Eggstractor Egg Peeler is the amazing new revolutionary egg peeler! Tired of peeling eggs? Not anymore! Simply place a hard-boiled egg into the Eggstractor Egg Peeler and out pops your peeled egg. Itâ€™s that easy!â€
Could there really be a world without the hassle of egg shells? Well, for $24.95, itâ€™s yours. Although a very out-of-the-ordinary invention and quite possibly very unique gift, the reliability of infomercial products such as this is always a matter of question for consumers.
Investigating further into the â€œEggstractor,â€ one finds that the instructions are quite extensive, consisting of about 10 steps. Itâ€™s hard to imagine that such a product would make the tedious egg-peeling process easier, but is often not the case.
Another eye-catching infomercial product is called â€œSmooth Away,â€ a pad covered with superfine crystals that buffs away unwanted hair easily, safely and painlessly, according to the productâ€™s website. This product, priced at $14.99, appears to be a great alternative to razor burn.
â€œI would probably buy â€˜Smooth Awayâ€™ because sometimes shaving your legs really sucks,â€ Maddi Robbins, a junior journalism major, said.
However, according to â€œConsumer Search,â€ this product does just the opposite and tends to cause more razor burn than an actual razor.
Looking at another infomercial product, the body-adjusting, â€œSlendertone Abdominal Toning Belt,â€ priced at $150, also makes some questionable claims. This product tones abs in just eight weeks. Sounds pretty incredible, huh?
â€œSlendertone is appealing because supposedly you donâ€™t even have to go to the gym to flatten your stomach,â€ Robins said. â€œHow great would that be?â€
Well, not according to reviewers, who say it is very uncomfortable, expensive and wonâ€™t help you lose weight.
Another potentially gift-worthy product is the â€œPerfect Pancake,â€ priced at $24.95. The producers of this product claim that itâ€™s the worldâ€™s first spatula-free pancake maker, and it may in fact be. However, reviewers say this product is of poorly built and very time-consuming, as it only makes one pancake at a time.
The lesson could be drawn to always remain skeptical of such products, no matter how alluring.
â€œEven though infomercial products are appealing, I would never buy them because most of the time they break,â€ Laura Nelson, a senior health and exercise Science major, said.
But if youâ€™ve ever been drawn into these savvy promotional advertisements before -â€“or if youâ€™ve found yourself on the more skeptical side of the spectrum â€“you canâ€™t help but be drawn to products claiming to save time and energy.
â€œWe tend to laugh at these commercials but they are very powerful persuaders,â€ Jeff Blyskal, a senior editor at â€œConsumer Reportsâ€, said in a New York Times article. â€œYou say, â€˜Iâ€™m too smart to buy this,â€™ but when you laugh, you kind of let your guard down and get drawn into it.â€