What is up with all the infomercials??

MichelleLynn's picture

My boys watch Nicelodeon, channel 33..

Even during the course of one 30 minute show we are seeing ar least 2 commercial typer infomercials!
Not even for kids stuff!

My boys keep telling me to buy the Big City Sliders, and Spin Lash Mascara!

When did this become something for children's television??

lauraska's picture

I'd bet that the ad execs

I'd bet that the ad execs figured out that moms are watching these shows WITH their kids. And they are the target audience for "as seen on TV" and beauty products.

dan's picture

I'm not quite sure what

I'm not quite sure what you're describing here.

"Infomercials" usually refers to those show-length (usually half-hour) commercials. (They often try to make themselves look like a talk show.)

MichelleLynn's picture

These are like 5 minute long

These are like 5 minute long mini infomercial commercials.. Billy Mays here to tell you about new Big City Slider Station, no more squiching or squashing or flipping or flopping,,,
Benjamin LOVES that one, and then the Spin Brush mascara, Johnny wants to know why we need to curl our eye lashes with traditional curlers that hurt and now the new favorite is the bendy hangers that come for free if you buy the new hangers that can save up to 50 % of your closet space!

Ben has now taken to walking around the house asking me if I am 18 or older so can order!

It is crazy for a "supposed" Childrens station to show these I think!

dan's picture

five minute infomercials

five minute infomercials during kids' shows?
geez.

I started hitting the mute button during commercials when I was about 15.
I wish I had started younger.

Jeffro's picture

Hey, guys, maybe we should

Hey, guys, maybe we should take it easy on the folks who make infomercials. They are people too, y'know.

;)

lauraska's picture

I dunno...are infomercials

I dunno...are infomercials any worse than the tons and tons of toy and kiddie food commercials that they air on kids channels? I can remember being a kid and wanting every toy that I saw because the commercials made them look so cool. I must have driven my mom crazy. With so many friends with little kids, I see all the latest toys and most of them are crap, and they don't even hold a kid's attention for very long...and most of the snacky treats out there are junk...so I guess it's just a "lesser of two evils" kinda thing.

Jeffro's picture

This is a cult:

This is a cult:

th's picture

Snuggie rocks.

Snuggie rocks.

th's picture

I remember 5 minute Gensu

I remember 5 minute Gensu knife commercials during cartoons when I was little - CUTS THROUGH THIS CAN, AND EASILY SLICES A TOMATO!! It is nothing new.

george's picture

Jeffro wrote:This is a

Jeffro wrote:

This is a cult:

Can't you just picture her placing her hands on a "Magic Orb" and babbling about alien abduction (wistfully)?

I'll bet she calls herself "Venusia" or something similar.

Then again, I can also picture the typical 'Snuggie' wearer living in a trailer surrounded by cat feces and Boones Farm empties.

george's picture

th wrote:I remember 5 minute

th wrote:

I remember 5 minute Gensu knife commercials during cartoons when I was little - CUTS THROUGH THIS CAN, AND EASILY SLICES A TOMATO!! It is nothing new.

Proof that there really are books for every interest:

lauraska's picture

george wrote: Then again, I

george wrote:

Then again, I can also picture the typical 'Snuggie' wearer living in a trailer surrounded by cat feces and Boones Farm empties.

I know those things are SO ugly, but I've been dreaming of having one in my frigid office. I've actually spent a couple days with my coat on backwards to mimic the Snuggie.

AND DON'T KNOCK BOONE'S FARM "WINE!" It's classy. Okay, it's not, but it was a good friend of mine in college. Two bahhhtles for five daaaahlas at the packy!

Ftown66's picture

Jeffro wrote:This is a

Jeffro wrote:

This is a cult:

The first time i saw this commercial i envisioned people committing mass suicide while waiting for the mother ship to come and get them.

Jeffro's picture

"In Japan, the foot can

"In Japan, the foot can split wood...but it can't split a watermelon!"

george's picture

Jeffro wrote:"In Japan, the

Jeffro wrote:

"In Japan, the foot can split wood...but it can't split a watermelon!"

I also want to slice rubber intake valves in half and then create festive melon boats. Ginsu rocks.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

the Snuggie commercials

the Snuggie commercials crack me up, especially when they show the man wearing it!

I gotta find that one on youtube.

doesn't it even mention that you could go to the store in one? imagine a man buying that new natural foods in thriftway in a snuggie! or better yet, a flashing mob dressed only in snuggies!

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

spoke too soon. just entered

spoke too soon. just entered "snuggie video" into youtube and found a whole bunch of video's. the actual infomercial, but even better, a bunch of parody video's! hillarious!

how long is it until some hipster decides to have a super duper ironic snuggies party?

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

oh god there's even Snuggies

oh god there's even Snuggies remixes! this one reminds me of fishtown.us from when Dan put this song on the main page with the dancing cat thing;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5v6_8TU8Zk

dan's picture

Too much Rick Astley. Not

Too much Rick Astley.
Not enough Snuggie.

th's picture

My favorite part of all

My favorite part of all infomercials is when they demonstrate how the usual way of doing things doesn't work.

Best part of snuggie is when the lady is frustrated by her broken useless blanket.
Stupid blanket.

Someone should make a mashup video.

george's picture

th wrote:My favorite part of

th wrote:

My favorite part of all infomercials is when they demonstrate how the usual way of doing things doesn't work.

The food preparation ones are great. They always feature someone who apparently finds items like knives and whisks to be objects of complete mystery or somehow wind up covered in flour and batter amid the wreckage of their kitchen from the impossibly daunting task of preparing waffles.

A personal favorite---for the "egg challenged"

Lisa33's picture

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rot

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You wrote:

spoke too soon. just entered "snuggie video" into youtube and found a whole bunch of video's. the actual infomercial, but even better, a bunch of parody video's! hillarious!

how long is it until some hipster decides to have a super duper ironic snuggies party?

Please post the best three parodies.

Lisa33's picture

My favorite commercial by

My favorite commercial by far is for the Amish, the heaters and the "coveted UL listing." My brother figured out that the heaters probably don't work, which is why the commercials claim that they're "free", and you're just paying for the wooden cabinet.

dan's picture

"coveted UL listing"...

"coveted UL listing"... oooh

"our product is so good, our company has been given official incorporation papers,
and our address is recognized and serviced by the United States Postal Service,
and our tax returns are received by the Internal Revenue Service"

george's picture

Whatever happened to the

Whatever happened to the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?" In my mind, I always pictured a gang of impeccably dressed middle-aged women (Presbyterian, most likely) in white gloves descending uninvited on a home and passing judgement on things like tidiness, frozen orange juice, and toasters. I would think their approval would carry far more weight than any "coveted UL listing" since those that didn't receive it were no doubt ostracized and ridiculed as social pariahs.

I miss Mrs. Olsen, too. Think of all the marriages that nosy old Swede saved simply by barging into suburban homes and scolding young housewives for not caring enough to serve coffee from a JAR to get the "spark" back in their love lives.

dan's picture

george wrote:I miss Mrs.

george wrote:

I miss Mrs. Olsen, too.

She ran off with Juan Valdez.
What can you do?

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

Lisa33 wrote: Please post

Lisa33 wrote:

Please post the best three parodies.

meh, most of the more funny ones probably wouldn't be deemed appropriate on this forum. I'd had stuff censored that I thought was much less inappropriate.

th's picture

Snuggie is the gift that

Snuggie is the gift that keeps on giving.