FTC Settles Charges Of Deceptive Advertising Against Four Weight-Loss Marketers For $34M

FTC Settles Charges Of Deceptive Advertising Against Four Weight-Loss Marketers For $34M

Put down that shaker of Sensa. Those promises of shedding 30 pounds while eating french fries and sitting on the couch aren’t real. We know — who would have thunk it? Well, the Federal Trade Commission for starters, which announced today that four marketers of fad weight loss products settled FTC charges on deceptive advertising for $34 million. [More]

Washington State AG To T-Mobile: Not So Fast With That ‘No-Contract’ Advertising

Washington State AG To T-Mobile: Not So Fast With That ‘No-Contract’ Advertising

Last month, we pointed out that while T-Mobile’s new pricing schemes are a lot better than the standard handset subsidy/contract model in the United States, it’s not perfect, and it’s not totally commitment- and contract-free. The Attorney General of Washington state agrees with us. They got T-Mobile sign a court order that applies nationwide and lets customers get a full refund on their handsets and plans if they believe that they were misled into signing up with T-Mobile. [More]

United, US Airways Bill Higher Baggage Fee As A Way To Save. Huh?

United, US Airways Bill Higher Baggage Fee As A Way To Save. Huh?

United and US Airways will soon charge an extra $5 to check bags at the airport, charging $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second. Since it will still cost $15 and $25 respectively to pay for checked bags online, United thinks they can herald the chance to “prepay & save!,” while US Airways boasts that they now have a “lower fee online!”

FTC To Require Advertisers Using Testimonials To Show Typical Results

FTC To Require Advertisers Using Testimonials To Show Typical Results

Subway spokesman and occasional thin guy Jared Fogle may soon be out of work thanks to a new FTC rule banning commercial testimonials that warn “results not typical” or “individual results may vary.” Under the new rule, marketers using, say, body builders to advertise weight loss pills are also going to have to show an average lardass whose results might be more typical. You can guess how advertisers are reacting to the change…

Computer Store Ad Uses Picture Of New MacBook Pro To Sell Old Ones

Computer Store Ad Uses Picture Of New MacBook Pro To Sell Old Ones

Andrew sent us this picture of a CampusTechShop ad that he says is all over his college campus. The ad trumpets reduced prices on the previous edition of MacBook Pro, then illustrates it with a picture of the new MacBook Pro.

FTC Wags Finger At Word-Of-Mouth Marketing

FTC Wags Finger At Word-Of-Mouth Marketing

Companies using so-called “word of mouth marketing” must disclose who’s paying the shill’s bills, the FTC said Monday.

Asterisks n’ Things

Asterisks n’ Things

Here’s a more complete copy of the questionable Linens n’ Things ad we wondered about yesterday. Click to expand.

When Is Everything, Not?

When Is Everything, Not?