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... at finding the aggressive advertising Christmas campaigns aimed at children, so totally wrong?

(58 Posts)
granjura Mon 01-Dec-14 21:36:26

Our grandchildren are bombarded from October onwards of Christmas toy advertising- so aggressive and constant- and bordering on the fraudulent (eg toys perfroming amazing stunts the toys are totally unable to perform in real life)- should that be stopped and better controlled?

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 23:38:59

grin hmm

moon night night.

Ana Sat 06-Dec-14 22:44:26

I'm sure your GS is fun too, jingl smile

(Feeble deflecting tactic...)

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:38:18

GS. Just one S.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:37:39

I gave my GSS a furbie. He's quite fun. (the furbie)

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:35:25

I meant 'obscure' there. Not 'obtuse'!

Stansgran Sat 06-Dec-14 22:25:51

Hey it's nearly Christmas. Be nice. I have Grandchildren living in Switzerland and they and their friends know very clearly what they want. And the tv is awful so they don't have it but somehow they all know what the latest desirable rubbish is.a Furby!! and a remote controlled helicopter are on the list(vetoed by the parents as Furbys? Furbies are repulsive and anything remote controlled and flying when you don't have a garden is a no no)

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:19:43


jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:17:58

When I said "a particular lady....." I wasn't talking about granjura.

Serves me right for being too obtuse. hmm

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:15:49

Anyway, they are computer generator penguins. (In the ad)

I want to know how I've been rude. Please.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 22:05:34

confused How have I been rude to you granjura? Do you mean about the penguins. I don't know where they got them from. I haven't given it much any thought. But I don't think I've been rude.

granjura Sat 06-Dec-14 21:42:27

Where do you think they got the penguins from for the ad? The local park or woods?

You are, incredibly rude both - but that's fine by me.

Nonu Sat 06-Dec-14 21:19:26

,JINGLE* you are very spot on,
Tee Hee

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 21:01:26

Why on earth should John Lewis make a donation to a penguin charity just because a penguin features in their ads? grin

(that's back down the thread. Quite a long way)

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 20:47:52

(Or their mothers' laptops) hmm

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 20:46:56

It's not ads that sell to children these days. It's their tablets giving them easy access to bloody Amazon! grin

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 20:41:10

Make of that what you will. grin

Or don't bother.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 06-Dec-14 20:40:16

Sometimes I think a particular lady on here doth protest too much.

granjura Sat 06-Dec-14 20:20:32

Posts crossed soontobe- I am truly flattered, thanks. But of course this was not the aim of this thread. Had an event today with lots of British and USA young expat parents- they all agreed that not having the constant advertising, and Christmas beginning with Advent only- is a pure and sheer blessing.

granjura Sat 06-Dec-14 20:08:54

LOL, you are TOTALLY wrong- not wanting children to be lambasted by explotative adverts for months on end as nothing to do with living in the past. Au contraire, I'd say. We will have to agree to disagree here.

soontobe Sat 06-Dec-14 20:07:30

You have managed to make me change my mind by this thread granjura. Well done! I dont change my mind that often!

soontobe Sat 06-Dec-14 20:05:42

Ultimately it is about being strong, and saying no.
And no
And no
Daily if necessary.

But there are families where this does not happen. Many families.
So I think granjura has a point.

If childrens adverts were banned, would any of us in say a couple of years time, start a thread, and ask for them to brought back?

Nonu Sat 06-Dec-14 19:52:47

Ima 64 you say that is a good post from Granjura , I take a different viewpoint , I think she somehow lives in the past, however I could be totally wrong.

Agus Sat 06-Dec-14 19:23:01

I can't agree with you papaoscar. I remember my Grandparents berating my Parents for spoiling me because I was given, age 6, a watch for Christmas. Probably viewed as a Christmas frenzy by my Victorian Grandparents.

Christmas is always a special time for our family.

soontobe Sat 06-Dec-14 18:51:23

Some people buy things, to make themselves feel better about their circumstances, whether they are rich or poor.

Agus Sat 06-Dec-14 18:45:24

GD aged 5 would like just about every other item shown on adverts. I reminded her yesterday, I would like doesn't of course mean she will receive everything she would like. Both GDs have given me the wish list I always ask for.

DD does the same and both girls now know the lists are complete and letters have been sent to Santa so there is no point asking for anymore although they are still seeing many adverts and enjoying them.

Some people like adverts, some don't. Advertising has always been big business and people who actually buy into all the hype will do so whatever time of year it is so taking on advertising is pretty low on my list of concerns.