MacMall ad on the back cover of current MacLife: SERIOUSLY?

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  1. j5045096 Guest

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    So, I get the new MacLife (somebody bought me a subscription last year--I will not be renewing independent of this topic simply because the content seems to be all advertising for products, cleverly disguised as articles--there's hardly ever any relevant useful tips, secrets, reviews etc.)...

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    I flip through and get to the back cover and see the attached ad. Are you kidding me? Because I'm sure every girl who looks like that puts on iPod headphones and dances around seductively with black lace lingerie showing...which, incidentally has NOTHING to do with the advertisement. So if anyone represents MacMall here not that I matter because I'm one person but don't count on me for a sale of anything and furthermore, fire your socially inept ad team of geeks who each probably has half naked pictures of Bar Refaeli on their desktops looking seductively at them as if they ever had a chance and get in touch with the real world and real people...and the fact that real women aren't like the woman in your ad...

    Yeah sex sells in 2009 but try again- you're about as classless as those girls with DD's and blonde hair that the local car dealerships put on their TV ads...like they'd ever be there if you did show up to buy their car and b) like they know jack squat about cars anyway.

    Unbelievable.
     

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  2. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    You have to be joking. I do that all the time.:) Not strange at all actually.
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Sex still sells, and that's pretty unlikely to stop anytime soon.
     
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    Hell, even I like to get all sexied up and throw on some black lacey lingerie and dance around with my iPod headphones, every now and again...seductively of course. Who doesn't?

    +1 Macmall...+1.

    Hi, I'm Red, and I like sexi wiminz. :p
     
  7. Yairp macrumors newbie

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    I too put on my iPhone earphones and dance around, black lace lingerie showing, ALL the time, I am not a girl though...

    And on a more serious note, are there any other Apple/Mac related publications worth reading/subscribing to? I'm kind of new to this world, so far I'm getting all my information on line, is there really anything written there that I won't find faster on the net?
     
  8. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    I do understand what you are saying but sex sells. However, you are right it has nothing to do with the ad, and it is completely unrealistic, but it will probably work.
     
  9. joro macrumors 68020

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    Plus it’s truly not THAT revealing, I mean what you see in the ad you can see walking around a busy city every day.
     
  10. j5045096 thread starter Guest

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    I get on my soapbox with this stuff I guess. Remember (maybe they're still running) those creepy Burger King ads with the smiling king that looked like a mix of a Stepford Wive and a child molester? Stopped me from going to the Burger King for a while. OR the GM ads that talked about how you "deserved" a better car or something like that... and I'm thinking to myself this is why kids grow up with a sense on entitlement. This stuff bugs me but maybe it's just me...
     
  11. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    The King made you stop eating at Burger King? Its kind of a mascot dude. I don't like a lot of college basketball mascots, but that doesnt stop me from watching a game they're in if the Wildcats are playing. :rolleyes:

    Also, the King's kid is creepier than the King himself.
     
  12. Yairp macrumors newbie

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    I agree with the OP btw, that that photo doesn't really have anything to do with the content of the ad, I'm just not as enraged about it.

    I think it's just a bad attempt at getting guys to look at it, or a really bad attempt at getting girls to look at it, either way it's underestimating its potential audience, and again, not very well done.
     
  13. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    Sexy is sexy, male or female, and it does sell.

    I read Mac|Life and Macworld cover to cover every month. I've only been using a Mac for a 1 1/2 years, so I'm still learning.
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm more bothered by the overtly sexual ads. Like any Go-Daddy ad. It's just stupid and rather demeaning.
     
  15. j5045096 thread starter Guest

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    That's true but porn addicts aside, it used to not take a whole lot to get a guy's imagination running. ...and no I'm not 72 and still remember the days where it was racy for a woman to be shown in a slip in a John Wayne movie.

    I actually heard something interested on NPR (aka soothing voice radio) -- I realize this might be dating myself but I'm only 28 - the other day-- they interviewed some Muslims in France because I guess the president there wants to ban birkas. ...this one man said "I don't force my wife to wear a birka; she wants to--but i like that she does because she's beautiful, but her beauty is for me to enjoy, not every man on the street. The wife chimed in and said it made her uncomfortable when men would look at her." Now, I used to get really uncomfortable when seeing someone in a birka but after hearing that I thought to myself "okay, I get that and it's actually a pretty darn good reason!"

