Thursday, January 13, 2005

Call now and receive...

Some of the best programming on TV are infomercials. Seriously. When was the last time you saw one and weren't completely compelled to continue watching it? They are quite dangerous though, I mean, those happy, helpful people on TV pimping their amazing new product may just convince you that absolutely have to have their latest invention. Not only will it, through space-age technology (ooooo, sounds cool), remove the fat from your food (how healthy!), but can also be used to press your clothes to be wrinkle free (how helpful!), and help your children to read and get better grades in school (how happy!) . I am wondering how I developed into a quasi-normal, educated, happy person without it. But wait that's not all... they are willing to throw in bonus gift of a dog dandruff shampoo/car wax kit in for free, and it's valued at $50!!! Plus, if you call within the next 45 minutes, you can get one of payments for this progam knocked off. This is the dangerous part, as they always show the price for the monthly payment it costs, not the full blown price. I mean, who cannot afford and easy $39.99/mo (hey, most people spend more on gas). Sure, it's over a 5 month period, but that's conveniently forgotten by the free stuff that's added and hey, isn't happiness priceless?

Why do I bring this up today? Well, for the last 2 years I have been raving about the Ron Popeil Showtime Rotisserie Oven to my wife. I would even start talking like they do on TV to her. She has made fun of me often about this, however, this all changed on Christmas. Why? Because she actually bought me one! I could not believe it. I was so giddy that I almost wet my pants (I knew that Sylvia's Stain Remover would get the stain and smell out; after all, she was able to remove 21 different stains at the same time from a shirt during her infomercial, the secret's in the bat guano, which is world renown for it's cleaning power) . I was immensely looking forward to the first chicken that I was going to make. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. The chicken was just fantastic, just as good as on TV. My wife has even become a believer in it and loves it. We'll be using it for the 3rd time tonight for more chicken. It makes the house smell great (that was something they never plugged, what a bonus!). Moral of the story: Infomericals are not all that bad, in fact, people should buy more of the items they see on them.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! I will have to try some of that chicken. This post reminded me of a commercial I just saw last night: "If you have a checking account, for only $39 per week you can have your very own brand name computer!" Who is stupid enough to buy this? $35 per week turns into over $1800 after 52 weeks. I'm not saying your Ron Popeil Showtime Rotisserie Oven is the same type of scam, but they are porking you somehow.

Shane

Cheesehead Craig said...

I really feel badly that I was late at mom's and we ended up with frozen pizza for supper and you were so looking forward to a rotisserie treat. Chicken tomorrow I promise. I also got some Lysander's rub for it at Supervalu in the meat department, that should have it's own infomercial...

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