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Marketing has been criticized because it makes people buy things they don't really need. Refute or Support this accusation

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Forcing people to buy is a harsh term since no one has watched their family tremble at the end of a gun barrel while they were forced to make a purchase. Marketing, like everything else in this world, has changed as its aged. Many of the tactics used thirty years ago are not legal today because they misrepresented the product they pushed. Thus leading people to think they were buying something they were not. The majority of marketing only exposes our

desires to purchase; it does not create those
desires. A greenhouse of discontent has been
fertilized by hungry corporations and
advertising agencies over several years
causing our desires to shift and bend. But
they are still our desires and acted upon by
us.
This could wander into the debate of whether
marketing determines wants, or whether our
wants determine marketing. However, staying
on point that marketing forces us to buy
unwanted or unneeded things is to say we are
mindless and do not have free will. While I
find myself saying, “Wow. That gadget would
be great to have.” I also find myself too tight
to buy it. Personality and buying habits
learned as kids are probably a larger factor in
people buying unwanted or unneeded items.
Marketing at its best simply causes us to
either consciously realize a need or want and
then provides us with the method of
satisfaction. It helps one company’s product
or service to be thought of above another’s.
Marketing at its worst gives us a chuckle or
makes us puzzle, but is gone with the next
breath.