TV Informecial Products That Actually Work

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DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2010/08/01 14:00:29
It's Sunday afternoon and local tv is still mostly informercials. It's hard to believe that so many people are going to be taken in by the hype and ultimately order something sight unseen that's quickly going to become a disappointment and get stuck with shipping and handling costs that rival the cost of the product if they send it back. I've never bought a product from a tv pitch, but I have bought some once they went retail where you have recourse of return and often a 20% coupon. Most have been busts and were quickly returned, but a few managed to meet or exceed expectations in some cases from companies with less then stellar reputati
 
What items have you purchased that actually worked better then you expected? Some may not have met the claims of the tv pitch, but none-the-less do a particular task very well that you'd be sorry to loose it or buy another just in case. 
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 14:23:02
The Ove Glove (after it went retail).
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 14:50:19
I bought one of these about 20+ years ago with a lot more "extras" and I'm still using it regularly. It's the only infomercial I've ever responded to.  pb
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 15:41:11
I've always Jonesed for a Popeil Pocket Fisherman but I don't fish much anymore.
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 16:27:42
The Shamwow really works well!
I bought a bug vacuum from Hammeker Schlemmer, that sucked so bad because it simply didn't suck at all! Thought it would solve my Ladybug problems this Spring.
post edited by chewingthefat - 2010/08/01 16:58:35
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 19:35:39
http://www.boerner-germany.de/hobel/v3.html
porkbeaks

I bought one of these about 20+ years ago with a lot more "extras" and I'm still using it regularly. It's the only infomercial I've ever responded to.  pb

I too love the Boërner V-Slicer. In fact I bought a back-up maybe 5 or more years ago for a back-up to a product I've used weekly at least for maybe 10 years and I've never had to unwrap it.
Onions sliced or diced, the Boërner is there when I need it.
 
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 19:46:57
    
  Sorry Davydd!,  I just called my folks, and my little Brother's Pocket Fisherman went the way of my B'Dazzler and Popeil Rock Tumbler.... That one turned driveway gravel into wet, somewhat shiny driveway gravel.
       Took about 2 days though, not worth the money.


                                                           
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 21:41:29
chewingthefat

The Shamwow really works well!

I second that!  One I've not personally used, but a friend swears by, is the Emery Cat.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 22:00:07


These work great, although they take up a lot of space and are uni-taskers.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/01 23:15:30
I've never purchased from the TV but...

I have and love:
Ove glove  --  bought at CVS  (I now have 2)
Boerner  --  purchased at county fair
Set it and forget it Rotisserie  --  paid $5 at a garage sale


purchased and doesn't work well:

that putty stuff that you knead and stick

I've heard mixed reviews of the shamwow
 


DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/02 01:16:29
 Only recent dud was the Vidalia Chop Wizard. Too small for average onions and needs more muscle then I have to use.
BBB could have it back. Similar turkeys have been the Power Chopper
Vacu-Vin marinator, and the large George Foreman Rotisserie. Thanks, but no thanks.

Then there are those things that may not work great as intended, but really excell at another. My dad took a shine to Frappaccinos that pushed the limits of my old Waring blender. Big Lots had these Ninja iced drink blender/crushers factory serviced for $28. I hadn't seen the infomercial beforehand. Truthfully, they make lousy Frappaccinos with an icy texture. For that matter they don't even do Daiquiris very well either. They do crush ice to a snow cone consistantly though rather well.  But as a food processor, holy cow, I've never owned one that worked this good! It comes with both a 3 cup container and a large pitcher that handles a half gallon. The gimmick is dual blades, otherwise no different then a food processor. The dual blades means not having to stop and scrape to get the stuff at the top chopped. Recent major brand FP's now have shallow center shafts meaning that even in a 12 cup bowl, any amount of liquid is going to leak out. With the pitcher, I can make a half gallon of runny Salsa or chop two celery hearts, much less with the smaller container with ease. It's also constructed much heavier then most TV products. I haven't used my 12C Kitchen Aid since. Even at TV price it would be worth it as just a fantastic food processor.

