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Old 06-18-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Are we paying for these?

I have seen TV commercials that makes me wonder if they are given free air time (PSA-Public Service Announcement) or are we (the tax payers) footing the bill. Specifically, does our government pay for the "click it or ticket it" seat belt commercials as one example. Another and I see tons of these Post Office commercials (any size box shipment). Another is President Obama talks about spending time with your family at the dinner table. I think you get the idea, these are all seen during prime time TV. My question is are we the tax payers footing the bill for these or do the TV stations give them free time as a PSA? Personally, I sure hope they are free. Any thoughts or knowledgeable media people on this forum?
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:31 PM   #2
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Very good question!!!
Anyone???
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:32 PM   #3
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Wonder who pays for the US Army to have a NASCAR?
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Most likely Non public funds, funded by servicemen themselves. As for the TV adds, yep and guess who pays in the end.

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I sold ads for many years and PSA's are out there but most of the examples are paid ads by the organization.
Post Office pays their own marketing cost out of their profit
U.S. Army pays for theirs out of their marketing budget and get no discounts
President Obama gets his paid for by his PAC (not the tax payer)
The "click it or ticket" may or may not be PSA. Probably is sold at a huge discount.
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I sold ads for many years and PSA's are out there but most of the examples are paid ads by the organization.
Post Office pays their own marketing cost out of their profit
U.S. Army pays for theirs out of their marketing budget and get no discounts
President Obama gets his paid for by his PAC (not the tax payer)
The "click it or ticket" may or may not be PSA. Probably is sold at a huge discount.
US Post Office - Profit???
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Wonder who pays for the US Army to have a NASCAR?
We do as taxpayers. I asked the same questions to a Army recruiter at a NHRA race a couple of years ago. His response was it comes out of their promotion & recruiting funds, which means we the taxpayer are fronting their play toys.
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I sold ads for many years and PSA's are out there but most of the examples are paid ads by the organization.
Post Office pays their own marketing cost out of their profit
U.S. Army pays for theirs out of their marketing budget and get no discounts
President Obama gets his paid for by his PAC (not the tax payer)
The "click it or ticket" may or may not be PSA. Probably is sold at a huge discount.
The Post Office does not make profit. So it's out of our pocket.
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Are we the taxpayers footing the bill, Depends,,

Depends on if you mean Income Tax or Sales Tax.. Read on

Is the government paying: NO.

The PSA's are run "Free" By the TV stations, they up the advertising rates for paid ads so if you go out and buy say Pepsi,. or Coke or Cialis or any other product advertised on the Telly (in short pay sales tax) then you are paying for the PSA as part of the cost of the product you purchase in the store.
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I'm confused. I was under the impression that sales tax was a local and state type tax, not Federal. What does paying that tax have to do with paying for adds. The cost of the product, not including tax, is what consumers pay, and advertising and marketing are a part of that cost.
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It's not just the cost of running these ads, maybe the individual stations run them as a public service, but the real cost is in the production.
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I've got a garage full of 'free' Post Office shipping boxes. Don't really know what to do w/them, but 'what the hey' they're available at no cost from a gov't agency that's on the verge of bankruptcy. Is this insanity or what ? Jodann
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I've got a garage full of 'free' Post Office shipping boxes. Don't really know what to do w/them, but 'what the hey' they're available at no cost from a gov't agency that's on the verge of bankruptcy. Is this insanity or what ? Jodann
I say return them.
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Don't return them, we've already paid for those "free" boxes once.


Can you imagine what the cost to process a return of those "free" boxes would be.
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