With the success shown with As Seen on TV products in the past few years, we can only hope that future products show as much promise
(PRWEB) May 4, 2005
(PRWEB) May 4, 2005
As Seen on TV products, led by new products in the past few years, have seen tremendous growth in popularity.
"As Seen On TV" products have come a long way since their original introduction. The improvement in product quality, usefulness, and even the people who sell them have gone a long way to helping this type of product become more popular than ever.
As Seen On TV products is really a generic name attached to items that are advertised on television - either in 30 minute infomercial spots, or in 30 second commercials. Famously, these items sell for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling, of course). These products can range from health and beauty products, to exercise products, to toys and games for children.
Even as recently as 10 years ago, most "As Seen On TV" products were considered jokes, and that no one would take them seriously. Everyone remembers products such as: Spray on Hair - which was little more than spray paint for your head to cover up a bald spot, Hair Removal gel that caused more pain than hair it removed. Products like this were endless and flooded the airwaves, especially when cable channels were looking for programming hours to fill when cable was in its infancy.
Today, As Seen On TV Products have become far more useful, popular - even to the point where major retailers like Wal-mart have begun to carry them. Their appeal is undeniable.
Now, products are available such as Cold Heat, which MSNBC reviewed and gave accolades, "It works exactly as promised. I turned it on and the soldering iron remained cool to the touch until I put it near a metal connection on a printed circuit board."
The reviewer also noted that he tested the claim that it cooled down almost instantly, saying, "As soon as I lifted the iron off the solder joint I put my fingers near the tip. Two seconds later I felt no heat and I grabbed the tip. It was nice and cool to the touch. ItÂs so nice to have something work exactly as described."
Years ago, saying that an As Seen on TV product worked just as described would be impossible. Today, its commonplace for them to be useful and work as they are described in infomercials.
There are also products such as Smart Spin, which is a kitchen cabinet organizer that allows one to save space by using nesting containers in a spinning carousel. It performs its job perfectly and is destined to become of the biggest As Seen on TV sellers ever, as Wal-mart has begun to carry them - purchasing over a million units recently.
The improvement in quality for the As Seen on TV Products can possibly be attributed to the people who have put their name on them. Probably the first real celebrity to sell an As Seen on TV Product was George Foreman, who sold the Lean Mean Grilling Machine. After the success of that product, many other celebrities have joined the mix as well. Richard Karn, famous as Tim's helpful assistant Al Borland on Home Improvement, sells the Little Giant Ladder on 30 minute TV infomercials. This ladder is supposed to be like 27 ladders in one, because of all the different ways it can be used. It has become very popular since it has been on television, in fact the company has had to double production capacity more than once, just to keep up with the orders. Even big names such as Vanessa Williams, who endorses ProActiv, sells products through infomercials now.
A few As Seen on TV products have even gone mainstream, away from their TV roots. One of the most famous examples of this is Oxi-Clean. Originally sold in 30 second and 30 minute spots on TV, it is now carried by many supermarkets around the country, simply due to customer demand.
"With the success shown with As Seen on TV products in the past few years, we can only hope that future products show as much promise," says Johann Erickson, owner of TV Products 4 Less - which sells As Seen on TV products.
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