August 22, 2008

New This Week: Micro Stacker, Spin Lash, Titan Peeler and more

I'm behind on my updates, so this posting combines two weeks worth of items. Sorry to leave everyone hanging: I know some of you are hardcore SciMark Report addicts out there! Without further ado, here's what's new ...

1. MICRO STACKER ($19.95) is a stackable microwave tray. It allows you to heat two plates at the same time, and can also be used as a tray with handles and a lid to prevent splatter. The pitch: "Makes your microwave cooking faster, easier and safer." The offer is buy one, get one free. This is a Dynamic Response Group campaign. www.MicroStacker.com

Product (D7) Score: 6 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: Good/Excellent**
Comments:
This is a near perfect commercial for a near perfect item. It misses perfection on the commercial front because of a weak opening and an odd, retro score. It misses perfection on the product front because it doesn't solve a huge problem. That said, I like the item and wouldn't be surprised if it did well on TV or at retail. That's because it's a simple device everyone could use.

2. SPIN LASH ($14.99) is a mascara with a spinning brush. The pitch: "Longer, thicker, more dramatic lashes in seconds." The offer is buy one, get one free (just pay S&H). The bonus is a lighted 5x magnification mirror. This is an Akasha Group product and a Blue Moon Studios commercial. www.SpinLash.com

Product (D7) Score: 5 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: Good/Excellent**
Comments:
Despite a well-done commercial, this product faces a few challenges. The biggest one is competition from major mascara brands. These brands have spent millions to convince people that they are the solution to "longer, thicker, more dramatic lashes." And while the spin feature is unique and adds credibility to that claim, it may not be enough to overcome the brand power the competition enjoys.

3. WATER-LESS PET BATH TOWEL ($14.99) is a micro-fiber towel that cleans pets without water. The pitch: "All you do is spray, then gently wipe dirt, dander, and odors away." The offer is buy one, get one free and includes the spray bottle. The bonus is Pet Fresh, a natural odor eliminator. This is an Ontel product and a Blue Moon Studios commercial. www.WaterLessBath.com

Product (D7) Score: 5 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: Good**
Comments:
This is a unique product with a pitch similar to the Pet Groom Pro ionic pet brush, which was No. 31 on the Jordan Whitney Top 100 in 2005. That is, it promises to clean pets without the use of soap or water. Pet Groom Pro used ions; this product uses micro-fibers. I think the former is more credible than the latter. While it may be true that a micro-fiber towel can get into the fur and pull out dirt and odors, people are unlikely to believe it does more than an ordinary towel would do.

4. SCOOP-N-GRIND ($19.99) is a handheld grinder with a scoop-like design. You scoop something up, close the top and press the button to grind. The pitch: "The world's first handheld mixer that lets you scoop, grind and pour." No bonus. This is a Merchant Media product and a Blue Moon Studios commercial. www.ScoopNGrind.com

Product (D7) Score: 5 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: Good**
Comments:
This product has a major weakness: Instead of solving a problem, it may actually create one. That's because it appears to be too small for most jobs. The commercial shows a lot of dessert toppings, and that's probably the only practical use for this thing. Otherwise, it seems you'd be better off with a regular grinder. The scoop feature is also less than spectacular. I can't think of many occasions where it would be useful, and there appears to be no way to measure the scoop.  Next, many of the demos look awkward because the "pour" function doesn't work well, forcing the user to spoon things out of the scoop. Lastly, the product is battery powered, which translates to "underpowered" for people who are paying attention.

5. PAMPERED TOES ($14.99) is a gel pack that slips over your toes. Made for women who wear uncomfortable shoes all day, it's supposed to create a therapeutic stretch that "soothes and revitalizes tortured toes." The offer is for one set. The bonus is a free Ped Egg (just pay S&H). This is a Telebrands product and a Concepts commercial. www.PamperedToes.com
Product (D7) Score: 5 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: Good**
Comments:
This product faces one major hurdle that can take it either way: credibility. Will women believe that wearing this on their feet can cure what ails them? If they do, it will be a hit. If they don't, it will fail. The value proposition is also a little weak -- $15 seems like a lot for this -- but the Ped Egg bonus will certainly help. It is America's hottest DRTV item.

