Creative Corner- In Bed And Buying The lessons from HSN and DR
I've been sick for three weeks with the dreaded flu. How do I pass the time? Daytime TV leaves a lot to be desired. CNN gets tedious, and Oprah doesn't come on until 4 p.m. I've been spending my days watching Home Shopping Network and infomercials. Not only do I watch ...
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My first purchase is an IGIA ionizer hair dryer. This amazing contraption is supposed to dry my hair in half the time, with absolutely no breakage! The enthusiasm of the salesperson is remarkable; she really gets me excited about the product. When she offers to include a free styling brush and terry cloth robe, I can't resist. I'm reaching for the phone.
A little later, I'm feeling awful—sick and sniffling. But I'm buying a good deal of stuff.
I switch the channel to Valuevision, which is having a Romance Week special: an 18-karat gold bracelet. Says the announcer: "It's a Greek Ribbon bracelet, 18-karat gold—both yellow and white—entwined to look like little ribbons in between the links. The retail price is $1,789. But you can buy it now for only $599."
Here's the clinker: "There are only 30 of these magnificent bracelets available. That's less than one per state!" I'm hanging on every word this woman is saying (maybe I have a fever). "That's only $18 per gram for 18-karat gold!"
I have no idea what a gram of gold costs, but I find myself intrigued. I stay strong. I'm still resisting the offer. I sneeze. I blow my nose. I sneeze.
The woman on my TV screen announces: "Wait, we have a special offer! You can get this Greek Ribbon bracelet for six 'value pays' of $99 each—that's just six easy payments!" I'm thinking: "In New York, I spend more than that for lunch every week.