Marketing Ploys & Other Scams

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BEFORE "Make Me Gorgeous"
AFTER  "Make Me Gorgeous"
AFTER "Make Me Gorgeous"

Save Time......just burn your money

" NEW! Scientific breakthrough, taking the country by storm ! The most powerful, fast-acting beauty transformation product ever...well-guarded Hollywood secret now exposed and made available to the general public. The "miracle," every woman has been waiting for ! Order yours today, while supplies last. This amazing offer will not be repeated after mid-night today! Call now to order your 30 day supply of "Make Me Gorgeous," beauty balm. Cosmetic surgery in a jar ! (See actual, un-retouched photos, right )

The example may be a bit over-the-top and the majority of us would like to claim we would never fall for such outrageous advertising bunk. I would agree, to a point. But the reality is, we're all susceptible to the rampant marketing ploys, cleverly designed to suck in the consumer and literally rob us of our money. That's the main goal, the sole intention of outrageous ads and deceitful marketing. They want our money. The very term, "ploy," implies that the consumer is being tricked, duped, sucked in, in short, lied to. Just as though thugs on the streets might hold a gun to your head and demand,."Gimme all your money NOW!."

I know none of us can easily admit to having been bamboozled by a scam, presented by ever- expanding marketing gurus and their gimmicks. We all prefer to believe we're too sharp to be taken in by so much hocus-pocus. Let's just say that if it were a fact that most of us are too smart to fall for the massive marketing industry take-over, no one would be in debt.


ONLY 76% ???
ONLY 76% ???
Don't throw your $$ away!!
Don't throw your $$ away!!
USE IT !!
USE IT !!

It's OK to confess

You may be reluctant to admit having ever been pulled in by the billions of dollars worth of smoke and mirrors that all companies spend per year, to fleece our pockets. This is fine. I understand. It wasn't easy for me to stand tall, admit my vulnerability and the times I walked straight into the trap. Yes, I have hung my head in shame, trying to forgive myself for my moments of weakness and total disregard for my hard-earned cash.

Hey, we're human, remember, we all make mistakes? We learn our lessons, usually the hard way, which of course, leaves more of an impression upon us. Right? Taking an honest, hard look at our spending habits will easily tell us how seldom we learn those lessons.

It's not our fault ! Advertising is everywhere. The Marketing Monster seeks it's prey 24/7, via any and every means possible. It cannot be escaped, nor even avoided. The internet, billboards, magazines, newspapers, junk mail and television. The general public is being being primed to spend more and disregard financial common sense when we're not even consciously aware. This should be scary to realize.

It stands to reason, people. We must arm ourselves and be ever-ready to do battle with the cunning and conniving thieves who live, breathe and create to rob us blind. We need to take a firm stand against the marketing maniacs and take a much more realistic attitude on our susceptibility. Be alert to the crazy scams, use a firm grip on our money and refuse to give it up to those professionals who taunt us with their "must have products." Can we do this?

Stay clear of enemy territory

All day, all night airing of The Shopping Network, QVC and those 60-second quickies, flashed on the screen at each commercial break. That gadget that stops your dog from barking, the magic pill that melts away fat as you sleep? To not purchase these items is to be missing the joy of living. How can we possibly live without the latest miracle product now that we know it exists?

It's all so convenient too. A toll-free number, operators on duty at all times, just pick up the phone. Have you noticed there's a constant price that seems to be attached to all these products? How is it possible that they're all $19.99 plus shipping & handling? Could it be, it's all the same group of con-artists from a huge warehouse full of garbage made in India, China or Japan? This uniform price keeps the book work simple. These twenty dollar items are worth approximately two bucks a piece (maybe), meaning a hell of a profit to these vendors. That's what it's ALL about. Let me repeat myself. It's the game of just how quickly and easily they can make our money "their money."

Since I mentioned "scams,"...You know, this is such a small, small world. I wonder....could you and I have the same deceased family members from Nigeria, trying desperately to contact us to claim our inheritance? You never know. Tell ya what, you go ahead and send them that information they need and the money order for $1500 to cover the legal fees and then give me a call. Sound like a plan, buddy? Laugh all you want as you ask if there can really be a single person stupid enough to fall for anything so outrageous. There is and they do.

