I’m not a big fan of commercials. There are very few commercials that I like aside from some Ikea commercials. Some are funny, while others are distracting. They try to convince you to buy things you don’t need, eat things you shouldn’t eat and do things you shouldn’t do. The only thing they’re really good for is a bathroom break. This was before PVR and Netflix.
What is even more annoying than commercials?
Infomercials, which is also known as paid programming. Yes, those commercials that tell you how a product works, why you need it and if you buy now, they’ll throw in another one for x amount of dollars. As someone who is trying very hard to only buy things I need most of the time, infomercials are trying to do the opposite.
Why would I want a Snuggie? I have a blanket. If I wanted a blanket with sleeves, I’ll just wear a bathrobe or put on a sweater.
Slap Chop? More like Crap Chop. The guy who promotes Slap Chop is the same guy who promotes Sham-Wow.
Who could ever forget Richard Simmons and his Sweatin’ to the Oldies?
Magic bullet – Ummm…I think someone already invented it. It’s called the food processor.
Chia pet -Is this really that much different from having a potted plant? Ok, so the mold is in the shape of an animal, but still…..
These are just a few of the products that millions of people have actually purchased.
Why? WHY? WHY?!?!?!
Here are several reasons:
- Celebrities will be a spokesperson for them- such as Suzanne Sommers and the ThighMaster.
- Testimonials from all these people claiming how this particular product made their life better.
- Extra add-on products (translation: more crap) you can get if you call NOW.
- I feel like the typical announcer’s voice has something to do with it as well. Then he says all the fine details about shipping and handling being extra and taxes not included. Have you ever noticed how fast he says it? Like an auctioneer taking bids.
What I find surprising is that some of these products featured in infomercials became successful enough to make their way into stores we regularly shop at. The Magic Bullet is sold at Wal-Mart. There is even a store called “As Seen on TV”, where products from infomercials are sold. I wonder if people actually shop at that store.
Have you ever purchased anything from an infomercial?
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