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tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 11:07 AM

INFOMERCIALS

I don't want to take the Billy Mays thread off on a tangent, so I am starting this thread. I have nothing bad to say about him and send my prayers to his family.

NOW...I want to know if you watch and/or buy things from infomercials? What do you think about them?

I have only done it once, about 25 years ago. I bought a Whipomatic, which whipped egg whites, cream, etc. in seconds compared to minutes by hand. It work well, but broke after a few years. I also got with it a plastic mandoline set that does about 2/3s to 3/4s of the things you can do with on of those $100-200 stainless steel mandolines, but at a fraction the price. I still use it, and it works as well as ever.

NOW...I will state that I do not watch infomercials (for at least 20 years), I can't stand them, and do not buy from them. I am now too hands on, test it first for them. The thing I hate most about them is the trained seals in the studio audience that clap their flippers and bark on command for absolutely no valid reason other than they are doing their job. They are pathetic at a pathetic level.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 11:09 AM

I think most of them are a big scam.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 11:15 AM

Tuzilla, couldn't help but think of the Saturday Night Live skit - the Bassomatic with Dan Ackroyd:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/19046/saturday-night-live-bassomatic



lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 12:55 PM

I have never ordered from infomercials. I don't watch them unless they happen to come on in between programs. However, I have purchased some of the items from stores that have an "As Seen on TV" section. Just for S&G's, in our greenhouse we have one tomato plant hanging upside down in that planter thingy to see how it does vs. the ones in the ground. I also bought some bra strap contraption that pulls your bra straps back so they don't show. That actually is a pretty cool thing. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I bought one of those Ped Egg things. Piece of crap. Don't bother.

My next purchase, for sure, is going to be the Slanket.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 12:56 PM

Oh, I almost forgot. I do have some Oxiclean, but I purchased it in the store. I love it! I have used it on whites and on stains that came out when nothing else worked.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:06 PM

What's a slanket?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:19 PM

Want to hear more about the upside down tomato plant. Doesn't it drop dirt all over the floor?

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:20 PM

http://www.theslanket.com/

Everyone is going to be wearing one of these. I'm sure of it.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:21 PM

talk to me in January

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:23 PM

No Sandy. It has a little circular spongy filter that has a split to the center of the circle. You slide your tomato plant to the center of the sponge via the split and it closes around your plant, keeping all the dirt up into the planter. However, it does leak water so it definitely needs to be outside, at least to water.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:24 PM

sounds uncomfortable at least

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:29 PM

I suppose these might be good somewhere. Here in Indiana, you just throw the plant in some dirt and it takes off!

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.1 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:43 PM

I love to hear Lodi talk about it.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:54 PM

Lucky you, Sandy. I have a short growing season and because our property sits in a little cold spot, I have my garden freeze out in July and August every year. One day it will be 100 degrees and that night my garden will freeze black. We built the greenhouse but that doesn't always help. To me, losing the tomatoes is the most heartbreaking because store tomatoes just don't do it for me. So I thought "what the hell." If I can find some contraption that will give me ripe tomatoes, I'll give it a shot.

If this is doing it for ya, RJ, just let me tell you this. When I go out and water my garden, its very similar to Paris Hilton's Carl's Jr. hamburger commercial.

Except instead of the swimsuit, I'm generally wearing a pair of sweat pants I've cut into shorts, which may or may not have a hole or two, a "barely there" sports bra (and when I say barely there, I mean its old and disintegrated to the point that it no longer does its job), and a tank top. Instead of high heels, its generally just barefoot or flip flops. Really, about the only things that are similar are the hose and I may or may not have a burger in my hand.

But I assure you, its very hot.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:56 PM

We bought a telescope. Looked like an amazing instrument for $169, and from the demonstration it looked easy for novices to use. Except that it arrived in about 300 pieces, and the directions were translated from Chinese by babelfish and made almost no sense, even contradicted themselves. We could find the moon with the "laser sight" but couldn't focus finer than a blur. Aggravated ourselves into spats a couple times, then threw it in the corner of the garage and only remember it when one of us wants to buy something the other doesn't want, and the reluctant one says "remember the telescope?"

When we moved we took it apart. I use the big lens to get splinters and dog hairs out of my feet.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:56 PM

Sandy
You can order the slanket from Carol Wright online

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 1:58 PM

You have plants freeze in the summer?
Well, we don't get to ski here in the winter.
Guess every place has its advantages.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 2:00 PM

Slanket does look comfy, must admit.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 2:22 PM

I buy from infomercials only if they scream in a British accent and have audience members that say great things about the product. Else, it could be contrived.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 2:50 PM

I've only ever seen a few of them - I did enjoy the Flobee infomercial - and have never bought from them. But my daughter gave me something analogous to that Slanket - I refused to open it, but maybe when it gets cold I'll reconsider. There are many things in those As Seen on TV stores that look like they would be really cool if they worked, but somehow I don't believe any of them do. I'm really interested to hear about your tomatoes. I remember at Epcot they were growing tomato plants upside down years and years ago.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sat, 4th Jul '09 3:15 PM

I never advertised my business once, not in any form. It was all word of mouth, the only kind of endorsement that really means anything. I am reasonably artistic, and some would say too good with my mouth, i would excel in advertising. I would rather nail my testicles to the floor though, and TV salespeople are the worst of the lot. Did i just write that ? Behind TV evangelists of course.


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