There is often a fine line between extremely effective marketing and extremely pushy marketing. As first-world human beings, we’ve all had our proverbial gears ground by ultra-insistent advertisements.

It’s not hard to identify them, and unfortunately these rogue commercial efforts are weaseling their way into some of the most mundane daily goings-on.

Let this short compilation of commercials be a lesson in what not to do when considering aggressive marketing tactics. Because while I’m sure it makes money, it’s also aggravating customers to the point that somebody goes out of their way to write an article all about it.

Shouting gas pumps

Alright, so they’re not actually shouting. But the painfully optimistic voice box spitting opportunities for discounts and rewards clubs is cranked up so loud that it has startled my superior pumping prowess, resulting in the dreaded $20.01 aftermath.

I recently stumbled across this irritating phenomenon at a local gas station. In my case, the outgoing little speaker blurted suggestions for the fine establishment’s in-store snack deals. As I stood there predisposed to misery in the cold, gloomily watching my hard-earned money drain away through the petrol pump, my demeanor further worsened as the confounded machine relentlessly roared advertising into my ear.

Not to mention that it’s a considerable nuisance if you’re trying to hold a conversation with your passenger while pumping gas.

One would think that stranding an inherently grouchy consumer with a raucous advertisement and no way out is a foolish marketing approach, and one bound to leave a bad taste for the respective business’s brand.

Ridiculously long receipts

If you’ve ever had time to write a text while waiting for the transaction for a bag of chips to print, you’ll know the frustration of the foot-long receipt.

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This is easily the most common form of obnoxious advertising, with supplementary printouts touting in-store deals, online surveys, and cash sweepstakes.

And the worst kind of marketing is the wasteful kind. Not only are businesses irritating their one-purchase customers by throwing an essay of usually-useless information at them, but the majority of those disgruntled customers are ditching their receipts seconds after the purchase. This undoubtedly equates to an unprecedented amount of waste every day, and could be easily prevented through improved environmental consciousness.

I realize that this is only my opinion, but organizations are missing out when folks such as myself disdainfully regard their wasteful marketing practices, and their brand’s image along with it.

Pandora and Spotify ads

Consider this: you and the significant other are enjoying a romantic night in together. The ambiance is set as Barry White’s soothing vocals gently fill the room, the fireplace’s warm glow illuminating the perfect moment. And just as you’re about to lean in for a kiss…

ARE YOU IN THE MOOD FOR A JUICY BURGER?! Well get down to BK today and try the all-new Avocado and Swiss Whopper!” Your Pandora station throws an alarmingly loud ad at you, and the passionate buildup fizzles.

Talk about a buzz kill.

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The ads that blurt out between songs while enjoying streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora are some of the worst, and they rank just short of the shouting gas pumps. Just as you’re becoming absorbed in an album or finishing your favorite song, an unnecessarily boisterous commercial interrupts your enjoyment without the faintest warning.

These plugs wouldn’t be quite so bad if they didn’t always seem to be the same exact ones. Depending on the day, you’ll likely hear 4 or 5 of the same ads within an hour. It’s this repetitive technique that marketers are banking on to captivate their audience’s attention and drill their brand name into our heads, and it’s the same repetition that makes users mute their speakers each time they hear the same ad played.

Kindle lock screen ads

Kindle’s newest Fire HD tablets are attractive both technologically and fiscally. But they also come with a huge turnoff: full screen, high definition advertisements that are displayed on the lock screen.

It’s a device you’ve paid for and own, yet for whatever reason you’re still barraged with advertising. I’ve seen defensive statements floating around that justify the mandatory advertisements as a trade-off for the tablet’s low price tag, but this seems like a silly cop-out to me.

Users are allowed to pay $15.00 to opt out of ad displays, but this nominal fee negates the reasoning behind efforts to reduce the original product price.

The rarely acknowledged but prevalent new convention of portable devices as money funnels is furthered by the cunning marketing that is now a part of the package. And the only way to escape it is by shelling out more cash.