The magic bullets got a bad rap for much the same reason as they don't live up to the TV hype. For spice grinding and blending liquid in small amounts they're unbeatable and a must have in my kitchen. As a mini food processor or drink maker, they're a waste of money.
Mine was an after Christmas return markdown with a 20% coupon and still running strong for at least 6-7 years.

Then we have good 'ole Ron's Showtime Rotisseries that I feel almost ashamed to admit I own one.  If you believe the reviews, they are a cheap item that breaks in no time, particularly the feet that hold the door.  I did make an impulse buy of his Compact Rotisserie kit for $45 as a cutout clearance of NIB old stock. What a timesaver it been!  This thing is elegantly designed to accomodate quite a bit in a small foot print with very secure 2 tine spit. I even sprung for a set of the skewers off Ebay because they make a better arrangement to wrap a rack of ribs...yeah, whole rack in this tiny thing instead of his accessory rib basket and hooks that would limit you to Baby Back's. If this died today I have my money's worth. Four years now..closer to 5 and still working very well used at least once a week.  I've done several Pork Butts, and many turkey breasts as well. Unless you can find around a 8lb turkey, the infomercial is stretching it. Great product during the summer when you want to keep the kitchen heat down and it's a dream to clean up if you line the drip tray with foil. True to the reviews, it's not build very robustly, but with a little care such as detaching the door for cleaning, it should last quite a while.
TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/03 08:03:38
The Grill Daddy worked great for me. But if you want to save a few bucks, use a regular grill brush dipped in a cup of water on a pre-heated grill.

The "Euro Sealer" worked well for a couple of years until it wore out. It was nice to re-seal chip bags, etc.

PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/03 15:15:40
JRP, please tell us more about that bowl

Dawn, I have a Magic Bullet that I got for xmas. I ahve been scared to use it. Can you tell me more?

The Shamwows. I have used those for years. If you have pets or kids they are a must!
Joe
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/03 16:13:00
I have a coffee grinder that's reserved for spices. It's hard to clean out though. The bullet does the same job with the small cup using the flat blades. The upwards pointing one is best for blending. When I make up marinades, the bullet works great for those amounts rather then using the blender. When I do black beans, I like to thicken them with about a ladle full removed and blended in bullet before serving. To make reasonable amounts of sauces or home made salad dressings or thicken with either pectin or xantan gum, the larger cups are just right. Best part of doing these is you just add a little dish water into the cup afterwards and blend it to clean it out easily before washing. The one that I have seems much too fast for doing any food processing of any kind no matter how you pulse and shake, you end up with mush and large pieces.
baileysoriginal
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/03 22:48:35
I have always had trouble shelling boiled eggs - no matter what the technique - I've tried it all - using less fresher eggs - and all the cooking methods associated with it - anyway I don't know if it was an infomercial or not - but when I saw the little contraption that the swore would actually peel my egg in one fell swoop -

     I fell for it.

And it didn't work.  And after a few friends and coworkers tried it maybe two out of every dozen eggs actually got extracted from its shell.

This is the only product I can think of that I felt compelled to order--my Mom on the other hand tries a lot of them out - the latest being the upside down tomato plant which so far has produced two small tomatoes that turned bad before harvesting.

If it sounds too good ........

jeepguy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 03:14:20
Davydd

I've always Jonesed for a Popeil Pocket Fisherman but I don't fish much anymore.

 
  Here's a video i made a couple years ago. lol 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_c7jJgV7Vg
TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 07:31:18
baileysoriginal

.....my Mom on the other hand tries a lot of them out - the latest being the upside down tomato plant which so far has produced two small tomatoes that turned bad before harvesting.

If it sounds too good ........

I saw those planters on TV and thought to myself that the plant probably wouldn't appreciate being hung upside down. Do the stems turn upwards toward the sun?
 
A friend of mine tried a "pasta perfect" gizmo and all it ever did was make undercooked pasta. I think you just poured boiling water in it and let it sit. Another brilliant idea. Luckily, most of us have low expectations of these gadgets.
 
