Thursday, February 24, 2005

Take it Easy

An observation about ads in the US: they seem to make everything so easy. The whole concept of "buyer beware" takes a new dimension in the US, because believing the ads means you better be extremely gullible.

Want to lose weight? Just take three pills of this at night before sleeping, and you'll lose weight. Work out using the new gizmo designed by the Baywatch lifeguard-lookalike babe and her hunky companion, and you'll be looking like one of them too. Just 15 minutes a day! As seen on TV! Of course there's the nutritional law-defying Atkins diet. Eat no carbohydrates -only proteins, and lose weight. Carb-counting made it seem like it would finally make the Americans excel at math again.

And, is there a limit to leveraging? Or do individuals with a debt-equity ratio of 5:1 at usurious rates simply emulate the government that taxes less and spends more? You've heard of a home loan(a mortgage, as it is more commonly known in the US) , but how about a home equity loan? You take another loan with your home as collateral, ostensibly to improve it, or to pay off credit card bills or simply to take that vacation you've always dreamed of! In India, having to put your house up as collateral is heresy( family izzat at stake and all that), but it seems to work here.

Need to buy furniture? Pay NOTHING for the whole of 2005! *

*Fine print: Pay 25% interest over the next 3 years after 2005. If you can't, nasty-sounding men will send you threatening letters asking you to pay up. Then if you still can't pay, nasty-looking men in overalls will come and take your furniture away.

Yeah, life in the US is easy.

9 comments:

Cathy said...

Resent your patronising comments about Americans.If you dislike the US so much,why don't you pack your bags and go to France...you will have more company there

Ajay said...

It's just an observation on ads in the US. Please tell me that you don't take them seriously?

Cathy said...

"Carb-counting made it seem like it would finally make the Americans excel at math again"-isn't that more of American bashing than an observation on ads?

Janice said...

I totally agree with Cathy.My feeling is this guy 1s 400pounds,owns a huge mansion and became a sucker for the mentioned ads. The dumbhead is just venting out his frustrations.I have to tell my girlfriends about this.

Ajay said...

See this link .
It was meant to be sarcastic.

Sane American said...

Cathy and Janice:

Please get a life. There is nothing offensive in the article.

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