Apple: No reasonable person would believe our ads

By on December 3, 2008, 12:22 PM
Apple has had its share of problems in the recent past over their marketing claims that the iPhone 3G is “twice as fast for half the price” of its predecessor, from ads being pulled in the UK to lawsuits being filed against the company for allegedly misleading customers as to what the device is truly capable of.

Sure, many of the complaints levied against the company are questionable (to say the least) but Apple’s latest response regarding this particular matter is quite interesting, with the company essentially saying that anyone who takes their ads literally is a fool.

Perhaps they are right to some extent, it’s no secret that companies tend to ‘stretch the truth’ in their advertisings, but when the statement is believable enough (twice as fast, half the price) and supported with a misleading simulated video showing the product in action, you might be pushing it. Apple has already moved to dismiss some of the iPhone 3G lawsuits filed against them, but this one in particular alleging the company falsely advertised the handset's performance is still alive and could be one interesting case to follow.




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poundsmack said:
welcome to the real world Apple, where reasonable people are less common than people who as sheep. your average person is inteligent, knows the basiscs in life, but for the most part will believe anything they see on TV. especialy since those adds spur stories in news papers and online message boards that further perpetuate the cycle. if you say something over and over again, loud enough, and with very little push back (MS started their add campaign wayyy to late) people will believe anything. with that in mind I, Poundsmack, run the entire internet. go to yahoo.com and search my user name. if uneducated people say the number of search results that brings up and no one said that my claim was false or inacurate I bet you anyhting people would by into it.... its not really the advertisers fault, more peoples fault for not researching anyhting and expecting ot be spoon fed all their information. Its like people who go buy a car without researching it a little. they got it because it "looks nice" but dont know what kind of gas mialige it gets, its it has a good crash test rating, what others who have driven the car think of it. in a world now filled with so much readily avalible information through the net, ignorance is no longer an excuse. companies need ot strech the truth less and customers need to educate themselves more, otherwise we are going to prove that the movie Idiocracy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/plotsummary ) acurately predicted teh future..../end rant
Xempler said:
Ummm when Apple states that they are "twice as fast for half the price" as far as I'm concerned it's false advertising and they SHOULD be sued. If they had stated something like "So fast, you can fly to the moon" that's something different. Although, at the same time I wouldn't be surprised if someone sued them because they couldn't fly to the moon.
poundsmack said:
[b]Originally posted by Xempler:[/b][quote]Although, at the same time I wouldn't be surprised if someone sued them because they couldn't fly to the moon.[/quote]I've been trying for weeks. give me another few days and i will let you know how its going :)
JDoors said:
[b]Originally posted by Xempler:[/b][quote]Ummm when Apple states that they are "twice as fast for half the price" as far as I'm concerned it's false advertising and they SHOULD be sued. If they had stated something like "So fast, you can fly to the moon" that's something different. Although, at the same time I wouldn't be surprised if someone sued them because they couldn't fly to the moon.[/quote] That's it exactly. If you make outlandish claims, then you can expect most people to understand that it's hyperbole (still, to preclude dummies from taking you at your word you put in a disclaimer). A car literally tearing up the asphalt is obviously hyperbole. If you make REASONABLE claims (however false), then you are lieing and should pay the consequences. Twice as fast at half the cost is a reasonable claim, plainly worded. They lied. Tell me Apple knows the difference.
peas said:
crApple has always made false claims in their ads. Even as far back as the Apple II, they claimed that they were the best-selling home computer, when clearly the Commodore 64 far outsold the Apple. crApple always has been and always will cater to the braindead sheep who believe anything Jobs says.
craigwatanabe said:
Twice as fast...half the price. That's actually a truism with Apple. Their first generation product is always twice the price but half as fast. EVERY APPLE PRODUCT SOLD SINCE THE LISA was inferior and more expensive than their second generation issue.It's as if when version 2.0 comes out you grimmice when you find out the earlier model you bought after standing in line overnight the retail outlets is 1) more expensive, 2) twice as big, and 3) half as powerful as the new and improved version that came out less than a year later. Now if only the iPhone can run Flash...what's up with that?
spoonshot said:
[b]Originally posted by poundsmack:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Xempler:[/b][quote]Although, at the same time I wouldn't be surprised if someone sued them because they couldn't fly to the moon.[/quote]I've been trying for weeks. give me another few days and i will let you know how its going :)[/quote]well, I am already halfway there,but am going around the darkside so i'll be out of touch for.......mmmm..twice as long..with half the brains..
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