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Another Piece of Crap From TeleBrands
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Let me begin by saying this is being written for a friend who does not have access to the internet. She saw the ads on TV for the Slice-a-Matic, a device for slicing and dicing foods. She ordered two of the packages, as she wanted one for herself and three to give as gifts, since the promotion was buy one, get one free. When the box arrived, there were four of the units in the box, but none of them had the promised recipe book, the cheap plastic units have a very hard time with potatoes or onions, and contrary to the TV ad, state the unit works best on leafy vegetables. The invoice stated the box contained two standard SAMs, and two 'Deluxe' SAMs. All four of the individual boxes inside bore the same item number, and the only difference was that two were white, as seen on TV, and two were black. Our friend is very unhappy with the SAMs, and the bill turned out to be much higher than quoted on TV. As we explained to her, they make their money on the outrageous shipping and handling charges. We told her that when you see a TeleBrands item advertised, you can usually find a similar item elsewhere at a much lower price and with higher quality. TeleBrands is a rip-off, selling garbage at inflated prices.
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raven2010 on 10/03/2011:
Thanks for posting this, Star. I HATE how deceiving this brand is!
Anonymous on 10/03/2011:
Everything this company advertises is junk. I would never buy from them.
GenuineNerd on 10/03/2011:
You have to be wary of buying anything from a TV offer. Eventually, most "as seen on TV" items end up on the shelves of Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and other the same price as the TV offer but without the shipping and handling costs. I wouldn't be surprised if the Slice-O-Matic is available locally.
Old Timer on 10/03/2011:
Spot on!

"TeleBrands is a rip-off, selling garbage at inflated prices"
Anonymous on 10/03/2011:
I ordered some of these. They came in two boxes, one with the main SAM unit, the second with an "attachment" of sorts (used when handling the food) and the recipe books.

I've had no problem with the SAM at all; it performs exactly as demonstrated. (There's a video online they suggest you watch to learn how to use it.)

My only real concern is wondering why I thought I wanted it at all, as a knife handles most jobs that I need done. It will probably come in handy when making veggie trays for parties, but, still, a knife is just fine. That said, I have no complaints about the SAM itself, its cost, or anything.
Skye on 10/03/2011:
Best answer genuine. Walgreens has an entire aisle dedicated to, "As Seen On TV" items.

Good review Starlord, thanks for the warning.
trmn8r on 10/03/2011:
We learned as young shavers many decades ago that you have to be careful about Shipping and Handling charges. This is nowhere more important than with Telebrands.

There are a LOT of these TWO FOR ONE offers these days. The reason is exactly what your "friend" discovered. They make a lot of profit on the shipping and HANDLING.
trmn8r on 10/03/2011:
The subject line of this complaint is awesome. As I scan down the list, it makes me break out laughing.
DebtorBasher on 10/03/2011:
I can usually tell what 'Seen On TV' products work and which ones doesn't by a simple trip to the Goodwill. If you find them and see they are still pretty new (maybe used once), then there's a reason they gave it away. One of the items I see by the dozen at any given time at the Goodwill is that pancake pan that closes and you turn it over. I see why that wouldn't work, there's an inch space between the top and bottom when it's closed, so common sense would tell you the batter would run out of the sides when the pan is flipped over. The other item I see there all the time are those pots that have the lock on lid with the holes to strain your food..those things would cut your finger off, they are so sharp and cheaply made.
Starlord on 10/04/2011:
S. Hawking, I couldn't agree more. If a cook (or chef) has the proper knife skills, something like the SAM is totally unnecessary. Thanks for the info on your experience, I will pass it on to our friend.
Alain on 10/04/2011:
I'd never order anything from Telebrands, but I don't order things from TV ads anyway. Good review and warning, Starlord.
GenuineNerd on 10/04/2011:
I had one of those pancake pans leaked batter when I flipped it, and ended up spilling pancake batter all over the stove. It went in the trash afterward.
DebtorBasher on 10/04/2011:
Exactly Nerd...when I seen them in the store, I knew it would have that problem without even buying it. Then I found them all over the shelves in the Goodwill stores.
BILLONEE on 10/15/2011:
BILLONEE on 10/15/2011:
An advantage to buying Telebrands or anything else at stores is that you can return them to the store more conveniently. I do suggest that before buying at the store, look up reviews on the web. I do get a laugh at times at how things are promoted on TV. A few years ago there was an ad for containers that included a woman reaching into her pantry for something & it all fell out. I think the going thought is that if a product does something, they must show (exaggeratingly) why your life is miserable without it. Ha!!!
Starlord on 10/17/2011:
What always got me was a food prep gadget that the voice-over stated was healthy and delicious. The woman in the ad looked as if someone had just given her a piece of a cow pie. I thought she was going to ruin the take by hurling. Makes me wonder how many takes they had to due to even get the one they used.
trmn8r on 10/17/2011:
I love the subject line of this complaint. It makes me laugh out loud and pretty much says it all.
Anonymous on 11/21/2011:
I no longer buy things from informericals. If you wait a while it will always turn up in the stores.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgrees, Target and Walmart all have "As Seen On Tv" sections in their stores. I will never understand the "just pay separate handling" fees. If you can put one item in the box why can't you just put in two without charging a separate fee?
Anonymous on 11/21/2011:
Another warning: Be aware of "Free. Just pay shipping" items. Because they will always be on a monthly "Auto Ship" program for 10 times the amount that you paid for the item + shipping in the beginning.
Starlord on 11/21/2011:
Taylor is absolutely correct. They do run a disclaimer for about three seconds in 3 point type that the 'free' trial is tacit approval of their auto-ship and billing program, and that you are free to cancel at any time. Yeah, right. It takes an act of Congress and six Philadelphia lawyers to get it cancelled.
May32 on 11/22/2011:
You should report this to



