As seen on TV: Things you didn't know you needed

  • Article by: ELLEN WARREN , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Miracle Socks and Hot Booties? Here’s how the latest half-dozen "As Seen on TV" products stacked up in testing.


EZ Eyes keyboard is no good for butterfingers.

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I don’t know about you, but I really get sucked into the ads and infomercials. Every so often, I buy a bunch of these “As Seen on TV” items to test whether they live up to the extravagant promises.

I’ve actually found some good products that I still use (Genie Bra; Trendy Top).

But, no surprise here, many of them are a waste of money. I try ’em so you don’t have to.

First, some “As Seen on TV” tips:

• Check the fine print.

• “Free” is usually not; you’ll pay exorbitant shipping, postage and handling charges.

• “Money-back guarantee” usually means they keep the SP&H costs and you pay the postage to return it.

• Shop for “As Seen on TV” products at drugstores and giant retailers like Wal-Mart to avoid SP&H charges.

• If the product sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Here’s how the latest half-dozen stacked up in my testing.


Miracle Socks, $10,

The promise: “Soothe, massage and energize your legs and feet”; don’t look like “ugly medical compression socks.”

The facts: They look like ordinary trouser socks but more supportive — but they’re not soothing or energizing.

The verdict: So-so; wish they cost half as much.


EZ Eyes keyboard, $14.95,

The promise: Letters “four times” larger than an ordinary keyboard; spill an “entire glass of water” on the keyboard and it still works.

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