Commercials make every product look absolutely amazing, but many things are super disappointing once you actually get your hands on them. As Seen On TV products are especially guilty of this.
Everyone has bought some cool looking gadget on a whim and discovered that it was definitely not all it appeared once they got it home and out of the packaging.
Reddit user u/HannahAching asked:
A bike which folded about as compact as one of those cloth camping chairs.
I went to the mall and bought one from the as seen on TV store (warning sign I chose to ignore).
It had crappy silicone rubber wheels (like rollerblades but bigger) and was direct drive.
The cogs slipped on even the slightest of hills, making it less than useless in my city. Also, the seat was uncomfortable and made it feel like all your weight was on your tailbone.
Fired that bugger on Craigslist and it was gone for almost what I paid within hours, to my surprise. I was honest about why I didn't want it, buyer didn't seem to care.
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And, to be fair, a handheld system with 2 cartridge slots, a touchscreen, internet capabilities and games like Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Duke Nukem and Resident Evil 2 is exactly what I got.
They just forgot to mention that it sucked.
Moon Shoes! I was so ecited as a kid to use these but the first use caused a broken ankle. You could barely jump with them in the first place.
The "inaudible to humans" cat deterrent devices you're supposed to be able to hide in your garden. It was really loud and piercing and utterly ineffective. I eventually gave up and got a cat. Now only one cat poos in my flowerbeds, which is an improvement, and I know what he eats.
There were these things called Bendaroos that I would often see on TV as a kid. They were these bendy things you could stick together and build stuff out of, and they looked SO COOL. My cousin bought a pack of them and invited me to play with her. The Bendaroos turned out to be these pathetic waxy sticks that you could not really build with. They didn't bend easily, they didn't really stick together, but damn did they make your hands and everything else around sticky.
A plastic thingy from Kickstarter with a whole bunch of attachments that promised to dice onions and cut other vegetables in interesting ways.
The blades and edge didn't quite align so it never cut all the way through.
The colours were cool though.
I donated it to a secondhand shop and feel a bit guilty that someone is going to spend money on it and find that it's a bit crap.
Pedi Paws, that rotary nail file for dogs. It would have taken at least 20 minutes of filing per nail, and no dog is going to hold still that long! What a waste of money!
Was it just a dremel? We have always used those for our dogs... 15 minutes total.
Must have been cheaply built I'm assuming?
I hate chopping vegetables so I bought one of those automatic things they show on TV. A whole diced onion in 30 seconds. It mainly just smushed everything and got clogged up and took forever to clean. Turns out a knife and cutting board is easier.
I have a new treadmill and elliptical I can sell you....
But where will you hang clothes?
Tooth whitening kit. Comes with some gel and a blue LED thing you put in your mouth for a few minutes twice a day. Used it for two weeks with absolutely no change, €30 down the drain.