The economic crisis, that sad situation we're all struggling through, requires a huge dose of common sense among other things. Perhaps this crisis can offer at least an opportunity to shake us up and wake us up. Maybe being literally forced to take a serious look at the big picture of our own finances will be a part of our salvation.

I've learned to play tricks on myself to avoid temptation. In my moments of attraction to the marketing ploys bombarding my senses, I quickly divert my attention to the closets full of useless "stuff" and spare room packed with foolish purchases, many still unopened. I remind myself that Spring is just a couple months away and that means Yard Sales. This is where we can find just about anything we've ever seen advertised. The lawns and garages all over town will be offering all the crap we can possibly carry, at less than half price! For that matter, I may be able to simply swap with my neighbor, my junk for her junk. How foolish can we get?

The ploys and scams are with us to stay. Hold your ground and use a mantra if you must. Be sensible, responsible and mature. The intelligent thing to do is to simply refuse to part with our hard-earned cash by saying "No," to unnecessary, foolish purchases.


Be the winner once in a while. The next time you're shopping and drawn to that display with the huge sign and flashing lights, turn around and walk away. It's great practice!!

BTW, that "before photo? It's not me. Unfortunately, neither is the "after". And no product ever invented could make it me!


Welcome to "Here, take my money"

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

joe....Yes, we are surrounded. Our only defense is Consumer Awareness. Those of us who have burned a time or 2, wise up fairly quickly! (I hope!)

Thanks for stopping by.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

So many ploys out there and so many ways to get someone's money. Very informative and insightful hub.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell...If that Uncle exists, you and I are cousins, honey!!!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hiya, the advantage of being broke all the time is the fact that i can totally dismiss all this! lol! I never believe anything....apart from the guys who want to give me millions because of great uncle whatshisname in africa...so you are telling me that isn't real? lol!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes.....the scammers are all around. It only took me a few ludicrous purchases to sit up straight and be on alert. However, I have friends who are literally addicted to the shopping networks......and I just helplessly watch them throw their money away, daily.

I'm all the way on the other side of the spectrum for the past 15 years....Have become Miss Frugal and a staunch recycler. I love the challenge and it's very beneficial!

Thanks for the visit!


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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

This is a useful and funny hub. The people that wants to separate us from our money sometimes do think consumers are fools and frighteningly some are. The biggest recommendation I can give is to avoid a new telemarketer's scam where they intercept your calls to toll free numbers and ask that you press 1 to listen to a sales pitch or details because you won a prize (there is no prize and nothing is free). Within thirty seconds you will be asked for your cc info from a company that you know nothing about and you likely will be beginning monthly charges that never end for pure garbage. These same sketchy telemarketers will call you and are now leaving messages so that you call them back...all in an attempt to evade certain laws against telemarketing!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jaye.....& Paul.....I am grateful for your kindness, thoughts & prayers. I can only hope that you & all the wonderful friends I have here on HP, know, without doubt, how much you all mean to me and that your comfort is irreplaceable.............Paula


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Paula, I am so sorry to hear about the passing away of your husband. Trust in the Lord, family, and your good friends and I'm certain they will give you the strength to carry on with your mission in life. I'm happy to be in contact with you again!


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Oh, Paula...what a shock for you and all the family, as sudden death always is. Knowing he didn't suffer must provide a measure of consolation, as well as the fact that he was happy when he passed from this life. It's amazing that the last words he spoke to you were "...I love you." I hope those words and the realization he thought of his love for you during his last moments will comfort you in your grief.

From things you've written, I know you have good memories of your life with Jim, and the best thing I can hope for you is for the time to arrive when you can think about those happy times with smiles rather than tears. Having a lost loved one live on in our hearts is the kindness that the passage of time bestows.

You're right that we never know...what the next day, or even the next hour, will bring. That thought should help us live each day as though it might be our last.

I'll be thinking of you, dear friend, and will add my own prayers to those of others for your solace.

Love,

Jaye


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

carter....you are too sweet. Thank you so much, dear new friend. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers..... Peace.


