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SkyMaul : happy crap you can buy from a plane : the unauthorized catalog parody
by Kasper Hauser Comedy Group (Rob Baedeker, Dan Klein, James Reichmuth, John Reichmuth).
New York : St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
From the Japanese "Thank You Toilet" to the Drinking Age Time Zone Watch, "Skymaul" is a hilarious parody of the in-flight sales catalog. 200+ full-color illustrations.
     
Fabulous foods by mail : the essential sourcebook
Rebecca Gray.
Minocqua, Wis. : Willow Creek Press, 1997.
Here is the most comprehensive source for buying food by mail ever published. The ease of ordering and the quality of edibles available by mail has helped to make "mail-order food" not just a trend but a booming and necessary part of the food business. Organized by type of food, by regional and ethnic category, "Fabulous Foods by Mail" is a must-have for anyone who likes to eat and live well.
     
But, wait! there's more! : the irresistible appeal and spiel of Ronco and Popeil
Timothy Samuelson.
New York : Rizzoli ; London : Troika, 2002.
For nearly fifty years, the Popeil Brothers' and Ronco's high-energy commercials have been familiar intruders into the living rooms of America-and most homes bear evidence of their seductive visits. Countless VegOMatics, SealAMeals, Kitchen Magicians, Pocket Fishermen, and other gadgets sit tucked away in many a cupboard, giving silent testimony to the power of their broadcast salesmanship. This dynamic, colorful, and amusing volume tells the classic rags to riches story of this fascinating business whose name has become synonymous with the word "gadget." Through a witty, informative text complemented by a wealth of colorful vintage advertisements, stunning product package art, and photography that cooks, business students, graphic and industrial design mavens, and fans of popular culture will love, this book examines the inventiveness and ubiquity of Popeil products through a range of special visual and editorial features. These include: an encapsulated history of the company; annotated celbycel recreations of the most popular commercials; amusing anecdotes about the inventions; transcripts of the alluring, rapidfire sales pitches; humorous quotes; and entertaining facts. Just like the inventions themselves, this volume is "amazing!"
     
The salesman of the century : inventing, marketing and selling on TV: how I did it and how you can too!
Ron Popeil, with Jefferson Graham.
New York : Delacorte Press, c1995.
     

Shopping from home began with Benjamin Franklin's mail-order catalogs. Ron Popeil's products appeared in infomercials where all you had to do was pick up the phone and dial the 1-800 number.

Today, many cable channels, broadcasting 24/7, present products such as housewares, jewelry, and the latest electronic devices. If you are a wise shopper you can control your home shopping budget.

The friendly host seems like they are sitting in your home, having a casual conversation as to why you need the item. They know all about the product and let you know how you can benefit from it. You might hear testimonials of others who have purchased the product.

They can make it seem that you are not spending as much for an item by spreading the payments over time on a flex pay plan. You can have the option of auto delivery and get locked in on a low price. And watching the sale numbers and the time limits on the screen make it seem like you have to act fast before it sells out.

Attention shoppers!

One sign of out-of-control debt is "Compulsive shopping: Being unable to pass up a "good deal"; making impulsive purchases; leaving price tags on clothes so they can be returned; not using items you've purchased."

Debtors Anonymous

Before watching these programs research the products you are shopping for. Keep track of retail prices and check local and online stores. Then compare it to the shopping channel you watch and don't forget their shipping and handling fees. Use program guides to catch the type of item you are looking for and only watch during those times. 

Stay within your budget and you can be the smart home shopper from the comfort of your own home.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff