Anyone with a child will know exactly what I am about to complain about.
I'm talking about all these stupid products sold on television stations like Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. For example, I just watched a commercial for what is called a Fushigi Gravity Ball. This is used for the "sport" of contact juggling. What, pray tell, is contact juggling? Well, lets refer to you tube.
The first time I saw something like this was watching the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth (which, by the way, is a great movie and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jim Henson's work). I myself have attempted this little feat, to no avail. Either its really hard to do, or I just suck (I would tend to lean toward the latter on this one).
But these blasted commercials make these things look like its a perfectly natural and easy process to make this sphere appear to defy gravity. And of course, it can all be yours for the most affordable price of 19.99, plus shipping and handling. Do I really expect the boy to be able to acquire one of these crazy items and actually pick it up and simply start wowing the crowds?
What about Floam? Anyone familiar with Floam?
Looks pretty neat, huh? Its all good in commercial format. But lets look at the reality of the crap the are pandering to little kids across the world:
I'm pretty sure if my kid opened that sticky, slimy mess on Christmas morning, after paying anywhere from 10 to 30 bucks (plus shipping and handling of course) I would be pretty pissed off.
I don't exactly remember these types of commercials being played when I was a kid (although I'm sure they were there). But what bothers me is watching the glitter in the boy's eyes as he sees something incredibly cool on one of these commercials and I have to be the one to tell him whatever the wondrous product is, its crap. Lucky me.
Now, on a further note, I watched a commercial last night for these little pasty things to attach to your boobs to giver yourself an instant lift. And of course, they are only ten bucks, plus shipping and handling. But wait!! Act now and they will double the order! That's 20 pasties for the price of ten! I too could have a more supportive look and a little cleavage.
Lucky me. Perhaps its time I started reading more often.