I'm most curious about Flex Seal. Has anyone tried it? It sounds too good to be true.
The CVS on my corner has a section devoted to this stuff. Anyone tried the ceramic knife?
I saw a commercial recently for a foot scrubber that suctions onto the floor of a shower or the front wall of the bathtub.
It's marketed towards the elderly and for people who can't or do not wish to bothered with having to reach down to give their tootsies a thorough scrubbing. The spiny bristles that protrude from the top of the sole look like they'd feel invigorating or even ticklish.
It's dorky looking too. It looks like a big pink man-sized old lady house slipper stuck to the bathtub or shower.
Suction cups never work for me, otherwise I'd be willing to give R2's contraction a try.
That chopper thing is shit. I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond for twenty bucks. Worthless. Thankfully they took it back and gave me a refund.
I've bought a couple of things hat were advertised on TV, but I bought them in a store. They never last very long and worked only marginly. Never again.
The magic bullet is actually pretty good. I never use all the damn cups that came with it though. It's great for smoothies, or if I want to make one or two margeritas. Also Alfredo sauce and pesto.
Ped Egg works wonders for me.
Heel Tastic also works good.
R7, cool story about the woman who started the heel cream stuff. I'd google it but I'm on my phone now..
The ceramic knife is the real deal. It stays sharper way longer than a stainless steel knife. And the pealer that comes with the knife works well ... I used it today to peal a butternut squash and it worked like a charm.
As near as I can gather the only way Flex Seal would work would be if the propellant was industrial strength. I am basing that on the claims made in the commercial.
Bells peal, r9. Vegetables are peeled.
The Wonderfile is a gift from baby Jesus!
The Ronco glass froster was, quite possibly, the most fetid pile ever to worm its way out of Ron Popeil's ass.
My teen nephew was thrilled to get me "The Perfect Meatloaf Pan", as he knows I love to make meatloaf, and really only like practical gifts.
Don't even think about buying a Shark Steam Mop. They're such a piece of crap that the cashier shook her head "No" at me before she scanned it and asked me if I was sure I wanted to buy it. I bought it, brought it home and tried it out, and took it back to the store the same day.
My rule of thumb: never (again) buy anything advertised from 12 midnight to 6:00 am.
Bit once - that was foolish enough.
Previous owner of an abs shock-belt
Second for r15. I bought a Shark steam cleaner. I can spit out steam faster and with more force. I gave it to my roommate's sister as a housewarming gift.
The problem with most of those products is those who shill them make their money on the shipping charges.
Some of the ideas are good, and if they invested just a little more in the design and materials, they'd have a good product they could market in stores.
Eggies don't work.
Eggies got terrible user reviews. Cleaning them up is a nightmare.
I would never buy any product with the Shark brand name. Some of them work for a short time, but they break quickly. They are shoddy products that are made to fall apart.
[quote]Things advertised on TV that work or don't.
That would be *all* products.
Magic Jack is the real deal ...very cheap way to get unlimited phone calls, and now you can keep your phone number, and no need to have a computer running anymore.
I had one that shot an egg out of its shell. It worked, but it certainly wasn't worth it and it broke within a week.
Those wall hooks to hang paintings will not hang anything over about two ounces.
Magic hooks that Billy Mays used to sell were too unstable to hold anything.
The Swivel Sweeper gets a lot of nasty comments on here but it worked great for me.
The only problem with the ceramic knife (which does stay really sharp) is that the design is such that to chop all the way through food is to do it at the edge of the board. The guard gets in the way otherwise.
I love how those ads present the most mundane chores as a problem that has never been solved until the introduction of this gadget.
"Peeling hard-boiled eggs ... what a CHORE!"
"Try slicing a cucumber THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY!"
"It even STRAINS PASTA!"
I always get Magic Jack and Shake Weight confused, R23.
The one that builds your guns while preparing you for awesome handjobs is the one I like.
Have you seen the Lexus December to Remember ads on teevee? Those things are awesome.
