Monday, March 8, 2010

Swivel Sweepers

My son beat me downstairs this morning and had taken possession of the TV remote before I could pick a channel for him. By the rapt attention he was paying to the television, I feared he had stumbled upon a skin flick or some blood and guts, totally age inappropriate programming.

But no.

He was watching a vacuum infomercial. With more interest than he'd ever shown during an episode of Spongeboob. (And, yes. I did mean to add that extra 'o'.)



 The Swivel Sweeper. And apparently, we need one desperately.

"MOM! Did you see this?" he asks, as I come down the stairs. "It's AMAZING! Watch! WATCH! It picks up NAILS! And broken GLASS! And it bends so you can vacuum under beds!"

I've never vacuumed under a bed in my life and I don't intend to start now. And why can't you, you know, just pick up the nails? As for the broken glass, since I've bubble wrapped the house, we haven't had a problem there.

"And MOM! There's a secret button you push and all the stuff falls into the trash! Look! LOOK! You're going to miss it!"

"Wow, Nick. That's amazing. What do you want for breakfast?"

"MOM! You NEED one. Call that number! You get TWO for the PRICE OF ONE!"

Who are you, kid? Billie Mayes?

"I think our vacuum is fine. Do you want a waffle?"

"No! You need this one! It's AMAZING! LOOK! It bends! And it won't scratch the wall!"

I've never had a problem with my vacuum scratching the wall. Maybe I've been using it incorrectly.

"Why don't we watch "Oswald"?"

"NO! I'm watching this! IT'S AMAZING!"


I think I know what I'm getting the kid for Christmas this year.

50 comments:

leigh said...

That happened to us with the Touch n Brush. Which, we got him for Christmas.

BigSis said...

So funny because my son is fascinated by ShamWow! I would love it if he liked to vacuum!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

While he's interested, you may as well call it an investment because when he gets older, he won't feel as excited about the idea.

Spongeboob! hahahaha

Homemaker Man said...

Well, if you can get him to clean the house with it . . . how does one scratch the wall with a vacuum, anyway?

Existential Waitress said...

LOL. My daughter wants Bumpits and my son wants a space bag. I say no to the Swivel Sweeper as we had one and it's crap. It DOES NOT pcik up nails (or anything else for that matter). you see my in-laws are obsessed with QVC and they actually buy this shit for us all the time. And BTW, in case you were wondering, that stupid microwave pasta thing-y cooks pasta in the same length of time it takes to freakin' boil some pasta!!!

Linda said...

Yes my kids love infomercials too. Which is why we own a touch n brush and sham wow.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

My daughter was the same way when she was about 5; every commercial she saw she was convinced it was something incredible that we needed. Now that she's 9, she's more like me- she makes snarky remarks at all the claims the commericals make :)

Kinderscares said...

Oh man...I'm so glad my kid isn't the only one completely entranced by infomercials. She's like a tiny walking advertisement somedays!

Most recently she was wowed by the Slap Chop thingie...

Willoughby said...

Those infomercials are powerful! I think they actually perform some sort of mind control. If you sit through one, even the most ridiculous crap seems like something you can't live without. I've never ordered anything, but I've been tempted to pick up an item or two when they've shown up in the "As Seen On TV" section of CVS.

I do own a Magic Bullet, though. My husband and son picked it up for me at an auction (it was new in the box, they thought they got a great deal). It works, but not like they show on the infomercial!! I've yet to prepare a full meal in less than 30 seconds with it!

When did I become my Mom said...

LOL. You crack me up. Gosh I need to make sure my kids don't see that ad... ;-)

WELCOME BACK!

ShellyInOz said...

My husband bought me one of those. I use it, but it is being held together by duct tape, because although the concept is good the manufacturing of the thing leaves a little bit to be desired.

Hubby is a sucker for all types of mail order/infomercial advertising. If I add up all the money he has wasted on junk from these places, I think I might cry.

Having said that, there have been a few time-saving gadgets that he has come across that I wouldn't be without. Unfortunately, I no longer have an excuse not to clean the house--except the age-old one: "I just don't want to."

Hope your son outgrows his enthusiasm for infomercials before he grows up!

Shelly at Tropical Mum

The Wifey said...

If it means he would help around the house, I'd buy him one too for all his excitement! It might pay off! :)

IASoupMama said...

And to think I use my vacuum cleaner to drown out the infomercials -- clearly i have been misusing it for the last, oh, forever...

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I think I'd start by letting him use your current vaccum. It's never too early to learn to clean house!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

blueviolet said...

Who knew we could shop from infomercials for the kids?!!!

Brian Miller said...

ha. that is awesome. my oldest is fascinated with cleaning...he wants a vacuum for christmas...

Buckeroomama said...

Why don't you get him one, if he promises to do all the vacuuming around the house with it? :p

brainella said...

If you can get him vacuuming at this age, you are GOLDEN!

Suz said...

A little George Orwell and mind control Scary!

