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Cheaper Neutrogena Acne System Better Than Proactiv?

Proactiv vs. Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System

Faster than Proactiv, half the price

If you like everything about Proactiv except the price and recurring billing, head to Amazon for a two-month supply of Neutrogena’s Complete Acne Therapy System for just $19.99, about half the price of Proactiv. Neutrogena claims its product actually works faster than Proactiv, clearing up breakouts in just two days. The reviewer in the video below records her results at two, three and four weeks, and is happy with the product. At half the price and with the addition of SPF 15, which Proactiv does not have, Neutrogena’s acne system poses a threat to the industry stalwart. Amazon Prime members get free shipping on Neutrogena’s Complete Acne Therapy System. Continue reading

Is Proactiv Better than Cheaper Drugstore Acne Products?

Young women treating their acne

What exactly are you paying for?

Proactiv has become the go-to acne treatment for today’s young adults. Guthy Renker, the company that markets Proactiv and Proactiv+, spends $200 million a year to run TV commercials convincing pimply youth that Proactiv is more effective than drugstore products like Clearasil or Stridex. Instead, they’re shelling out big bucks for Proactiv’s three-part “system” that sure seems to work for the acne-free celebs who shill for the product. Continue reading

Don’t Buy These 5 Things at Drugstores

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Be a savvy shopper.

Big-box retailers and grocery stores have better deals

MarketWatch offers a handy guide for what not to buy at the corner Walgreens and other convenient ripoff shops. Chain drugstores’ ever-surging revenues—estimated to have reached $160 billion in 2013—are buoyed by huge markups on common items. Here are a few things you should be buying at big-box and grocery stores, whose prices are almost always lower.

Drugs

Consumer Reports found that both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are cheaper at stores like Wal-Mart and Target, reports MarketWatch.

Food

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s is priced at an average $5.52 at drugstores, but just $4.42 at grocery stores, a 25 percent difference. “Every item we looked at was more expensive at the drugstore,” MarketWatch quoted consumer lawyer Edgar Dworsky, who founded ConsumerWorld.org.

Makeup

Many popular makeup products have been found to cost $1 to $4 more at drugstores than other retailers.

Cleaning products

Drugstores generally charge more for laundry and dishwashing detergent, spray cleaners and other cleaning products than other retailers.

Office and gift supplies

Head to a dollar store to save up to 70 percent on gift-wrap, greeting cards and office stuff. Office supply stores also offer better deals than drugstores.

Infomercial Queen Forbes Riley to Host New TV Talk Show Series

Forbes Riley, long the doyenne of health-and-fitness infomercials, is hitting cable networks this spring with a new series of her Forbes Living TV talk show.

The fitness infomercial queen’s new series is aimed at athletes and exercisers of all skill levels who are looking to improve a personal best or master their sport or fitness regimen.

“Whether you’ve mastered a fitness routine or have become a pro at a favorite sport, there’s always room for improvement,” reads a news release about the series. “And to continue seeing results, fitness enthusiasts and athletes can’t stick to the same routine. Finding new challenges and ways to further develop and perfect skills is important to achieving peak performance.”

Forbes Living TV features celebrity interviews, and has pitched legendary products like the Living Well HealthMaster Fruit & Vegetable Emulsifier, Estrinol menopause relief and the SpinGym. The show airs on cable networks including WE and ION, as well as Fox and ABC broadcast stations.

Forbes Riley, who claims the mantle of “America’s Most Loved Health & Fitness Innovator,” has been a familiar television face for decades, as an actress, spokeswoman and TV host. She is in the Fitness Hall of Fame, and has sold over a billion dollars’ worth of products.

SciMark Report: A DRTV Weekly Roundup

Every week, product prognosticator Jordan Pine of SciMark Corp. posts his predictions for how new products will do in the marketplace.

So how does this seasoned Caesar of direct-response TV products see the latest batch of As Seen on TV contenders?

In his latest Weekly Roundup, Pine gives a thumbs up or thumbs down to five products that you may or may not see on store shelves in the coming months, depending on how they test. Continue reading

Old Spice ‘Momsong’ Commercial: Creepy or Cool?

In its latest revival campaign for its perennially old-guy products, Old Spice is creeping out viewers with moms who are way too concerned with their sons’ sex lives.

The “Momsong” commercial for Refresh body spray, part of Old Spice’s “Smellcome to Manhood” campaign, features various frantic moms following their sons around town, and has racked up over 5 million views on YouTube. There’s a mom disguised as a janitor watching over her son in the lunchroom as he canoodles with a hot high schooler. One mom is buried up to her head in sand as her son canoodles beachside with a hottie. Yet another mom holds onto a car bumper and goes laundry-basket surfing as her son canoodles in a convertible.

There’s a whole lot of sweaty moms and a whole lot of oblivious canoodling.

So what kind of message is Old Spice trying to convey to the teen and twentysomething consumers it’s trying to ensare? It probably just comes down to, “You’re a big boy now, and look how funny it is that Mom’s confused by your burgeoning sexuality.” Of course, some viewers have been left creeped out by the spots.

One tweet called it “both genius and disturbing,” according to CNN. Another tweeted, “BTW the Old Spice Smellcome to Manhood lamenting moms commercial creeps me out AND pisses me off.”

But CNN also highlighted one tweet that nods to the masterfulness of the campaign: “To you fine advertising folks who worked on that Old Spice moms commercial: you silenced a room of football-watchers last night. Nicely done.”

If you’re not creeped out, you can buy the complete line of Old Spice products at Amazon.

Proactiv® Increases Price, But Offers Free Shipping and Gift


The revolutionary acne skin care system Proactiv® Solution recently saw a price increase from $19.95 to $24.95 for its nationally advertised 3-step system, as its popularity continues to soar. To offset the increase, Proactiv’s makers are offering free shipping and a free gift for a limited time.

Proactiv is faster and gentler than ever before, quickly banishing breakouts and clearing up faces, as reported by its millions of users, including celebs like Julianne Hough.

In addition to free shipping, customers who act now can choose a free gift with their order: Refining Mask, Blackhead Dissolving Gel or Dark Spot Corrector. Visit Proactiv.com for details.

Get 15% Off at Taylor Gifts Through Jan. 12

Taylor Gifts $4.95 shippingIt’s time to start building the new you in the new year. Through January 12, Taylor Gifts is offering customers 15% off and discounted $4.95 shipping on the most popular As Seen on TV personal care products. Just enter code AT010714 when making your purchase at TaylorGifts.com.

Since 1952, Taylor Gifts has been offering its customers a broad selection of unique gifts and household items at bargain prices. Shop now!

Does the Callous Clear Commercial Make You Want to Buy, or Change the Channel?

Callous ClearIf you’re going to advertise your foot callus removal product on TV, I guess you need to demonstrate what it does and how it works. Callous Clear from Telebrands may do a great job, but it’s certainly not very appetizing to watch large globs of dead skin scraped off a foot, even if the foot is attached to a hot model. And there are so many steps: Apply the foot softening cream to the callus removal patch, place the patch on your foot and wait a while, then remove it and file your foot. Finally, finish with an application of foot balm.

And what’s up with the spelling? I thought callous meant without emotion, and callus meant hard, thickened skin.

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