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[img]http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/50a6790069bedd3b01000009-835-626/staples-dad.jpg[/img]
[size=2][b]Staples' doofus dad.[/b][/size]

Microsoft's new [url="http://www.businessinsider.com/blackboard/windows"]Windows[/url] 8 operating system -- featuring "live" tiles instead of the folders we're all used to -- is supposed to be simple enough that after a brief period of experimental tapping, clicking and swiping users should be able to figure out how it works.

Staples, however, is assuming the opposite: that many, many customers will be baffled by the new system.

In a set of new commercials from McCann, Staples is offering free Windows 8 Training to anyone who buys a new machine there. The commercial features a doofus dad -- that's you, computer buyer! -- who gets the cold shoulder from his sulky teenage son when he asks for some help with Windows 8. The dad is forced to go to Staples for training.

Staples' commercial is unusual because it basically features one big brand (Staples) asserting that another brand it's in business with ([url="http://www.businessinsider.com/blackboard/microsoft"]Microsoft[/url]) has made a product that's too complicated for customers to understand on their own. That kind of backhanded slam almost never happens in the marketing business.

Here's the spot:

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gmG_R1zq38[/media]













[url="http://www.businessinsider.com/staples-new-windows-8-ads-2012-11"]http://www.businessi...s-8-ads-2012-11[/url]

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I don't see what the big deal is. It seems sensible for a company to offer a service that might benefit some of their customers.

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LOL...LOL...LOL...LOL...

Even Staples realizes how fu...ed up Windows 8 is.....Nice.

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lol at the answer of his son xD
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I think that ad is perfect, who hasn't done that to their parents :p
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I'm going to say "no." Seems like a total non-issue to me.

[quote name='Scorbing' timestamp='1353180851' post='595328694']
LOL...LOL...LOL...LOL...

Even Staples realizes how fu...ed up Windows 8 is.....Nice.
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Staples just wants business. Lord knows they need it.
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Ad is fine even funny i might say

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Ad is not the problem *hint hint*

Smart son by the way... Once you help once, you help for a lifetime... :p

At least my mom's rather intelligent most of the time so the help-desk only works part-time :D
Also, my dad is rather tech savvy, helps things a bit, too. :p

[i]Glassed Silver:mac[/i]
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This is going to offend someone? Really?

In fairness, people ARE going to need help transitioning to Windows 8, it's a jarring change. It's smart business to take advantage of that and offer help, even if it will be overpriced and underwhelming.

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[quote name='Majesticmerc' timestamp='1353192138' post='595328992']
This is going to offend someone? Really?
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You're always going to offend someone... Sad world we live in.
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My initial reaction: the dad seems spineless and lets his son walk all over him. It looks like the son still lives at home (paid by parents), uses internet (paid by parents), most likely uses a cell (paid by parents), eats food (paid by parents) and the son can't answer some computer questions by the parents? I realize it was all in jest , but no parent should have to go back to a retail store for questions when there is a capable person in the house. This applies to any OS (even the abomination we call Windows 8).
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That article had me all ready for some insulting ad calling the consumer stupid, but I didn't see a damn thing wrong with it. In fact I was more offended by the article than by the ad.
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[quote name='ozzy76' timestamp='1353193236' post='595329014']
My initial reaction: the dad seems spineless and lets his son walk all over him. It looks like the son still lives at home (paid by parents), uses internet (paid by parents), most likely uses a cell (paid by parents), eats food (paid by parents) and the son can't answer some computer questions by the parents? I realize it was all in jest , but no parent should have to go back to a retail store for questions when there is a capable person in the house. This applies to any OS (even the abomination we call Windows 8).
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It may be sad but I see kids do their parents this way every day.

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Eh. Sensationalist where there is none.

They did get Father/Son relationship correctly.

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why would anyone be offended ?

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[quote name='(Spork)' post='595330094']why would anyone be offended ?[/quote]

[img]http://i54.tinypic.com/2z59nh4.jpg[/img]

Because in the United States of America a son would never treat his father like that and every single person knows about Windows 8.

God bless America and no place else.
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[quote name='Glassed Silver' timestamp='1353189904' post='595328936'] Once you help once, you help for a lifetime... :p[/quote]

:laugh: too true.

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[quote name='tiagosilva29' timestamp='1353250364' post='595330280']
[img]http://i54.tinypic.com/2z59nh4.jpg[/img]

Because in the United States of America a son would never treat his father like that and every single person knows about Windows 8.

God bless America and no place else.
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:laugh:

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[quote name='tiagosilva29' timestamp='1353250364' post='595330280']


Because in the United States of America a son would never treat his father like that and every single person knows about Windows 8.

God bless America and no place else.
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that is just so hillarious

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[quote name='Xilo' timestamp='1353192176' post='595328996']
You're always going to offend someone... Sad world we live in.
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Your post offends me sir! :shifty: /s
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And people also needed training when Windows 95 came out. I guess that was a gigantic failure, too, right?

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