I did it. I fell for an advertising bamboozle on-line!
While checking my Yahoo mail tonight and I saw a link to a story about the happiest cities in the world. As a happy go lucky guy, I click to see where all the other happy people are – they’re certainly not an abundance of them in the DC area (but I guess it’s all relative, eh?).
While browsing a few of the happiest cities something else catches my eye – it appears to be a link to a story about Acai Berries and it says:
Unbelievable. It’s written by a “staff writer”, raves about the benefits of the berries and even has comments at the bottom of the page (but the comments are closed).
So what’s the problem?
It’s all BS! Every single bit of it – even the comments section at the bottom!
At the very bottom of the page, you find this:
THE STORY DEPICTED ON THIS SITE AND THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE STORY ARE NOT REAL. RATHER, THIS STORY IS BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THESE PRODUCTS HAVE ACHIEVED. THE RESULTS PORTRAYED IN THE STORY AND IN THE COMMENTS ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, AND MAY NOT BE THE RESULTS THAT YOU ACHIEVE WITH THESE PRODUCTS. THIS PAGE RECEIVES COMPENSATION FOR CLICKS ON OR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS FEATURED ON THIS SITE. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS CONSUMER TRANSACTION INVOLVES A NEGATIVE OPTION AND THAT YOU MAY BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT OF FUTURE GOODS AND SERVICES, UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, IF YOU FAIL TO NOTIFY THE SUPPLIER NOT TO SUPPLY THE GOODS OR SERVICES DESCRIBED.
Unbelievable!!! Re-targeted advertising is being targeted for privacy issues, but stuff like this is allowed to exist? Sickening!
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