    Beer commercials etc. -- they're going to use sex to sell, but MacMall? Again, it just reminds me of the 31 year old tool still living with his mother who lives in his fantasy world with thousands of computer images of his so called girlfriends.

    I'm a Mac...oh, and I'm normal.

    well, it was more the bad food. i never really ate at BK anyway, but those ads were just creepy.
     
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    Oh, well yeah, that makes a lot more sense. The food isn't good enough to care about anyhow. I havent eaten there in like 6 months and I rather like the King. Concierege biscuits to my bed? Awesome.

    Just make sure mace is readily available. He gets a little handsy.
     
  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I buy the products from ads with sexy women in them so that on the odd chance I see them they'll see I bought the product they were advertising and sleep with me.
     
  18. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Sex sells. It may not make a difference to you or me, but have you seen advertising lately? I feel like you're living under a rock, or at least cut off from all media. The later would be a good thing.
     
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    Interesting.
    Although I must say I cannot recall the last time I went to buy a Mac/PC/computer accessory because I saw it advertised with a female/male draped over it…

    Sex just doesn't sell anything to me.
    Unless we're talking *cough* adult entertainment DVDs…

    :D
     
  20. j5045096 thread starter Guest

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    I've been really disappointed by MacLife. Don't know much about MacWorld but in terms of the latest product updates, tips etc. you will do WAY better on these forums and using MacRumors or MacNN etc. Magazines are at a disadvantage anyway because the immediacy of the internet allows stuff to be published, reviewed etc. so much faster.

    They spent about a page reviewing the new MacBook Pro line in MacLife this month and it does NOTHING to tell you about the computer. It tells you they added SD card slots and that the 13" is now a Pro. I knew that a month ago via MacRumors and since that time we've had unboxing articles, benchmarks, reviews etc. from editors and users. MacLife's article felt like an advertisement and nothing else.

    Also, they review tons of LAME products each month - this month there was some entry level Pentax DSLR that probably .0001% of the reading audience will ever find at a store, let alone buy. It's not like it was a shootout between the latest Canon and Nikon or something - it was a lame ugly looking silver Pentax. It was just content-weak this month and has been for the few months I've been getting it.
     
  21. Yairp macrumors newbie

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    I can confirm that this does not work, I repeat, does NOT work.

    The police weren't excited by the idea either :eek:
     
  22. iBlue macrumors Core

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    What I find more unbelievable is that you think you know so much about these so called classless women simply because they've got blonde hair and a substantial rack. Might try opening your mind a bit, you may be surprised. Or perhaps you're just having a moment. We can all get our grump on every now and again.

    Same here.
     
  23. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    OK, well look at it this way... given the US economy, I have to assume that their sales are down just like every one else's sales. Marketing has to use every trick in the playbook, including the cheapest trick of all.. sex appeal.
     
  24. j5045096 thread starter Guest

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    I'm 28 and married and I'll tell you the funniest one my wife and I observe together. ...going to the mall and walking by Abercrombie. We actually have this in our mall--there are guys who work for Abercrombie who work shirtless in the retail stores. PLUS, if you're a floor above that store and you walk "over it" you can still smell the reeking smell of that nasty cologne they sell. And of course the 30 foot picture spread of the anorexic guy with unnatural abs that adorns the entrance backdrop. It's so ridiculous.

    It gets even better when we see the pack of 7th grade girls walk out of the store and stare and giggle at each other in front of the shirtless guys. Kid you not and we have two girls (2 1/2 and 5 months) and my first comment is that I'll lock them in their room til they're 34 before I'll ever let them in a store like that. Plus the fact that I can't tell which half of the store is girls and which is guys.

    Hollister is probably the same way but I still can't figure out where the entrance is so I've never been inside.
     
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    Insert your mom/ sister/ best female friend joke here.
    [/immaturity]
     
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