Always Test The Merchandise Before Demonstrating It

Where is the salesman in this screencap? He’s behind the table, holding his ribcage and crying out in pain. Don’t keep striking your $45 samurai blade against the table, kids—otherwise you might find yourself saying things like, “Ohhh, that got me good,” instead of talking about the awesome swordlike qualities of your sword.

[YouTube via The Soup Blog]


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  1. Anonymous says:

    welcome back to 2007 :)

  2. xaqdesign says:

    heh, that’s been around for a LONG time. I had that on my PC before I got a Mac almost 5 years ago…

    REALLY funny none the less. Cheap chinese steel.

  3. MissTicklebritches says:

    Great. I was just thinking that home shopping channels should get into weaponry. That’s just fabufuckingtastic.

  4. PsychicPsycho3 says:

    My FAVORITE part is the tech person who, in a moment he’s likely imagined for years, gets in front of the camera and says “We’re gonna need emergency surgery in the studi-oh.

  5. Damn, I hate when I’m late to the funny.

  6. quail says:

    A Dallas production company was one of the first in the 80’s to do infomercials to sell products. The guy who ran it would get cases and cases of whatever crap he was hawking. Most of the time he’d need to go through 40 or 60 items of new product to find ones made well enough to do what was needed to be shown in the 10 minute commercial.

    After that I always think of this mantra when I see stuff on TV, “only the best make it in front of the camera the rest goes to the dumpster.”

  7. newberrycrater says:

    FW:FW:RE(This is so funny)Re:FWD:FWD

  8. TheBusDriver says:

    I like this one:

    “He’s moving, he is ok”

  9. JustinAche says:

    I still like the video of the really expensive one of a kind tech object that that old guy drops, and says shit.

  10. Quilt says:

    Very old.

  11. TheBusDriver says:

    I have always liked:

    “he’s moving, he’s ok”

  12. Brazell says:

    THis is one of the most epic shop at home videos ever. I’ve LOVED these videos. Other ace videos are of Mike Rowe on QVC… search for them, the cat bag, the crazy doll lady, all of them are money.

  13. Brazell says:

    Epic moments in shop at home history

    And this lady should have read the Consumerist, too:

    • Kevin says:

      @MichaelBrazell: IS THAT MIKE ROWE!?!

      • danger the pirate says:

        @Kevin: you are correct, sir! mike rowe gets around like the beach boys: “Mike Rowe sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera and worked for QVC selling various items in the early 1990s. … He has hosted Your New Home for WJZ in Baltimore, Worst Case Scenarios for TBS, On-Air TV for American Airlines, The Most for The History Channel, No Relation for FX, New York Expeditions for PBS, Channel 999 instructional guide for the now defunct PrimeStar satellite television service, and the CD-ROM music trivia game Radio Active…”

      • BillsBurg says:

        @Kevin: Yep, before Dirty Jobs, he was a QVC “host”.

      • muckpond says:

        @Kevin: oh, my love affair with mr. “dirty jobs” just came to a screeching halt.

    • @MichaelBrazell: Wow, my cats are looking up when they hear him crinkle it. Now if only he used his “Deadliest Catch” hyperbole voice/narration when he did this.
      “The cat may enter the bag, but if the Bering Sea has taught us anything, it’s that Booker’s fate….can change in an instant.”

      But seriously, he seems like a guy who enjoys doing what he does. If only there was a female single version of him.

    • ludwigk says:

      @MichaelBrazell: the man has a million dollar voice. It’s hilarious watching him hocking useless crap, and talking to that woman who is drowning in consumer debt.

  14. Kevin says:

    These dudes are on the late night tubery every weekend in my DMA; I love them. These clowns provide C class entertainment and grade A prices!

  15. dakotad555 says:

    I think he hit his ‘sword’ with that sword.

  16. shockwaver says:

    So, what do you think the odds are that he was going to say “The nice thing about the practice katanas is they are durable!”

