Originally Posted by glamourpics
I don't share our esteemed colleague's amusement. The ad is sleazy and deceptive. It uses deceptive "come on" and hides the real terms. As shown, inter alia, by the astonishing price based on WEEKLY charges, where most people, if they even saw the price, would assume it is MONTHLY. Would even people foolish enough to believe in astrology pay that kind of money, when the nonsense is available free in local newspapers and women's magazines, or online? I am especially disgusted because ads like these target the dumbest, most ignorant people --those who believe in horoscopes and like nonsense.
If there's anything scummier than gypping people, it's gypping the most gullible, least sophisticated, and often the ones least financially able to withstand being gypped. That's how it is with scams like "work at home" gyps.
BTW, I wrote to Google about their involvement in this and other scam ads. Despite Google's motto, "Do No Evil," I have not had a response. I also note, as do other observers, that there is no easy way to report questionable ads to Google. BTW, for those with legal interest, my esteemed colleague's reproduction of the ad IS fair use, because it is for purposes of commentary and criticism.
I think you may have missed the whole point of my amusement over the ad. Just take a look at my screen shot and you should see the reason. But just to make sure you understand, I was amused to see this ad on Glamour 1. The Google ads are shown on pages based on matching the content of the ad to the subjects that appear on the page of the site on which they appear. I was amused that this ad should show up on a site about Glamour photography. Of course, in reality, I know what triggered it showing up on G1 and which word in the ad did the triggering, but I'll leave that as something for you to ponder over.
As to the statements you make, about people being foolish to believe in astrology, well that is sort of insulting to many in the world. Some of the greatest scholars, politicians and talking heads believe in astrology. In effect, belief in astrology is a religious belief. I was always taught that scoffing at someone else's religious beliefs was impolite. You have further called these great scholars, politicians and other great individuals of history "dumb" and "most ignorant". That may be your personal opinion, but many of these people you are thus attacking were considered to be highly intelligent.
And writing to Google and then saying you have not gotten a response is sort of like the news reporter's I see that try to make someone look evil by saying "Attempts to contact ... were unsuccessful" while never mentioning that a single attempt might just have been when they weren't available because they were out of town, or in the hospital, or whatever. Also you don't say how long ago you sent a message to Google. Was it a long enough time to get a response. Also, should you expect a response. Generally not. Google does respond to these complaints because I make hundreds of them a year. They rarely respond directly, but I see the offending ads removed in 90% of the cases.
Further, you again try to place the blame on Google when you full well that there are many circumstances about these ads that would make it very difficult for Google to monitor them. In fact you wrote to me twice by private message on G1 about this very subject and I went into great detail about why Google could not directly monitor the content of ads. It's interesting to see that you failed to take any of that discussion into consideration in your statements above.
By the way, it is quite easy to report suspect ad to Google. Just use this URL:
How was I able to find this page. I let you in on my little secret. I typed this in the Google search engine:
report google ad
My that was difficult to find!
Last minute addition. I forgot to mention the other obvious way to report a Google Ad problem, just click on the little notice at the bottom of the ad where it says "Ads by Google". You'll be take to a page with a large link at the bottom where it lets you send a comment on the ad you saw. It will include all the details about the ad and where you saw it.