Infommercials are probably as bad as anything for kids (and husbands, I might add) to watch.

Matty said...

I had the original swivel sweeper when they first came out. It's nice for a quick pick me up job, but don't count on it for heavy duty stuff.

Now, if you can get him interested in vacuuming at that age, you have won the battle.

Amo said...

While my son isn't into infomercials yet, he is, at 18 months, fascinated by Deal or No Deal and iCarly. Not sure why. He shows more interest in those two shows than Blue's Clues and Sesame Street combined. He watched an entire episode of iCarly last week. I know he can't possibly completely understand what is going on, but I couldn't drag him away. He was mesmerized.

Ed said...

Hours of entertainment AND a clean house.

Why not get him one?

Robin said...

that is a riot..maybe if you get it for him, he'll be in charge of the cleaning..isn't it worth a try...I'm with you I don't clean under beds that's why I have beds with drawers underneath.Isn't it so funny how kids love those gadgets..hey I'm following you..and grabbing your button too..did you really have to use a screwdriver to peel your orange..?

--Tumbleweed said...

Ha! I read an education article once that reported on a study showing that kids don't understand the purpose of advertising -- to sell said product by any means necessary. They see commercials more as helpful suggestions to improve your life given by benevolent beings solely for the purposes of good.

Erin said...

I've seen this infomercial and confess it kind of appealed to me as well. Then I woke up.

Spongeboob is right! Hooray for Oswald!

;-)

AmyLK said...

Too funny what will draw our kids attention!

Raelene said...

That is too funny!!! Love it!

Jessica said...

LOL! I WISH my kids would have interest in a sweeper. As it is I think they're allergic to them.

Alyssa said...

Kids are the best! Aren't they always showing interest when it's least expected? Loved the post.

Nezzy said...

Ya gotta hit while the fires hot baby and order 'two' right now. If the kid is that excited about the thing just think of all the clean floor you could have while your layin' 'round watchin' soap and eating bon~bons! Heeeheehe!

Have fun and may your day be filled with sweet blessings from above.

Lindsey said...

Tell your kid that I am sold!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

What is it with kids and infomercials? My kids wanted the Touch and Brush and Sham WOW!

lol

Bekah said...

I am so glad to learn my kids aren't the only ones... we have had similar facinations with the Snuggie, Roll and Grow (pre-seeded cloth that you water and flowers grow), and Aqua Globe.

My name is PJ. said...

I laughed straight through....

"I've never vacuumed under a bed in my life and I don't intend to start now." - You kill me!!!!

Cameron said...

I think you just found your new maid! your kid can vacuum the hell out of your house it will be dust free, LOVE IT! :) :)

Sarah said...

Hilarious! I actually love informercials and all those made for TV products, as well. I think they are ingenious!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

My kids like the infomercials and my son likes Shamwow. Too funny

panamamama said...

Men and infomercials. What is it? My hubby can just sit there watching one about who knows what. I know he's secretly wanting to buy whatever it is. Testosterone?

Mrsblogalot said...

Infomercials are dangerous and should never be allowed on tv unless it's one about a robot cleaning for us!

LiLu said...

It's like an infomercial in your very own home!

Angie Muresan said...

Your kids crack me up!

Jen said...

That is exactly how we ended up with not one but two Magic Bullets. They both broke after one use. Never again, though that Swivel Sweeper looks pretty impressive.

Mandeek @ 4 Quarters of Me said...

Oh yeah! Are you kidding me.. if my daughter took that much interest in cleaning products, she'd be cleaning the house... ha ha ha!!!

Love "Spongeboob" by the way... Following you from TMB.

I love the title and "It will get the job done, but it's not going to be pretty." very funny!

ShellyInOz said...

It's Girl With the Flour in Her Hair Appreciation Day so stop by my blog for a little bling.

Shelly at Tropical Mum

Dawn said...

Hey there and WELCOME to the Wonderful World of Infomercials as seen through a child's eyes! LOL!

My kids are CONVINCED we MUST HAVE the mini-hamburger maker thingy... like we make mini-burgers, like ever?

And the watering ball -- the glass one you fill with water then flip upside down and stick in your house plant... dumping a cup of H2O in the pot every so often seems to have worked for centuries... and the cup was free at 7-11 so.... there ya go!

Enjoy the salesmanship of your kids... you'll get plenty of laughs!

freckletree. said...

yikes. i would go as far as to say that you are probably in trouble with this one. maybe you should start teaching money management, um, yesterday.

freckletree. said...

yikes. i would go as far as to say that you are probably in trouble with this one. maybe you should start teaching money management, um, yesterday.

Juliana said...

Ha ha! I want one too!!!!!!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

My son is obsessed with the bumpit commercial and convinced I need to get some. It's only $19.99 plus shipping and handling, he says convincingly sounding more like a telepromter than a preschooler.

I've been seeing your blog mentioned all over the place for a while and been meaning to check you out!! Love you. And your blog. Plan to stalk you starting now.

Have a great week!

龐克搖滾 said...

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