Monday, August 29, 2011

Total Pillow

Does it work? Personal taste...

A pillow is a matter of personal taste.  I like a high profile, hard pillow; my wife likes a low profile and soft.  In other words, no neck pillow will be the answer for all.  Most will find, the total pillow confortable.  I believe this pillow is good for the car for a long drive or a long flight, something to be used once in a while.  One of the first things most people will note is the quality.  The seams or stiching seems doesn't seem to be great.  Also, it doesn't seem to be washable.

For an everday neck pillow, my suggestion would be go with a product I like the Shiatsu bag even search "neck pillow" on Amazon - which has tons of low cost options.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Flex Seal

Flex Seal
Does it work? Nope.

This product is a good example of at least 3 cliches of 'as-seen-on-tv' products.  

One, like many infomercials products, ordering from the official website or phone number can be a problem:  double charging, over-charging for shipping, and difficulty getting refunds occurs way more than it should.

To avoid this issue, I usually wait the 6 months or so until I can buy the product in a local store (Walgreen's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar stores, etc.)

Secondly, this product falls into the category of products that are re-packaged to seem like a new product.  Like the "Mend-it" product which is just epoxy putty - Flex Seal is just rubberized spray, very similar to the stuff sold in auto parts and hardware stores. (The product is also sold as liquid rubber sealant; like paint)

I believe it would work for lining a truck bed or another container for protection or lining the bottom of a vessel for protection against scratches.

However, it does NOT stop leaks (or at least any of the ones I tried).  This is the third cliche of product that is too good to be true.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yoshi Blade

Does it work? Yes

I have always felt the ‘as-seen-on-tv’ as the iron horse of products.  Who doesn’t remember and love Ginsu the knife infomericals (they are still around!) They practically invented the ‘hard sell’ directly to consumers.  Therefore it is my obligation to review the latest of knife products on TV, the Yoshi blade.  

I own a couple of these ceramic knives.  They come in fun colors, they are lightweight, and convenient small size.  Plus, some come with a cover for traveling (for a picnic). I like them because they are cheap and don’t rust.  Also, I use them for tasks I would never use my good knives for - like opening up a box or package when I don’t have the pocket knife handy.

However, these knives are not good for chopping.  And, its hard to tell from the commercial or ad, but they are pretty small, making it easy to get your fingers in the way.

If you are making soup, salad, or cutting bread get out the regular knives, but for miscellaneous little tasks they work fine.