My parents have a Showtime rotisserie, they use it al the time. It makes awesome roast chicken. If it wasn't so darn big, I'd buy one myself.
 
 
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 08:17:51
The Compact rotisserie that we have is only about a cubic foot and takes up very little space. There's even a smaller one that I seen being sold around Christmas in Walgreen's Drugs that still can accomodate a 7-8lb chicken last year. I never do a chiclen larger then 5lbs and it still can feed 4. 
Scorereader
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 12:53:41
The OvGlove rocks

The Boerner V Slicer is the best

My Ronco Rotiesserie, which I bought used from craigslist has works perfect. Although I don't use it as much as I used too.

My Magic Bullet (which was bought as a christmas gift from Linens-N-Things) is awesome for frozen drinks and many dips. Lately, I've been making fruit smoothies, and it's a gem. I also have the blender attachment which is good too, but I prefer making individual drinks as done on TV. The only bad thing about Magic Bullet is the juicer attachment, which is crap. I've had nothing but great results with the rest of it - especially in the drink department.

My (small) George Foreman grill has become my panini maker. I like it because I don't need any butter to make a crispy panini. You have to turn the sandwich, because of the hinge issue, but considering I paid $19.99 some ten/twelve years ago or more, it was a good investment. I rarely use it for grilling meats, as I have a stove-top grill now.

 The magic putty is crap. Doesn't work - at all. I bought that at a home store that have a as-seen-on-tv section. what a mistake.

stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 15:16:13
KaBoom cleaner works great, but like Dawn said, you have to not follow the directions.

I doused my shower stall in it, waited half an hour, then doused my shower again. Everything slid to the bottom of the shower floor, all I had to do is spray it out real good by letting the shower run for a few minutes, then wipe it down with a wet sponge. Like magic!!! It cleaned the dingy sides of the stall (this thing was old when I moved in 11 years ago), and the floor very nicely. I'd never seen it that clean. Now I do that once a year or so.
post edited by stricken_detective - 2010/08/22 12:08:13
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 22:22:30
I decided to become a Salesman after a Family vacation to Atlantic City. I was maybe 9-10. I watched a pitchman on the Boardwalk hawking the Veg-O-Matic to the suckers lined up to buy one. I was mesmerized! It was that Epiphany that lead to my life as a Salesman!
 
Here's the actual speel from the all time #1 Seen On TV item by the all time #1 TV Pitch Man:

"This is the original, the one-and-only Veg-O-Matic, the world-famous kitchen appliance.! This is the only invention in the world that slices whole, firm tomatoes in one stroke, with every seed in place..! Isn't that amazing? ( IMHO the greatest sales tag line ever conceived)!  Chop an onion without crying. Slice vegetables with one stroke.

The Ronco Veg-O-Matic is the one kitchen appliance you'll wonder how you ever did without! It slices, it dices, and so much more! Three cutting blades will allow you to cut potatoes in one stroke! Tomato slices perfectly every time, and in just one stroke! French Fries! Cottage Fries and more! Chop and onion without crying, and bring new life to salads, main courses and vegetable sides in no time."

The above words were those of Ron Popeil, one of the great pitchmen of our time!! The Veg-O-Matic was sold on TV by Ron Popeil and he made it famous. In fact, a Veg-O-Matic even rests in the Smithsonian - along with a video of Popeil and his sales pitch.
 
If you have one, it's worth some serious coin!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/04 22:53:47
I also bought the original Bamix immersion blender.  

I also bought it after watching the demonstration at the fair.

I love the fair for all of the gadgets!
 
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/05 08:41:18
I inherited my Mom's Veg-O-Matic. I wish I still had it.
gostillerz
Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/18 18:20:13
I got that Black & Decker Infrawave toaster oven from Big Lots last month for $40. So far, it's much better than any other one I've had (but it's a bit small).
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 14:30:59
I find that far too many "As Seen On TV" gadgets are good ideas made so cheaply as to be useless.

Never buy directly from the TV advertiser; they will work very hard to convince you or trick to buy the extras, and slap you with huge "shipping and handling" charges. They often ask for your credit card number BEFORE you order.

