As Seen on TV Products

United States
April 8, 2009 4:08pm CST
My most recent purchase was called "The Biggest Little Bag." That's one of the most ridiculous claims I've heard advertised. I returned the bag/purse to Walmart the next day. The compartments are Barbie Doll size. I wouldn't be able to put my life-size stuff in it. The cell phone pouch barely holds my cell phone let alone the bluetooth. The bag is advertised as having 16 pockets. I don't know what they're calling "pockets." I spent some time opening zippers that don't even lead to a pocket. All they do is let the inside compartment expand. I've rarely been that disappointed with a product that seemed good on the TV commercial but didn't live up to the claims made. How about you? Have you used a product that you first saw advertised on TV? Did you think it lived up to the commercial's claims?
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16 responses
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I bought that bag and did not return it to where I bought it from. Well, I end up trowing that bad to the trash because the net compartments started to rip and then I started to lose items alone the way, the compartment out was ok but then the bag started to lose color, I got a black one, I am not an expert on leather but please, will leather lose color like that? All in all, I lost my money and bag, I do not recommend that bag to anyone else, beside it is not easy to use either. All in all a big let down.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
Yep. A big letdown. Besides, there's the learning curve of discovering which zippers open compartments and -- oh my! Trying to get something in a hurry would be a joke. Thanks for your comment.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
This must be the bag - I will have to check it out
I will have to go see about this one. I bought sham wows and I love them they are so convenient to use as well. No need to pull out big old towels to do the job sham wows can do.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
Walmart has sham wows also. I thought about buying them but left the store without them. I'm glad for your good review. I've had a need for them at times but all I had was big old towels that didn't sop up the water.
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@ds6413 (2074)
• United States
8 Apr 09
Hi, thanks for the review. I have seen that bag and was considering purchasing one and now I won't bother.
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@ds6413 (2074)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I have never purchased produscts other than clothes on HSN.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
You're welcome.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Sorry you were so disappointed about that bag....I had to look it up to see what you were talking about. There have been a few TV infomercials selling something and I'm thinking, mmm...this looks great, but before I even think about getting something I look up to see if there are any complaints about it, and yikes website after website comes up about what a scam the product it. So I looked up to see about the Buxton Bag (The Biggest Little bag)---and bingo found complaint after complaint about it http://www.infomercialratings.com/product/buxton_bag_reviews Here's another complaint on the RipOff.com site http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/306/RipOff0306688.htm (Warning: NOT referral links but links to articles about the scam of this product) PS--since someone else mentioned writing up a product review about it..use these links yourself to verify what a scam product this is
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• United States
9 Apr 09
Thank you for the links, Pye. The testimonials from other purchasers are proof that it's just a lousy bag! I'm working on the review. I'll check AC first and see if there are any other reviews of the bag.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Thanks ever for the br :-) I need to shake my tussy and write some articles for AC....
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@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I agree with the first page of reviews, I was shocked to even find a semi decent one. That bag was a goner in less than a month for me and could not hold up for the second month. I frown every time I see that bad on the stores where I shop, it is really a total scam. And well I was thinking this will be my bag to replace all bags and purses, I am glad I did not throw them away or give them away.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I got the Ped-Egg and the Smooth away hair removal and found both to be great. But I know about stuff being disappointing when it comes to not meeting expectations. But thanks for the information now I know to tell my mom to steer clear of that bag. Not everything seems as good as they go on about on television. But the smooth away works great,but just not as fast as they show...and the ped egg works great but the shavings is not always caught inside of it. I am happy with the purchases though.
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• United States
14 Apr 09
Thanks for sharing. I've seen a few favorable comments about the Ped Egg. I've got a yen for the Smooth Away.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Apr 09
You might love it. I like it since I don't have to worry about razor cuts and nicks or waxing or that smelly hair removal stuff. But it also makes my legs feel silky smooth when I first do it.
• United States
9 Apr 09
I have to admit I've never bought anything 'as seen on TV' that was of any real value! I think of those commercials as entertainment more than anything else. And if the narrator on the commercial is shouting at me, there's no way I'm buying what he's selling!
• United States
9 Apr 09
I think that Billy Mays with the Sham Wows has kept me from buying them. He shouts and that annoys me, also. Too much hype!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I have wanted to try the Sham wows..they appear to be a product worth trying.
