It’s 3:00 a.m. and you can’t sleep. Nobody is around, but you know you can turn on the TV and find some video friends.
You can call them up, and they’ll talk to you on TV. The only catch is that you have to talk about products they’re hawking. They have all types of products: jewelry, clothes, household items, computers, and even sleep number beds. This just scratches the surface.
I discovered QVC and HSN when I was home by myself after I stopped working. At first I thought it was the silliest thing I’d ever seen. I’d ask my husband, “who would buy that stuff?”
But then, one day I stopped on the channel and bought a pretty jade bracelet When I got it, I was so excited. The thrill of giving myself a present. But, did I need it?
After that, I became a regular watcher. I purchased a few things. This lasted for about a year. It’s amazing because normally I dislike shopping. I’m the furthest thing from a mall rat.
I do like some of the items. I’ve bought Ryka shoes, a few pieces of clothing, and a few pairs of earrings. The earrings were pretty, and I wasn’t really sorry I bought them. The shoes are terrific, and I had to return one the blouses. I looked like I was flying because the sleeves looked like wings.
In my short career of watching those shows on a regular basis, I learned some of their selling strategies. I know they work, but I think people who are vulnerable should be aware of what they’re trying to do.
Making you part of their family
You can be included in the QVC or HSN family. They have phone lines, and encourage you to call in and give your testimony on how great the product really is, and how it’s changed your life.
They will give you 30 seconds to say your housebound, or you have to stay home with an bed-ridden relative. They will say they’re sorry about it, but to spend some money on the item they’re featuring. They say, “I’m happy to meet you.”
They’re really happy you’re spending more money with them. They don’t really consider you a real friend. They just want you to spend money.
Encouraging you to buy more than you need
Sometimes the jewelry shows astound me. The co-hosts will take 4 necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and put them on at one time. “You can layer your look with all these colors, they’ll say.” You’re thinking what kind of fool is going to believe this is stylish.
Why would you walk out of the house like that unless it was Halloween?
Telling you you’ll be popular if you buy this item
When is the last time you liked someone because of their material possessions. If that’s your main judge of friendship, you deserve what you get.
Some people say they have rooms full of items they don’t need, and are over-extended on their credit cards. The hosts, on camera, will say, “we’re so happy you shop with us, treat yourself, and buy some more. Is this ethical?
I will still buy things from these shopping channels if I need it, and don’t feel like going to a mall. But, I will know they don’t want my friendship or companionship. They just want my money.
If you have too much of this stuff, and are over-extended, think about what you’re doing. Too much is too much!
International Money Pile in Cash and Coins (Photo credit: epSos.de)