Magic Jack is for old people.
The things that do work (as rare as that is) are just rip-offs of an existing product which will cost you less (or be higher quality for the same money) because they don't waste money on TV ads.
Want a ceramic knife? Get one from a reputable, long-standing culinary brand that doesn't need a fly-by-night business model and late-night infomercials. As seen on TV products don't need to be good because they're all owned through LLC's by wannabe con artists looking to take the money and run. They'll be long gone by the time you ask for a refund. They'll sell your credit card info without hesitation or bill you for subscriptions you didn't accept. If the handle on that ceramic knife breaks and you seriously injure yourself, good luck ever getting help with those bills; the company is an LLC and the owner has likely already declared bankruptcy anyway. At least with an established brand, you have a recourse if things go wrong.
R11, "peal" bothers you, but you don't mind R3's willingness to try R2's contractions? Of course, I might not mind trying his contractions too, but his contraption scared me off.
You whiny bitches don't know dick.
I second the Wonder file> It organizes your entire desk then folds the whole thing into the size of a postage stamp!
"As Seen on TV" kiosks are at malls.
R32 My typo was overloooked because I am the nice LA person.
The Handy Dandy kitchen helper and Handy Dandy vacuum cleaner.
Well, I got a set of the plastic inserts that jack up your sagging sofa, and they work fine!
CLR bathroom cleaner really works well for cleaning showers. It seems to dissolve clogs too, and it's not toxic, it's active ingredient is lactic acid.
The Micro Touch Trimmer is garbage. I ended up getting a Conair Trimmer that works much better (for nose & ears - not pubes!)
lol @ r26. so very true.
[quote] The magic bullet is actually pretty good.
For about a year, and then they break. I've owned two, and I used each one for protein shakes almost every day. Neither one lasted more than a year.
No no looks like a burn-torture device
In a mall close to where I live, there is a store called "As Seen On T.V.", that sells all of the surplus TV products. Every box has the "Made in China" label ( or warning). At one time you could open the boxes and see the goods were made from tincans and re-cycled too many times plastic. Buyer beware!
R26, what amuses me most is how the actor demonstrating the old way of doing things before the miracle gadget was introduced always seems to be in the middle of an epileptic seizure.
[quote]what amuses me most is how the actor demonstrating the old way of doing things before the miracle gadget was introduced always seems to be in the middle of an epileptic seizure.
"Peeling hard-boiled eggs...WHAT A CHORE!"
Cut to actress bent over a chopping board with eggshells everywhere, her face sweaty and hair drooping. With the egg in her hand, she rolls her eyes, sticks out her lower lip, and blows away a stray lock of hair that's fallen in her face: pffft!
[quote]Cut to actress bent over a chopping board with eggshells everywhere, her face sweaty and hair drooping. With the egg in her hand, she rolls her eyes, sticks out her lower lip, and blows away a stray lock of hair that's fallen in her face: pffft!
HA! So true! But you forgot her exaggerated way of shaking her head "No!".
The only thing that ever worked for me was the magnetic insoles that were advertised about 15 years ago. Love them! I bought about 15 pairs that I still have to this day.
The rest of the stuff advertised on TV is shit.
The Turbo Cooker will indeed cook pasta without having water at a boil.
Ceramic knife is shit. It chipped and eventually broke.
I worked for the company that marketed the GT Xpress 101, and its later incarnation, the Xpress Redi-Set-Go. Cheap Chinese shit with God-knows-what fake Teflon that flakes off into the food.
But that's not the worst. Not only will you get hit with outrageous shipping costs but you'll get signed up for continuing shipments (and charges)--accessories, recipe pamphlets, etc.
The people who bought this crap were poor and usually ended up with overdraft fees due to the unexpected charges. Returns were difficult and the shipping and handling fees were not refunded.
The stories I could tell about that company...they also sold exercise videos and equipment: The Firm and Billy Blanks, all with the same unethical business practices.