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    Thread: ...BUT WAIT ...THERE'S MORE! (The Official Infomercial Appreciation Thread)

    1. Member JimmyD's Avatar
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      11-03-2008 03:10 PM #1
      I remember when I was a kid in the '80s, there were plenty of informercial images and slogans burned into my cranium that will stick with me til the end.

      Classics like:
      - Mr. Microphone (Hey baby, want a ride?!")
      - Life Alert ("I've fallen, and I can't get up!")
      - the Craft-Matic Adjustable Bed
      - ANY product from the great company RonCo (the Pocket Fisherman, the Salad Shooter, etc.)

      I remember great infomercials selling music too, like:
      - K-Tel Records comercials ("No my brother, you got to get your own!")
      - Freedom Rock ("Hey dude, is that Freedom Rock!?")

      It seems like there's been a resurgence of cheesy infomercials over the past few years. New pitchmen like Billy Mays, Tony Little and Vince the ShamWow guy are now cult commercial kings.

      What infomercials do you folks get a kick out of?

      What classic infomercials do you remember?

      Have you ever purchased any of these "As Seen On TV" infomercial wares?

      This could be a fun thread... DISCUSS....




      Modified by JimmyD at 1:15 PM 11-3-2008


    2. 11-03-2008 03:24 PM #2
      the ginsu knife can cut through a pop can and still cut a tomato with ease!


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      11-03-2008 03:28 PM #3
      I'll tune into a Girls Gone Wild infomercial,
      but only for a few minutes.


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      11-03-2008 03:31 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by Napoleon Dynamite »
      the ginsu knife can cut through a pop can and still cut a tomato with ease!

      "It slices, it dices!"

      I know a racer who's nickname was Ginsu. He didn't know it.

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      11-03-2008 03:39 PM #6
      Nice thread!!
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      11-03-2008 03:41 PM #7
      Help me out here... my co-worker and I were just trying to remember the name of this as-seen-on-TV product.

      It was this cheesy commercial for a weird product that allowed you to stick these electric diodes to your belly, and it would shock your ab muscles while you just sat there.

      Basically it was a machine to do sit-ups for you if you were too lazy to do them on your own!


    7. 11-03-2008 03:48 PM #8
      set it an forget it! (ron popeil looks like a ghoul in this pic)

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      11-03-2008 04:04 PM #9
      Don't forget the Clapper! "Clap on... clap off." I hate you so much, The Clapper.

      I also like the Oxy-Clean ones where Billy Mays basically takes a dump on some family's rug and then Oxy-Cleans it.

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      11-03-2008 04:54 PM #10
      i hate that Shamwow guy hes friggen retarded
      stay in drugs, eat school, and don't do vegetables
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      11-03-2008 05:08 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by mavric_ac »
      i hate that Shamwow guy hes friggen retarded

      "The Germans always make good stuff"


    11. 11-03-2008 05:59 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by The Joker »
      How about The Cornballer?




    12. 11-03-2008 06:28 PM #13
      Sex Talk for "enhancement pills" not quite sure if that's right I like the wildest bars in america Time life presents A.M. Gold all disco songs from 60's 70's all on 13 discs at $19.95 a month.Tae Bow a workout for me and for women who need some self defense

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      11-03-2008 07:01 PM #14
      The king of all infomercials was the Body By Jake Ab Rocker.

      It was 30 minutes of graphic camel toe. The first time Ive seen the camel toe = sales equation used in advertising,

      1 3 4 5 7 8 8 9 10 15 16 23 32 37 42 44 49

      "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve"

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      11-03-2008 08:47 PM #16
      Love the "Magic Bullet" infomercial. Those people can not act for the life of them. It's horrific yet oddly satisfying.

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      11-03-2008 10:03 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by JimmyD »

      Freedom Rock ("Hey dude, is that Freedom Rock!?")

      I'll occasionally yell that out to my son when he's playing Guitar Hero.

      First informercial off the top of my head was Blu Blockers and this guy's rap...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Png-PC0ews

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      11-03-2008 10:07 PM #18
      Chef Tony!

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      11-03-2008 10:25 PM #19
      i <3 the shamWOW guy

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      11-03-2008 10:51 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by JimmyD »
      Help me out here... my co-worker and I were just trying to remember the name of this as-seen-on-TV product.

      It was this cheesy commercial for a weird product that allowed you to stick these electric diodes to your belly, and it would shock your ab muscles while you just sat there.

      Basically it was a machine to do sit-ups for you if you were too lazy to do them on your own!

      I can't remember the exact name but I know what you're talking about. I actually have one. Back in high school, I had a friend who's parents owned an As Seen On TV store in the mall and he got me one for like $10 because I wanted to know what it felt like. It was really, really weird. I'll see if I can find the box and get a picture of it.

