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BUT WAIT!!!! Call now and we'll send you.......... Real-life experiences buying stuff from infomercials

johnb | Mar 4, 201107:54 AM     96

Like just about everybody I've sat through my share of late-night infomercials. It seems a high proportion of them are flacking various things for the kitchen; mini-blenders, choppers, wipers, immersion blenders, pans, the infamous Ginsu knives, and on and on it goes.

I'm curious what experience folks have had buying stuff this way. Does it show up? Is it ever as good as the ad? Do you get on a thousand mailing lists? Do you find criminals in Russia are suddenly charging things to your credit card?

I haven't bought anything this way myself. My closest brush is a blender almost exactly the same as the "Magic Bullet." I got it at Wal-mart for about half the Magic Bullet TV price (before they send you the second one "free" except shipping and handling). It works OK if you baby it along; I use it as a spice grinder and for a few other things, but it certainly doesn't work like the TV ad model.

So what have been your experiences?

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