Infomercials Informative - The Golden Era of Late Night Infomercials

Review by 20131 on 2006-02-27

If any of you have been around long enough to remember the "golden era" of INFOMERCIALS, you'll surely recall Mike Levy and "The Amazing Discoveries" series. Mike was an original TV Huskter, flamboyant sweaters, outrageous claims from car wax to floor cleaners. Overnite TV airtime was a bargain and ads sold at a P.I. rate, (per inquiry). "Amazing Discoveries" skits brought us products such as burning car wax and English "accented" co-hosts to convince us to buy. Truly the fore-runner of today's "home shopping" channels.........this form of advertising is a classing rendition of our Americana and Infomercial History.
Comments:24 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-02-01
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-02-28:
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-02-28:
As I recall he died of cancer a couple of years ago.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
Sorry, that was supposed to be "huckster," and "classic." A spell check would come in handy on this website.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
You got that right! Especially for those that post reviews during "happy hours".
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-02-28:
PI advertising is offered as much today as ever. When was this golden age, like 3-6 years ago? Yes, any oldtimers out there been around long enough to remember 2002? :O
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
You're taking me way back. Ron Popeil... "Set it and forget it". Didn't some ex-boxer sell a "grill" way back then? My, haven't the years gone by!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
PI advertising has changed, at least as far as affiliates are concerned. And Amazing Discoveries was featured in the early 90s. Get your googles straight, slim.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-02-28:
How has it changed? I'm versed with this form of advertising, and it is a pretty simple concept that doesn't have much room for variance. Agian, it's still around and popular- and after all these years too. lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
"how has it changed........." For one, air-time which was so cheap to buy "way back when," particularly during post-holiday time, cannot be bought in "volume" as it once was. Additionally, broadcasters want a bigger chunk "up-front" for said air-time. Lastly, the FCC has made broadcasters more "responsible" for the outlandish claims of the products they push. A simple disclaimer supered at the end isn't good enough anymore. Slim it's vastly different from the little "mom and pop" ads you might have bought back in the day.......or have the tiny-town radio remote show up at the ribbon cutting of your new washing machine display. yawn.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
Back in the early nineties I bought one of those cheap "juicers"... What a joke! We spent as much time cleaning up the mess that it made as we did drinking the juice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
I actually met and interviewed "The Juice Man," as he was known. He had a "tickle" in his throat and kept coughing. I politely offered to fetch him a cup of water. He declined, motoined over to his assistant and said, "no thanks, I'll wait for the juice." Hahahahaha, what a charlitan.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-02-28:
That's charlatan, meaning a person fraudulently claiming knowledge and skills not possessed. I would have figured you'd know that word well enough to spell it right.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
Yeah, you'd think, knowing you so well. Guess you beat me to "dictionary.com" eh? loser.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-02-28:
Guess so, wouldn’t that make you the L word? In all fairness, I did have a head start by already knowing how to spell it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
As for me the most perfect match for gadgets and people it had to be Deon Sander's Hot Dog Cooker! Great athlete but what a "hot dog" on the field. Ron Popeil is my hero along with Jack Lalane. I exercised watching him (Jack) 40 years ago!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
Interesting story behind Popeil, worth looking up. The "Pocket Fisherman" was one of his greatest successes, that actually worked. Most of his stuff nowadays is just junk. Those knives he peddles are the worst.
Posted by miketech on 2006-02-28:
I got some microfiber cleaning cloths alittle over a year ago. Wow they sure do clean, all you need is alittle water.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-28:
A friend gave me a "Mr. Clean Magic Pad" to take marks off of walls, etc. Couldn't believe how well it worked.
Posted by tander on 2006-03-01:
I've used that Mr.Clean Eraser too, works great!
Posted by Mad Eye Moody on 2006-03-01:
I fell for the Oxy Clean hype. It tasted terrible.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-03-01:
Pirate must have been hooked when he purchased his Flowbee. Too bad you didn’t spring for the video stream on paltalk. How else will all the ladies be able to check out that hot “doo”.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-01:
*Spewing Pepsi on my screen today*
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-24:
You're likely spewing something else on slimjim.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
Vertical Chicken Roaster!

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