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Bad Product and Customer Service
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I have been seeing the ads for the Alum-Wallet on television, and several of the claims made the wallet attractive to me. The offer on TV is $10.99 plus S&H, and they double the offer to two wallets, and you pay separate S&H for the second 'FREE' wallet. I know this bring the total cost of the two wallets to close to thirty dollars (you cannot just order one wallet, as with all those TV offers, they package them in twos,) and many stores carry singles of the same items in their 'As Seen On TV' sections. I bought the alumawallet at K-Mart for $10.99. The latch did not work right from the get-go, and I tore up my thumbnail trying to open it every time. The ad shows, supposedly, a truck driving over one of the wallets and not damaging the "cast alumionum body" of the wallet and not damaging it. Mine has one side collapsed in on itself just from being in my hip pocket. I called the 800 number for customer service, and got blown off. The CSR, who talked like she had a mouth full of candy or something, said I had to takeit back to K-Mart for a refund, that they were only customer service if I ordered through the phone or online. I told her K-Mart did not make the wallet, they did. The compare the Aluma-Wallet to a stainless steel wallet that costs over fifty dollars in the ads. The SS one ends up costing not much more than the Tele-Brands POS, and probably is much sturdier. I will never purchase anything from Tele-Brands again. as all the cr@p they sell has this two for one (plus separate shipping and handling scam as part of the 'offer.'
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Alain on 08/09/2011:
Not ordering anything from Telebrands seems like a very good idea, Starlord. Good review and a very helpful warning. Thanks!
Venice09 on 08/09/2011:
Sounds like a ripoff.
saj80 on 08/09/2011:
Good review; I still would like to know if anything advertised on television actually works as demonstrated. I have ordered items before, and nothing has every worked as advertised.
CrystalSword on 08/09/2011:
The wallet is definitely NOT worth $10.99 and we had tried that "Heel-Tastic" because we were able to get it at a local store, it doesn't work either. SOME items seem to be fine, but for the most part, not buying anymore of the AS SEEN ON TV crap...and that is what it is.
Old Timer on 08/09/2011:
$30 for $5 worth of Chinese junk? Thanks for the warning and review!
old fart on 08/09/2011:
You got what you paid for and not a penny more...
All these 2-fers you see on the tube are just so much hype for crud that's made in India or China at a wholesale cost of perhaps a twentieth of the retail price. THE TV distributors of this garbage make their money on " shipping and handling"

Vinnie11 on 08/09/2011:
I have only ever been pleased with one of these types of purchases. I agree, the "As Seen on TV" stuff is usually crap but I am extremely fond of my Genie Bra. Worth each and every penny.
Anonymous on 08/09/2011:
Vinnie, are you male or female?
Vinnie11 on 08/09/2011:
Venice09 on 08/09/2011:
I've bought a few "As Seen on TV" items from stores that I've been pleased with. But I would never order them from television. Everything eventually ends up in stores. You just have to be patient.
CrystalSword on 08/09/2011:
we haven't ordered from tv or internet....just at the stores....and I have loads of patience!
Starlord on 08/11/2011:
Update: K-Mart refunded my purchase price, plus tax with a smile. Great people to deal with. Now I have to find and purchase another wallet, but it won't be an AlumaWallet.
Anonymous on 08/11/2011:
That's awesome, Starlord! Great to hear!
jktshff1 on 08/11/2011:
Good info.
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