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How do you feel about infomercials in lieu of regular commercials?

Asked by JLeslie (57029points) March 30th, 2014

Some shows I watch now have infomercials in the space that usually would be several regular commercials. Previously, infomercials were half hour long shows, now I see them in the 2–6 minute spots where regular commercials would go in the middle of a program. It really gets on my nerves for some reason. I much prefer regular commercials, even if I am doing other things during the commercial, just having the infomercial on the background annoys me. What about you?

I DVR most shows I watch and can fast forward commercials, but not all of them.

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zenvelo's avatar

When they come on, makes me want to change channels. There is no TV show worth sitting through a long commercial that goes on and on…

Judi's avatar

I don’t watch much regular TV lately and haven’t noticed that trend (I watch all my TV on iTunes.) I would think it would make it easier to turn the channel and get interested in something different.
So glad this is in social so I can say that Hubby and I were in a Tempurpedic infomercial.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have a television. We use it to watch an occasional recorded movie and the new series “Cosmos.” I do not ever watch any other regular shows.

My daughters will very rarely watch a show.

I am 50 years old, and I have never once in my life watched an infomercial.

Seek's avatar

The last time I had cable or television service was… 2009? 2010?

I rent full seasons on DVD from the library, or occasionally watch a show on Hulu or torrent it if I’m really jonesing for a particular one.

Regular commercials bug me. Waiting a week for the next episode bugs me. Having my show interrupted by 6 minutes of hard selling would cause me to lose interest in the show.

Berserker's avatar

Like everybody else in here, I’m too smart to watch cable TV. It’s all DVD’s or stuff I rent on PSN. But to answer the question, I know the difference with both, and I hate both. Commercials are something I just can’t stand, whichever kind, and that is 90% of why I evade cable television.

That said, I once had this super satellite TV deal where I had like 1800 channels. I found nothing interesting, at least nothing that I couldn’t already catch on regular cable. So it’s pretty sad that with my 1800 channel experience, all I remember is this hilarious infomercial with Vince. I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I saw it, wasn’t even sure if it was a joke or not.

You’re gonna love my nuts.

GloPro's avatar

I wish I had a Ron Popeil Food Dehydrator and a Jack Lelane juicer. Strictly because the infomercials suck me in.

GloPro's avatar

@Symbeline Well, now I need a slap chop. I’m sold.

In college it happened a time or two that I ordered things drunk. I think Monster Ballads 2 disc set was a wonderful spontaneous choice :-)

Aster's avatar

I like many infomercials but hate commercials with a passion, mute them and notice that they’re becoming longer and longer. Like youtube videos that last 30 seconds. Hate that.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Symbeline Have you seen the one for The Schticky ?

“Problem with that shedding pussy?”

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

I think infomercials should be a click on option only. That way, the people who are curious could see them, advertisers would get a more representative selection of viewers to see who might shop their wares.

Berserker's avatar

@El_Cadejo Lol no, never saw this one. I love how he demonstrates the power of the tool with a spider web. I mean, you have this super nice, clean home, and all of a sudden there’s a huge web with a spider on the ceiling. It’s a Halloween decoration, I’m sure lol.

@GloPro I wouldn’t have much use for the slap chop, but seriously, that cheese grater seems useful. Haha.

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