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Full-Wrap Bus Advertising

Postby Jim VanderMeer » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:05 pm

I am sadden to learn that another city has succumbed to the lure of easy money by allowing â??full-wrapâ?Â
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Postby ShaneDog » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:36 am

I was just thinking of starting a thread on this. I actually like the full-wrap ads. They make the buses look pretty. The only drawback is that it's hard to tell that its a Madison Metro bus under all that makeup.
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Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:36 am

It's a great source of revenue. They even wrap the train up here. Good creative can lead to some cool busses.
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Re: Full-Wrap Bus Advertising

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:38 am

Jim VanderMeer wrote:You cause riders to see a dark and dreary world through little holes in the plastic, denying them clear views of their city and the ability to read street signs. How can you signal your stop if you canâ??t figure out where you are?

A few years back, I rode in a "full-wrap" bus in Florida and was surprised that I could see clearly out the windows.
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Postby mrak » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:51 am

ShaneDog wrote:They make the buses look pretty. The only drawback is that it's hard to tell that its a Madison Metro bus under all that makeup.

All that makeup makes the buses look like whores to me.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:54 am

mrak wrote:
ShaneDog wrote:They make the buses look pretty. The only drawback is that it's hard to tell that its a Madison Metro bus under all that makeup.

All that makeup makes the buses look like whores to me.

Well, they do give people rides for money ...
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Positive Response to Full Wrap Bus Advertising

Postby Jim VanderMeer » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:51 am

I am surprised at the responses to my posting, most of which tend to be favorable toward full-wrap bus advertising. In Seattle/King County there were so many complaints that the county council decided to give it up when the current contract expires. The advertising companies promote the idea that it is a fun, urban addition to the artistic landscape. Oh, please!
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Postby ShaneDog » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:54 am

Maybe you have ugly bus wrap designs. The ones here are actually pretty cool looking and not at all bill-boardy.
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Postby narcoleptish » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:11 am

Jim, tell the truth, the guy who owns the bus-wrap ad company slept with your wife, didn't he?

Hopefully he wraps more than buses.
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Postby Ingersoll » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:22 am

Are the windows really obscured here? I haven't really taken that close of a look to the buses.
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Postby Jim VanderMeer » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:55 am

You cannot see through them from outside. From inside, a sunny day looks dark and fuzzy, and it's difficult to read signs.
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Postby aaronetc » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:57 am

Jim VanderMeer wrote:You cannot see through them from outside. From inside, a sunny day looks dark and fuzzy, and it's difficult to read signs.


That may be the case in Seattle, but it is not here. You can see in from out, and you can see out from in just fine.
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Postby blunt » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:45 pm

I have no problem with the bus burrito.
It's startling and kinda cool.
So to me it's not an eyesore.
It's a little different than plastering the countryside with billboards in front of trees.
I mean, we're downtown, for gawdsake.
It's not in my way--it's moving.

Unless you're miss peering in at the high school girls eating sunflower seeds in the back, or the sleeping sweaty guy's head swish-swashing to and fro against the window.
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Re: Positive Response to Full Wrap Bus Advertising

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:58 pm

Jim VanderMeer wrote:I am surprised at the responses to my posting ...
I'm surprised by your posting. I can't imagine why you give a rat's ass, what with being in Seattle and all. Fess up - what's your interest in all this?
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Postby Stomach » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:05 pm

Ned Flanders wrote:It's a great source of revenue. They even wrap the train up here. Good creative can lead to some cool busses.


A Hooters bus would be cool.
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