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#172941 - 01/28/08 11:12 AM Re: Cingular
QueenPhoebe Offline
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Registered: 01/28/08
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I met a woman who, upon taking delivery of her new car at the dealership, asked how much she was going to be paid for advertising. The dealer had no clue what she was talking about. She was insistent - if her car was going to carry the logo of the dealership on it, she wanted reimbursement.

I think they finally painted it over.

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The wearer is paying the company to promote its name, rather than vice versa. For the privilege of being a walking billboard, the purchaser may have paid many times the normal price of that product.

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#172942 - 01/28/08 11:29 AM Re: Cingular [Re: QueenPhoebe]
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10523
Loc: this too shall pass
It's a well-guarded fact that you can ask to have the dealer's decal or medallion removed as part of the purchase agreement.


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#172945 - 01/28/08 12:06 PM Re: Cingular [Re: QueenPhoebe]
Frances Offline
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Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 2
Isn't it probably true that a goodly number of people who are willing to pay exorbitant prices are ones who are happy to show off or confirm that they can afford to wear these items (or are smart enough to find them discounted and can appear to afford them)? There are plenty of high quality and predictably expensive items that don't reveal the maker with their logos; people who don't want to advertise but want quality can find it, I contend.

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#172949 - 01/28/08 01:04 PM Re: Cingular [Re: Frances]
dalehileman Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 1773
Loc: Apple Valley, CA, USA
Pertinent to a supposed singular difference between La-La Land and the Midwest. Back there apparently nobody objects when the dealer drills two holes in the trunk of your new car in order to affix his logo; the very idea of which is said to horrify us down here--in other climes labeled as crazies
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#172955 - 01/28/08 02:07 PM Re: Cingular [Re: dalehileman]
belMarduk Offline
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Registered: 09/28/00
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I always ask the dealership not to add their decal or logo to my car. It is done at the dealership when a car is sold since they sometimes trade cars amongst dealerships.

They invariably chuckle when I ask, but when I insist they write it in the contract, with a clause that the contract will be null and void if the decal or logo appears anywhere on or in my car, they get all serious. Several have tried to impress the fact on me that they would make sure the decal was not put on, that it really didn't need to be written down, but I'm adamant - no decal cancellation clause, no sale!

One dealership put the decal on anyway, and snarky-smiled at me, saying "Oh well, we're sorry, it's glued on now. We can't very well remove it." I promptly walked into the office to cancel the purchase based on the conditions stipulated in our contract; you never saw a decal being removed so quickly.

Car dealerships are everywhere, I don't need to be snarked at.

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#172957 - 01/28/08 02:29 PM Re: Cingular [Re: belMarduk]
dalehileman Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 1773
Loc: Apple Valley, CA, USA
A car dealership is part of the Establishment, whose overriding purpose is the exploitation of the hoi polloi (me)
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#172969 - 01/28/08 09:06 PM Re: Cingular [Re: tsuwm]
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11610
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
you can ask to have the dealer's decal or medallion removed as part of the purchase agreement. Cool! I'm gonna remember that!

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#172972 - 01/28/08 09:51 PM Re: Cingular [Re: Jackie]
Zed Offline
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Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Well done Belle! I'll remember that.

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#172975 - 01/29/08 06:18 AM Re: Cingular [Re: Zed]
Faldage Offline
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Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
The car dealership logo is certainly always the first thing I notice when looking at a car driving by. I always know immediately where the dealership is and how to reach them for the next time I want to buy a car that's spewing exhaust fumes into the air.

If y'all were serious, you'd ask them to remove all indications of the make and model of the car, too. Surely that's even more blatant free advertising.

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#172980 - 01/29/08 11:55 AM Re: Cingular [Re: Faldage]
Myridon Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 557
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Faldage
If y'all were serious, you'd ask them to remove all indications of the make and model of the car, too. Surely that's even more blatant free advertising.


I have a friend who can tell you the make/model and approximate year of a car from very tiny details (sort of like Marisa Tomei's character in My Cousin Vinny) so you should just drive it immediately to the junk yard and have it squished into a cube. Make sure you don't leave any tire tracks on the way.

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