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BUT WAIT!!!! Call now and we'll send you.......... Real-life experiences buying stuff from infomercials

Like just about everybody I've sat through my share of late-night infomercials. It seems a high proportion of them are flacking various things for the kitchen; mini-blenders, choppers, wipers, immersion blenders, pans, the infamous Ginsu knives, and on and on it goes.

I'm curious what experience folks have had buying stuff this way. Does it show up? Is it ever as good as the ad? Do you get on a thousand mailing lists? Do you find criminals in Russia are suddenly charging things to your credit card?

I haven't bought anything this way myself. My closest brush is a blender almost exactly the same as the "Magic Bullet." I got it at Wal-mart for about half the Magic Bullet TV price (before they send you the second one "free" except shipping and handling). It works OK if you baby it along; I use it as a spice grinder and for a few other things, but it certainly doesn't work like the TV ad model.

So what have been your experiences?

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  1. I wear my Snuggie constantly.

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    1. re: beevod

      I love those commercials. Watching the people struggle to do a simple task. Wasn't there a Friends episode where Joey got the part of the poor helpless man who couldn't open a carton of oj?

      I got a Snuggie to travel with. Perfect for airplanes and long car rides.

      I've been tempted by the Magic Bullet, but never bought one.

      I'm also curious about the vacuum sealers. I think I'll do some research and add one to my Xmas list this year.

      I saw the Robo Stirrer in action this past Xmas (gravy) and wasn't too impressed. But maybe it works better in a small pot w/a thinner liquid.

      1. re: viperlush

        > Robo Stirrer

        This is the only gadget that has tempted me. It is a great idea. If this one doesn't work, I'm sure someone will come up with a competing product that is more stable, and higher-end.

        1. re: viperlush

          "I got a Snuggie to travel with. Perfect for airplanes and long car rides."

          I've always wondered: what's the difference between a Snuggie and a fleece bathrobe, other than one opens in the front, and the other in the back ?

          1. re: dump123456789

            You just gotta go and ruin the fun, huh? :)

            I got a snuggie "knock-off" from Brookstone for Christmas. I don't know about the REAL snuggie, but this one has more material than a regular bathrobe, so it wraps around you better. It drapes more comfortably. I tried the whole backwards bathrobe thing, and there is a difference.

            1. re: Heatherb

              OK, how about I wear a fleece sweatshirt, and on top of that, a fleece bathrobe facing forward ?

              I just can't get over how the Snuggie makes you look like a monk.

        2. re: beevod

          I have a Snuggie at home and at work

        3. Got the Ginsu set as a wedding gift in 1988. Late wife and I thought it was a hoot at the time. Fastforward 24 years; I use the steak knives daily and still have the whole set in a drawer somewhere, just can't let them go. As far as purchasing "as seen on TV", I haven't. I don't remember anything else we got as wedding gifts, but those darned Ginsus still make me chuckle and they're good for a laugh w/ company.
          Hammy

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          1. re: hamboney

            Yeah, my MIL got us a set of Ginsu knives, too (that's not all we got...she's not that cheap!). We only use the steak knives, but the rest of them are in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. The steak knives have held up surprisingly well over the last quarter century, but perhaps that's because we don't cut tin cans with them that often.

            1. re: ricepad

              One of my son's friends left a 7" Ginsu at our house after they fished together years ago as teens...he didn't want it back...that thing cuts up a frying chicken like butter even after all these years...really handy for me, anyway! Haha...maybe I should have asked his MOM if she wanted it back, now that I think of it!!!

            2. re: hamboney

              I got a set of ginsu knives free with a $20 purchase at a dollar store once.

            3. Bought a Thunder Stick (cheapie immersion blender) when they showed it making peanut butter. Yeah, right; while mine blends veggies into nice soups, no way it ever worked for making peanut butter.

              One night, was hungry and saw the commercial for some turnover pan, using "only bread and fruit filling." Was tempted, then realized, shoot, that's jelly on toast and made that instead. Saved about $20 (plus s & h, of course!).

              1. It's amazing how many of those gadgets end up at the 99 cent store.

                1. My mom bought me a Grater Plater. I actually really like it! the only bad thing about it is that it's tricky to grate the garlic as it gets smaller.