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Monday, February 4, 2013

Hi, my name is Jerrica and I'm an Infomercial Whore...

by Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar


I woke up with a start this morning after Bad Dream #2 and, as I always do when I can't get back to sleep, I clicked on the TV. Of course, at 6am, the only thing on are infomercials, to which I say...

HOORAY!

Oh, yeah...I'm a complete sucker for infomercials. I love everything about them: the intense and incredibly serious narrator, the horrific over-acting and the cheesy scenarios they put the over-actors in. Love it!

This morning I've decided that I'm ready to try out WEN by Chaz Dean. I've heard mixed reviews on the non-shampoo, but for years I've been watching women flip their luxurious, silky hair into the camera and I'm finally ready to bite the bullet. Don't try to stop me. What's done is done. Alyssa Milano has snared me in her web.

But WEN will not be, by any stretch, my first As Seen On TV purchase. My impulsive obsession goes all the way back to the summer of 1998, when I was staying with my dad between my freshman and sophomore years of college. Back in those days, I could stay out until all hours of the night, and then I'd click on the TV at 3am to "wind down." And behold...The Ab Rocker! I was mesmerized. You're telling me I can get *those* abs AND it'll fold down and store under my bed AND it's only 5 easy payments of $29.95?? SCORE!

But if I give you the stories behind all my television purchases, we'll be here all night, so I'll just give you my list to the best of my memory and in no particular order...

Ab Rocker
Turbo Cooker
Winsor Pilates
Magic Bullet
Your Baby Can Read
WaxVac
Sweat Belt (or something like that - can't remember the real name)
Instagrip (still waiting for this one to arrive)
Dryer Balls
Shake Weight
TaeBo
Gyro Bowl
Baby Cakes
Bake Pop
Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford
Space Bags
Don LaPre System
Pillow Pets/Stompies
Slanket/Snuggie

I know I MUST be missing some things in there, but 15 years of infomercial purchases is hard to keep up with. If I think of anymore later, I'll add them to the list.

But what about you? Are you a sucker, like I am? Are you an impulsive middle-of-the-night buyer? Share with me your infomercial purchases, and be sure to share your favorites and the ones that were absolute crap! :)


31 comments:

  1. I feel like I'm missing out! I don't think I've ever ordered from an infomercial!

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    1. What?!?! Never?!?!? Deb, you MUST! At least once...it's so fun! LOL!

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  2. Jerrica,
    I love infomercials too! I haven't ordered that many off TV, but I've picked up a few to try from the As Seen on TV sections at stores. The Ah Bra was a waste if you're looking for support, but it's very comfortable when you want to be a slouch around the house without totally free range boobs. I love Bare Essentials make-up and skin care products. They are the best! Hip Hop Abs and The Brazil Butt Lift are great workout videos, but they aren't miracle workers.

    I thought about trying WEN, but I found something I like a lot from one of the mall kiosks. It's Moroccan Argan oil shampoo. My hubby found an organic version at our food co-op and it works great. My hair is soft, shiny, and manageable without using other products. You can also buy the essential oil, I've heard, and it's supposed to be great for skin and hair.

    You know what I want to try, though, is the No-No hair removal thingy. If anyone has tried it, I'd like to know how it works. They say it has a 100% money back guarantee. :)

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    1. Ooh! Maybe I'll give that Argan Oil a try! I wonder if I can get it online?

      I'm a free-ranger around the house, so no Ah Bra for me. LOL! But I think my next fitness product is going to be Fluidity...it's a ballet bar that folds up and stores anywhere! It comes with DVDs and stuff...I totally want it!!

      Haven't tried the NoNo Hair removal thingy, but if you do, let us know!

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    2. "Free range boobs"! *Dies laughing*

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    3. Samantha, I had never heard of Argon oil until this morning and now I'm seeing it EVERYWHERE! They had a bunch of shampoos at Marshall's!

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  3. I have not purchased anything from TV but have been tempted many times. I have purchased the As Seen on TV items but those have been for white elephant gift exchanges - lol. There are two things I have come close to purchasing. The first is The 6 Week Body Makeover. I've been on the fence with that one for years and if I would have just purchased the first time I saw it I would already be past those 6 weeks and looking marvelous, I am sure ;). The other is the No-No hair removal thing. I think that should be your next purchase so you can report back to me and Samantha :).

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    1. Ooh! I totally considered the 6 Week Body Makeover too! Let me know if you do it!

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  4. I got hooked into the slanket/snuggie craze, but I ordered it online. I ordered a blue one and got the other free for shipping and handling, plus the book light, which broke fast. But by the time I got done I had 4 coming. Too bad they were Christmas Presents because they were back ordered that showed up in February. I want to try the No No too, but the cost gets me.

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    1. What is with this NoNo Hair thing?? I don't think I've even seen it. I'll have to look it up.

      I've totally had that happen -- the whole back-order thing. I guess you could save for the next Christmas. lol.

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  5. OMGosh this is cracking me up! I've never ordered anything off an infomercial because I am inherently distrustful, lol. I know there are actually a lot of great products, I just always think I'll manage to order the one thing that is a cheat. ;D But we do enjoy that "Slap Chop" video mashup on YouTube, lol!
    And, please, oh PLEASE, post a video of you using the Shake Weight, because that SNL skit had me laughing so hard I cried.

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    1. LMAO! Sadly, the Shake Weight didn't make the cut in the last move. It wasn't a bad product, I just never used it. LOL!