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Fpher came back to read your comment & realized your news!! What a shock! So very very sorry, to hear about your man..my thoughts & prayers are with you..take care..


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello, my dear friend, Jaye.....Thank you for your thoughtfulness......some knew and some hadn't picked up the news, until reading a blip here or there (as you obviously did, here).

It was an incredible shock Jaye....believe me. When I say "suddenly," I mean, "instantly." Jim was kicked back in his lounge, watching some sports. I spoke to him as I walked through the room, to tell him I was about to make dinner. He said, "That's a good idea, honey....I love you." Approx 10 minutes later, I went in to ask him about a choice of vegetable......and he was gone. The EMT's in our small town, were here is moments.....and worked on him, (God love them) for at least 30 minutes. He flat-lined the entire 30 min. Dr. says he threw a lg. clot directly to the heart, which stopped it instantly. I try not to go into these details, in a public forum.....I know it is upsetting. But, I knew that you would be concerned as to how this happened and I wanted you to know.

In every tragedy, somewhere, somehow, we can find a blessing or 2. Jim did not suffer, he had not been seriously ill, not had to be hospitalized for a lengthy period. Just the day before, he had lunch with his sons & their wives and his grandchildren.....which always made him happy....

Jaye....we say it all the time, "Every moment of life is precious." "Each day is a gift." "Be kind and be happy, because we never know." The power of those words, is in their reality. I miss you all and will be back soon......Love, Paula


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi there, Carter (Mary #3)......I'm glad you got a chuckle or 2. Also glad to hear you know to stay clear of the money suckers, all around us!! To me, the worst part of it is, How very STUPID I feel, after I've thrown good money into something cheap and useless......99% of the time. I want to wear a sign that says, "Kick me!" LOL


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Paula...I knew something must be terribly wrong when you stopped posting, and am so very sorry to learn about your sudden loss of your husband. My heart aches for you, dear friend. I'm glad you have that amazing support system at this traumatic time in your life. Please know that you have many friends here in the HP community who care for you, too.

Take care,

Jaye


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

And Mary here again fpher:) missed this one before but thanks for the reminder about not getting sucked in..had a bit of a splurge on the tv shop a while ago but never get too carried away..I agree most of it's a bit cheap & nasty for sure & not worth hard earned dollars..had a bit of a laugh with this one..cheers


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tillie & Mary......or should I say, Mary & Mary?? Thanks for stopping by, ladies! It's good to see you and hear from you. I miss you all, so much. I try to get a quick fix, by sneaking onto HP for a few minutes each day......Kind of like those "quick fixes" that are sold on the TV ads.....only no money is thrown away!! Love you! See you soon!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Paul......Thank you so much for reading, commenting and sharing. I appreciate this so much, since my activity level has been so low since Feb 11th. (my husband died suddenly). I'm taking off some time, to do what needs to be done, catch my breath and steady my life. I am blessed with an amazing support system of family & friends and at this point, am doing well. Thanks for "missing" me! LOL I shall return full-time, in the near future. Peace, Paul


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed reading this Hub. I worked at a Call Center taking these calls for advertised products on TV. I would just shake my head at all the people calling in with their orders. Unbelievable. My Daddy used to say that people would buy a pile of horse manure if it had a cherry on top and a cheap price.

Voted UP, etc.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Well Effer, I'm glad Paul decided to share this hidden gem and know little by little you are coming back to us.

I love, love, love, the way you make your point with humor. (It is humor right?) If I might add, though the price is only $19.99 they don't tell you that the shipping and handling is also only $19.99 so, for the added bonus of S&H you are paying $39.98 for that $2.00 item or better yet, the ads that tell you the second one is free, just pay S&H...that $19.99 fee or is that what we call free, $19.99!

This should be read all over because most of us are in the before picture but not the after!

Voted up, useful, funny, interesting and shared.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Paula,

This is a very interesting and useful hub with a message which is way too true. As a consumer, one must be aware of what one is buying. My father used to say that "a fool and his or her money are soon parted." You must be wise when making purchases or suffer the consequences. I haven't seen you much on Hubpages in the past few months. How have you been? I hope things are going well for you and your family. voting this hub up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello, Spy!....Good to see you and I'm glad you got a chuckle from my comment!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hahaha!! paula you rockz the ending!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MT......Hopefully your family members will not believe they have a long lost relative in Nigeria!! LOL..........