Before I even consider buying an item, I check out several of the many "Does It Work?" consumer segments on local TV around the country. The easiest way to find them is based on the fact that most of them are on a specific day of the week, so if you look up "does it work monday" or "Does it work thursday" or something like that, you will find them.

Here are a few I have bookmarked:
http://www.kcbd.com/Global/category.asp?C=17500
http://www.wvec.com/news/consumer
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/category.asp?C=12373
http://www.wkowtv.com/Global/category.asp?C=164518
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 14:52:48
I always wanted to get a Flowbee, but my wife kept pointing out that you need longer hair than I have to make it worthwhile. I keep mine short enough not to need a comb or brush.
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 18:08:48
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the George Foreman Grill.  We started out with the small one that was first introduced and kept upgrading until the one we have now, large enough for six good sized burgers, with a good range of cooking temps and removable plates that can be put in the dishwasher.  
mar52
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 19:15:03
Funny (I think) about the GF Grill was that I bought mine a year or two before they ever made it on TV.  

Michael, I had a Flowbee.  

It was great as long as I wanted my hair to look like an artichoke. Being in the vacuum business then (since I was born) I thought it a natural addition to our lineup.  

I sold it years later for more than I paid for it... used... and they knew it was used.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 19:25:27
You had a Flowbee? I hate you.
 
http://www.flowbee.com/order_page.htm
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2010/08/21 19:26:42
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 21:31:27
jman

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the George Foreman Grill.  We started out with the small one that was first introduced and kept upgrading until the one we have now, large enough for six good sized burgers, with a good range of cooking temps and removable plates that can be put in the dishwasher.  

I used my George Foreman grill exactly twice before putting it in the garage sale pile.  I believe I finally got rid of it for something like $2.00, and good riddance.
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/21 22:18:16
Hello all ,

Funny I picked up the George Foreman grill  for like $3 or 4 bucks at a garge sale and the guy threw in the  Dick Butkus newspaper grill , remember that one where you put newspaper in this metal container and grilled dogs and burgers , that thing su**ed , what a joke but the George Foreman grill was cool for the price .

Also bought Ambervision sunglasses yrs ago , but at a lfea market for like $5 bucks , they wanted I think 19 or 29 for them on tV

Alsmost bought the Wok thing at Three in the morn one night but my senses prevailed

Benzee
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 02:18:47
I'm suddenly reminded of one of my favourite Steve Goodman songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnqtGjHJjs8

TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 09:28:14
Isn't there a new "suck cut" device like the flowbee called the "robo cut" or something? I haven't seen a robocut infomercial lately, and didn't know they still made flowbees. A buddy of mine swears by the flowbee for trimming his dog.

6star
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 12:32:48
TrentonDog

Isn't there a new "suck cut" device like the flowbee called the "robo cut" or something? I haven't seen a robocut infomercial lately, and didn't know they still made flowbees. A buddy of mine swears by the flowbee for trimming his dog.


Here you go:
http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/robocut_haircut_ontv.html
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 16:52:26
There's a good one. Trimming a pet's hair with a vacuum cleaner attached device. That made me think of the As Seen On TV Christmas sensation a few years ago for the pet nail trimmer that used a motorized wheel being touted as the ideal Christmas present for pet owners. I'd love to have seen the emergency room logs that winter for bites. Short of pint of thorazine, there's no way you could have got near my parent's chows or our cats with something like that and not have sustained some sort of injury.
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 19:02:58
DawnT

There's a good one. Trimming a pet's hair with a vacuum cleaner attached device. That made me think of the As Seen On TV Christmas sensation a few years ago for the pet nail trimmer that used a motorized wheel being touted as the ideal Christmas present for pet owners. I'd love to have seen the emergency room logs that winter for bites. Short of pint of thorazine, there's no way you could have got near my parent's chows or our cats with something like that and not have sustained some sort of injury.


