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As Seen on TV or simply: We may have gotten ripped off

April 3, 2009 - Taste Buds
The Turbie Twist. The Ped Egg. The Mighty Putty. The Super Hooks. The Pampered Toes.

What do all these things have in common, you may ask.

They are all products advertised on television and all, as it turns out, have been purchased by the Buds.

It seems we just can’t walk by that one display at every mart in the world that holds the products whose main appeal is that red “As Seen on TV” sticker in the corner.

You may be wondering if the products we all see being hawked on the small screen actually live up to the hype. We know we always wanted to know and so we’ll share with you what we’ve learned.

The Turbie Twist - this is a towel-like item which women are encouraged to put on their wet heads after a bath much like they would an ordinary towel. But, there’s a twist with this Turbie - there is an elastic band in the back that secures the end and keeps it from falling off said wet hear.

Do we like it? Yes we do! Bud Tricia especially likes that fact that there is one less bath towel being used up on a daily basis and finds the Turbie stays in place and keeps wet locks out of her face while applying make-up.

The Ped-Egg - this little gem is used to keep our feet in sandal wearing condition. Both Buds like this item as their feet take quite a beating in the course of a week at the gym and pounding the pavement during daily walks.

Do we like it? Yes, but we think it should be more like five bucks as opposed to 10.

Pampered Toes - these are gel toe separaters that claim to be the “ultimate treat for sore, tired, and aching feet.” Bud Em purchased them because she thought they were supposed to be kept in the freezer or something to stay cool. Upon trying the Pampered feet, Em realized she got ripped off - SO not worth 10 bucks. In fact, upon reading the info found inside the package, she read that while using said product, “a feeling of dull soreness is typical...” Isn’t that defeating the purpose?

Mighty Putty - it bonds and repairs almost any surface! Huh! In our humble opinion, this stuff is mighty crappy. We doubt it would even bond booger to booger. Do not waste your money.

Super Hook - small gauge wire hooks that hold up to 80 pounds and don’t require a hammer OR a stud finder! Bud Em had her doubts but seeing is believing. These things work perfectly!

We polled our co-workers and not many were willing to admit they’d ever purchased an “As Seen on TV” product but the few that did shared these insights:

The Forever Green Bags are a hit. Also, they recommend giving the ones made for bread and cheese a go.

Aqua Globes were said to have leaked all over the place no matter what position they were placed inside the potted plant.

One man admitted that the gadget which claims to sharpen any razor even disposables is a dud.

Also, a couple of co-workers spoke glowingly of the Gophers which are used to grab items on high shelves.

There are tons of other products we’d be willing to try but are too cheap to buy. We’re wildly curious about the Buxtom organizer that seems to fit a boatload of junk into a tiny purse. And, who can deny the appeal of the Snuggie. We really want to wander around our homes looking like we’ve just joined some religious cult.

So there you have it. We took one (or FIVE) for the team and have spared you all the disappointment of having been duped by those infomercials yourselves. We do have to hand it to them - they are VERY convincing!

And, now a recipe we didn’t see on television - Helen Zamski of Dillonvale sent it in for The Times Leader’s Tastes of the Times. But we’re pretty sure it’d be fun to eat while we sit in front of the boob tube!


8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoned salt

8 ounces Rotel chopped tomatoes, drained

4 ounces chile peppers, drained

3 teaspoons minced onion

Soften cream cheese and mix all ingredients. Best if made a day ahead. Serve with nacho chips.


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