Thursday, July 30, 2009

Infomercialicious (including all $19.95/$9.95 Commercials)

Back in the neophytic heyday of The Realm of Possibility, one of the authors of this blog -- I'm not sure whether or not it was the talented one -- put up easily one of our Top 100 posts ever, that being Commercialicious. Okay, maybe it just got squeaked out of the Top 100, but it's doubtless in the Top 200 of our all-time posts.

Harkening back to golden days of yore, when we had a following at least seventeen (or sixteen or twelve or for sure at least one) times (or time) as large as the one we have now, I thought it was time to put up its ugly, red-headed, step-cousin (not that I'm an advocate of uglyredheadedstepcousinism -- I'm most emphatically NOT!!!): Infomercialicious.

However, this time, I'm not throwing out a list of 20 infomercials. I'm not giving anything but a couple to start us off and then it's up to all Realm denizens to fill up the comments with record numbers. That's right, this time, I'm actually going to try to engage the audience, especially any of the anonymouses out there. Just name one infomercial that you've seen per comment, and along with infomercials, let's add any of those commercials for product not available in stores that has an actual retail value of $6,749. 50 but you can get it if you call now for two installments of $19.95, and if you call in the next ten minutes, they'll throw in the Swiss Army Knife made in Greece and they'll cut the first payment to $9.95. You know the ones.

Alright all you Kevin Trudeaus out there, get all your Time/Life infomercials ready. Here are my first two:

1) Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special

2) The Perfect Push-up, created by Alden Mills (pictured right)

Let me hear 'em!


Milly said...

I’m a big fan of “But that’s not all!!!!!”

I want a food chopper with my exercise equipment endorsed by a famous Olympic star.

Anonymous said...

The Thigh Master. Enough Said.


Rich said...

Matthew Lesko's Free Money (from the Government) Infomercial

...and scam.

DugALug said...

Anything from Ron Popeel. Ronco: the ultimate in cheesy junk you don't really need, but sounds good in the moment.

Kevin Knox said...

I don't know many 'mercials, I think Missy linked this remix. It's 3rd-level master work:

Rich said...

Excellent, Kevin.

Here the You Tube e-address for "Time Life: The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection", starring Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon fame:

As Kevin says, "You're in for something really special."

You can get it today!!!

Anonymous said...

The Vince Offer commercials for ShamWoW and Slap Chop are great! Pure snake oil salesmanship methodolgy.

The banter is nonstop and often absurd - he's like a 3-card monte dealer:

"It's made in Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff!" (ShamWow)

"Stop having a boring tuna. Stop having a boring life!" (Slap Chop)

His tone - the best part of his shtick - is genius, too. His attitude appears to be that you're an idiot if you fail to see the wisdom in dropping $19.95 or whatever on the product he's pimping - because $19.95 is a small price to pay to stop having a boring life.

Admit it. When the ShamWow and Slap Chop commercials first started airing, you wouldn't change the channel during those commercial breaks because Vince's perverse appeal kind of sucked you in.