"But wait, there’s more!"
2004 is the 20th anniversary for the infomercial. The first acknowledged informercial was for Herbalife, a weight loss supplement in the fall of 1984. From real estate investments to fitness equipment, and kitchen gadgets, infomercials played to the tune of $154 billion in sales last year.
But celebrities beware - Cher’s star status was chewed apart after appearing in an infomecial for hair care products, and Dionne Warwick’s Psychic Friends Network sent her image from classy to kooky. Who could forget Susan Powter: Stop the insanity!
1. Do you watch infomercials? Be honest now! LOL
When I worked for a newspaper and had to be up at an unearthly hour to cover the British Open and there was NOTHING else on the tube to keep me from falling asleep and I needed the noise, then yes, I did have it on as noise to keep me awake. But watch it--no, not at all.
2. What's your favorite infomercial or infomercial product?
Was Mr. Microphone sold on infomercials? That commerical is hilarious.
3. Have you ever bought anything from an infomercial? If so, what was it?
Well, at the big flea market that takes place the fourth weekend of each month in Middle Tennessee, they will often have some of the stuff you've seen advertised on TV and in those infomericals at ridiculously discounted prices. I have purchased--at the flea market--that amazing fake chamois thing that dries your car. It really does work. Not that you can tell with my car since I haven't washed it in weeks!
~Bonus~ What's the stupidest (most annoying, most worthless) infomercial you've ever seen?
Well, I'd have to say the ones for Girls Gone Wild take the cake. "Oh look, it's naked girls on TV! But wait, we can't show you that! So order up our video that features lots of drunk women taking their shirt off! Yeah, seriously...you'll love it
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/22/2004 02:02:00 PM