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In Lean Economic Times, Toy Advertising Under Fire
The Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2008

Posted on 11/29/2008 3:36:08 PM PST by Batrachian

NEW YORK — In a season that inspires earnest letters about toys, one notable batch is being sent not by kids to Santa's workshop but by parents to the executive suites of real-world toy makers.

The message: Please, in these days of economic angst, cut back on marketing your products directly to our children.

The letter-writing initiative was launched by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which says roughly 1,400 of its members and supporters have contacted 24 leading toy companies and retailers to express concern about ads aimed at kids.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ads; children; christmas; coal; money; parents; spoiled; toys
Where do you even begin with a story like this? Parents that can't say no to their kids begging toy makers to stop advertising. A woman that would sell herself to buy her kid a toy. I halfway believe this story was made up. It's pathetic, and a sorry testimonial about our society.
1 posted on 11/29/2008 3:36:08 PM PST by Batrachian
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To: Batrachian

These stories better stop soon. The Republican won’t be in office for long. In the meantime, stop your whining, MSM. We may be in a recession, but we’ve still got more toys than we know what to do with.


2 posted on 11/29/2008 3:38:15 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Batrachian

the real problem? weak parents that spoil their kids and give in to every demand. Banning commercials won’t make a difference.


3 posted on 11/29/2008 3:43:57 PM PST by ari-freedom (Thank you for everything!)
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To: Batrachian
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

What's the matter with wimpy parents these days? I grew up watching ads for toys on TV, and I wasn't traumatized by a commercial-filled childhood. Back then, parents controlled the TV and could say NO without feeling guilty.


4 posted on 11/29/2008 3:47:17 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: Batrachian

Yes, our children should instead get gemutchleikeit by serving die furher Obama!


5 posted on 11/29/2008 3:48:49 PM PST by Jeremiah2
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To: Batrachian
In the Obama Nation, surely these parents can be helped by a wide ranging ban on Capitalistic Advertising. Along with toys we must ban all advertising for unhealthy food and drink. Cheerios are disgusting and such sugar laden cereals can be banned outright. No Booze ads anywhere, no ads using religious backgrounds (ie. Christmas trees). In fact, just make everything Public Television. Those commercial channels are surely sending the wrong message. It's for the children, you know.
6 posted on 11/29/2008 3:50:17 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Batrachian
Parents that can't say no to their kids begging toy makers to stop advertising.

Parents need to be parents and turn off the stupid TV and start interacting with their children if the advertisments are sooooo terrible.

I also suspect this as a false story.

7 posted on 11/29/2008 3:51:33 PM PST by Taggart_D
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To: Batrachian; grellis; xsmommy; tioga; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SoftballMominVA; Amelia; metmom; ...

Mom Ping.........


8 posted on 11/29/2008 4:04:56 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Batrachian
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

aka Campaign for Socialism

9 posted on 11/29/2008 4:05:43 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Batrachian
you are placing parents like me in the unenviable position of having to tell our children that we can't afford the toys you promote.

Psht, that's my kid's favorite excuse! The other one is "That toy is the ugliest, most obnoxious piece of crap I've ever seen, and I wouldn't bring it home if you traded your leg for it."
They seem to have survived thus far...

10 posted on 11/29/2008 4:06:01 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Deplore the profligate scattering of corpses!)
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To: Batrachian

Old TV commercials for toys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dZe_cmZNDA&feature=related


11 posted on 11/29/2008 4:07:06 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: LongElegantLegs; Gabz
you are placing parents like me in the unenviable position of having to tell our children that we can't afford the toys you promote.

Who are these whiny people?!? One of the great joys of my life is saying, "Are you out of your mind? There's no way on earth I'd buy you that, and you can't buy it with your own money, either! Obviously you haven't been paying attention for the last 8 years in our home, so you can clean all the bathrooms for the next week in order to focus your mental processes!" (Have a nice day ...)

I think I also say, "No, we're not getting another snake!" at least once a day, and you can't blame that on advertising.

12 posted on 11/29/2008 4:10:57 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

I got the “wait until Christmas” line!


13 posted on 11/29/2008 4:13:34 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: pray4liberty
"You'll shoot your eye out!"


14 posted on 11/29/2008 4:20:55 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: Tax-chick
I think I also say, "No, we're not getting another snake!" at least once a day, and you can't blame that on advertising.

AH-HA.........So now I know where that "pet" idea is coming from..........

15 posted on 11/29/2008 4:23:25 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Batrachian
Time for some more "Just say no" public announcement ads, this time aimed at adults.


16 posted on 11/29/2008 4:36:45 PM PST by OCC
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To: OCC
“Never mind the toys!”

“We want pie! We want pie!”

