Infomercial impulse buys
Infomercial impulse buys
Only $19.95! Call now and we'll double your order! Such promises have lured in many unsuspecting consumers to what they thought was a great deal.

The infomercial industry brings in about $400 billion a year, according to the Electronic Retailing Association. But it's no secret that many impulse purchases go unused.

Thurber said he has several clients who spend around $200 a month purely on infomercial purchases -- most of which they admit go completely unused.

Logan Sachon, a writer for personal finance site Bundle.com, has spent at least $500 worth of quick-fix products that she never used, including the Magic Bullet Blender, the Topsy Turvy tomato planter, the Perfect Push-Up and Debbie Meyer's GreenBags. And she said another $500 worth of purchases has probably ended up at Goodwill or put in the trash.


Last updated May 18 2011: 5:07 PM ET
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