The shameless use of Christmas to plug pretty much any product or service under the sun has certainly reached a new high–or low?–this year. It seems there is no marketer that won’t stoop to the “C’mon! It’s Christmas!” tact as an effort to dig into your pockets. And when you hear it from me, you know it’s an issue. Because I don’t entirely mind the commercialization aspect of the holidays.
Sue me, I like shopping.
Starbucks makes a peppermint flavored mocha latte, fine. Dunkin’ Donuts has some special transfat-laden treat with green and red sprinkles? Cool. But some of the suggestions I’ve gotten via email these past few weeks give me pause.
An Equifax 3-in-1 credit report
“Give your loved ones the gift of good credit” should probably have been written to read, “give the recent graduate in your family a passive-agressive message that he’s been needlessly squandering his future savings on itunes downloads and Budweiser tall boys. Ho ho ho!” Besides, if your loved ones are really that worried about their credit ratings, don’t you think they’d probably prefer a check?
A Lowes Holiday Gift Card
It’s true, nothing does say Merry Christmas quite like $100 towards vinyl flooring.
Super Vi@grA for $1.99 a pill
Sorry, Beulah Mayes and Lorelei Nguyen and Harlene Natty and Clem Lamb and Silas Ortiz and Adela Honeycutt and Oconnell and Puff Peyton. We’re good in that department. See also: My belly.
(Puff Peyton. Heh.)
Danny Schecter’s new film, In Debt We Trust
I love you, media channel, but really? Seriously? The movie that’s been described as a wake up call about the dangers of debt as the national deficit climbs and millions of Americans deal with the pain of higher interest coats, growing fees, higher mortgage expenses, rises in student loans, and a wave of foreclosures as the housing market dips downwards? Sounds…uplifting.
I guess the liberals are ruining Christmas after all.
Just because “Jesus” personally sent me an email, does not mean I’m buying name brand drugs from him at an 80% discount. Even if it is his birthday.