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

It would be great if we could trust people and companies. I have family members who are new to the internet, and they get so excited when they have won lotteries they did not sign up for and offers to get free products and such. It is scary to leave them out there not knowing which things they will actually fall for.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ROFLMAO..........No way.........OMG, I think I busted a gasket laughing at this one! However, his HAIR is 50 shades of Grey..........dose that count?


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molometer 4 years ago

Has your husband been reading that book. 50 shades of grey?

I hear that it's all about tying people up lol.

At least it would stop the spending, if nothing else :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Molo....I'm stealing that expression!! "...a load of tat." Love it!! Leave it to you English to have a polite and civil way to say, bullshit. We Americans need to clean up our act!

Steam bullets, ey? Of course....don't be so hard on yourself. Who could resist steam bullets? Not me. Of course, when you discover they don't do the job, quite as claimed....you could always clean your burners with the steam flowing from your ears!

My husband, bless his tight-wad heart...he's cured me. Duct tape and hand cuffs. They aren't really comfortable...but, ya know......a guy's gotta do what he's gotta do.

Thank you molo!!!


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molometer 4 years ago

Brilliant hub Paula,

I often wonder what moron buys this crap from these shopping channels. It is such a load of tat.

Then suddenly when out and about I find myself buying a steam bullet lol. The buy line. 'Clean without those harsh chemicals' ringing in my ears.

I took it home and tried it out. I cleaned two burners and had to refill it and then wait for the steam to build up again. Three mores times and I finished the hobs.

Needless to say it went back to the shop the next day.

We are all susceptible to marketing ploys and other scams.

This hub is a good reminder to be vigilant and use the mantra. Liar, liar pants on fire.

Every vote. Tweet.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You hang in there, zionsphere! Just look, but don't buy! Just say, "No," ! You can do it! Don't know how you have managed to get through life thus far without an ahh bra and mighty mend it, but I'm proud of you!!


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zionsphere 4 years ago from Oregon

Yes, I must confess that I have hung my head in shame while walking out of the "as seen on tv" aisle at walgreens, because I actually allowed myself to admire one of the junk items on the shelf for more than a few seconds....oh heck... who am I foolin??? I WANTED an ahh bra, and a bottle of mighty mendit REALLY bad.

Sad thing is , I KNOW what kind of hypnotic suggestion tricks they used to reel me into believing I NEED thse things to improve my life. Yup. they will be around for a long long time, and I'll be hanging my head in shame for a long time too.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

The target for all scam artists are people that want something for nothing or want to accomplish something without hard work....since those "targets" will always be out there so will all these ploys and scams...a very well done hub that I enjoyed reading.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Insane....I, for one, would like to have the money back that I foolishly threw away as a "young" consumer. I think I was pulled in by just about any load of bull that was out there.

I still hang my head in embarrassment when I recall being convinced by a door to door salesLIAR (44years ago!!) that I had to think of my new baby's future education and purchase a set of encyclopedias!! Oh yeah, GOOD BUY, MOM!! Duh.


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

LOL! It's always nice to start the day with a good laugh.

Yeah, those marketing ploys & scams can be quite humorous, albeit it's a shame that so many people fall for it.

You know, it would probably be fun to advertise for some of those bogus products. Primary requirement: To be able to lie in a creative fashion! Ha!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

carolyn....So nice to hear from you....we all get pulled in now and then. You hit the nail on the head when you say...it all depends on our "mood" at a particular time. This is so true. Some make purchases to lift their spirits when they're down & there are those who shop with abandon when in a happy mood.

If we think about this, it's a lot like how we react to food too!!! Would you agree?


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carolyn a. ridge 4 years ago

I have been "sucked in" too many times to remember; but I am responsible for my choices. Yes, the name of the game is make-money, but no one is holding me hostage, when I order these lies. It just depends on my mood at the time of the advertisement. Everything we do and say is somehow connected to advertising: from the clothes we wear, the endorsements we give to products we like, movies, restaurants, hair styles, etc.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Actually, there would be many more wise consumers if that were a basic course, only it should be taught in grade school rather than college!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ahhhh..."there's a sucker born every minute?" Thanks Jaye. Always good to have you stop by and comment. I think consumer psychology should be a MUST!!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I'm immune to that stuff--probably because (many moons ago)I majored in Marketing and learned a lot about consumer psychology (aka "How to trick those suckers into buying this stuff!").

