The As Seen on TV craze of the 80s and 90s really was something to behold. For years, it seemed like people would buy practically anything because it was on television. In an age before 24-hour networks, infomercials were making a killing. They would pop on the the most random hour with the most random product and the most random spokesperson (the best way to see a C-list star you had forgotten about? Find an infomercial at 3 AM) and somehow made their pitch work. Need a non-stick pan that plays the radio? They had it! A spray-on hair thickener that definitely doesn’t run down the sides of your head? There was an infomercial for that! How about a teddy bear made for your seat belt? Don’t worry, infomercials had you covered.
It was a wild time. A time when it seemed like anything could be sold because someone somewhere would buy it. I would like to think we have moved past that age of rampant consumerism gone amuck but, well, I know we haven’t. I know that because I am writing this while wearing my Snuggie.
An eskimo - pointing to a new freezer - sheepishly tries to explain the purchase to a polar bear, "What? it was on sale!"
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