6. TITAN PEELER ($14.99) is a high-end peeler that also slices and grates. The main claim: "Dual action blades ... peel and slice in an upward motion as well as downwards, making it twice as fast as ordinary peelers that only work in one direction." The peeler is 100% stainless steel. The bonuses are a julienne blade set, a slicing board that converts the peeler into a mandolin slicer, a Garnishing Guide and a lifetime warranty on the blades. This is a TriStar product. www.TitanPeeler.com
Product (D7) Score: 5 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: OK**
Comments:
This seems like it might be an interesting product, but I'm still not quite sure how it works or what it can do. That could be a shortcoming in the commercial or the product (or me, I guess). Either the commercial isn't clear, or the product does too much for short-form DRTV. Another weakness, and this is a product issue, is that it doesn't solve a real problem. It's just cool.

7. PET SALAD ($10) is a kit for growing organic wheat grass for pets. You grow it, and your pets eat it. The pitch: "The healthy treat your pets will actually love." Also claims to remove hairballs and cure bad breath. The kit includes a bowl, mesh net, a special type of soil called "millennium soil" and the seeds. The offer is for two kits. The bonus is two more kits for a total of four. This is a Telebrands product. www.PetSalad.com
Product (D7) Score: 4 out of 7*
Commercial Rating: OK**
Comments:
I really have no idea how to evaluate this product. The notion of growing wheat grass for pets is bizarre -- too bizarre to appeal to the mass market, in my opinion. Wheat grass itself is a niche product for health nuts. I also think the product doesn't solve a real problem. Are pet owners really concerned about pets not getting their RDA of vegetables? Last, it lacks credibility. True or not, it's hard to believe dogs will be chowing down on wheat grass. Cats even less so -- unless there's catnip in there!

Sources: “New Spots for Week Ending 8/8/08,” IMS (7); "Vol. XVII, No. 40-B for 8/8/08,” Jordan Whitney (3); “New Spots for Week Ending 8/15/08,” IMS (1, 5-6); "Vol. XVII, No. 41-B for 8/15/08,” Jordan Whitney (2, 4, 6)

* See my July 24, 2007 post for a complete explanation of the D7 product score.
** See my October 22, 2007 post for a complete explanation of my commercial rating system.

35 comments:

  1. Hi there,
    It seems to me that you don't cook a lot,and certainly have never struggled to peel a swede,squash,or celeriac,amongst many other difficult to prepare vegetables,or you would realise that the peeler does indeed solve 'a real problem'!What it does is peel,what part of that is confusing?If you are going to review products then you should at least have an understanding of their uses.I have only seen the infomercial for this product once,and only the second half,but as someone who cooks a lot with veg,it's benefits were immediately obvious to me.The product is worth the money even without the mandolin attachment and julienne cutter just for saving your time,fingers and patience when preparing tough skinned fruit and veg,IMO anyway.I can't tell you how many different peelers I have wasted my cash on over the years,the cheapest you could get would probably be £2 ($4) and could be as high as £5 ($10),and I've often bought 2 in a year.You do the math!

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  2. I just ordered the Titan Peeler at their website and discovered that the company was charging me nearly $30 for shipping for items that can't weigh a pound. I tried to cancel the order and they told me I had to call back tomorrow.
    Is that a rip off or what?

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  3. Similar experience. I turned down all their "upgrade" options, then when I got to the end (after giving my credit card #)was told my order was complete. It was only then that I could see that I was charged an extra $9.99 for the buy one/get one free plus more than $27 for shipping and handling. I tried to call to cancel the order and received a message that they were experiencing an extremely high volume of calls - call back another time. Hmmmm.

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  4. Same here regarding the shipping. No summary page prior to charging your card. We will see how it works.

    Ended up getting sucked into the upgrade options. If it works well than OK with the purchase. We will see.

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  5. Expensive shipping! I received the Titan peeler and wish to return it. Listed phone # says call back later when volume of calls is less....tried several times during the day and got the same answer. Am I stuck with this peeler? I am very unhappy with myself for ordering over the internet!
    January 05,2009 10:30 s.m.

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  6. Thanks for posting comments it saved me money I almost order the peeler online when i read the comments about the high price for shipping,and not being able to reach anyone on the phone. Sounds like a rip off to me.

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  7. Thanks for the comments on the peeler. It can be purchased elsewhere with less shipping. The "buy one, get one free" offer is so bogus.
    As for the "pet" grass, that should really read cat grass. Obviously you don't own a cat. I have two and they love to eat wheat grass. I have a fountain with an attachment that permits the growing of grass. Chlorophyl is very important for their digestion and if you watch outdoor cats you will frequently see them eating grass. I like the attachment I have for the fountain as there is no soil involved and it is easy to replenish.