17 posted on 11/29/2008 4:39:19 PM PST by RichInOC (Obama/Biden '08: "We Are Not Ruled By Murderers, But Only--By Their Friends."--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Taggart_D

I grew up in a middle class to sometimes upper middle class family. Every year we’d ask Santa for way too much crap for Christmas and every year we got some (maybe most) but not all of it. Somehow we survived w/o getting everything we wanted.

It also shows how maybe the best gift you can give is cash. Let the kids see how much stuff really costs, and then see how much they really need when it’s “their money” that’s being spent.


18 posted on 11/29/2008 4:40:07 PM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: Gabz

Would you like a snake? Tom could help you find one!


19 posted on 11/29/2008 4:43:41 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Tax-chick

I’m sure Tom could, but thanks anyway, Jax is quite capable of finding them herself....

I have to keep reminding her the reason I keep feeding the cats, and allowing her to have more is because they keep the mice population controlled -— I don’t need snakes for that anymore.


20 posted on 11/29/2008 4:54:12 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz

Then you have pets already!


21 posted on 11/29/2008 4:55:19 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Tax-chick

Oh, I’ve got pets alright........5 cats (for the moment), 1 dog, 1 child, and 1 husband.........

Only the cats live outside :(


22 posted on 11/29/2008 5:00:26 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz

You need reptiles. Would Jax like a dragon? We’re thinking of breeding ours next year.


23 posted on 11/29/2008 5:02:02 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Batrachian
Parents that can't say no to their kids begging toy makers to stop advertising.

They don't have a problem saying no. What they have a problem with is the Joneses up the street buying toys for their kids. They want to go into the Joneses living room and mandate to them what toys are equal and fair to buy. Oh, and that global warming big screen TV the Joneses just bought has got to go.

24 posted on 11/29/2008 5:02:08 PM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Tax-chick

I’m sure she would love a dragon -— getting it past mom is another story!!!!

Reptiles are definitely NOT my thing. The cats keep the mice population down, which in turn keeps the snake population down, so feeding the cats is well worth it. It also keeps coolbreeze from shooting anymore holes in the barn roof when he finds a snake in the rafters.


25 posted on 11/29/2008 5:08:36 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz
shooting anymore holes in the barn roof when he finds a snake in the rafters.

They're just eating rodents! Tom would be very sad.

Dragons are really nice, if you don't mind feeding them crickets. My parents thought they looked horrible from the pictures (hard to tell the scale, for one thing), but thought they were cute in real life.

26 posted on 11/29/2008 5:10:35 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Tax-chick
They're just eating rodents!

In the rafters???????

Tom would be very sad.

Then please don't tell him coolbreeze's attitude about snakes. According to him there are only 2 kinds, dead ones and ones he's never met.

Thank you for the kind offer of a dragon, but no thanks. I have no interest in being the caregiver to yet another critter that another member of this household desires.

I don't know how we got talking of living gifts on a thread about limiting kids and their Christmas wishes --- but what the heck, hijacking threads never bothered me before :)

27 posted on 11/29/2008 5:22:27 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz
Rats and mice live in the rafters. That's where they stay away from the catz.

I don't know how we got talking of living gifts on a thread about limiting kids and their Christmas wishes

The thread was about advertising, and nobody's advertising dragons for Christmas gifts. We're talking about getting what you want, as opposed to what a corporation says you should want.

28 posted on 11/29/2008 5:41:08 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Gabz; All

I am so GLAD I’m done battling this stupidity.

Moms? Just. Say. No. Early and often. And that goes for our uber-consumer HUSBANDS, too! :)

However, one of our boys was a total Early Bird, who was up at 4am every morning, and once he could turn on the TV, he became an ‘Infomercial Zombie.’

It wasn’t unusual for him to wake me up in the wee hours asking if he could use the phone and my credit card. It’s funny now; not so much so back then, LOL!


29 posted on 11/29/2008 5:57:39 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Tax-chick
Rats and mice live in the rafters. That's where they stay away from the catz.

We didn't have any catz the last time he shot holes in the barn roof --- I got the cats to prevent that from happening again :)

The thread was about advertising, and nobody's advertising dragons for Christmas gifts. We're talking about getting what you want, as opposed to what a corporation says you should want.

Good point!

We're big into "need" as opposed to "want" in this house, so the advertising plays little role part in wish lists.

Jax actually has an "Auntie Mame" who has no children of her own and seems to dote on sending Jax the "latest greatest." She's actually my "Auntie Mame" as she is my mother's older sister and I have called her Mame all of my life. She never married and has lived all over the world.

We had been talking, via email, about the difficulties I had around here finding reasonable back-to-school clothes, particularly pants, for Jax. Mame went shopping --- holey moley. My never married, never a mom, 70something aunt was more in tune with the mindset of my 10yo than I was when it came to what she picked out and sent.

