more and more adverts

  obbit 13:16 15 Mar 2004

click here

isn't it time we started fighting back.

i shall not visit a web site that forces one of these down my neck.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 14:19 15 Mar 2004

You can always pay a subscription.....People have got to learn that the internet is NOT free. It costs shedloads to run and use. I am baffled how they think it will be paid for and I somehow cannot see them shoving their hands into their wallets. Newspapers are full of adverts and people pay for them so I do not see any problem. Adverts=no subs, no ads=subs..take yer choice or come up with a better way to run the net.


  Stuartli 15:59 15 Mar 2004

Remember that, without advertisements, you would be paying many times more for newspapers, magazines etc.

I don't count many of the products advertised on, for instance, commercial television as manufacturers work out the eventual retail prices based on anticipated annual sales, wages (the biggest expense of all), advertising, promotions and so on.

Most of the BOGOF offers you see in the supermarkets are provided by manufacturers who have exceeded anticipated production runs and use the surplus to promote their products.

  plankton 16:02 15 Mar 2004

I'm not sure whether obbit is against ALL advertising, but the type that "gets in yer face" is annoying. I can put up with the stuff at the top, down the side etc.., but when your looking for something in particular, I certainly don't need these adverts coming up, and worse still moving about.

If I go into a shop and browse for stuff it doesnt happen, if I read a book, or a newspaper, it doesnt happen. What's the difference? Advertise round the edge, I can look if I want. Even on the TV it's time to make cuppa, or whatever...

  obbit 16:20 15 Mar 2004

i not sure whether GANDALF <|:-)> and Stuartli understand the way the adverts i have highlighted will be shown. full on in your face and very invasive. of course, i realise we need adverts but as plankton states i would like the choice whether to look at it or not.

you will be able to close the said adverts once they completely cover your screen. as we all know, lots of popup ads dump spyware and malware on to your pc, you have no choice but to flush it out once you find it. how long is it before we get dumping, from these ads, with rubbish. i like to know what is being dumped on my pc thanks, before said malware decides to dial out to some porn site £25 a minute.

hope i have explained why i started this thread


  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:38 15 Mar 2004

There will be a good reason why advertising companies are producing these adverts. They do not show adverts willy-nilly and a lot of research, time and money is spent assessing the usefulness of adverts. Irrespective of what a few people believe these adverts are being used because they will most likely work.


  Stuartli 17:00 15 Mar 2004

To follow up GANDALF <|:-)> not a lot of people know that those who have Sky TV have their viewing habits analysed and that advertisements which are believed to be most relevant to their lifestyle are beamed to their TV on an individual basis.

  obbit 17:20 15 Mar 2004

just look at the few adverts on tv that have been deemed to be offensive and distasteful.

research ,time and money? yeah right

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:10 15 Mar 2004

....obviously never been working in advertising then?


  obbit 19:32 15 Mar 2004

no, i have better taste

  Forum Editor 23:12 15 Mar 2004

You make it sound like a war.

This kind of advertising was inevitable, and we should allow the market to dictate whether or not it will be successful. It's not necessary to 'fight' anyone, just don't respond to the advertising.

I'm one of those ancient beings who can remember when commercial TV first saw the light of day. There were letters to The Times about the moral decay of the nation, how we were becoming like the Americans, our young people corrupted by those dreadful advertising people, etc. People said they wouldn't watch that channel, and that it would fail dismally. Now here we are, a generation later, saying the same kind of things about Internet advertising.

The Internet cannot remain a free resource - it's been said a million times. Provided we understand that it (the internet) is just like any other medium, and that advertising is a perfectly normal part of everyday life we'll be fine. Advertising has been with us for centuries, and it isn't going away. The sooner we stop talking about it as if it was some kind of disease, to be avoided at all costs the sooner we can relax and let market forces go to work. If Internet advertising doesn't sell products and services commercial organisations will soon stop spending good money on it. The fact is that at the moment it is selling those things, and selling them in huge quantities.

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