      And this guy:


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      11-03-2008 10:52 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by JimmyD »

      - Freedom Rock ("Hey dude, is that Freedom Rock!?")

      It's "Hey maaan...."

      Gawd why do I remember that?

      Anything sold by Mike.


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      11-03-2008 11:35 PM #22
      mike and his loud sweaters!!!

      and there was always that british guy showing him and the audience the stuff.

      shut your mouth. sh sh shut your mouth.

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      11-04-2008 12:53 AM #23
      Oxi Clean is the shiz!

      And I bought one of these it works awesome

      Oreck air purifier


    23. 11-04-2008 01:11 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Ryan D »

      I can't remember the exact name but I know what you're talking about. I actually have one. Back in high school, I had a friend who's parents owned an As Seen On TV store in the mall and he got me one for like $10 because I wanted to know what it felt like. It was really, really weird. I'll see if I can find the box and get a picture of it.

      Was it Dr. Ho by any chance?


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      11-04-2008 02:40 AM #25
      No. It came in a very small box and it had a picture of some ripped dude on it.

      And upon re-reading the original question, the one I had was a belt that would velcro around your stomach.



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      11-04-2008 02:18 PM #27
      My wife and I DELIGHT in the ShamWow commercials

      BBC America has the best commercials...
      I actually BOUGHT this new tool I saw on BBC that helps you paint big walls with an edger.
      $20 + $7 S&H

      https://www.pointnpaint.com/ver6/index.asp

      I'm such a sucker

      I also own Miracle Blades...

      and lest we not forget Al Harrington from Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man and Crudely Painted Not So Funny Plywood Cutout Folk Art Warehouse and Emporium on Route 2 in Weekapaug




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      11-04-2008 02:53 PM #28
      I remember the infomercials for the Autobike Classic - an bicycle that shifted gears automatically.

      They kept talking to people who hated riding a regular bike becuase working the gearshifters was too hard. I couldn't help but laugh, as I found few things EASIER than riding a standard geared bike.

      Years later, I saw a beat-up Autobike parked at a bike rack and finally got to marvel at its craptastic build quality.


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      11-04-2008 03:03 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by MagicBus »
      I remember the infomercials for the Autobike Classic - an bicycle that shifted gears automatically.

      They kept talking to people who hated riding a regular bike becuase working the gearshifters was too hard. I couldn't help but laugh, as I found few things EASIER than riding a standard geared bike.

      Years later, I saw a beat-up Autobike parked at a bike rack and finally got to marvel at its craptastic build quality.

      Better yet was how they compared it to a road bike and a beach cruiser

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      11-04-2008 06:39 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by Ryan D »
      And this guy:


      Billy Mays should never be referred to as "this guy" tisk tisk

      Funny story: When I was 11 or 12, I sooo wanted Oxi-Clean just to see how well it worked (like a chemistry set, not for its cleaning uses). My mom finally let me order it and it arrived in about a week. The first day we had it, I decided to put on a little demonstration of its power. When my parents were sitting in our living room, I walked out with a bottle of soy sauce and intentionally spilled it on our nice carpet narrating with that infomercial style the whole time. Rightfully so, they freaked out. But luckily, I had my handy squirter of Oxi-Clean nearby and I lifted the stain immediately. Thank God it worked.


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      11-04-2008 11:22 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by JimmyD »

      - Life Alert ("I've fallen, and I can't get up!")

      ALL. SENIOR. CITIZENS. SHOULD HAVE LIFE ALERT.
      HELP I'VE FALLEN AND I CANT GET UP.

      HI BILLY MAYS HERE WITH ANOTHER FANTASTIC PRODUCT!
      IT'S OXYCLEAN
      SHAMWOW!

      i remember watching one where the guy was selling a guitar? he ended up playing "HOuse of the rising sun" hated that commercial

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      11-05-2008 11:48 AM #33
      the diabetusss commericial.

      i currently love magic putty and shamwow as well.

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      11-05-2008 01:21 PM #34
      Oh! I just remembered another weird infomercial product that I can't remember the name of.

      Really weird... it was this little plastic bullet-shaped thing marketed at older people. You would take this thing, put it on your hand, or wrist, or finger, push the button at the end of it and IT WOULD SHOCK YOU! I think it put out a mild spark or electric pulse or something!!!

      WHY!?!?!


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      11-05-2008 01:28 PM #35
      PAGE TWO!!!
      .................................................. .........
      We would be remiss if we forgot to mention the incredible Flowbee!
      Remember? It was a hair trimmer attached to a vacuum.

      They even made fun of it in the Wayne's World movie, renamed as "The Suck Cut"
      "...It Sucks, While It Cuts!"


      While searching for pics of the FlowBee, I found these pics below...


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