  17. chiieddy says:

    That’s a really old one. But still funny.

  18. Lepoth says:

    Old, but always funny.

  19. says:

    and amazingly, the demonstrator still remained rather poised and well spoken. how THAT’S talent.

  20. elislider says:

    this really is quite old. at least 5 years. perhaps longer

  21. Can someone please track this guy down? I mean… he’s forever part of internet lore. It would be interesting to hear how he feels about being immortalized for acting like a moron.

  22. ageshin says:

    I’ve been in the martial arts for about 48 years, and the demonstrator you don’t give weapons to fools. The katana is not a stick, and there is a correct way to hold and use it. It is funny though.

    • badasscat says:

      @ageshin: There is no correct way to use one of these crappy replica katanas. They’re just for show. That was his first and biggest mistake. Anyone who knows anything about the construction of one of these – as compared to a real katana – will tell you not to even swing one in the air, let alone bang one against the table. They are dangerous to even own.

      Real katanas are so hard that they’re practically indestructible. If you don’t believe it, there are a couple of Mythbusters episodes out there that you might like to see. Real katanas are hand-folded carbon steel; the replicas are pressed stainless steel. One is ridiculously strong and somewhat flexible, the other is brittle and weak.

  23. ageshin says:

    I meant to say demonstrates.

  24. racerchk says:

    wow these vids are being taken down so fast! i havent seen one

  25. robotrousers says:

    I used to watch these guys sell beanie babies when I’d stay up until 7am every night (not much else to watch when you don’t have cable). You haven’t lived until you’ve seen 3 middle-aged southern men extoll the virtues of Princess the Bear.

  26. theysaidwhat says:

    I’d never seen it before, even if it is old. You have to hand it to Rowe-he remained composed, and got himself and his injury off-camera instantly.

    Odell was not exactly ‘camera-ready’.

  27. Jesse says:

    I’ve always liked these:

    (same guy with the Katana sword)
    Who can forget Don West?

    I kind of miss late night Shop at Home now.

  28. htrodblder says:

    Didn’t Mike Rowe get fired from QVC over an incident with a Nun Doll?

  29. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    …too funny…

    Along those lines in the early 80’s a cousin of mine was traveling the US flogging imitation corningware tempered glass cookware. The real stuff takes a wild beating before ever breaking… Well, one day he did a demo for us with the product and one thing they did to show how strong it is was to whack against a table and produce a hell of a noise, but of course not break the product. He confided in us that he had to practice this move extensively because if you didn’t do it absolutely right the product would explode.

    We all got a great laugh from the demo and stories of flogging this crap to the students in high cafeterias. I hope his Karma didn’t take too bad a hit from this job.

    Anyway, so watching the sword guy stab himself by slapping the table with the sword suggest he didn’t spend enough time learning the demo… It also suggests that this product is not a toy and maybe shouldn’t be sold in this way.

  30. pat_trick says:

    Ths s knd ld nws. =/

  31. Chryss says:

    I’m impressed he didn’t swear like a pirate after being injured. That’s professionalism. Bravo!

  32. chauncy that billups says:

    O’dell…love that guy.

  33. madfrog says:

    I love how the screen says “Customer Appreciation” on it. Show ’em how sharp the sword really is! QVC at it’s finest no doubt. Mike Rowe was bored to tears with the cat bag, as was the cat after about 5 seconds

  34. ChipMcDougal says:

    decent sword, comes in two pieces

  35. HogwartsAlum says:

    This sucks. I don’t have speakers at work. :P I’ll have to wait until I get home!

    I could use a laugh right about now!

  36. CapitalC says:

    Slow news day @ Consumerist?

  37. mexifelio says:

    Why do people ALWAYS have to comment on how old something is? Like they are cooler than everyone else because they’ve seen it 3 years ago? These are probably the same people that ask “Did you get a haircut…”.

  38. fall_farewell says:

    LOL. That.. was amazing…. made my night!