@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
Good thing we do not have that commercial here in our country. Otherwise a friend of mine would have bought that already. She is always on the lookout for something new and usually is influenced by commercials. Right thing of posting it here. Many people will benefit from this information.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Guess I tend to be like your friend -- influenced by commercials -- especially the ones for food.
@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Well thanks for letting us know I wont be buying that bag.lol.Sorry to hear about that.I bought the dryer balls that come in a pair and they are supposed to make your clothes fluffier without using the dryer sheets.So basically you dont have to use the dryer sheet and its supposed to save you money.Well about 6 months into it the one ball broke in half.I had opened my dryer one day after doing clothes and found it after folding my clothes broken in hald .It was supposed to have a warranty on it of one year I think but I didnt have the packaging or the receipt so I couldnt take it back.It did make my clothes fluffy without the dryer sheets but it was the problem of the one ball breaking and not lasting like it should have.I also have tried the bags that supposably keep your fruits and vegtables fresh longer and from spoiling longer .Well if you consider wiping down the bag everyday to keep them fresh well it isnt worth it to me.I thought they way they said it that it kept the vegtables and fruit fresh and thought once you got the air out of the green bags then you wouldnt have to do anymore.But after you buy it and then look at the inside direction then it tells you that.Well some stuff are good products of the tv commercials and some are not.
• United States
9 Apr 09
You're welcome, Carrie. I hear you on those things where the commercial leaves out details like wiping the bag down every day. There's enough to remember to do without adding that to the list :) Thanks for your comments and reviews.
@TazRes (827)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Hello joyceshookery, I am glad you've made this post, as I have wondered if that bag was as good as they say it was, Now i know not to buy it. Thanks
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@BlueGoblin (1831)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I never buy stuff like that from television. I have no need for most of it. Most of the stuff from TV commercials probably wasn't built to last. Whenever I buy kitchen equipment I make sure to buy something built to last. That way I don't have to replace it.
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• India
9 Apr 09
television - add world on tv
Hello joyce i know these add people,they are always ready to cheat people,they will exxagerate all the features to any extent just to sell them .Yeah even i have faced it a couple of times,thats in one,main reason that i never shop online.Icant trust any product till i myself see it properly.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Very true. I'm still learning after all these years!
@waseem86 (138)
• Lithuania
9 Apr 09
i don't believe in products with the title "as seen on TV" it's all fake. maybe they use Photoshop or something like that..
• United States
9 Apr 09
I don't think they're all fake. I do think a potential buyer needs to research and find out what the real scoop is. Don't let the commercial lure you into buying something that might have been touched up somehow.
• United States
9 Apr 09
The only "as seen on tv" thing we've bought in recent years is that pan that makes the pancake balls (can't recall the name @ this hour of the night) but it was on Qubo for the longest as one of their main commercials. The kids wanted to try it and it looked like finger sized treats everyone could enjoy. It works ok, but it takes forever to make enough of an item. So you feel like you spent over an hour cooking the lil things and as fast as you make them someone ate them and you are still waiting for your own *LOL* I've seen the bag you are describing on tv. I don't think it has all the compartments or the "room" it claims either. It just appeared to me to be a bigger version of the style of purse dubbed "a wallet on a string". Sorry it didn't work out for ya!
• United States
9 Apr 09
At least your sense of reality wasn't dulled by the clever commercial. Thanks for your comments.
@pxm204192 (160)
• China
9 Apr 09
the ideas and the real truth have a long road to go, the tv show and real product itself have two different things. if you want to get a good thing that you have favour,please it had better go to the famous super-market or shopping mall. after all, it can see and feel with your own body organs not listening and imagination on the TV show.the big imagination and the convience can give chance to cheater.
• United States
9 Apr 09
I agree! Thanks for your comments.
@ajithlal (14614)
• India
9 Apr 09
Sorry to hear about it. I think most of the times the products in television are marketed well, but when we buy them they doesn't contains the things that they market. I think they tell lots of lies in the television to sell the products. I have brought one such product seen in television and found that there are lots of things that differ from what they said on television.
• United States
9 Apr 09
The commercials are so clever in their lies. They actually seem believable. I did read another responder who says the Sham Wows work the way the commercial says.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
13 Apr 09
I never really bought anything from the tv, my husband when I had one bought a sandwich maker but it was not what he expected and then he never used it. I hear money people buy things off the tv and then never use them.