Saturday, 25 January 2014

Not something I need.

Do you ever get those small catalogues through the door? Do you look through them, or do you bin them without a second glance? They are not like the big catalogues where you order loads of overpriced stuff, then get into difficulties with the monthly payments when you fall on hard times. These smaller ones are usually pocket size with about 50 pages, full of gadgets and stuff you have happily lived without for all of your life. I've got one here, it wasn't delivered to my house, but to my friends, I happened to pick it up and have a nosey through it. 
Browsing through a catalogue is like browsing round a shop, they are full of things you would never dream of buying, but if you do it from the comfort of your own armchair, in your own living room, you might be tempted to splash out on something. Oh go on, why not, like the shopping channels, just ring a number and place your order, it's so easy. The thing is, if you hadn't picked up the catalogue in the first place, you would never have known you needed what you think you need, until you saw it on the page. In fact, needed is the wrong word, there is nothing in this catalogue that I actually need. 
Do you actually need a little printer machine to obliterate your name and address from your mail before you bin it? What did we do before this little gadget was invented? We got a pair of scissors and cut it out of course, or even tore it out if we didn't have any scissors to hand. The rest of the letter can go for recycling. So, for £10 you get the stamp, and blow me down, you then pay £6 for the ink refill pads forever after. I'll stick with the scissors thank you very much. 
The mind boggles at this one. A discreet hair removal gadget you glide over your skin and it whisks away unwanted feminine hair. Ok, some might want to tidy up their bikini line, but read the blurb. Why would you want to stow it discreetly in your handbag for goodness sake? So that when you pop into the ladies in the pub and look down, you think golly gosh, and whip your little gadget out! I don't think so!  
Well we've all got to get one of these haven't we? What do we do when our wing mirrors are misted up? We get a chuffin cloth and wipe them. Oh for goodness sake. Throw away £6 if you like, but I won't be getting one.

I can't quite believe what I am seeing here. Strap a bit of foam to your leg when you are in bed. It will cost you £12 to buy it. What! I'll tell you what I do, it works just as well and it's free. I mainly sleep on my back, with a normal pillow half way down my bed, under my knees. When I turn onto my side, I move the pillow to between my knees, just like this. No need to buy anything.

Now this is a good idea. I have two of these back support thingy's, but they didn't cost £10. I got exactly the same thing from the £1 shop. One lives in my car, and the other is on my office chair. I have no backache at all. 
The catalogue is in the bin.
Catch you tomorrow. Toodle pip

20 comments:

  1. I'm imagining all those women in the loo with their gadgets!! Brilliant!!
    Gillx

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  2. Luckily we don't have a mail box! That woman's face with the hair removal thing is very funny. Great post Ilona.

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  3. I hope the catalogue went into the recycling bin, at least that would turn it into something useful eventually....

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  4. And then there's a fiver for postage! What about those ads on the TV for the No No hair remover. Women going over their faces with this thing. They give you six weeks to test it and then you can return it. I believe they are over £100? what nonsense.

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  5. I mentioned to someone at the recycling place that most of my mail - by FAR most of my mail - never even makes it into my house anymore. I pick it up from the letterbox at the end of the drive, sort it as I walk back up to the house, and throw most of it (loads of catalogs, special offers, etc.) straight into my car for the next trip to the recycling place! What a waste of paper :(

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  6. I could have done with that mirror squeeggee to wipe away the tears.....so funny. All hair removal must be done in the privacy of our own homes lol.

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  7. They are known as contentment stealers in this house - they steal contentment by making you want something that you never knew you wanted. Father gets a lot, but mine go straight in the bin (apart from Lakeland, which is another story) WS xxx

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  8. That was so funny! I get these catalogue,s left on my front verandah all the time! I always have a look, but never buy anything!

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  9. I love popping by to visit your blog...so refreshing. And full of common sense! Every time I fly in the States I usually read the catalog they've put in the seat pocket (Sky Mall) and for the 2-5 hours I'm in the air, I'm thinking "Oh yes, that's a good idea. I should buy that." Of course the catalog is "free to take with you." No thank you. Don't need anymore crap!
    ~ Pru

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  10. I could justify the back support purchase, but none of the others.

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  11. I love looking through those catalogues. They make me laugh. Who thinks of most of these things to even invent them? And then the people who do the little write-ups! And then even wanting to buy them? I mean, really!

    And your reviews have also made me chuckle. Pointing out the obvious shows how stupid the things are - a hair remover that does the bikini line to keep in your handbag? Who needs a "touch-up" there when they are out and about? Doesn't warrant thinking about!

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  12. It's just a load of old tosh isn't it. Basically they're just after your money and it's unbelievable that people are stupid enough to buy these things. But bearing in mind that the majority of the British public are thick as bricks it's hardly surprising....

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  13. Obliterating your address wasn't a problem when we all had open fires.
    Neither was land-fill.

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  14. Hahaha, I love it. I always thing the same, absolutely full of useless, expensive rubbish that you can't possibly need.

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  15. Haha..I love it when we get these catalogues through the door as you are guaranteed to have a right old giggle at some of the things they sell...blooming hilarious.
    AFM xx

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  16. I have one of those back support things from the dollar store too, no need to spend 9.95. And that identify theft device? Why not just take a pen and scribble out your name, or use the scissors like you said. I can find better ways to spend my money, just like you do. :)

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  17. I always glance through these to have a good laugh, just like you. They always feed the recycling bin, and I`m never tempted to order anything rom them.

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  18. Batteries not included with the hair removal gadget so thats more money to fork out. A solar powered one would be good and give us all a proper laugh.
    If anyone wants any of these gadgets, just keep your eyes open in the poundshops because thats where they all end up.
    Dave.

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  19. Danneke looking in and catching up, Like you Ilona I use a small thinnish pillow for between my knees, after my first hip operation the consultant told me to do this as it would help with the alinement of the new hip , as for the booklets that pop through the mail box , it seems weekly, I glance thro but the only thing I have bought from one of them was a cool mattress for my little great neice when she kept running temperatures and the family couldnt find one anywhere in Spain where they live, the company I dealt with on the island of Guernsey were very good after I explained it was urgent , they sent it direct for me As for the other things like Betterware and Lakeland, they are far too expensive and I use my steam cleaner for floors, work surfaces, bathrooms etc, at least I know things are sanitised at very little cost & my cupboards. are not cluttered up with unnecessary cleaning detergents either. I will admit I have a paper shredder which I use but usually a friend takes all the shredded stuff for bedding for her husbands ferrets so I suppose its a form of recycling.

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  20. I get these too. They go directly into the recycle bin. It never occurred to me to have a laugh off of them. I will look forward to the next one for free entertainment. Also, I buy my undies from a store once a year. ( OK, once every other year,) I get catalogs from them every other week. I already bought what I wanted. I toss them without looking at them.

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