Should you 'Buy This Now!'? Infomercial Products Reviewed

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mscriv, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas

    Okay, time to confess. Who's bought something off an infomercial and was it worth it?
  2. MacVixen macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I have bought none, though from your list I confess to coveting Slap Chop, MagicJack and Snuggie :eek:

    I also saw a commercial for some device that helps people stop snoring and I want that too :eek:

    However, since most of this stuff usually ends up being cheap junk, I haven't been able to get myself to pull out the credit card and CALL.NOW!! :D
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I never order unless they tell me I have to have it! ;)
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    There was once an ad for something called a "Turbo Cooker" which was essentially a wok with a wire rack for steaming foods at the same time. The ads promised you'd "steam fry" your way to healthier, faster meals. Don't know about all those claims, but the unit was a pretty good wok and my mom made good use of it for years.

    She also had a Miracle Blade knife set which I have inherited, the serrated edge is great for slicing cheese and bread.

    My parents also have (see a pattern here?) a one of those rotisserie grills ("Set it and forget it"), which they've used a few times, I think it worked well but all the specialized gadgets are a pain to take out, use, clean, put away, etc. The same applies for their bread maker, pasta machine, sandwich maker, etc. -- they work well, but are so much trouble to use that they get used rarely.

    Fun story: I was once somewhere in Florida shopping at one of those stores that features "as seen on TV" products. A little boy, no older than about four years old, came up to the shelf featuring the rotisserie grill and started pointing and yelling "Look dad! Set it and forget it!" His dad sheepishly admitted that maybe his kid was watching too much TV :D

    OK, what was that thing called? *googles* Ah, the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie, of course!
  5. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    The two As Seen on TV products I can remember buying are PedEgg and Windshield Wonder, but only when I stumbled upon them in Walmart.

    The PedEgg works really good, much better than a pumice stone. Heck, after using it for a month I've not had to use it anymore since. A miracle, perhaps?

    The Windshield Wonder works really good and gets the windows in my car streak free, but it's made out of really cheap plastic and the wand ended up breaking while using it one day. I was able to fix it with some black electrical tape and since it's worked as good as new.

    The thing that kills me about the infomercials is they always give you "two for the price of one." Why would you need two of them? Can't I just get one for half the price? If I really, REALLY want an item I see on an infomercial, I wait until it's available in store.
  6. dankybear macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    The George Forman grill. Great for making your meats dried out and chewy plus spices turn into a disgusting crust.

    I'll stick with pan cooking, roasting, baking, grilling and barbecuing.
  9. felt. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    was given a knock off slap chop and used it once...put in an onion slapped it once and the top broke off, slapped it again and the remaining erect steel rod almost punctured my hand. would not buy from not recommend. :eek:
  10. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    I have a steam shark, and its great. Not quite as easy to use as on the commercials, but it does a good job, doesn't leave my hardwood floors wet, adn reusable pads are a better deal than swiffers in my opinion.
  11. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    never ordered anything

    and ive never been wowed by any product ive seen being cold on tv..
  12. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    I have one of these:

    Flavor Wave Deluxe convection oven


    And you have to be careful about using this oven--it really does cook food with surprising speed, thanks the combination of convection, conduction and infrared heating. It took me some practice to avoid burning foods. :eek:
  13. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Wow, has anyone seen the Lee Majors Bionic Hearing Aid? I thought it was a parody when I first saw the commercial. I'm going to buy one of these so I can be like the Bionic Man!

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