Monday, April 26, 2010

AS SEEN ON TV?


By Kate

It’s the ShamWow!

No, I didn’t buy one, but I was sorely tempted. The commercials are very enticing. What I did buy was the Topsy Turvey tomato plant kit, figuring that since they didn’t grow well for me right-side up, then surely I had a chance at them upside down. Right?

But after I’d plucked the box off the shelf, I stood in front of the giant wall display of AS SEEN ON TV products, wondering if any of them were as good as they were cracked up to be. The Pedegg? The Neckline Slimmer? The Bumpits? Do they work?

I’ve become wary ever since purchasing that miracle can opener that’s supposed to open cans by itself. Just set it on the lid, push a button, and VOILA. Yeah, right, as long as the cans are made of tin foil. Otherwise, I hope you brought a book to read.

I was surprised to discover that there are entire stores of AS SEEN ON TV products. I stumbled into one in Key West and walked around in a daze. So many choices! So many promises. So much money to be made from gullible buyers.

So now that I've bought my upside down planter, I'm wondering if I wasn't sucked in again. Go ahead, call me cynical. If the planter works, I'll wind up with egg on my face -- or maybe tomato. Last time I checked, however, that Key West store had closed, so I guess I'm not the only cynical one in town.

Have you ever fallen for commercial hype and been pleasantly surprised? Or have you taken a chance on a product and been sorely disappointed? And just for my own edification, am I missing the boat on the ShamWow?

19 comments:

Dru said...

I tried the Pediegg thing and it worked, but it was a lot of work on my part.

Rural View said...

I have friends who had lots of tomatoes with their topsy-turvy tomato thingie. Only one person didn't have any luck, maybe he hung it in the wrong place? As for the rest of the TV ads - I wasn't born yesterday so I don't buy them.

Jeanne C. said...

I've gotten a few things.
A few years ago there was the "Topsy Tail" for a fancy ponytail, and I did like it!
I got space bags... they were great!
And, of course... the Snuggie. Love it for lounging on the couch... the kids love this one too!

Alan Orloff said...

I was tempted by the Topsy Turvy Tomato planter--let us know how it works! A while back, I bought a food dehydrator from some infomercial. It works pretty well, you know, if you liked dried food.

Nubian said...

Make sure you hang it in full sun and it is on a sturdy hanger ~ we had so much rain last year it the water was so heavy it kept on falling over. I will try again this year! Good luck!

Kate Collins said...

I'm so glad to hear that the Topsy Turvy works. I'll keep your suggestions in mind. I've got a deck in full sun -- all I need is a sturdy eave, I suppose.
As for the Pedegg -- I suspected as much.
And did you see the Snuggie that Tina Fey wore on 30 Rock? Too funny.
I'm still waiting to hear some testimony on the Shamwow. I've heard it's a, well, ahem, sham?

Lover of Books said...

I love my Ped Egg and don't find it a lot of work at all as long as you do it once a week. I also love my Pasta Pot that has a drainer right in the lid. That's as seen on TV as well. :) They are red. My Magic Bullet is sooo nice. I want to get the Strawberry Planter just haven't gotten it yet.
Krista

Sarah said...

How funny! My Mom just bought a Topsy Turvey tomato plant so I guess we'll see how they work :-)

Sarah

Cloud said...

This is third-hand info, but an aunt bought the ShamWow, and supposedly they work, but she used it to clean up an cat... issue, and apparently she could never get the smell out after that. So maybe in some cases it's a little TOO absorbent? I've never tried it myself, though.

jbstanley said...

I bought an Ab machine that sent electric pulses into your belly to make your abs contract. It felt way too much like labor and I sent it back! :)

Andrea C. said...

I always look at the as seen on tv products at Target and wonder if they work. I have been sooo tempted to buy a few products, but haven't given in yet!!!

Heather Webber said...

I've been tempted, too, especially the grater thingy, but haven't bought yet. Maybe someday, though.

Kate Collins said...

I got a grater thingy and it sits in my gadget drawer. My big chef's knife is more fun. I love to chop. It's such good therapy and gets me in the mood for murder....mysteries.

By the way, having finished my book, I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets today AND squeezed in an hour of HGTV. Did I ever enjoy today!!

Vickie said...

My mom swears by her Topsy Turvy, but you can do the same thing with a bucket, cut a hole in the bottom for the plant and hang it by the pail's handle. That's what my dad does.
The Bump-It works. At least it did for the chickie side of the wedding party at DH's nephew's nuptials last October.

Katie said...

I got the ped egg and love it...I don't use it as often as I should though.

Whalehugger said...

Years ago while my hubby and I were killing time and flipping through the remote we came across a shopper's network ad for a "Jammin' Panda', basically just a panda toy that dances. We thought it was cute and on the spur of the moment bought one. When it arrived, we eagerly set it on the table and tried it out. It didn't jam... it didn't even do the bat-tutsi or the lindy hop. That was our one and only venture into the world of TV shopping.

Jeremy from We Took The Bait said...

There have been quite a few pleasant surprises... The Iron Gym, the Graty, the Ped Egg, Aqua Globes...

And, some that are far worse than expected... Loud N' Clear, Slap Chop, Awesome Auger...

The ShamWow is so/so...

RosieJo said...

I love my Ped Egg more than my best friend from high school! I got the one with the long handle and that makes it even better!! I buy all that "stuff" at Bed Bath and Beyond. They have a whole wall of TV things.

Jan said...

I've gotten a couple, but my favorite is the set of combs that have the beading on stretchy cord. ( I can't remember what they're called) They are so much more comfy than the big "jaw" clips, and even withstand chiropractor visits! I have the original chopper thingy, I got one from Pampered Chef over 10 years ago and it's still fab.