I'm appalled by the number of TV stations (mostly cable) that squish a
show's ending credits to announce "You can own the program you just
saw for only $19.95!!" The same question runs through my mind: WHO IN
THEIR RIGHT MIND would pay $19.95 (or even 95 cents!) for a show they just
saw for FREE?!? Squishing credits is a deplorable practice to begin with,
but to shrink or squeeze them just to hawk merchandise is outrageous.
and TLC are the worst offenders for this practice. Considering that both
cable channels are notorious for airing re-runs of re-runs of re-runs, why
would anyone consider shelling out any amount of money for a show you know
will be on again (and again)? Who buys these things? I'm curious as to
what kind of fool spends money for something they can have for free.
Doesn't everyone have a VCR that, for less than 2 bucks for a blank tape,
can tape whatever they want? Sure, commercial-free would be nice, but,
well, there's a little button on all VCRs marked FST FWD. For the morons
that don't know what this button is (and those that the video-hawkers seem
to be targeting), it will speed over commercials at the touch of the
button! Duh. Do they think we'll actually spend twenty bucks just so we
won't have to exercise our finger?!?
stations aren't the only ones trying to sell you videos of their programs.
NBC, with their wretched Olympics 2000 programming, actually advertised an
Olympic "highlight" tape for sale mid-way into the Olympics.
Like we really want to memorialize NBC's dreadful schlock forever (I,
myself, would prefer to forget it forever). And how much you wanna
bet that there will be an Oscar video for sale before the end of the
upcoming Academy Awards broadcast? And Survivor II already has spin
most ridiculous cash grab I've ever seen was A&E's "offer"
of a Columbo video set - 5 episodes for "just" $99.95.
Excuse me? One hundred dollars for episodes that were repeated over and
over again and that will still be airing somewhere long after I'm dead and
gone? I have to wonder how many impulsive shoppers fell for that. Yet,
while I am wondering what kind of idiot makes the rich richer, I realize
with amazement that SOMEBODY must be buying them. If no one was, they
wouldn't continue to be advertised. What's wrong with you people? I'm sure
you could find something equally frivolous to throw your money away on
without making TV's Fat Cats any fatter. Maybe Pez dispensers. Or deluxe
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