My wife suggested that we buy one of those.  I told her she better plan on using it for her toenails because I knew what would happen if we tried it on the dog.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/22 23:57:13
My former boss had a wall-vac system (you know, where each room has a hose attachment, but the actual vacuum is in the garage or something).  THAT had a pet trimmer/brush attachment which I thought was brilliant!  But no...my cats would have clawed me to the bone had I tried something with the vacuum cleaner itself!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/23 06:15:12
I Think this one's fairly new. The Ninja Professional Food Blender. Has anyone bought one? Please Report! http://ninjablender.org/
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/23 11:27:04
Foodbme

I Think this one's fairly new. The Ninja Professional Food Blender. Has anyone bought one? Please Report! http://ninjablender.org/


I think you might get a pretty good idea of its reliability by reading the comments at the bottom of the website listed.  Nearly half of them are requests or comments about repair or replacement of parts that wore out.  With a relatively new item, this should not be happening already.  It sounds to me like it is not made to hold up well, so I would never buy one.
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/23 13:16:27
If you read the postings carefully, you'll see there is a pattern to the blade complaints. The blade shaft has a 6 point spline that sticks out of the chopper or the blender containers that fits into the power head. With an arrangement like that, there might be times that after the chopper bowl cover is on, they don't line up exactly. All it takes is a tiny turn with your fingers to get it to line up. Some folks like my beloved seem to think that's too much work and try to force the power head coupling down onto the splined shaft. Further complicating this is the power head only goes down one way with a huge index notch. No brainer, but for some reason not everybody pays attention to instructions or common sense. Hitting the pulse button without aligning the head will certainly shear off the splines on the end of the shaft. That's no fault of the unit, it's stupidity on part of the user. It's probably the reason that there are so many of these on the factory refurbished market. Otherwise it's build much heavier then most any seen on tv product. To those of you that never bothered to read my earlier posting #10 about this unit, it also sucks major time as drink maker, but excels elegantly as a food processor like no unit that I've ever owned including my 12 c Kitchen Aid. Clean-up of  of both units can bit a pain as some of the posters mentioned as bits get caught under the crevice in the lids. So what? Want to compare cleaning the Kitchen Aid bowl,cover,and chute to a few seconds with a kitchen sink brush on the lid? My KA is such a pain to use and clean it's sitting on top of my refrigerator with a cover. This thing rocks for the $28 I paid for it.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/31 09:28:06
 
 
I know that poster Howard Baratz is a huge fan of this particular "as seen on TV" product.
post edited by i95 - 2010/08/31 14:16:53
TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/31 10:55:48
jman

DawnT

There's a good one. Trimming a pet's hair with a vacuum cleaner attached device. That made me think of the As Seen On TV Christmas sensation a few years ago for the pet nail trimmer that used a motorized wheel being touted as the ideal Christmas present for pet owners. I'd love to have seen the emergency room logs that winter for bites. Short of pint of thorazine, there's no way you could have got near my parent's chows or our cats with something like that and not have sustained some sort of injury.


My wife suggested that we buy one of those.  I told her she better plan on using it for her toenails because I knew what would happen if we tried it on the dog.


I was using a cordless dremel tool with a sanding drum to trim my dogs nails long before those pet nail trimmers came out. The dog didn't mind at all, I think she actually preferred it to the clippers. She also liked to be vacuumed. When she shed her winter coat, we would have to vacuum her once or twice a day. (she was a Shetland Sheepdog, lots of fur!) Whenever we pulled out the vaccum, she would roll over because she wanted us to vacuum her belly. My brother has cats that like their fur being vacuumed, but I don't know if cats would ever get used to the rotary nail sander..........
 
 
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2010/08/31 12:17:09
I have an "EZ Reach" microfiber cleaning wand in the glove box of my car. Using plain water (a must I found out), it leaves my interior windshield spotless. My co-worker talked me into it and said it works great on her bathroom mirrors.
lostsheep
Junior Burger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 03:13:29
When our toaster died, I bought the wife a Black & Decker Infrawave Oven to replace it. It is a wonderful appliance!
 We make toast, open-face cheese sammiches, & baked chicken breast is yummy from it. As are pork chops. It does a good job on left over muffins and biscuits wrapped in foil. Grilled veggies are good in it too. The wife wouldn't be without it. I'm thinking of putting one in the semi for me!
I also just bought a Foreman grill for the truck. I've used it to grill hotdogs, and make grilled cheese sammiches to go with my tomato soup. I'm still experimenting with it, but so far (from a trucker's use) it's already paid for itself by keeping me away from the truckstop fare.
 
BTW... I'm hoping to get a divorce from trucking (after over 25 years) and start a food  trailer. I'm envisioning  selling the local favorite Taylor's hot dogs and sausages, organic grass-fed bison dogs and sausages plus a few other things later. I'm thinking of converting an old tent trailer into a vending trailer, keeping the pop-up intact to provide shade. The city here doesn't allow street vending ( at least not for longer than an hour in any location or 3 days a month), so I'm going to try the event circuit. I hope to be ready by April!!
post edited by lostsheep - 2011/01/04 03:14:36
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 04:56:08
Oreck Air Purifier.  Quite happy with it, stopped my allergy coughing within 24 hours.  But to be honest, I hate infomercials.  It's infuriating to pay that kind of money for cable, only to have nothing but informercials offered in the wee hours of the morning.  
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 08:07:04
My business partner bought two of the Orecks not long after we opened, primarly b/c of his smoking. Truthfully, the price and shipping was a rip at first glance when compared to the other HEPA filters with ionizers. You don't see the benefits of these until the long term as there is no high priced filters to buy (at least with these units bought around '2000). The filter cartridge takes a little work to disassemble and spray a few times with an orange cleaner or air condition coil cleaner and rod out with a couple of pipe cleaners and rinse out the pre and post filters. They let you know when it's time to clean them, trust me on that one. You don't have to watch the lights. These worked far better then a commercial fume extractor in our lab. They can be noisy full bore, but in quiet mode they are ok. In general, this company I'd avoid especially on my dime, but these units were a surprise and very long lived too. When these were bought, they only had one color and whoever designed them must have been part of the design team of Radio Shack's original TRS-80 computer series. The styling was so close, you could have mistaken them for a TRS-80 computer peripheral accessory.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 09:33:54
I bought some tap lights( alot of them!) believing the commercial that they would light up my world...they required a gazillion d batteries, and I discovered lighting a match provided more light.My husband has given me grief about it ever since. I received an ove glove for Christmas and just love it!
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 11:20:29
I want one of those little red Redi-Set-Cook things:
 
http://www.redisetgo.com/drtv/ecs/features.html
 
I like that the appliance matches the hostess' hair.
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 11:32:55
I won't be posting any more, I just signed up for a "No money down" work from home course. My wife is going to retire, I'm selling the Restaurant, going to work maybe 10-15 hours a week, and make at least $85, ooo a month, then do testimonial Infomercials! I can't understand why everyone doesn't do this, we'd have zero unemployment and a killer Real Estate market!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 11:44:37
chewingthefat

I won't be posting any more, I just signed up for a "No money down" work from home course. My wife is going to retire, I'm selling the Restaurant, going to work maybe 10-15 hours a week, and make at least $85, ooo a month, then do testimonial Infomercials! I can't understand why everyone doesn't do this, we'd have zero unemployment and a killer Real Estate market!

 
I hope you are typing this while sitting next to your yacht.
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/04 12:43:05
joerogo

chewingthefat

I won't be posting any more, I just signed up for a "No money down" work from home course. My wife is going to retire, I'm selling the Restaurant, going to work maybe 10-15 hours a week, and make at least $85, ooo a month, then do testimonial Infomercials! I can't understand why everyone doesn't do this, we'd have zero unemployment and a killer Real Estate market!


I hope you are typing this while sitting next to your yacht.

Your not going to believe this Joe but I just got the course yesterday and just now I got my first check for $24,000, this is sooooooooooo easy. Yacht and Gulfstresm 550, on the way!!

the ancient mariner
Filet Mignon
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/05 09:09:30
You can park your yacht at my dock.  It's in Tampa Bay right next to the St Peteersburg Pier.  It may look like a Marina with all the lights and stuff, but it is mine alone and I bought it with my first months income.  Your right CTF it is a great way to live. 
 
