New sign of the depression

I saw an advertisement in the window of Starbucks today (they don’t allow my kind inside) and it was offering some drink at the lowlow cost of $1.95 or $1.99. Wasn’t the real genius of Starbucks to get people to pay really high prices for slightly better coffee?


13 Responses to “New sign of the depression”

  1. zachary Says:

    i can get a medium sumtra roast from there for 1.82. and its damn good coffee.

  2. indeedindeed Says:

    I’m not sure my point really came through: Starbucks seemed to be advertising the PRICE of the drink as the main drawing point. whereas before they were trying to get people to buy into the idea of coffee as a luxury good where price shouldn’t be that important.

  3. yorkroberts Says:

    If only Apple would follow the price based business model…

  4. indeedindeed Says:

    speaking of, what the hell is up with those non-Apple laptops ads? Where the people always look at laptops and go, “wow, these Apples are awesome, I wish I could afford one” and then say, “these non-Apples are pretty cool, and THEY’RE CHEAP! I don’t need no stinking Apple!” you know what I’m talking about? these things drive me insane. and it’s indirectly driving courtney insane, because i rant about these commercials ten times a day.

  5. indeedindeed Says:

    didn’t make my point: if you own a company, you shouldn’t acknowledge that the competitor has a better product and then say, but we’re cheap! Kia doesn’t have pictures of BMWs and then have someone say, “God, if I had money, I’d love myself a BMW, but I guess I’ll go with a Kia.” Even though everyone knows BMWs are better than Kias. You can say: these products are comparable, and ours is much cheaper. But in the non-Apple (I don’t even know which company does them) ads, they say, ‘Wow, sexy Apple, I wish I could afford this.” Another one, a girl literally says, “I guess I’m not cool enough to be an Apple person.” What’s the advantage of this commercial? Are you trying to sell computers to insecure people who doubt their own coolness? THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY.

  6. Meghan Says:

    Kia says “Honda” like 14 times in one of their new ads. And Jack in the Box stands in front of BK in an ad. I’ve never understood that kind of advertising, either. It would be interesting to learn about the marketing stats that apparently make it worth while.

    There are a few commercials that I hate A LOT right now – but of course I can’t think of them at the moment.

  7. yorkroberts Says:

    love it.

    Those ads are by Microsoft.

    Also, those are high-concept ads where the concept is never clearly explained….because I THINK the point is that Microsoft gives people $1000 and says
    “go buy whatever computer you want” and the people are all like “I CAN’T HAS MACBOOK 4 $1000!?!?!”

    And at the end of every commercial the person buys an HP or a VAIO or something else.

    The funny thing is that people actually hate Apple now because they think Apple sucks (see: Sean McKendry, Pat Stanley…etc.) for some reason even though they have never used an Apple computer.

    To which I explain that OS X is just a different operating system and more stylized hardware. It is overpriced a bit. But it is just different.

  8. indeedindeed Says:

    It’s funny because in terms of market share, IBM clones still dominate, though it diminishes all the time. But the Microsoft ads are basically saying, “We’re worse, but we’re cheaper! Take your pick you cheap bastards!”

  9. yorkroberts Says:

    BMW automobiles. Beautiful. Luxurious. Deeply ingrained in American history. European engineering. Faster than lightning. You can fuck hundreds of women with their cars. Makes you look younger. Your teeth whiter. Your life easier. Happier.

    But you can’t afford it.

    The 2009 Kia Sorrento. You get what you pay for.

  10. indeedindeed Says:


    The 2009 Kia Sorrento: Cleaner than the bus.

    The 2009 Kia Sorrento: Walking home with groceries sucks.

    The 2009 Kia Sorrento: Cooler than a Segway.

    Microsoft: Software for the rapidly deflating middle class.

    Microsoft: You don’t need all that fancy stuff anyway.

    Microsoft: The random crashes will toughen you up.

  11. zachary Says:

    my comptuer has never crashed and ive never had a problem with it. i doubt ill ever own a macintosh. same with the last dell i owned. DUDE!!!!

    stop downloading so much porn.

  12. yorkroberts Says:

    Don’t tell me not to use the internet.

  13. yorkroberts Says:

    The only PC I’ve bver owned died a horrible horrible death due to a firewall failure of epic proportions.

    My Mac has been solid so far.

    But that is the nature of computers anyway. Even just from a hardware prospective, they are full of shit that can and might break.

    I use a ThinkPad for work at work and a MacBook for everything else.

    I love them both.

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