?

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    Dkram  over 14 years ago

    Guico (Cavemen) Burger King (Very neg.) There are a few local car dealers that drive up the wall and a few other vertical objects.


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    summerdog86  over 14 years ago

    Does anyone else hate the OnStar ads heard on the radio with real people in car crashes that have been hurt? I get it OnStar! I don’t need to hear those poor people moaning in pain to know how your product works!

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    Ronshua  over 14 years ago

    jump4joy–That’s what I’m talkin about . If I haven’t eaten for three days and Carl’s Jr is the only game in town fifty miles both ways . There’s even money chance of them getting my 99 cents .

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    noreenklose  over 14 years ago

    I used to HATE Wheaties commercials. They would show some boy with perhaps his father, doing some crazy “guy thing”, with the Dad teaching the kid how to do it, or, cheering him on. Then, they’d start voicing over, LOUDLY—“He knows he’s a man…”

    Why they thought that that would cause American housewives (who do most of the shopping in this country) to buy Wheaties, I’ll NEVER understand.

    I have never bought Wheaties! There are plenty of other cereals to pick.

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    kab2rb  over 14 years ago

    GMA interviewed Billy. And the man does not yell all the time. For Walmart there are a lot of products they stopped carring. Because of price we have to go to someplace cheeper like: different types of vegtables, creal, potatoes, etc. At this place I figure vegtables(sorry about spelling I’m tired and its late) are that cannot control salt but rinse off. .45^ a can. Walmart is .60^. Starkist tuna at the cheeper is .50^. This cheeper place does not advertise on TV. A lot of people around know about it.

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    gene2u  over 14 years ago

    This comic generated a lot of discussion, but where’s the punch line? I guess it’s mildly ironic that advertising can drive people away rather than bring them in, but that’s not really a joke.

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    hildigunnurr Premium Member over 14 years ago

    gene2u, the word “comics” actually doesn’t indicate everything has to be funny.

    Ppl, have you thought about whether NotNorman was banned and is now here under another name and with a slightly different style?

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    4deerinmyyard  over 14 years ago

    For twenty years or more, I refused to buy any Minute Maid product because Anita Bryant pitched it.

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    hypershock  over 14 years ago

    If the jingle gets stuck in my head, I purposefully avoid that product.

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