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Old 01-18-2012, 10:25 PM
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I know that THT Dockside Chat is a endless fountain of knowledge...

When those guys come on between TV shows and have cel phone amplifiers and one-piece body fleeces and onion chopping machines and...______ for sale.

They always say, "two payments of 19.99" and "just pay the separate shipping and handling". So, how much does "separate shipping and handling" actually cost? I don't want to assume but, () I assume it is at least twice or three times the cost of the item for sell and the great chance of having your identity used for other purposes?

Anybody ever look into how much "just pay separate shipping and handling" costs? What's the separate shipping and handling on one of those onion choppers?
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:51 AM
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Anything they want it to be. That's how they keep you from ever thinking of using their "money back guarantee". By the time you pay both ways you are out 50-75 bucks. Not exactly "risk free". But their are idiots born everyday, so as long as someone is buying, someone will be there to sell them something. Remember the "pet rock"?
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:50 AM
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Anything they want it to be. That's how they keep you from ever thinking of using their "money back guarantee". By the time you pay both ways you are out 50-75 bucks. Not exactly "risk free". But their are idiots born everyday, so as long as someone is buying, someone will be there to sell them something. Remember the "pet rock"?
Not only do you have to pay the shipping and handling both ways, alot of them will have fine print for the returns. Things such as you must keep the product for 60 days, then call and get a return authorization number and once you do ship it back, you have the 20% restocking fee.

The vitamin & supplement ones are the worst. I saw a long expose on Enzyte, the male enhancement thing with "Smiling Bob". The guy is currently sitting in jail with a 26 yr sentence or something like that for his scam. He would get peoples credit card number and then keep billing and billing them, sometimes 2-3 times the amount they were supposed to.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:22 AM
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Just to show how ridiculous those charges can be...

I went to the TurboTax site and priced TT 2011, which can be ordered there. OK- the price was strictly list, but the amazing thing- they wanted to add a $8.99 charge as a "service fee" for downloading the product!!! Really?

Amazon had the same product for $10 under list price with free shipping.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:51 PM
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Shipping and handling is the profit. Remember the guy that gave away "free" computer programs on "free" CD's...
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:30 PM
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Anything as popular as those ads are has to mean there is money to be made. I haven't seen any articles or exposes on just how severe the additional charges (and like Runabout said the double and triple billing) are so, was just curious. I'm just guessing but, I'm guessing that there is some sort of fraud loophole where the S&H charges can be anything they want to charge and there are endless fees that can fall into that loophole.

I'm not buying any of the products. And I know that "suckers are born every minute"... but, I'm not a fan of ripping off stupid people. We all do stupid things.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:54 PM
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Try this site if you want to buy something from an infommercial
All S&H charges will be shown before your final click. If they don't show, don't click.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:02 PM
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I think its called "Shipping and sticking it to you charges."
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:45 AM
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The swivel sweeper is actually a great product - the original was only 19.99 and had a faster motor more suction - and a stiff handle. the new red one is 39.99 and a flimsey swivel handle but it is still an excellent lightweight quick sweeper. Our first one lasted more than 5 years (battery) and we use it several times a day...and the new one is a couple years old. We only drag out the Hoover once a week or so anymore. If you have kids GET ONE! You can get it at Kohls for 19.99 ? or so though.....
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:36 AM
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Know a guy that has done some production work in the 'seen on tv' market.

He tells me if you see a commercial a second time it means the first one made money. If you see it a third it means the 2nd made money...and so on.

Actual cost of goods on the products is very low. Products that make it to production have huge markups.

There are companies out there that will cover the costs of tv production and give you a small cut if you don't want to invest the money but do have a product ready to go.
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Originally Posted by jacksdad View Post
Know a guy that has done some production work in the 'seen on tv' market.

He tells me if you see a commercial a second time it means the first one made money. If you see it a third it means the 2nd made money...and so on.

Actual cost of goods on the products is very low. Products that make it to production have huge markups.

There are companies out there that will cover the costs of tv production and give you a small cut if you don't want to invest the money but do have a product ready to go.
Yes there is a video on this that I either showed at school in the media lit or the Business Ed class. I could not find it easily - and apologize for being slightly off topic - (this and the swivel sweeper post) Another thing is they all have web-sites on the commercial that you can go to get the shipping
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