Post-Hurricane Sandy, I was lucky to have electricity, heat, water and plenty of food. Only issue: Without a car, and no running subways, I was stranded in my outer borough neighborhood for many days. Besides the local yoga studio, the only other place to go was the big drugstore on the corner, which, as you may imagine, was completely ravaged after the storm. The only aisle that was fully stocked was the “as seen on TV” aisle (pictured above). I had never noticed it before. I was like WAIT! OMFG! I can buy these things without having to call an 800 number? I haven’t had a TV for years, I watch on the internet, so this was a revelation to me.
Something you should know about me: I was obsessed with infomercials in high school, back when Ron Popeil and Susan Powter ruled the roost. I used to stay up late at night just to watch infomercials. Sometimes, I bought. A juice cleanse, Proactiv, an ab roller, the “Sweating to the Oldies” box set. I wanted a RonCo Food Dehydrator, but I couldn’t afford the three easy payments of $59.99. I never actually used any of these products once I bought them (except for the “Sweating to the Oldies” VHS tapes, which I loved). I guess I’m just one of those people who is unable to watch an infomercial without wanting to buy. And isn’t that the point? Fine! I’m a sucker.
Post-hurricane, I spent hours at the drugstore catching up on the “as seen on TV” world. (Hey! I had nothing better to do!) Sadly, I was unimpressed. These products totally lose their sparkle without the infomercial to pump them up. Or maybe they just don’t make them like they used to.
Click on through to see the most ridiculous “as seen on TV” products for sale at my local drugstore.