Originally Posted by kelleym
Originally Posted by jason_kraft
To be honest, putting flyers on cars may have been doing more harm than good...whenever I get a flyer on my car I make sure to never patronize that business and warn against using them if asked.
Why is this so offensive to you that you would need to warn people against businesses who advertise like this? I'd much rather a flyer on my car than, for instance, a telemarketing phone call, or a flyer on my home's door (I don't like random strangers coming up to my door).
Non-targeted cold calls, flyers on my door (except menus for highly-rated local restaurants), and in-person solicitors get the same response. In my opinion, if a company can't afford to pay for advertising, it probably means they aren't getting enough business. This could mean they are new and word of mouth hasn't spread yet (in which case I will hear about them via other means if they are good), or they don't compare favorably with their competitors.
Given the choice I would rather get a cold call than a flyer on my car, at least the former doesn't create a huge mess (since many people will just toss the flyer on the ground). Said mess then needs to be cleaned up by city workers, so in effect the city's taxpayers are unwillingly helping to subsidize this form of advertising.