How do these commercials even work on an economically stretched public? Everytime I see one, I cringe. What I also love is how they state “just pay separate processing and handling fees?” What exactly does that entail? Putting it in a box? Then separate shipping costs are thrown in, so the nominal cost of the original product which started at $9.95 or $19.95 is nowhere near that anymore I would imagine.
You of course are free to return said product if you are not completely satisfied, but that shipping is on you too. The hawker of these products know this, so add the price of these products and their “hidden costs” multiply them by however many unfortunate silly souls fall for the hard sell and they are laughing all the way to the bank. No one returns it, so they move on to their next scheme.
Imagine 1,000,000 pieces selling that’s $10,000,000 to $100,000,000 or more. Imagine that for a piece of junk. I’m just thinking of that cheessy, cheap plastic spice rack called SwivelStore that I can just see driving me crazy as it falls everytime I look for a bottle and it doesn’t look any easier than an old fashion spice rack.
They say it’s only available on TV as they show a website right along side. Go figure?!
How about that waterproofing spray in a can. For some reason this stuff intrigues me . . . I would never order it, I just love the idea. It’s interesting. I don’t know what I’d do with it, I just think if you could use it for something and if it would really work, it’s an amazing idea. Hmmm, so see their kooky commercials work. The guy on the commercial putting the screen door in a hole in the bottom of a rowboat and using the spray to show how well it works is pure showmanship! How entertaining! I wonder how many people buy it for that reason? And the only person I know who wants a rowboat with a screen door in the bottom is my husband!
So the woman with the crack in her flowerpot uses spray to waterproof the crack then paints it a terracotta color. Is it just me being skeptical, but wouldn’t all of that have cost more than buying a new flowerpot? I’m just being curious?
What infomercials make you laugh?
I miss Billy Mays . . . talk about showmanship.
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 10/2/11