Have you ever noticed that many of those preposterous online ads have bold writing that states the "special one-time price" being offered will only last a few more hours? Betcha if you track down that same ad tomorrow, it will say the same thing, only the deadline will have advanced by one day.

You know what P.T. Barnum said....


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Awwwwwwwww....shucks, Sunshine girl....I can always count on you for a kind word.....AND YOUR CRAZY SENSE OF HUMOR THAT CRACKS ME UP!!! Thank you, GF!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I LOVE your new PHOTO and updated BIO!!! :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie...Once again, you're spot-on and I agree....I suppose there is a bit of "genius" involved in being a scam artist who preys on the weak....but perhaps it's more in line with greed and deceit...Those are the keys to "manipulation." It's tough to soar like an eagle with so many Turkeys in the way!! lol Thanks, Martie


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I almost claimed my inheritance, until they've asked me to send money...

To sell a dream, a wish, a hope, one has to be some kind of a genius or manipulator of people.

Best thing to do is to ignore all ads and only buy what you need and only what you can afford.

Thanks for sharing your views on this, Paula :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi there, Nell Rose....All we need to do is learn how to divert our attention when temptation arises....refuse to get pulled in or "hynotized" by the marketing (because that IS what their intention is!) This is not easy. If it were, Marketing gurus would be out of a job. They make a ton of money, because their smoke and mirrors and catch-phrases work! Thanks for stopping by!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I know just what you mean! the ads that drive me mad are the ones for skin or hair products, if they are on tv try to quickly read the small writing at the bottom of the screen! it tells you the truth but is so tiny that you will miss it, the one that makes me laugh is when it says, 36 per cent of women like this out of 5, 000! so that works out at about 1 person then! lol!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dex....Good to see you! Glad you enjoyed my hub. It's the least I can do in return for the Obama Dramas that we all love. I'm sorta tempted to ask you what the "something else," is, that I am....but my Mama didn't raise no fool. See you on your site soon! Peace.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Fpher! You are something else! I REALLY enjoyed this Fabulous hub! Great picture! lol!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

editorsupremo....Yes....we are humans and of course, women, in particular are ALWAYS seeking out "Improvement." This is all good and I'm right there in that group! It's the Marketers job to KNOW these things and they do their job well! lol. By the looks of your lovely picture...whatever you're doing...keep doing it!! Thank you so much for your comment. Hey....some advice from an "older woman?" Hang on to those 6-pack abs, because at a certain age....they just PACK UP and leave!! Seriously....it's the pits!! LOL


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Oh we're only human and always seeking to look more beautiful, get lustruous hair, fit abs, silky skin and anything else that will make us alluring! The advertising marketers know this and target our week emotions. Hmmn I must get that anti-wrinkle, face lift cream in a jar that will make me look 10 years younger!

Great Hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mark...Would love to be your student! I have such an aversion to the fraud and dishonesty, I've been known to be quite vocal about it. People like Madoff are the worst of criminals. He belongs precisely where he is. Much of the blame goes to consumers, who never cease to amaze me with their utter stupidity. I have never been able to "sell" much of anything. I'm tempted to begin every sales pitch with, "Don't believe a single word of what I'm about to say......" Thanks for stopping by.


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Mark Jenner 4 years ago

Nice Hub

As a fraud specialist I am always preaching that fraud extends beyond the Nigerian frauds, Ponzi (Madhof) scams and other serious newsworthy crimes to sharp business practice and the marketing you are discussing. Tney might only be taking $19.99, but from millions of people this turns out to be a massive fraud.

