Category Archives: Product Test

DRTV Firm Top Dog Direct Hosts ‘Speed Pitch’

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Top Dog Direct hosts Philly ‘Speed Pitch’

60 Seconds and . . . Bring It On!

DRTV firm Top Dog Direct invited inventors to pitch the next potential As Seen on TV hit product at its Speed Pitch in Philadelphia. The country’s biggest direct-marketing manufacturer and marketer hosted the event at the Liberty Bell/Independence Mall Visitor Center on Thursday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, as reported by NJ.com. It featured a panel of experts on hand to judge participants’ 60-second pitches. Winners were awarded contracts that could lead to their product being sold on TV. Stay tuned to this blog for a run-down on the winning pitches.

Top Dog Direct is the company behind proven products like Mighty Putty Purple and Night View NV Night Driving Glasses.

‘Reader’s Digest’ Reviews: As Seen on TV

Reader’s Digest staff members recently did a hands-on test of 10 As Seen on TV products, and delivered their honest critiques. For “As Seen on TV: What Not to Buy,” writer Perri O. Blumberg enlisted colleagues at the magazine to help “separate the scams from the saviors” of 10 “products we all secretly want.”

The magazine recommends buying six of the 10 products, with the NutriBullet receiving a score of 4 out of 4 (“Order overnight!!”). The lowest-ranking products were Lint Lizard, with a zero out of 4 (“Need we say more?”), and the Twist n Clip, with a 0.5 out of 4 (“Practically a gag gift”).

Here are all 10 products Reader’s Digest reviewed, with their score, recommendation and retail price in quotes.

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‘Does It Work?’: The StufZ Stuffed-Hamburger Maker Passes the Test

The newscaster has a tough time getting her words out in this news clip that is primed for the blooper reel, but she’s finally able to introduce the StufZ stuffed-hamburger maker.

“StufZ—you passed the Does It Work test.”

In this CBS-News Channel 3’s “Does It Work?” segment, the skeptical kitchen tester is happy with her results when she prepares a blue cheese and spinach burger. “StufZ—you passed the Does It Work test,” she says.

“StufZ™ doesn’t just smash two patties together — the secret is how it creates a deep cup and perfectly seals the outside, locking all that flavor inside.”
–Chef Brian Duffy

Order StufZ Stuffed Burger Maker

The pitchman for StufZ, chef Brian Duffy, demonstrates how to pack an endless variety of ingredients into a delicious burger. A few possibilities:

  • Chili, cheese and jalapeno
  • Mushrooms and Swiss cheese
  • Garlic, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan
  • Mac & cheese
  • Pizza burger with mozzarella, pepperoni and tomato sauce.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can get two StufZ for $9.99 plus shipping and handling. Here’s where to order.

Infomercial King Khubani Celebrates TeleBrands’ 30th

A. J. Khubani gave the world the PedEgg and Ambervision sunglasses.

A. J. Khubani has spent decades convincing people to buy products they didn’t know they needed. He hit the stratosphere with the PedEgg, which has sold 45 million units. His other successes include Ambervision sunglasses and the Windshield Wonder. Fox affiliate My9 NJ recently aired a 20-minute segment profiling the infomercial maestro on the 30th anniversary of his billion-dollar company, TeleBrands.

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Flex Seal Product Test: Can it Keep a Barrel from Bursting?

The sun is finally shining today here in Minnesota. It’s been unseasonably cool, cloudy and rainy for the last several days, and everything outdoors is wet and soggy. As you can see in the first photo below, our rain barrel was overflowing and threatening to burst at one of its seams. We recently received a can of Flex Seal to review, and sealing the seam seemed like a good test of this liquid rubber sealant in a spray can.

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