      You should totally order something sometime -- it's just too much fun!!!

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  6. Just so everyone knows...WEN has been ordered and will be here in 2-3 weeks :)

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    1. You know... I have never ordered anything from an informercial. But do let me know about the WEN. ;)

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    2. I will! And how have so many people gone their whole lives without ordering anything off the TV??? I'm flabbergasted! LOL!

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    3. I've always thought they were lies. ;) If they can't get shelf space in a store, what's wrong with them? LOL.

      Did you know I was a skeptic?

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  7. I have ordered exactly one thing from the Home Shopping Network, and it was a piece of crap 'slushie' machine that broke the first time I tried to use it. I only buy from stores now, thankyouverymuch.

    My hubby, on the other hand, got sucked in by the P90X videos. It was something like $140 and I threatened his immortal soul if he didn't use it. In the end, we both committed to the full 90 days and let me tell you, it was the hardest thing I had ever done, but boy did it work! We were both completely cut in perfect swimsuit shape by the end.
    If ONLY we had kept with it *after* the first 90 days, lol. Oh well - at least we were ripped once in our lives ;)

    Jerrica - what is your favorite infomercial purchase?

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    1. You're such a quitter, Erin!! All because of one slushie machine! LOL!

      I love that you guys did P90X...that is one that I've never had any desire to do AT ALL! LOL!

      My favorite infomercial product...well, we've used Meaningful Beauty for 3 years now, and still love it. So that's a definite winner. And I LOVED Winsor Pilates. I was in great shape and really made marked achievements physically!

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  8. My Mother-in-law loves QVC. I was brought up that almost everything is frivolous so you don't spend money on stuff. Must be why I collected things when I had a job. Yep..thats what I blame it on.

    However, I've only bought The Wave workout system from Infomercials. I thought it would be easy on the knees to rock back and forth for 10 minutes a day. Umm, yeah not exactly. There is a whole 30 minute cardio routine that you do around the wave thing kinda like a step class. So not what I thought it was.


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    1. LOL! I don't even know what The Wave is! I have to look this up now!

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  9. Jerrica, I get sucked in so easily, so I avoid infomercials! I did buy Winsor Pilates and if I'd actually stuck with them, I might be fabulously toned right now. It's safe to assume that didn't happen. ;}
    Erin, my hubs wants to try the P90X videos, but if I'm going to sweat and pant and hurt myself, Ima need immediate gratification. Thankfully, I've managed to avoid that purchase so far.

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    1. I had the same issue with Winsor Pilates. I was in great shape when I was doing it, but then I quit doing it!! Where would we be...??

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  10. I have a few as seen on TV stuff. Yes, I have the tortilla bowl thingy. Yes, I love it. I also have a cricket. If you are a crafty person don't watch that commercial. We have stompeez too with the blanket. What it's a pillow, it's pet, it's a pillow pet. I think you need to have an as seen for tv white elephant gift party, that's how I got my shake weight. So many things from the tv. When we lived in California they had the As Seen on TV store, yes I went there a couple of times. I guess we all have been sucked into those commercials.

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    1. Ooh! I almost bought the Cricket for my mom once! It was pricey though, so I skipped it. I, too, have been to the As seen on TV store...I have to be VERY careful when I go in...clearly I have a slight compulsion. LOL!

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  11. Is there anything more irritating on TV than those infomercials? They turn the sound up so high that it shakes the wax right out of your and your neighbor's ears! They just go on and on and, of course, after a lot of blah-blah-blah, there that long awaited: "But WAIT!!" And then the: "for JUST ....NIIINNNNTEEN, NIIINNNNTEEEY NIIINNNEEEEUH!!" Aargh!

    As you can see, I don't buy from infomercials. However, I had a sister-in-law who listened to QVC and other jewelry/gem sales channels 24/7. Used to drive my brother batty. She was hooked and got numerous UPS deliveries every day! She was one sick puppy!

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    1. Oh, my goodness! Every day?!?! Well, I'm not that bad! A couple times a year I fall prey. But I must admit, I LOVE the commercials. I really do. They crack me up and suck me in!

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  12. I always wondered who those people were who bought those things. I can't get ten seconds into one. Kudos to you!

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  13. OMG Jerrica, hands down best title for a blog entry goes to you! I almost just spit my water out when I read it. Several months ago we were in the hospital with our little one and there was nothing on but an infomercial by Cindy Crawford and I'm sitting there saying "who in H%$% would watch this or buy this stuff?! And lo and behold, I found one of their customers...I just never though it would be you! ; )

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  14. Jerrica,

    Your blog, especially the title, was hilarious! I love your confession. :)

    I love infomercials, and what I love even more- As Seen on Television Stores. But I've never bought anything. Maybe one day. I'll let you know.

    Maybe. *snort*

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  15. LOL I love to watch but I've never bought anything. However, I will say that I am eyeing the new Wraptastic! It would make kitchen life so much easier but since I can't afford it, it'll have to wait awhile. But it really looks neat. You guys will have to tell me how the nono works out for you, I'm actually curious if it works. Love the blog name, too! I LOLed!

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  16. I too am an infomercial junkie! I have bought Space Bags, Pillow Pets, Snuggies, Ped Eggs, a Nail stamper thingy…Ulma Wallet …Time Life Music collections LOL.and the list goes on. These days I tend to wait until I can find them in store and then make my purchase.

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