30 posted on 11/29/2008 5:59:05 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz

We get stuff from my parents, although this year I asked them to send Wolferman’s muffins, because we don’t have room for more Stuff.

Since we don’t have broadcast TV, the children aren’t really effected by advertising. They want things because they want them - cars :-), drums, snakes, books, and lots and lots of paper “so we can draw a whole zoo.” I think I’ll wrap a ream of printer paper for James (4) for Christmas. He’ll be thrilled!


31 posted on 11/29/2008 6:02:52 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

ROFL!!!!!!!

With no cable or satellite, commercials on TV around here are pretty mundane -— the latest mattress sale, local car dealers, etc. Of course the national ads are there, but since program pickin’s are slim, the box isn’t on that much.

Her Santa wish list pretty much reflects the lack of inundation as much as it reflects Mommy and Daddy’s willingness to use the word NO.


32 posted on 11/29/2008 6:06:43 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Tax-chick

I know what you mean about no room for more Stuff. I may have more land than she does, but Mame doesn’t seem to comprehend that my whole house could fit in her living room and she just keeps sending me STUFF. The major problem for me with the things she sends is that it is primarily things of my grandparents or hers that I remember from my childhood and I am loathe to part with it.

I mean really, there are only so many South American alpaca hand embroidered throw pillow covers a person can use, and considering my sofa is a futon and I have no other “upholstered” seating, I really have little use for 10 of them.

OTOH, the Bolivian and Peruvian blankets are a blessing -— and she sure as heck doesn’t need them in south Florida.


33 posted on 11/29/2008 6:18:03 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz

Our boys make Activities out of the sofa pillows, so we have to replace them about once a year. Wal-mart.


34 posted on 11/29/2008 6:19:43 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Tax-chick

You evil anti-union woman you..........shopping in WalMart. How dare you!

HARRUMPHHHHH


35 posted on 11/29/2008 6:25:24 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Gabz

Yes, I’m irredeemable. Turn me in to the Brownshirts ...


36 posted on 11/29/2008 6:40:40 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Tax-chick

Will do -—— as soon as I get back from WalMart :)


37 posted on 11/29/2008 6:45:06 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Batrachian
The message: Please, in these days of economic angst, cut back on marketing your products directly to our children.

No. It is a two letter word signifying a refusal. Parents should learn to use it.

38 posted on 11/29/2008 6:46:57 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Faith Manages. I consider myself a bit of a purist, and proud of it.)
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To: Gabz

We don’t have cable or satellite, either. The TV is rarely on so my kids aren’t really asking for much. However, I get a million toy catalogs in the mail. I give them to the kids and have them circle the things they like. It’s fun for them and then I have an instant wish list for the grandparents. They know they’ll never get most of the things circled but they have fun doing it. My husband is in advertising. He’s a writer and it pays our bills. I’d apologize to all of you but he doesn’t write commercials for toys. :0)


39 posted on 11/29/2008 6:50:08 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

I’ll only blame you if he writes advertisements for front-loading, high-capacity, low-water-usage washing machines.


40 posted on 11/29/2008 6:56:27 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: samiam1972

I wrote my fair share of commercial ads back in the day, so I have noting against those that do it, including those who write them for toys.

The “toy” catalogs that show up in my mail are not children’s toys, yet our 10yo finds more stuff in them she claims to want than mommy and daddy combined -— and they’re OUR catalogs! Go figger.


41 posted on 11/29/2008 7:01:04 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: Tax-chick

No, right now he’s writing travel ads to high end places I’ll probably never get a chance to visit. Of course, he gets to go check out most of them so he knows what he’s writing about.

Speaking of washing machines. I’ve begged for two washers and dryers at the next house if we can pull it off. Wouldn’t that be dreamy? I actually picture a laundry mat in my house instead of a laundry room. Just line the walls with washers and dryers. I could be done with laundry in a couple of hours.


42 posted on 11/29/2008 7:08:13 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: Gabz

My oldest daughter loves to browse the seed catalogs. She’s a funny girl! I caught my son looking at his dad’s gun catalog. Funny how they gravitate to certain items.


43 posted on 11/29/2008 7:10:04 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

It would be great to be able to wash more than one load at a time. I think I did six loads on Thanksgiving, don’t know where it was all coming from.

If you do get more than one, make sure it’s a ground-floor laundry room, on a slab if possible. The front-loaders shake so hard that more than one would rattle the upstairs to pieces! We just have the one, and it sounds like a helicopter assault when it spins. Anoreth sometimes hums the “Ride of the Valkyries” theme from “Apocalypse Now” :-).


44 posted on 11/30/2008 4:58:51 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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