We Can’t Resist the Infomercials

We’ve all seen these products advertised in the wee hours of the morning when we’re still awake for some odd reason and the idea of a rotisserie chicken or some tall hair sounds too good to pass up. Most of us have probably even bought a few. They sound too good to be true, and they probably are, but we just can’t resist trying them out. Especially at such great bargains. (“You mean for only 3 payments of $19.95 I can get FOUR random useless pieces of crap!? OMG where’s my telephone!?!” Sound familiar?)

Infomercials take advantage of sleep-deprivation induced errors in judgment, but can we blame them? After all, they are fun to watch and some of the do offer pretty cool stuff. Below are my 7 all-time favorites, in no specific order.


Every time I see the ShamWOW! infomercial I want, no, NEED to buy fifty. ShamWOW! is a magic towel that is so absorbent it is practically a vacuum. That might not sound exciting, but if you have seen the infomercial then you know what I’m talking about. That guy really knows how to sell product! He is so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a lifetime supply of ShamWOW!s hidden in his kitchen cabinets.

Vidalia Chop Wizard

Yes, I am tired of all that chopping and all those tears! My TV is psychic! Having worked in a restaurant, I have an especially passionate hatred for chopping onions. I always wind up with bloody fingers and teary eyes. But the Vidalia Chop Wizard changes everything! The Chop Wizard can chop anything perfectly with a simple crushing motion. I wonder how long it will take me to melt the block of ice encasing my credit card…

Windsor Pilates Dynamic Sculpting Ball

Windsor Pilates claims to be the age-old secret to perfect celebrity bodies. Now, all we need is a little ball to get a body like Kara Dioguardi? Sign me up!


Who didn’t have a hairagami in high school? Hairagami revolutionized the at-home up-do, and created some pretty ugly hairstyles in the process (pony heart? Come on.) Nonetheless, Hairagami brought fancy buns and hair twists to the everyday girl, and I have to love them for that.

Life Alert

Because if you don’t buy your grandma this product, she will fall down and die! The infomercial is a little over-the-top, and the classic “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” line has become quite the joke among our generation, but the product does seem like a good idea for any ill person living alone.

The Snuggie

I never realized how hard it was to use a blanket until I saw this infomercial. The Snuggie is a blanket with sleeves, so that you can stay warm while you read a book, brew coffee, or hold a baby! Snuggies are one-size-fits-all , machine-washable, and can even be used outside. It’s impossible to watch the infomercial and not think that buying a few Snuggies is the ticket to the perfect life.

Easy Curves

You mean I can have bigger boobs by doing a few simple daily exercises?? Once you get over how creepy these women’s breasts look while they’re doing the exercises, this product seems pretty cool. I have no idea if it actually works, but they say they have scientific research! Gimme, gimme!

Tell us, have you bought any of these? What are your favorite infomercials??

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