Thursday, January 8, 2009

Crap people buy

You know, it never ceases to amaze me what marketers come up with. Especially around Christmas time, you see a huge increase in the number of silly gimmicks trying to get you to buy ridiculous products.

For example, this gem here is getting some pretty good screen time (and that's saying a lot at my house where we don't watch commercials...):

This harebrained product has become quite the topic in my circles of friends, as well. Don't get me wrong...I love being warm as much as the next girl, but wow. I can only imagine the product pitch presentation that happened. "Are you burdened by your need to stay warm while you're being lazy and watching old reruns on television? Do you find yourself wishing you could drape yourself in three fleece blankets to keep your temperature regulated during the winter? We have the product for you! Introducing a blanket that we've turned into a poncho!" (I would just like to add here that the poncho was a fashion choice I could never get behind...)

Seriously, people, who pays $20 for something they could make themselves at home with a big piece of fleece and a stapler? You give me five bucks and I could turn a profit and make you something just as functional and probably way more awesome.

And speaking of outrageous marketing reminded me of this Jim Gaffigan sketch.


Blogger Adrianne Miller said...

We decided that you could put your robe on backwards and you've got yourself a free Snuggie!

January 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Blogger LindsayKeller said...

My absolute favorite part of the commercial is when they show a whole family wearing Snuggies at a sporting event. They all look like they are part of a weird cult or something.

I can't believe I have a favorite part of a commerical.

January 8, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Blogger HelloKitty said...

i seriously wanted one of those. i am always cold. and i could never make one...i can barely pour cupcake mix into the little muffin tin thing.

January 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Blogger Bree said...

I would like to place my order with you Annie. I will give you $5 for an Annie-made Snuggie!

January 9, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Blogger Stephanie said...

So my roommate's mom bought her one of these for Christmas... and we will never, EVER let her live it down. :)

January 9, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

Just goes to show that even the dumbest of ideas can make you rich! I need to start pitching all of my fabulous ideas to companies too! ...Oh and Annie, you can definitely link my blog to yours. I'd do it too, if I knew how... haha!

January 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Blogger Erika said...

Oh that made me laugh, Nate and I make fun of that infomercial all the time!!!!! Nate just told me that his brother told him on the phone YESTERDAY that he BOUGHT one for his mom and girlfriend, and Nate TOTALLY didn't know what to say back, do you know how many times we've said "who in their right mind would BUY one!!!" then we laugh our heads off. I'll have to check out Nate's mom's in person. Maybe I'll be converted...

January 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM


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