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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,706
9/12/13 1:02 A

I did buy a NuWave oven but only because my friend swore by it. I got it from Bed Bath and Beyond because so far they have a liberal return policy

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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9/11/13 11:30 P

AMARANTHAQ: Yes, I recall some of those "old favorites" now that you mention it. There were two fellows with British accents that sold painting supplies such as paint rollers. They had a painting system and would call people from "the audience" to show how easy they were to use.

I remember from a long time ago a fellow that sold woks. At one point he would even pop corn in one. And, of course, there were the famous Ginsu knife infomercials.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 9/12/2013 (01:13)
EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
9/11/13 10:14 P

I don't agree that infomercials are necessarily terrible. They amuse me. I used to like some of the ones that sold exercise DVDs and systems. Don't see a lot of those around anymore.

In fact, I don't see much of my old favorite infomercials much at all, although they run them at strange times occasionally.

I love the vintage infomercials for various exercise machines, some of the machines are okay, some are sort of strange. They still sell most of these machines.

I also liked the ones with little cooking appliances that I mostly can't remember the names of. One was an immersion blender, one was a machine that looked like a sandwich maker but had little wells in it that you could cook an amazing variety of neat little triangle shaped meals and treats in. Lol, they gave you a bonus one of those little machines, too. Always wondered why anyone would need more than one.

I had a Magic Bullet for years and now have a Nutri Bullet. Both products are actually nice and useful and I learned about them on infomercials, but didn't buy them there. Bought them in Wally.

Lol, I fear the Golden Age of Infomercials has passed, though.

S'ok, have my memories.



WOODSYCHICK Posts: 75
9/11/13 9:53 P

Yeah, I haven't bought anything off the tv either . . .

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (214,613)
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9/11/13 1:58 P

I watch once in awhile for a good laugh! I have never bought anything from an infomercial, come to think of it, I rarely buy anything from a regular commercial. I like to touch and feel what I'm buying. So I rarely buy anything from the internet either.

SGFLAUTIST Posts: 612
9/11/13 1:38 P

I don't have cable anymore but when I did have it, I always found them pretty funny. I remember one about this circular gadget that had acted as a suction cup and when you turn the handle, it would get the dent out of your car. There was also the fixer for cuts in your leather couch that I remember vaguely. I could imagine how they are now compared to when I had cable a couple years ago.

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9/11/13 1:21 P

I have bought a couple of things through the many years I have watched some Infomercials. Sometimes I watch them because they are so humorous. I did buy a Ron Popeil dehydrator many years ago, and have used it occasionally to make beef and turkey jerky. I also bought a George Foreman grill and gave it to by daughter who used it when she lived in a studio apartment. She liked having it, although she doesn't use it since she moved.

Here are two of the ones that I found to be rather questionable: (1) That "all-in-one" ladder. For what they charged for it on the TV offer, a person could buy a similar one that works just as well at some place like Costco or Walmart for half as much. (2) Tony Little selling some of the silliest fitness equipment, and screaming all the while.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,706
9/11/13 1:15 P

I agree. I don't watch infomercials because of this. The part where the person uses said product and has an almost (dare I say it) orgasmic experience because they used said product. Is quiet silly to me.

I guess this formula works though or else the people who make these shows would quit using it.

I almost bought an instyler because it was buy one get one free. I read the fine print and found out the 'free' one was not free. All the fees they tacked on and etc. And besides that you paid $30 shipping for both items to get them in two months.

PATTIJOHNSON Posts: 2,075
9/11/13 12:37 P

@Sherylds -- Yep, that was a good one! Also love that new one out for the individual pie slice pan. You can make six different pieces of pie in one pan -- like I keep all those pie fillings around so I can use 2 Tablespoons of each!

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9/11/13 12:36 P

I WONT watch. They are designed for the sheeple

WOODSYCHICK Posts: 75
9/11/13 12:20 P

GLH was so bad! Here is a tribute to 'doing it wrong' in infomercials:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTS
ag



SHERYLDS Posts: 12,068
9/11/13 12:00 P

I forgot this gem of an infomercial....even better than the flowbee
emoticon
the GLH commercial (GLH means Great Looking Hair)
Spray paint the bald away
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GeF7A05zQ8

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 9/11/2013 (12:01)
PATTIJOHNSON Posts: 2,075
9/11/13 11:54 A

Some of them are fascinating to watch, but I never get caught up in buying anything from them. I have succumbed to buying one or two products at the "As Seen On TV" store at the mall though, and guess what? I can never get them to work as well as they do on TV. Surprise Surprise! I do like the egg that scrapes the dead skin off your feet, though. It does really work.

Love the OP's description. emoticon

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,068
9/11/13 11:48 A

my all time favorite was the FLOWBEE....
"Great looking haircuts with no cleanup"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkqx4UXlwl4

WOODSYCHICK Posts: 75
9/11/13 11:28 A

Don't get me wrong I get a good laugh out of them, especially the fumbling moron part. I just don't believe that anyone at home is nodding along like the creepy stage audience and worriedly running to the phone to get the deal fast! I would like to think that they see the product, find it useful and call despite the cheesy tactics and the insult to their intelligence.

UMBILICAL Posts: 11,742
9/11/13 11:21 A

I rarely watch

GORIANA Posts: 2,963
9/11/13 11:17 A

I watch infomercials because they entertain me and are not a bunch of screaming reality show contestants. I do not buy anything, but am happy someone does or the 'shows' would quickly go off the air.

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9/11/13 11:13 A

I agree with Woodsychick. Not only what she said but years ago I took a marketing class where they told us the shipping cost they tack on pays for both the shipping and handling and the cost of the product to make so they get pure profit in the sale of the product.

I've seen this kind of infomercial for years and years which tells me it works and appeals to the people who are calling that 800 number. (I'm shaking my head as I type.)

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
9/11/13 11:02 A

I'm trying to recall one infomercial that did me some good.

WOODSYCHICK Posts: 75
9/11/13 10:50 A

I wish that infomercials would just present the product information without the cheesy formula. All of us have been so exposed to advertising that these tricks couldn't possibly be working. First you have the fumbling moron trying to accomplish something the 'old way' and failing horribly. I don't know about you but I never tried cracking an egg by smashing it flat on the counter. Then you have a overly spirited presenter in front of a small paid audience, nodding with plastered-on smiles like a group of deranged plastic bobbleheads. Eventually you have the price slashing and doubling of the offer and the pressure to call in the next 8 minutes to get a bonus something-or-other. We all know that the doubling and the bonus products are well within the profit margins and are not 'free'. We also know that 9 minutes from now you'll still take our money. Are people still 'buying' this?

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