As a public service to our wonderful readers, BrightReviews is launching a brand new series of articles designed to help you avoid some of the most common “sins” television marketers commit. Read, learn, and share these tips so you and your loved ones don’t get burned. The Sins so far in the series: Sin #1 (Sneaky Pricing), Sin #2 (The Upsell) Sin #3 Lousy Customer Service, Sin #4 (Evil Privacy Policy), Sin #5 (Hidden Subscriptions), and now Sin #6… Products That Are Pieces of [CENSORED]!

Crappy Products are by far the most pervasive complaint we’ve seen in the world of Bright Reviews. Quite simply, these items may look good or fancy in the commercial or on the website, but when they arrive in the mail, the consumer is in for a huge BUMMER. This is usually for a few reasons, which we have outlined below.

Product Has Little Real-World Use or Value

For example, the Catch Caddy is hyped as a storage organizer for your car that will help prevent you from losing your phone between the seats. However, several reviewers have said the Catch Caddy is essentially a plastic envelope that closes up when you slide it in to place, making it essentially useless.

“They may stop things, but the things won't go in the caddy,” said Sandra LaVita of Boston. Barbara from Boca Raton, FL agreed, adding “there is no way I can even store a bobby pin in it! Geez!!”

Product Is Cheaply Made

Take for example the Wubble Bubble Ball, currently one of the most-discussed items on our website. The informercial shows kids playing with this giant bubble/ball that they promise is easy to inflate, durable, and won’t pop. But, as many of our reviewers have noted, the Wubble Bubble Ball seems to be quite flimsy and poorly made.

“Bought from Target and popped in 2 hours when my child played with it exactly as shown on TV. Waited 6 weeks for replacement and has 3/8 inch hole in the sealant around the valve and label piece,” noted Ben from Columbia SC. “This product is not unpoppable, it took longer to blow this ball up than it did for it to pop. The kids played with it for five minutes before it popped,” agreed Donna Callan from Bingham, NY.

Product Is Knock-Off or Rip-Off Of Popular Idea

Secret Extensions is a hair extension that has lured consumers partly because its spokesperson is Daisy Fuentes, but also because the name can easily be confused with Hair Secrets Extensions, a well-known and more expensive brand.

“What I thought were going to be my beautiful, long, and full extensions were the crappiest, thinnest, unworthy of wearing strands of hair I've ever seen! The commercial and website are so deceiving,” remarked Toiya from Florida on our sister site Highya.com. “This product broke the second time I wore it. The band is cheap and will snap with any pressure. The hair is thin and it is a joke,” said Rhianna from Alabama.

How To Avoid Productus Crapiconicus aka Crappy Products:

  • By the original, not a knock-off. If you hear of a product that interests you and you see a commercial or search online, make sure you end up on the right website! Check the spelling of the name as well as the manufacturer.
  • Although it doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality, look to buy products that are made in the (good ol’) USA.
  • If it seems too good to be true and extremely cheap, it probably is on both accounts.
  • Do your research! Seek out reviews from real customers on shopping sites like Amazon. Look for in-depth reviews from unbiased, non-affiliated websites – like BrightReviews.com!
  • If you do accidentally buy a Crappy Product, be sure to spread the word so others will be aware of the scam.

We’ve just got one more Sin to go… Sin #7 FAKE AFFILATES!! Stay tuned…