Thread: HBO's Buy Me That!

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    • 3 years 7 days ago
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    Anyone ever saw these Consumer Reports-endorsed specials on HBO?



    I think they still hold up pretty well. Man,its amazing how agressive the marketing campaings aimed at kids turned in the late 80s/early 90s.
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      • 3 years 7 days ago
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      I agree, the marketing of the early 90s as show here I'd say continued throughout the 90s. This was shown on HBO so I never saw this show growing up and got anything that resembled real cable in 1998 when I just turned 12 but no premium channels like HBO. Having a show like this on a regular channel would be cool but of course if you're poor you're left with mostly junk that you watch on tv that are filled with these type of commercials and not much substance after that.
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        • 3 years 7 days ago
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        Thanks for posting. This is good stuff! When I have kids and they ask for stuff I'll make them watch this, then do the laundry.
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          • 3 years 6 days ago
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          Good stuff. I just watched the whole thing. Lots of nostalgia here. We didn't have cable back then so I never saw this. It was true though. From the early to mid 80s through the 90s they really went overboard with marketing to children. It was pretty bad in the 70s too. Advocacy groups have been hammering companies since so it's not as bad. I've always been a septic so there were very few marketing gimmicks I fell for. Plus we didn't have much money to buy all of that crap anyway. Those ads created a positive vibe in our childhood. I couldn't imagine it with them.
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            Quote by bassman21
            Good stuff. I just watched the whole thing. Lots of nostalgia here. We didn't have cable back then so I never saw this. It was true though. From the early to mid 80s through the 90s they really went overboard with marketing to children. It was pretty bad in the 70s too. Advocacy groups have been hammering companies since so it's not as bad. I've always been a septic so there were very few marketing gimmicks I fell for. Plus we didn't have much money to buy all of that crap anyway. Those ads created a positive vibe in our childhood. I couldn't imagine it with them.


            It was pretty bad in the early days of children's television. My mom used to watch a kids show sponsored by IHOP. She still remembers the jingle. Those local Kiddie cartoons hosts used to tell kids to buy Twinkies or whatever product was sponsoring the show.
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              Was this an ongoing series? I saw and watched Buy Me That 3. But can't find anything else.
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                Quote by vkimo
                Was this an ongoing series? I saw and watched Buy Me That 3. But can't find anything else.


                I would like to know this as well since I only was able to watch two shows. Even so, I wish this type of show was on PBS or something that poor kids would be able to educate themselves about the marketing that's geared towards them but I suppose the best options usually aren't offered to poor people that can't afford premium cable with HBO just as there are so many fast food restaurants and liquor stores in poorer neighborhoods.
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                  • 3 years 6 days ago
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                  (sigh) Sadly Consumer Reports didn't produced anymnore after the third iteration. In the mid 90s the magazine faced a series of big lawsuits so I'm guessing they just didn't want to risk getting slapped with more lawsuits.
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                    • 3 years 5 days ago
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                    HBO was one of the only networks that could do a segment like this, considering they didn't have commercials.
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