Mar 1, 2010

Infomercial /facepalm

I've always been very critical of infomercials due to the fact that I hate commericals, they use a play on words that is ridiculous, and the free give-away is always bogus.

I cringe every time I hear an infomercial promise guaranteed results "in a few short hours." Oh really? In a few short hours, eh? So what you're telling me, if I'm hearing this correctly, is that your product will take the standard 60 minute hour, and speed it up to, oh I don't know...45 minutes? Is that a short hour?

A new trend I am seeing in infomercials is the economy effect. The spokesperson will acknowledge "we know the times are hard," but then turn around and say, "but for only $99.99, blah blah blah." Yes, you are correct, the economy is in the gutter. Why would I want to send $100 your way, if we just said that I probably don't have a pot to piss in as it is?

A second trend is the "buy one get one free." This has been going on for a long time, but I just started noticing the fact that the freebies are given away as long as you "pay extra shipping and handling." What this means is that you get to pay the shipping cost + x amount of dollars included in the shipping cost, to cover the price of the cheap product. Hey buddy, I'll give you this crisp one dollar bill for free, just send me $10.99 for to cover the cost of shipping and handling. Get the point? Okay good.

The latest infomercial that has been grinding my gears is from FlirtyGirlFitness. They are selling a workout video that is pretty much a video on "How to be a stripper."

Here's the description from their website:
Imagine having a sexy, slender, fabulous body without ever having to do another boring, tedious workout again! Treadmills, bench presses and stair climbers have been replaced with dance poles, kitchen chairs, and pink feather boas. Flirty Girl Fitness™ is the hot, new body makeover system that takes the world’s sexiest dance moves, from music videos, club dancing, even exotic dancing and turns them into fast, fun, fat-burning routines that anyone can do. We guarantee results you’ll see in just the first 10 days!
They also include a special offer in the infomercial. If you buy now, they will toss in a free stripper pole (seriously) to assist in your workouts. I'm sure that will be a big hit for all those unexpected visitors. The DVDs include amazing classics such as Booty Beat, Just Teasing, Chair Fit, Chair Dancing, Beginner Pole Dancing, Intermediate Pole, and Pole Fit.