Gimmicks

Friday, July 28, 2006


For awhile now, I've been annoyed by the "new & improved" tagline on products. Most of the improvements are just gimmicks. For example, the Venus Vibrance. Do we really need a vibrating razor? A few months ago, I received a coupon for a free one from CVS (I do a LOT of shopping there, so I am constantly getting those "Extra Care" coupons. Anyways, while I would never spend money on the Vibrance, especially after all the bitching I did when it came out, I am always more than happy to get something for free. And let me just say, it lived up to my expectations- which were that it did exactly the same job as its non-vibrating counterpart.

Another example; KY Warming Liquid. This has got to be in the top five of "Dumbest Ideas Ever." Really, how many of us want something that warms in that area? I don't need to use it in one region, but I do in another; and trust me, I don't want anything getting warm there. Furthermore, it doesn't actually change temperature (yes, I tried it- but I didn't buy it). It feels more like a watered-down, less potent version of Icy Hot (don't ask how I know what Icy Hot feels like when applied to certain areas- you don't want to know). It felt like what I imagine an STD feels like in its beginning stages- a slight burning. And who in the hell is buying this stuff on Ebay? No, you aren't hallucinating- people are selling it on an auction site. I didn't look at any of them to see if they were new or used, but I sincerely hope people aren't selling half-used bottles of the stuff.

It all comes down to the fact that we Americans will purchase anything, and I mean anything, if companies "improve" on their already existent products. Regular KY: great product. KY Warming Liquid: shitty idea. Save your money for products that are actually useful.

12 comments:

KassyK 7/28/2006 02:13:00 PM  

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh I couldn't agree more about the "warming" liquid...I am warm enough down there naturally BELIEVE me. That is just scary.

I-66 7/28/2006 02:19:00 PM  

...annnnd I-66 needs a cigarette

Ashburnite 7/28/2006 02:38:00 PM  

kassy- agreed. have you tried the stuff? it's horrible.

i-66- is all of this talk about lubricants making you uncomfortable?

Tara 7/28/2006 04:32:00 PM  

I completely agree with you about the vibrating razor. I bought one awhile go out of curiosity. Although it's not the worst thing ever, I certainly wouldn't buy another one. You have better luck with disposable razors. And have you ever seen the prices of the replacement blades for the vibromatic?? They're freaking expensive!! Forget it!

The Furtive Wangler 7/28/2006 05:02:00 PM  

At least Icy Hot has a better name, Warming Liquid sounds like something you put in your car to prepare for the winter season:

"Got my tyre chains n' warming liquid in the trunk, we're headin' for the mountains!"

sammygeerock 7/28/2006 07:19:00 PM  

Ash is the hottest woman in the world. SOOOOOOOOOO hot!!!

mgc 7/28/2006 11:16:00 PM  

ashy maybe the razor could be a substitude for BOB when a quicky in the shower is required? as for the lube... never tried it. maybe the next time i go out on a date with myself i will pick some up to make the evening memorable.

Needtsza 7/29/2006 02:48:00 PM  

mmm....warming.

But about the vibrating razor, yea I don't get it. Gilette has that for men too. Makes no sense to me

Cody 7/30/2006 03:29:00 PM  

I am a big-time advocate of the vibrating razor. My Fusion Power is the shit.

Jetting Through Life 7/30/2006 03:32:00 PM  

I have used my hubby's vibrating whatever razor... It's rather weird.

As far as the warming lotion goes... Yeah um, very stupid idea. I tried it and will leave it at that!!

Great post!

JTL

nicole 7/30/2006 08:46:00 PM  

The vibrating razor has always sounded like the DUMBEST idea ever. Who wants anything with a razor sharp blade to move while they're using it?

White Dade 7/31/2006 02:13:00 PM  

If you watch the TV ad for the KY, it is suggested to used as a massage oil. Geez.

And the vibrating razor? I have the Mach 3 Turbo form Gilletee and I actually tihnk it works better than the regular Mach 3. Like the perfect blend of regular and electric.

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