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LG fail at trolling Apple thanks to using iPhone

Trolling, done properly, is an artform. People mistake simply abusing someone as trolling. Trolling is when you get someone apoplectic with frustration without them knowing you were just getting a rise out of them. Well, LG in France thought they'd mock Apple during the awfully named 'Bendgate'*, but they dropped a clanger. While LG were…

Another bootleg DVD with a killer review

You may recall a fine, fine review spotted on a dodgy bootleg of Old Boy we shared (if you missed it, have a look here) and it seems to be quite the thing in the Far East. Now, a knock-off of Shrek sees another killer one-line review which says "good, but not great." Wouldn't it…

Paddy Power's Oscar Pistorius ad to be investigated

Everyone's been chattering about the controversial Paddy Power ad-campaign that features odds on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Clearly, it is in very poor taste, but is being tasteless illegal? Either way, increased scrutiny has ensured that the campaign will be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ad, which you can see below, shows…

No more photoshop say scantily clad 15 year olds!

The anti-photoshop campaign has been problematic at the best of times. It has caused some women to say that 'real' women have curves, thereby assuming naturally thin women are figments of our imaginations. Thin women in return, slate bigger women and it all gets ugly. In addition to this, women who are already thin are…

Commerical Break: Ambi Pur own perfume ads

Perfume adverts aren't mocked nearly enough. If anyone deserves wholesale damnation, it's the arseholes at fragrance marketing firms. To do the job for us, Ambi Pur are on it, with this tremendous pastiche, with the catchline 'pour lavatory' to cap things off!

Lucy  

Fairy vs Persil - it's WAR

Fairy vs Persil -  it's WAR

Fairy Liquid's age old claim that it lasts twice a long as other brands has been contested by its closest rival, Persil, who say that the latest ads for Fairy are false and their claims are unsubstantiated. But the ASA has overruled Persil, after they found that Fairy really DOES last twice as long. Persil…

Which! wage war on too-hard packaging

We like Which! They campaign on consumer matters, something we applaud. But sometimes we do wonder if they have a little too much time on their hands. Which!’s latest report is a study into packaging, wittily titled “Wrap Rage”, although there’s no cling film in sight. Instead, Which! investigators have tackled various packaged items to…

Xbox could pay you to watch adverts

Microsoft have filed a patent which could reward users for watching advertisements. The patent is called the 'Awards and Achievements Across TV Ecosystem' and it could well be tied in with the new Xbox. The details released about the Xbox One mentioned the console's use for TV, along with the new Kinect system. The patent…

Arse jewels: The gift with character

Bromberg's of Alabama have a brilliant gift idea for you - arse jewels. According to them, these necklaces are perfect for Mother's Day, especially, it seems, it you'd like to spell out four-letter profanities on her neck. Who knows why they've arranged their jewels to spell 'arse', but the free advertising that'll invariably happen as…

Price Drop TV and Bid Up TV being hounded by watchdog

Have you heard of Sit-Up TV? They're the people behind Bid TV and Price Drop TV and they're being closely watched by clearly irritated watchdogs and the ASA are unhappy about 17 plugs they've made. It seems they've been generous with the truth, flogging a gold plated bracelet as solid gold, one of the presenters…

ASA roundup: Turning dogs into unicorns, Keira Knightley too sexy too early and feeding pets Christmas pudding...

We genuinely look forward to Wednesdays here at BitterWallet as it is the day which we get to take a look at what the British public have been complaining about for the past few weeks. Whilst some retailers are certainly deserving of a ticking off, we cant help but think some people might just have…

WKD upset dog-lovers with new advert

VILE! HORRIBLE! NASTY! That's the general consensus from those sensitive souls on Twitter when faced with the latest WKD advertising campaign which suggests you get drunk on lurid blue booze rather than save a dog's life. The ad says: "Just a few pounds a week could give this dog a home... it could also buy…

WeightWatchers get unfavourable new logo

Paula Scher from Pentagram has presumably been given a lot of money to designed a new brand identity for Weight Watchers, which is nice for him. Apparently, the new logo is "modern, open and energetic" and "the new identity conveys a narrative of positive transformation." Just one thing. It clearly says 'twat' right in the…

Buying new boobs from Groupon is "irresponsible"

Q: What does Groupon, purveyor of emails full of temptingly cheap things you never knew you wanted have in common with Tulisa, newest and youngest judge on the X factor? A: Of course it’s not that they are both cheap*, it’s because they have both been accused of malpractice by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).…

Hell's Angels are not pussies. Okay?

Marketing tip of the day: if you’re coming up with a wacky ‘campaign’, be careful of who you might upset. That seems to have been the lesson that has been learned by the agency employed by spectacle company Essilor, following this recent ad, which boasts of just how tough the spectacle frames are. It was…