Joe quit the dumb window business everyone can see through that. 
Get with it, Man. 
 
Sorry guys I gotta run they are delivering my new seaplane.
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/05 15:13:12
I had the earlier version of that. Worked fairly well. I admit I have watched that commercial and have been strongly tempted.
 
stricken_detective

I want one of those little red Redi-Set-Cook things:

http://www.redisetgo.com/drtv/ecs/features.html

I like that the appliance matches the hostess' hair.


DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/05 15:22:49
I thought we just had a rather lengthy recent conversation about what's just happened above six postings?
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/05 16:02:46
I love Bare Minerals. Great stuff!!
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/07 01:08:42
DawnT

I thought we just had a rather lengthy recent conversation about what's just happened above six postings?
???? I can't count, can you be more specific?

ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2011/01/07 16:19:56
I had an infrawave oven. I wondered why Black and Decker never took that mainstream. It worked quite well.
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2012/02/13 21:19:31
 
I thought I'd bump this thread back up. I was in BBB and seen one of the newer Ninja sets marked at $39.99. These newer ones differ with a more powerful motor, a mid-sized 4 cup bowl with blade set and a slightly re-designed pitcher blade that has a stack of 3 sets instead of the older two. Otherwise it's identical and interchangeable the old one that I've had a few years. Somebody did their homework. While the old 2 cup bowl is wonderful for most tasks, there's some that need a bit larger and the old pitcher doesn't work well as a food processor, nor was it intended to as an ice drink maker. The newer 4 cup bowl is a dream come true if you do anything that contains liquid or becomes liquid. All recent food processors that have multiple bowl inserts have a very wide shaft to accommodate several blade sets and extensions and now can only handle less then a cup of liquid because of the design. The large bowl entry shaft opening in most is only a few inches above the base. If you make salsa for example, you'll have a lot of it running out around the motor shaft after a few pulses. The Ninjas are perfect for doing such food processing and the larger, 4 cup bowl/blade set make this task once again possible now that the major brand FP's no longer can. The pitcher I mentioned in the original post failed as a blender and as an iced drink maker, made a very acceptable snow-like product similar to snow cone ice. Something most blenders don't do well, but still unsuitable for frappacinos, mixed drinks, or anything that needs a granita consistency to the ice. The old version didn't work well as an FP either as the cut product would rise to the top. I haven't had a chance to try it, but it looks like they got a grip on the last one with a 3 stack blade instead of 2 and 2X more powerful motor. I've been very happy with the old one, but for $39.00 plus their 20% off coupon and $5 off coupon this was a bargain that had my name on it. Still no signs of breakage or problems with the old one and trust me, it's seen many a drop and bounce from about 4 feet with never a break. Reviews on Amazon and other places seem to concur that this processor isn't your typical as-seen-on-tv infomercial product and really does work. They've apparently listened to the complaints and shortcomings too. I don't know anything about their fancy base blender they're peddling for big bucks, but one of my ex employer's wife is ecstatic with hers.
 
About that Showtime rotisserie, it's still going strong at least once a week. Only casualty is the left plastic handle projection on the glass door broke after the entire door was dropped off the counter. The glass didn't break, but it fell on end hitting the projection end first. Doesn't affect performance or function at all.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2012/02/13 21:30:39
I done remember singin a song to you about the Ninja 1100...back in the day!!!
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:TV Informecial Products That Actually Work 2012/02/13 22:07:56
Thought you said you or your mom were considering it over Vitamix. I didn't know that you had bought one. I don't think that I'm in the market for a blender as I have an old style commercial waring that doubles as a liquid cannon for anything over half full even with the lid on once powered up. I really would miss cleaning the counter and cabinet if I bought something else. I have been tempted to make a donation of it after seeing some of the chinese knock-offs of the newer, commercial powerful pulse-width type motor types. How about telling us some more about the Ninja.
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