<<Look what's typically sold via infomercial:
Diet plans and pills
Get rich schemes
Tools and appliances that solve problems that are either nonexistent, or
easily solved with something you already own.""
Typical line: "It replaces hundreds of dollars worth of ________." [Fill
in the blank -- cleaning products, kitchen appliances, power tools]
Even if it were true, I have already spent those hundreds of dollars and own
all that stuff. I might as well use it. Why should I spend more and add to
So much of that infomercial stuff is total crap, but not necessarily all of
it. Years ago I bought a Foodsaver vacuum sealing machine and I would not
hesitate to do it again. (I've never tried using it as a vacuum press for
veneer but one of these days I may conduct an experiment.)
There's a guy who writes a column in the Courant called "As Seen on TV" and
he reviews infomercial stuff. He says that little cold heat soldering iron
is not so great for electronics but is probably useful for jewelry repair.
He also thinks that broom with the little rubber bristles is as good as
advertised and especially useful for clearing snow off a car.
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