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I think I figured out American Chopper...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mikey_d05, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. mikey_d05

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    Ok, so I might be way off base here but just hear me out...

    Commercials these days cost big big bucks...like more than everything I own is worth for a small spot. I've been noticing that more and more companies are contracting for bikes that you would traditionally shake your head at. Gillette having a chopper built...WTF???

    So, my theory is, these corporations see this as an opportunity for an hour or two or three of extremely cheap advertisement. $200,000 is nothing when a 30 second spot could cost a few million. I'm not saying that the world is a giant conspiracy or anything, I just thought back to my mass. comm. class after watching an episode. Am I way off here or does anyone else think this might be a possibility?
     
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    you are absolutely correct. That and now they can send that bike from show to show, just pay some staff to go sit with it, and bam, even more advertising to a group they may not normally hit. Not to mention, people love OCC, so I constantly see people with OCC shirts. I've commonly seen people wearing the "Snap On Bike" shirt. Even more advertising, hell, the customer is PAYING to advertise for them!

    I hate OCC, always will, thats me.
     
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    Thats brilliant. For both sides really, OCC get the business, money, and publicity, and the client gets the bike and an hour of advertisement. Man I've never thought of it that way.

    Oh yah Paul Sr. is a total douche.
     
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    It's just like sports team sponsership - think NASCAR. Advertising is expensive compared to the exposure that you get from sponsering something that will be seen nationwide. Also keep in mind that the guy watching OCC (or NASCAR, or anything sponsered) is much more likely to already be interesied in things like Snap-on tools, etc. It is targeted advertising at its best.
     
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    I really think the greatest genius is stuff like the Snap On Bike Tshirts. People are paying to advertise! Thats marketing genius.
     
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    I agree they have a good thing going, BUT I have never seen two guys trying harder to be bad a$$e$ in all my life. You just have to laugh. The father whatever his name is has got to be the most insecure person on the planet.
     
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    It's been a while since I've watched American Chopper... To be bluntly honest, I'm pretty sick of that bike style, it starting to look very cookie-cutter, and they're everywhere now. There's a shop in my town that builds the same style bikes.
    I have no desire for one of those bikes anymore, I'm back to drooling over more traditional looking cruising bikes now...


    I hate advertising. It's everywhere, and where it's not yet, it will be soon.

    When your refrigerator is intelligent and can tell you when it's low on something or order your replacement (not far away, btw), how long before the manufacturer sells sponsorships to Kraft for the "Low Cheese" warning?
     
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    I Kraft will pay for the fridge, I personally don't care what kind of cheese it tells me I am low on. I used to hate advertising, but could not figure out why. Now I'm looking for sponsers at any time. Any endors want to put a huge decal on the 'Burb, step sight up with some cool parts. :D
     
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    Agreed 100%. Just this weekend, I had a customer looking in the knife case at work. He was wearing an OCC T-shirt, so after I asked him if I could help him ("no thanks, just looking"), I pointed out the one remaining Case OCC collectible knife we had left, that we've been trying to get rid of for a couple months. He took one look and bought it. $80 collectible knife that he (probably) won't carry, just because it's OCC.
     
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    It makes sense in some places, others, it's totally inappropriate. Some things should be able to retain their own integrity without the invasion of commercialization.


    ...Not that I can think of an example right now... Although, I do pass unnumerable advertisements daily in the city. I could definately stand to see a lot less.
     
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    comercialism,,

    Man this is something that really get's me pissed,,,
    Corporations hiding behind a so-called sponsership to prostitute their name all over the place.

    Case in point,,,, all of the marketing whores that are "cleverly" prostituting their products in movies,,,,on "reality shows" ( yeah right,,) professional sports ( yea right again),,Stadiums,,Etc,,

    Most of the costs of this marketing crap is passed along to the consumers that blindly acccept it.

    Hell,,here in Houston the public voted to NOT fund a new football stadium,,

    So what did the one of the largest "providers" of electricity in the state do,,,,
    You guessed it,,they funded the project and now EVERYONE in Houston pay's
    higher electric bills. It really sucks when a corporation in the name of screwing it's consumers does something like this just so they can plaster their name all over the side of a building,,,

    and now the Astrodome sit's unused,,,what a crock of bullshirt,,,

    Rant off,,,,
     
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    Btw,,,

    BTW,,,American Chopper was cool when it started,,,but now it sucks,,,
    allway's some bogus "deadline",,,,and some bogus "problem".

    They should stick to the actual fabrication and building tech.
     
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    That's the way all those shows are now. The car show....(American Hotrod....I think), anyway it's the same way with them. People getting mad at each other, and all kinds of bull. Just build the car! That's all we want to see.

    Also, on the advertising thing, being an Auburn grad. and a (almost to the point of needing counseling/professional help) college football fan, I'm sick of the old traditional bowl games now being named after some freaking company. Have you seen the ridiculous names of the bowls? Not only has the marketing gotten out of hand but there are so many bowls that literally half of the teams get to play in one. Going to a bowl game used to be something special, now it doesn't mean much at all. Who wants to watch two 6-5 teams play in the insight.com bowl???? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
     
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    OC sucks anymore, All the crap on there is staged. You see Paulie wearing 300.00 Shades while fabbing a Bike. The Dad always acting like a dick. Television sucks anymore. It is all Reality TV. Need more 4x4 shows
     
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    I completely agree on the reality show thing, good lord somebody stop the madness, however....there is one reality show that i try and watch whenever it's around.........CARPOCOLYPSE!!!!! That show is freaking awsome! Good lord put some rednecks on t.v. and watch till yer content!! OCC does suck a$$ though. I'm a little tired of seing the 1983 chevy nova with the "chrome" hubcaps and the "OCC CHOPPER" sticker across the top of the windshield! The bikes they are inadvertantly advertising costs more then the rathole apartment they are living in, yet they are still content to buy all the wares for paulie!!
     
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    I agree, it does have its place. In a church, for instance, would seem a bit tacky. I would still like a sponser. :D
     
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    AMEN TO THAT!!! When people say they just LOVE their bikes and get all wet over them I explain how they are all the same, ugly ass tuna boats that are like 30 feet long. The "theme" bikes are nothing more then their cookie cutter bikes with crap thrown on them. SO they make SOME of their tanks in house, big freakin deal. :surepal: Their bikes are GHEY!
     
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    Wow, really. I would have never thought of that :D :D
     
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    AND is'nt it also a write off for the ad budget of Snap ON? Must be some benefit there, on top of people paying for the corporate bike tee-shirt. :crazy:
     
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    Steve is giving away free TowRig.com stickers :whistle:

    Towrig.com
     

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