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Infomercials
« on: August 23, 2007, 09:36:51 PM »

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I love Infomercials. I seriously get sucked into them and can't quit watching. I don't know what it is. Perhaps a feeble mind, perhaps the fact that I don't have cable. I don't know. But I love infomercials.

I've never bought anything from an infomercial before. Laura has (ProActiv, TaeBo, Winsor Pilates, etc) but for the most part, I just like watching them. I seem to be immune to the sales pitch. Until last week, that is.

We've been looking for a new home gym dealie to replace the antique universal weight stack system that I've had for a while. Neither of us like it for a variety of reasons. I read a while back that the Total Gym is the real deal and was about ready to buy one, until I saw the infomercial for this. Something about it just rubbed me the right way.

If you buy it new, they want upwards of $1300 for it. I found a seller on Ebay (that I later found out to be Fitness Quest, the actual retail distributor for them in the first place) selling returned demo units that are "refurbished to new condition" for half price. After some inner turmoil, I finally pulled the trigger last week, it arrived today.

Quick initial thoughts: not difficult to assemble, though quite time consuming (took about 2.5 hours). Very solid construction, seems pretty bullet proof. I've never used a non-stack (Bowflex, Soloflex, etc) weight machine that feels so close to actual weight stacks, if it weren't for not hearing the metal plates clang together it would be easy to believe they're actual weight stacks. Since it's mostly cable exercises, the lack of range of motion that you sometimes get from traditional weight machines doesn't appear to be a problem. I was a little worried about 220lbs max resistance, but after messing around with it a bit 220lbs should be ample for an average guy.

I think we made a good purchase. If anyone cares, I'll offer a better writeup after using it for a few weeks.
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Re: Infomercials
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007, 09:48:12 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 12:10:22 AM »

Infomercials can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007, 05:40:18 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007, 05:48:04 AM »

Let me know your thoughts after a couple of weeks.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 06:50:51 AM »

Bountiful doesn't have cable TV yet?

I think you wasted your money.  You should be fit enough from hauling buckets of water from the crik.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 07:12:16 AM »

I love infomercials too.   Anonymous  I could watch the Medicus and Qray Saturday morning shows forever.    Straight Shootin' Golf was my first, from then I was hooked.  I rarely buy anything, but I do love to watch them.

The Total Gym is the real deal.  I've been on one.  As soon as I scrape up the several hundred bucks, I'm buying one.

Not from them, or online.  They sell the 1500 model at *8==>*'s.  Best deal I've seen.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007, 07:21:49 AM »

I bought the Little Giant Ladder after watching their informercial a few times. It's a little heavy but it's rock solid and very versatile.

I will agree with you though. Something about informercials seems to always get me to think, hey I could really use that!
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Re: Infomercials
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007, 07:39:17 AM »

Probably would work great as a place to hang laundry to dry.  That is what we'd turn it into after a few weeks.


BTW, I totally want the rotisiere cooker thing that cooks stuff in like 5 minutes.  It looks badass.  That and the magic bullet.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007, 08:17:45 AM »

Infomercials can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.
I think that might be the simple truth of it.

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Let me know your thoughts after a couple of weeks.
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I think you wasted your money.  You should be fit enough from hauling buckets of water from the crik.
I'm thinking about digging a well in the Spring though.

I bought the Little Giant Ladder after watching their informercial a few times. It's a little heavy but it's rock solid and very versatile.
I love that one. I was all set to buy it until I saw the price tag.  Shocked

That and the magic bullet.

MIL gave us one of those for Christmas a couple of years ago. Meh. We ended up giving it away.
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007, 08:52:19 AM »


You're a Regifter!!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2007, 08:56:12 AM »


You're a Regifter!!!!!
Well, not exactly. It was used and the recipient knew it. It was more of a "do you want this or should we just give it to Good Will?" kind of thing.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2007, 08:57:42 AM »


I bought the Little Giant Ladder after watching their informercial a few times. It's a little heavy but it's rock solid and very versatile.
I love that one. I was all set to buy it until I saw the price tag.  Shocked

Dude.  Buy it at Cous Cous.  I did.  Same exact ladder, but only a hundo!   Cool

Component ladders vs. OEM.

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2007, 09:15:03 AM »


I bought the Little Giant Ladder after watching their informercial a few times. It's a little heavy but it's rock solid and very versatile.
I love that one. I was all set to buy it until I saw the price tag.  Shocked

Dude.  Buy it at Cous Cous.  I did.  Same exact ladder, but only a hundo!   Cool

Component ladders vs. OEM.



Wifey o.k.'d it as a "Christmas" gift a few years ago.

Plus, Little Giants are forged from German Stainless Steel. Not cast like cheap knock-offs. They also offer the Tour version for a minimal upcharge.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2007, 11:59:53 AM »

That looks cool.  I've love to get something like that, but we don't have a basement, so we've got space issues.  The Bio Force doesn't look to massive, though.
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