You know the drill. It's midnight, you can't sleep, & you are navigating through 200 channels of crap on T.V. Then it happens. You get sucked into the dreaded infomercial. Infomercials intrigue me. I am a sucker for the hard sell. I find these displays of selling irresistible. I can't look away.
Over the years. I admit to giving in & actually purchasing some of these items, systems & gadgets. I have gotten out of bed, half-naked & run downstairs to grab the credit card to order. (I mean, if I don't order within the next 10 minutes I won't get my bonus gift, right?) You don't really get buyers remorse until you realize that the Jupiter Jack is really a piece of crap. Damn you, Billy Mays! (may he rest in peace...)
Let's take a minute to reflect on some of my late-night, impulse purchases through the years.
There was the Smart Spin. The answer to all my Tupperware storage problems. I must have thought that this was really important because I bought two of them. Honestly, this is a great product. All the containers & lids are housed in a plastic lazy-susan that fits in my cabinet. Good purchase.
Then I felt the need to say "NO" to dull, dry hair & purchased the WEN haircare system. Maybe I'm a sucker for Melissa "half-pint" Gilbert. Her hair did look really shiny. They call it a "cleansing conditioner" for your hair. It is really a thick lotion that is supposed to wash, condition & give you movie-star type hair. Unfortunately, it gave me greasy, dull, looks-like-I don't -shower hair. I did get a free comb. Woo hoo? Sucked!
Next was the GT Xpress 101. It sounds like a type of jet engine, but it is really a "quick & easy way" to prepare meals. Suuuuuuuure! That super-perky redhead fixes pizza, omelettes, desserts & a freakin' pork roast in a device that is 6inx6in & has the heating power of the Easy Bake oven. I had trouble making a grilled cheese in this thing. Wow, I am a sucker! It is now collecting dust in the basement with my Espresso maker I HAD to have on my bridal registry.
I am the proud owner of P90x. Tony Horton is not only amazingly motivating, he is also a genetic FREAK! This was really a purchase for my husband. I do not have the drive to work out for 60 minutes a day with that kind of intensity. I want to cry just watching the commercial. (I get winded getting dressed for heaven's sake) Plyometrics, body-crushing yoga & the Ab-ripper? Come on, this was not my cup of tea.
Others on the list:
I have received the Bare Minerals starter kit. It is a makeup "revolution" after all. I do love this one!
Pro-active & Murad Complex for my supposed acne control problems, which in reality sucked every bit of oil & moisture out of my face. I looked like a climber that had just scaled Mount Everest. Pretty!
The aforementioned Jupiter Jack (crap,) Mighty Putty and Oxi Clean. Oxi Clean really does work & is worth buying. Billy Mays did have a gift, didn't he?
I was seriously one second away from buying that "Make Money Placing Ads" system from that pee-wee of a guy, Don Lapre, who lives in the mansion with some hookers in an undisclosed tropical location. He is a self-made gazillionaire from placing "tiny" classified ads. I may have been drunk watching this & it made perfect sense at the time. All I need a computer & $39.95. (plus shipping & handling of course)
I need to lay off the booze.
We all fall victim to these ads out there. "Are you alone, tired, lonely, poor?" "Do you have insomnia, multiple-personality disorder, gout?" "Are you fat, thin, ugly, sprouting a third arm?" We can justify our spending very easily.
I suggest changing the channel the next time you come across these manipulative ads. They prey on the tired & weak. Hide your Visa & go to sleep. Really, you will thank me in the morning.