Thanks, Mark (UK)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tammy...poetvix....missolive....victoria lynn & Dreamsinger.......LOOK....all females. I wonder who the shoppers are? Looks like you lovely ladies are pretty good at resisting the urge to "impulse" shop. I buy NOTHING unless I absolutely can't live without it. (Otherwise known as your typical tightwad) Prior single Moms tend to get into learning how to squeeze pennies until Abe begs for mercy. I have at least a couple of friends in denial that they are addicted to their credit cards. I'm sure that their neighbors believe they're having an affair with the Fed-Ex guy!!


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Dreamsinger 4 years ago from New Zealand

Ha ha great hub love it - haven't bought anything off T.V. but I have bought via the internet and adverts in magazines - and thankfully they haven't been too bad. It's the face creams that I too get tempted with, but it's usually the Chemists that get my $$$.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

There's only one "as seen on TV" ad that may have been worth the money I spent (yeah, I'll admit it! ha), but I may want to save that for a later hub. For the most part, I don't think any of those TV things work, or, if they do, (like Miss Olive's face cream) perhaps they cost too much or were hard to get out of! Great topic and great comments here!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

I got a bit tv marketing happy a couple of years ago and spent quite a bit of money on face creams. They weren't scams, but I'm not a big fan of membership fees for continued shipments. It can be a pain to get out of it if you change your mind about the product.

This is a great hub and I had fun reading it. That first picture is something else!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

While this was incredibly funny, it's true too. Goodness knows my makeup box can attest to that! Not to mention the Snuggy I bought that I now contend is nothing more than a death trap! (It's two feet too long and I can't move without tripping on it not to mention it's too thin to keep me warm). The one good thing about it is the dog likes to lay on it. This was a laugh riot and useful too. Thank you!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hahaha.. I LOVE the before and after photos. This was informative and funny. I don't buy things from TV. Unless I can see what I am buying, I try not to do this. Hilarious! Voted up!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

kmaskreations....HI new face!! Always happy to meet a new neighbor! Thanks for the visit. Stop by anytime. I'm off to peek at your site!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

That's very true Effer, I forgot to mention I do pick that stuff up at yard sales for a dollar or two and 9 out of 10 times they've only been used once or twice! I get a kick out of the sellers who ask for $5-$10 and say "I paid $20.00 for this and only used it once" LOL one day I just might actually tell them what I'm thinking ... Sucker!! Haha!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Veronica...you've got those ads memorized well! They're on so often, I guess we should all hear them in our sleep! I hate to tell you this, but there was an hr-long Dateline on about the Nigerian scams...and YES, people have fallen for it. OMG...right?? Stupid goes to all levels, eh?


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kmaskreations 4 years ago

Great hub! Great Advice! Thanks for sharing.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshine & Victoria...a visit from not one, but TWO of the lovliest BRUNETTES on HubPages! Now this is an infomercial I would gladly pay for!....I'm proud of your will power, Sunshine, but I know about your Yard sailing!! You let everyone else pay the big bucks and then you scoop up all the goodies for pennies!! lmao....Victoria, watch out for for that Linda Sue...she's ONE smart cookie!!!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"But wait! If you call now, we'll DOUBLE your order! (just pay processing)" =]

The inheritance emails that you mentioned are annoying! I wonder if anyone has fallen for one...

Great hub! Voted up, funny, & awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yeah,like Sunshine says, great idea for a hub! Well done, effer! Informative and fun to read. Voted up and all the way across!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

"Just Say No!" I have never bought anything from an infomercial or Home Shopping Channel...I've been tempted but held back. I used to watch the shopping channels for entertainment when I needed a laugh!! Haha!! Any product that says "As seen on TV" are usually bogus anyway. Just my opinion. Great idea for a hub!!:)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Pcunix.....they all do eventually wind up on the shelves of the Dollar Stores and I have also seen them at Wal*Mart... The surplus left over from the TV promotions. Ultimately, they wind up on some shelf somehwere and as I said, re-sold in a garage sale, traded, given away or just tossed out. They serve a purpose after all. So would the HUNDREDS of dollars spent on this "stuff," in the 1st. place! Yes? LOL. Thanks for stopping by...."Hello" to your bees knees! Some things are too cute to forget!


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

So often when I see something on TV I think - "There's something that will be at Job Lot or The Dollar Store" soon :)

Sometimes it is worth buying - at the Dollar Store, that is..

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