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As Seen on TV Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
The six basic chapters are: Kitchen Marvels; Fashion and Beauty; Fabulous Fitness; Entertainment Breakthroughs; Home Improvement Miracles; Get Rich Quick. Between these chapters are some interesting features, pages 122 and 123 cover the rise of the home shopping channels where you will be amazed to find that QVC have studio tours. Ron Popiel, the founder of Ronco, has four pages explaining the background to the infomercial techniques he uses to shift the goods. Incidentally the Ronco story is covered in 'But, Wait! There's More!' by Timothy Samuelson, lots of product photos, vintage ads and packaging and a fairly accurate history of the Popiel family. Ever wonder what happened to yesterday's celebrities, check out pages 74 to 79 to see the Top 100 infomercial-land stars from Allen (Debbie) to Zappa (Dweezel) you'll be surprised who's listed, well, perhaps not. 'As Seen On TV' is a fascinating and fun book covering a subject that most of us would hardly think twice about.
But wait! There is more! DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!Read more ›
RATING: FOUR FLOWBEES
It was especially fun for me because... as I turned each page, I had to wonder if the next product was one I've bought. LOL
Yes, I have succumbed to the "power of the pitch" and bought into the hype. And yes, I have purchased a few of the items in this book (George Foreman Grill, Steamer, etc... and I LIKE the Dr. Ho's Muscle Massage System!) but I'll never admit to how many.
Anyone who has heard "and that's not all" will enjoy the fact that a section with that title is included AFTER the index.
I only gave this book 4 stars because I wanted more products to be in it! It was so fun to read, I wanted more of it.
The book is arranged by product type including Kitchen Marvels, Fashion and Beauty Wonders, Fabulous Fitness, Entertainment Breakthroughs, Home Improvement Miracles, and Get Rich Quick. A history of each products is provided along with details about its use, inventor, and other interesting facts as well as photos. Ron Popeil is certainly the godfather of these products who got the ball rolling with the Veg-O-Matic, actually invented by his father. Popeil's list of products is long and often notorious and includes things such as GLH Formula #9 spray for balding men, as well as the Pocket Fisherman. The book includes a lengthy interview with Popeil as well.
Other items in the Kitchen gadget category include the legendary Ginsu knives...and who doesn't fondly remember those commercials where they sawed through knives and aluminum cans? Then there is a modern classic as former boxer turned pitchman, George foreman introduced the grill bearing his name.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good old stuff shown on tv. Brings back golden memories. Mostly good, some a waste of money. How good was this stuff? Guess it has to be tried out.Published on April 5, 2013 by fodraks
I give it an okay just because it wasn't as funny as I was expecting. It was however informative and enjoyable.Published on December 31, 2012 by Melissa Matlock
This shallow infomercial book has lots of pictures and very little copy--which means those that like to quickly glance at their books may enjoy the inadequate overview, but others... Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Mediaman
If you recognize this catch phrase from the Mr. Microphone ad, you'll love this book. Indeed any child of the '70s or '80s can appreciate the nostalgia and humor of the... Read morePublished on December 24, 2002
This book read itself!
I bought this trip to entertain myself for a long drive home from Wisconsin to Florda. (Don't worry- I was the passanger, not the driver. Read more
I read about this book in Vanity Fair and it's awesome! I never knew these products had so many cool stories about them. Read morePublished on November 22, 2002