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  8. watch out for the titan peeler. They will scam you on the website into ordering more than you want. Customer service is even worse. They claim they don't have your order so that you will charged the shipping even if you try to cancel the order. a $15.00 peeler will cost you over $90.00 by the time you are done!!!!

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  9. Thanks, Nights Work for your comments on the cat grass and tips on ordering the peeler without being ripped off. Thank you everyone on forewarning about ordering from the Titan Peeler website. You saved me the hassle of ordering.

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  10. Titan Peeler
    We received the buy one get one free for shipping, one is cracked right down the side and is worthless, also you have to pay to send it back for a refund or a free one, shipping costs plus a certified check for 9.99, a rip off for sure and wish I would have visited this site first.

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  11. Titan peeler I waited 2 weeks called to see if it was shipped said it was shipped on the 16th. by the u.s post office they said it takes 4 to 6 weeks B.S

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  12. I am so glad I have read your comments now I know not to order. I checked As Seen On TV and they do not carry the product.

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  13. you know i called to cancel my order cause it cost almost $100 for mine and when i called to cancel he said i ordered 4 of them when i know i order 1 set of buy one get one free, and on monday i called to cancel the rep said it had shipped out when i know it didnt cause mail doesnt go out on Sunday and thats when i ordered it and i know at 9 am it doesnt ship that early cause they have to get orders together, they dont open til 8. what you can do is refuse to take the package and put return to sender and you will get your money back as long as you dont open the package.

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  14. I ordered the Titan Peeler and was charged $13.98 for S/H. Their website says $6.99. I have been waiting 8 days after they said it was shipped and no product. I called them and was on hold forever. Is this a scam?

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  15. Titan Peeler is definitely a scam. I ordered online, only wanted one at $14.99. Next thing you know they are thanking me for my order of 4 Professional Grade Peelers for a total of $92. Tried to call and change the order twice, first time was told the order does not show up in the system for 24 hours. Call back the next day and was told all Titan Peelers ship the next day so just refuse the package if you do not want it. Just got an email saying it will not ship until 3/23. WTF. Would have been better off burning $92 in the fireplace while peeling my face off with the $1.99 peeler I bought at the grocery store.

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  16. Same thing happened to me. I ordered 1 with a BOGO free. Next thing I knew, $92 was gone. It took a LONG time, but they arrived today. I tried peeling a carrot and liked the peeler. I am anxious to try it on butternut squash. The julienne tool did a great job on the carrot as well. The mandolin tool is worthless.

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  17. i received my order withing 2 weeks and i received 4 boxes and i called they answered the phone within 5-10 minutes and the lady was nice i told her i only wanted 1 buy one get one free and i got an extra she told me to put return to sender and send it back, well see if they take them back they were unopen i kept two boxes.

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  18. If they are using the mail to defraud, one of you crybabies ought to file a report and let it be investigated.
    That's what laws are for.
    If all anyone does is pay up, then cry,they have nothing stopping them from making money, so why would they stop?
    When a fire breaks out, do you post a warning sign somewhere, or do you call the fire dept?

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  19. I love my peeler!I recomend calling the phone number on the tv not the internet.The gal I got was great I ordered 2 and my bill was 14.99+15.98 for shipping for all i got I am happy and am chopping away to each its own love

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  20. This is the first/last time I will spend any time reading your "reports". I can't figure out two things (regarding the Titan Peeler):
    1) How someone that is seemingly educated does not know what a (veggie) peeler is or "but I'm still not quite sure how it works or what it can do." A peeler is not rocket science to most of us.
    2) How can you rate something when "I'm still not quite sure how it works or what it can do." It makes you and your report(s) look stupid and your comments hold no credibility due to that fact.

    However, having said all of that, the comments that were posted by your "viewers" were very very enlightening, helpful, and of great value.

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  21. Dear Anonymous:

    You obviously aren't familiar with the product, don't read the blog and don't understand my rating method. So regarding your comment about looking "stupid," I think it is you who should do the worrying.

    Also, if you are going to sling insults, the least you could do is sign your name to them. Don't be a coward. I have been very open about myself and my expertise. Who are YOU, and what are YOUR credentials?

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  22. I am really confused about this blog/review, since this is my first visit.

    I see that several people on here have a bad experience using the internet to place an order, but it was my understanding that the comment section, it to give report on the PRODUCT, does it work or not, is it worth the time and money, its over all value, not the blame placed on being charged insane amounts of money.

