Wednesday, January 30, 2013
They Say So On TV, so it MUST Be True...
I hate to admit it, but I am a sucker for a good sales pitch. It's been so comfy & cozy staying home during this recent cold snap, drinking coffee and tea and doing some kickboxing routines on FIOS TV. I have also been watching talk shows and of course those dreaded infomercials. Infomercials, QVC, HSN and other such shows are very dangerous for me. A lot of people like to eat when they're bored. Not me, I like to shop. There is nothing more compelling than a product demonstration to get me to whip out the credit card and order a revolutionary new product.
I have bought some really cool stuff that was advertised on TV. One of my favorites is the Set It and Forget Rotisserie from Ron Popeil that does all it advertised to do. We love the rotisserie chicken and while I don't normally eat prime rib, it is to die for on this appliance.
Chef Tony sold some nice products in the past. The knife set I bought is still going strong 15 or so years later. I adored my Ultimate Chopper which lasted a dozen or so years before it broke. I looked to replace it, but found it had been recalled and was no longer available. I bought a Ninja chopper at Target, but it is not nearly as good as my Ultimate Chopper. I really miss it.
My kitchen is filled with assorted infomercial products, or products that have received accolades on Rachel Ray, Dr. Oz and a variety of other shows. The other day, Dr. Oz was touting the benefits of Rescue Remedy spray, which is made up of flower essences and supposedly one or two sprays on your tongue when you are anxious or stressed will calm you down instantly. It works on pets too! So I ordered one from Amazon to check it out. Dr. Oz wouldn't lie to me, would he?
The Super Wave Oven from Sharper Image looks like a kitchen appliance I really should have. They claim it is a miracle oven, replaces a convection oven, standard oven and microwave oven. It cooks crispy, rotisserie type chicken, frozen steaks in 12 minutes which are brown on the outside and tender on the inside, and even makes pastries. It bakes, then even cleans itself while you are eating. I was on the fence with this one and ultimately passed on it because the free shipping was only if you made one payment rather than the three monthly payments special. Shipping on the payment plan would cost an additional 19.99. Now, had they offered the free shipping on the payment plan, I probably would have had enough incentive to buy it.
I did however order the NutriBullet the next day which did offer 6 small payments AND free shipping. While it is available for a little less at Target and a couple of other sites, the big recipe book (FREE GIFT) was the selling point for me to order directly from their infomercial. This little gadget promises a lot, and in conjuction with the recipes from the free book, this plan will help with everything from weight loss, to controlling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, reversing hair loss, even controlling fibromyalgia. Heck, I'm surprised it doesn't pick the winning powerball numbers too!
So now I'm waiting for my Nutribullet and Rescue Remedy spray. The Rescue Remedy should calm me down (and pets too although I don't have any). I should be able to not only lose some weight, but I can lower my cholesterol, regrow some of my thinning hair and keep my blood sugar low. I have to tell my good friend who is suffering from fibromyalgia that this miracle bullet, I mean Nutribullet will help manage that too! They say so on TV, so it MUST be true, right??
So please tell me that I'm not the only one that gets suckered in by infomercials. You've all done it, haven't you? And every once in a while, a product really lives up to the claims. I know I have been very pleased with some of the products I have bought. Have you?