Suburban Senshi IRC Chat #1202: “Sweep it under the Rug Why don'tcha”
#1202: “Sweep it under the Rug Why don'tcha”

[09:31] *** Mon Jul 30 2007 - LOGGING START ***
[09:31] *** Now talking in #suburbansenshi
[09:31] *** Topic is - As seen on TV -
[09:31] *** Set by [gTV]C'est_la_V on Mon Jul 30 09:31 2007

[09:32] <IrnChef_Jovian> But you never let them score the home run the first time
[09:32] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> Moh!
[09:32] <IrnChef_Jovian> What is it, Minako-chan?
[09:33] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> So I decided to do something nice for my mother
[09:33] <=^catablanca^=> LOL there's a first
[09:33] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> - Shut up, Artemis -
[09:34] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> and I'm watching TV, and I see an ad for Swivel Sweeper
[09:34] <IrnChef_Jovian> Looks interesting
[09:35] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> It's a bunch of crap... they tell you if you buy one you get one free, just pay the shipping on the second one
[09:35] <=^catablanca^=> That doesn't sound too bad
[09:36] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> Except each unit goes for $19.99 right
[09:36] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> And the shipping on EACH unit is around 15 dollars.
[09:36] <IrnChef_Jovian> ... the hell that's almost the cost of one whole unit.
[09:36] <=^catablanca^=> So Mina, why did you go through with the order?
[09:37] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> TELL ME ABOUT IT, Mako-chan!
[09:37] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> Because, Artemis, they show you the shipping charge for _one_ unit.
[09:37] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> And they don't give you a page that summarizes your order before you buy,
[09:38] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> and they CHARGE your CARD when you think you're clicking prior to an order confirmation page!!
[09:38] <IrnChef_Jovian> Huh?
[09:39] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> It's like... "You will be done with your order after answering these two simple questions... 1- do you want extra batteries @ [price + shipping] Y/N" then I clicked no and then it said "do you want extra heads for the sweeper at [price etc] Y/N" and I said yes
[09:40] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> But then, instead of asking me to CONFIRM all this, they go ahead and CHARGE me. So for a unit that costs $19.99 + $7.99 for the extra heads I AM PAYING EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!
[09:40] <=^catablanca^=> _Ouch_, Mina!
[09:40] <IrnChef_Jovian> Yeah...
[09:41] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> And then to top it all off I found this site :<
[09:41] <IrnChef_Jovian> ... oh man.
[09:42] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> And then mom got mad at me for ordering without using the phone, because she thought that if I had then I'd have talked to a real person and could have cancelled-- except if you read the site herem, it turns out you're just talking to a computer!
[09:42] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> MOH.
[09:42] <=^catablanca^=> You can cancel the charge on the card and return the merchandise..?
[09:42] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> And pay MORE Shipping!? Screw it.
[09:42] <[gTV]C'est_la_V> Mama better be happy with this stuff ><
[09:43] * [gTV]C'est_la_V is away: k[BLEEP]oyaro Swivel Sweeper no [BLEEP] [BLEEP] [BLEEP]
[09:43] *** Disconnected
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• 01/24/12 07:26pm

Target sells the Sweeper for about $35, if I remember correctly.

Yeah, I try to stay away from buying off infomercials...

D-Train [e-mail] • 07/30/07 10:02pm

I think part of the "scam" in some of these cases is that a lot of these guys are self-made entrepreneurs. Quality control may sometimes be problematic. And yeah, some of these things might very well be fly-by-night scams. Caveat emptor.

On a different note, if anyone's ever seen or heard about those "Samurai Shark" knife and tool sharpeners, those actually aren't bad. I got a couple of them a little while ago and they do perform as advertised, as Mike's own kitchen knife is testament to. I had to do some cutting when I was cooking up the mega-batch of stir-fry for everyone at Otakon and the knife I needed was duller than a butter-knife. Five or six swipes from the Samurai Shark was all it took to bring that thing up to the sharpness I needed. So...if you've got dull knives, scissors, shears, or other edged tools in your home and need an easy way of fixing them up, it might be worth your while to get one of these things.

Solarchos [e-mail] • 07/30/07 09:37pm