    It is safer, and more credible to be exactly sure of what you are getting and what it will cost, if one would just pick up the phone, and call to place an order, with a live person, so there is no mistake, or mis-understandings.

    I too have had issues, I recently had my credit card hacked, via the internet, by some one, is some small country in the Middle East I believe, called Cypress. After hours fraud protection called me on a Saturday evening, and told me of the problem, and shut down the card immediately that very moment.Two weeks later, the replacement arrived, along with dispute claims.

    I realize that we are now living in a digital world, we want/demand everything RIGHT NOW, instant gratification, but it isnt always the best way. There are still alot of people, real people, who are barely hanging on to there job, until they too will be replaced with a computer.

    Put the computer down, make a call, and get exactly what you want, and what you are SUPPOSED to pay. It isnt really all that hard, we lived this way for a very long time, before the invention of the internet.

    I would suggest that if you do alot of shopping online, you can go to www.paypal.com and set yourself up with a program, that when you do shop, you can use a psuedo credit card, the #'s that are given to the person you need to pay, so no one every sees your real numbers, they change with every transaction you complete.

    Very nice easy to setup and use.

    Now... I step down from my soap box... can anyone tell me how this product holds up to everything is shows it can do?

    Thanks is advance!

    Net

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  23. FYI...I purchased mine from Walgreens for $14.95.

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  24. The Titan Peeler I purchased from WalGreen's for $14.95

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  25. Yow .... So glad I found this site prior to ordering. Thanks for the tip on WalGreen's I'm willing to risk $14.95 but don't feel like getting screwed with shipping and bad credit card charges.

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  26. In response to #6 - Titan Peeler - I would like to state that I have this peeler and it is fantastic! It better than any peeler I've ever used before. I can peel a large potato so fast I surprised myself. It's very sharp so you need to be careful with it (I was so thrilled with how fast I was going I cut my finger). Anyway, it was worth the money!

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  27. I just ordered one. I wish I would have read these comments first. The web site is totally manipulative, it does not tell you how much "shipping and handling" are $15.98---total ripoff. And you have no chance to see a subtotal so you can not cancel the order like almost every web site I have ever seen. I tried to call to cancel immediately. Not an 800 number and they said it was a 50 minute wait. F that. F them. This thing better work or I am going to dispute the charge on AMEX and report these jerks. If it works well I'll keep it and consider it a lesson learned and call to order from now on...or go to Walgreens like a halfway intelligent person which today I obviously was not.

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  28. Does the Walgreen ones have the mandolin and garnishing book included?

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  29. Bed Bath & Beyond

    $14.99
    As Seen on TV Titan Peeler™ and Julienne Tool with Garnishing Feature

    This amazing peeler shaves away the outer layers of fruits and vegetables with speed and ease. The ultra sharp blade is constructed of 100% stainless steel. Each blade has a dual action motion to help cut peeling time in half. You can peel in any direction--up, down, back and forth! The julienne tool has built-in garnishing features for creative presentation of your foods. With this two pack, you can peel, slice, grate, shave, shred and garnish. Lifetime warranty on the blade. Dishwasher safe.

    (from BB&B website. no garnishing book or tools.)

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  30. I just bought As Seen on TV Titan Peeler™ and Julienne Tool with Garnishing Feature
    from Target for $14.95 It is very sharp, I took a little precaution after 3 potatoes, you can do it bit faster, just donot put your fingers in between. I love it so smooth.

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  31. QVC has these peelers with book and mandoline part. I just received mine today and had one sent to my daughter-in-law. You can purchase it on QVC for $13.87 + $5.22 S&H!!! Hope this is a help to anyone who wishes to purchase these peelers!

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  32. DO NOT buy "as seen on TV" prodcuts online. Wait jsut a few weeks and you can get just about any of these item at Walgreen's, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other local stores. It's so much easier to try them out and return locally without hassel. I got to BB&B to test out these items and if it's junk they take it right back without question.

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  33. I bought the Titan Peeler at Walgreen's for $14.95, then had to pay $3.99 shipping and handling for the Titan Peeler Slicing Board. Works great!

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  34. Titan Peeler is a great little product - just don't buy it by phone or internet - look for it in Target or Walgreens you can get it much cheaper with out the tacket on shipping cost.

    Again it is a great product for $15.00 -

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  35. The Titan Peeler is an above average peeler. The official website is no forthcoming, nor honest. The price had dropped through December. I'm sure a flury of complaints will be blogged after my post wishing they had not purchased through their website. Look before you leap.

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