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We are bombarded by ads for things we are told we should buy because they work better, will make our lives easier or somehow safer or cleaner. Many of these items are simply nonsense, designed and packaged in a way to make us want to buy them, even if we don't need them.

The purpose of this thread is for posters to identify an 'New improved item' or 'Fantastic new product' that is either not needed or has a simple alternative available.

Example: Lysol wipes. That's just one brand, there are many different types of wipes you can pull out of a fancy dispenser, to wipe off your countertops, etc. They say they are good because they clean up to 99% of germs and they clean really well.

Alternative: For 25 years, my wife and I have squirted about a tablespoon (or less) of bleach into the dishwater, along with a squirt of dish soap. After dishes, we wipe off the countertops, stove, etc. Our kitchen is perfectly clean and our dish rag never smells sour.

What can you think of that you are urged to buy that is really silly?
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slap chop....seriously...did we learn nothing from the pocket fisherman?

https://www.slapchop.com/ver15/index.asp

p.s. I actually wish I could find an original pocket fisherman...even though they were weak and not good for casting...they were great to have handy to drop a line off a bridge or into a deep small fishing hole. I'd also love to have one for backpacking.
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Just reading this post makes me want to go buy a Shamwow :skyisfalling:

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Graham Adder wrote:
p.s. I actually wish I could find an original pocket fisherman...even though they were weak and not good for casting...they were great to have handy to drop a line off a bridge or into a deep small fishing hole. I'd also love to have one for backpacking.



http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-fishing-ree ... dZViewItem
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Electric can opener... what a waste of space on the countertop!

Leaf blowers... noise pollution + avoidance of exercise.

Cell phone holders to sit inside the cup holders of a car.
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Everything this guy sold.Image
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Every anti-bacterial soap/cleaning product out there. Regular soap kills just as many bacteria and doesn't aid in the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Which really means, in the long run, they are WORSE than useless since they will end up making it harder to kill them later.

I may get some flak for this one but: Microwaves.
I lived without a microwave for 5 years (still pretty much only use the one at work), and the alternative methods of reheating I used resulted in a max of 5 minutes of extra work (including the extra dishes) and the food tasted significantly better.
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I'm with you on the microwave. I haven't owned one for years and don't intend on buying one ever. The other thing with the wipes is they will build up in the landfills. I admit to buying in at the outset of them but I'm over it now and back to demoting worn face clothes, towels and such to rags.
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While flipping through channels I noticed this ad:

"It's just like the Park!!!!"

'What is it? A wii like DVD for children showing them exercises so they can go along with the motions. The voiceover is what got me...."it's just like going to a Park."


And yes regarding the electric can opener. A life saver for those with arthritis in their hands. For the rest of us.....
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Spending money upgrading gasoline price signs just so they can accomodate the fourth .9 digit

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I said it once, I say it again, E-Books are the dumbest idea ever.

The other dumb invention is pre-made slowcooker meals you can buy. No offence, but if you can't figure out how to put together a meal in a slowcooker, you have no hope. Here is the general idea on how to make this at home for a quarter of the cost:

1) Take foods you like and put in slow cooker

2) Turn on slow cooker

3) Return to slow cooker several hours later

4)Binge
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I agree with you, qw. I'd add to that list Maple Leaf pre-cooked roasts.
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A milk bucket under a bull, comes to mind.
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Oooo, I gotta get one of those snickers bars.
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