FTC Sues People Behind "Winning In The Cash Flow Business" Infomercial

FTC Sues People Behind "Winning In The Cash Flow Business" Infomercial

For the last decade, the late-night TV airwaves have been home to a series of infomercials hawking a get rich quick system called “Winning in the Cash Flow Business,” in which some guy named Russell Dalbey explains over and over again how easy it is to make money by finding, brokering, and earning commissions on seller-financed promissory notes. Now, the FTC and the attorney general of Colorado are calling Dalbey’s bluff, suing him and his partners for allegedly defrauding an awful lot of insomniacs. [More]

Lame Settlement Reached In Kinoki Foot Pad Class Action Lawsuit

Lame Settlement Reached In Kinoki Foot Pad Class Action Lawsuit

If you purchased Kinoki Foot Pads and were totally shocked when they didn’t “suck out” toxins from your body, have heart. Thanks to a recent class action settlement, you can get ten bucks in cash if you can show your receipts. You can also instead opt for twenty bucks worth of gift products from the same maker for each box of Kinoki Foot Pads you purchased. That sounds like a better deal to me, especially considering one of the alternate products is the “Criss Angel Money Printer.” [More]

Catch Consumerist On 20/20 Tonight And Meet A Real Life Infomercial Junkie

Catch Consumerist On 20/20 Tonight And Meet A Real Life Infomercial Junkie

Tonight’s episodes of 20/20 (10 p.m. ET) features self-proclaimed infomercial junkie, Marisa Woolsey, and her obsession with all things “as seen on TV.” She has the “Ninja Blender, the Magic Bullet, the George Foreman Grill and the Han Steam Sanitizing Mop. Under every sink in her home, you’ll find ShamWow towels.” [More]

Check Us Out On 20/20's "Infomercial Nation" Special On May 20!

Check Us Out On 20/20's "Infomercial Nation" Special On May 20!

As we recently mentioned, Consumerist and Consumer Reports have teamed up with ABC News for an upcoming 20/20 special called “Infomercial Nation,” that will air next Friday, May 20. [More]

Tajazzle Bedazzles Your Intimate Areas

Tajazzle Bedazzles Your Intimate Areas

This is an incredible infomercial for “Tajazzle,” a “3-step system of personal confidence” whose third step is a crystal tattoo that you place in an area “only your lover can find.” Everything from the product itself, to the cheesy actors super committed to being super sensuous, is hilarious. [More]

Which Infomercial Products Actually Work As Promised?

Which Infomercial Products Actually Work As Promised?

In our post about the worst infomercial products ever, we mentioned that Consumerist is working with ABC News on a project about as-seen-on-TV items. So now it’s time to focus on those infomercial items which are better than not-awful and actually do what the ads say they will do. [More]

What's The Worst Infomercial Product Ever?

What's The Worst Infomercial Product Ever?

Ever bought an infomercial product that just completely sucked? Didn’t work at all? Maybe it injured you like the fictional “Cornballer” from Arrested Development? If so, we’d love to hear about it. No, we’re not lawyers looking to represent you. As we’ve mentioned previously, Consumerist is working with ABCNews on a project about infomercials. [More]

Thousands Of Fake Shake Weights Seized

Thousands Of Fake Shake Weights Seized

On Monday, U.S. Customs in Savannah, Georgia intercepted a shipment of 1,783 pieces of counterfeit exercise gear imported from China. The 764 cartons included Shake Weights, Body by Jake, and Total Core. The gear sported counterfeit logos. So not only would you get the normal benefits of a fake exercise product, the fake exercise products themselves were also fake. [More]

The Tush Turner Is Perhaps The Stupidest Infomercial Product Ever

The Tush Turner Is Perhaps The Stupidest Infomercial Product Ever

You need no better sign that The Empire is on the wane then the “Tush Turner,” a swiveling seat cushion that makes it easier to get in and out of your car without all that “contorting.” Just sit your ass down and spin in and out. And maybe with the few extra seconds it gives you you’ll be able to escape the Visigoths hunting you down as fuel for their war machines. [More]

Welcome To Infomercial Hell

Welcome To Infomercial Hell

“Infomercial Hell” is a mashup of 90 different horrible infomercial moments into one 5-minute masterpiece. [More]

Sunny Seat Is A Suction Cup Cat Seat That Sticks To Windows

Sunny Seat Is A Suction Cup Cat Seat That Sticks To Windows

The Sunny Seat is a cat seat that sticks to windows with suction cups so you can create a horizontal raised surface for your feline without even having to know how to use a power drill. [More]

Is Mighty Putty Worth The Mighty Price?

Is Mighty Putty Worth The Mighty Price?

A few weeks ago, we asked you which infomercial items you would love to see put to the test, and in the comments and e-mails, a number of you mentioned Mighty Putty, the epoxy adhesive hawked by the late Billy Mays. But then we looked through the archive over at sister site ConsumerReports.org and found they’d already put the putty through the paces. [More]

Which Infomercial Items Would You Like To See Us Investigate?

Which Infomercial Items Would You Like To See Us Investigate?

We all know that it’s best to take the claims of any infomercial — or really, any commercial at all — with a grain of salt so large it would turn Lake Michigan brackish. And yet, there appears to be no end to the stream of products being hawked late at night by loud (and often Australian) pitchmen. [More]

Cami Secret Is A Fake Camisole You Attach To Your Bra

Cami Secret Is A Fake Camisole You Attach To Your Bra

To others, the “Cami Secret” appears to be a camisole, but it’s actually a hankie you attach to your bra. [More]

Fear The "Snazzy Napper"

Fear The "Snazzy Napper"

Move over Snuggie, and meet the Snazzy Napper, a pocketed bib that attaches to an eye-mask. Or, get the extra large version and you have a blanket too. Snazzy Napper’s patented technology prevents you from seeing the other people around you staring at you in disbelief. [More]

Video Professor Gives Employees Free Trial Offer Of Unpaid Furlough

Video Professor Gives Employees Free Trial Offer Of Unpaid Furlough

Have we learned all we can from Video Professor’s free training discs? (Well, free for 7 days, then $30 every month.) Or did the professor blow all his cash on legal fees in order to bully critics and attack competitors, as techdirt suggests? Either way, the company called all its employees to a meeting last week and gave them an unpaid summer vacation. [More]

VIDEO: You're Doing It Wrong, A Tribute To As Seen On TV Ads

VIDEO: You're Doing It Wrong, A Tribute To As Seen On TV Ads

Whatever you’ve been doing, you’ve been doing it wrong. That’s what infomercials teach us, by showing us failing at simple tasks, and then offering the amazing new product to solve it. Showing it in black and white or monochromatic with a big red X seems to drive the point home for some reason. Never mind that these products are usually substandard and make most of their money on over-inflated shipping charges… you need this now! To this end, here’s a tribute to your failure, a remix, set to “Help!” by The Beatles, of 50 different “before” scenes of consumers grinding, chopping, squirting, chopping and wearing their pants intellectively. Can you name all the infomercial products shown? Give it a shot, then scroll down after the jump for the answers. [More]

Video: Too Weak To Move Your Arms? The Food Lift Feeds You!

Video: Too Weak To Move Your Arms? The Food Lift Feeds You!

We’ve all experienced the the age-old quandary, “I’m hungry, but I’m too weak/lazy to move my arms, whatever shall I do?” Enter the Food Lift! It’s a revolutionary new product that takes the work out of eating! Simply place the food in the trough and then the dynamo-screw lifts the meal through the tube into your mouth, “like a waiter climbing a staircase.” Try one today! [More]