Consumer Watch: As Seen on TV products

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - - We've all seen the TV infomercials for those products that promise to change our everyday lives, and now those items crowd store shelves too. How can consumers sort out the products that save time, from the ones that waste money?

The Magic Mesh, The Perfect Meatloaf, The Trendy Top,  Lisa Kaplan Gordon has reviewed dozens of as seen on TV items like these for websites like AOL and houselogic.com.  She says consumers can sort out the winners by looking for certain qualities. “The ones that become blockbusters are the ones that work, the ones that are usually under $20, and the ones that solve a problem that you either didn't know you had, or you've had for a long time but always wanted to solve,” said home product reviewer Lisa Kaplan Gordon.

While a TV ad will tell you to "order now," resist impulse buys, and do some homework first. The product will still be available when you decide to pull the trigger. “Find a reviewer you trust and see if you can find their videos or their reviews and then take it from there”, advises Kaplan Gordon.

You should also think about other solutions, with items already in your home that might solve the same problem.

Calculate the real cost. Don't forget about shipping and handling fees when you order by phone or internet.

You can cut those costs entirely by looking for the most popular items at major retailers.

The upside, most items sell for under $20. So if they don't work out for you, at least you're not breaking the bank.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com
 

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