We gave it an F
Anyone who’s been overwhelmed by a need for the Flowbee, only to find the infomercial preempted by a presidential debate, will be delighted to find the online extension of televisual commerce As Seen on TV (www.asontv.com). Here, dozens of enticing products — from the Braidini by Hairdini (automated hairstyling tool for cybersavvy French-braid wearers) to Ambervision ($9.95 brown-lensed sunglasses) to the Safe-T-Man mannequin (”Now you can have the security of a companion when you are alone at home or in the car!”) — vie for your nonvirtual bucks. As Seen offers all its wares at a discount over TV prices, so you just might be tempted to succumb to the kitsch bug. If you think that’s a good thing, As Seen gets an A; if you find this kind of campy commercial weirdness disturbing, you’ll probably give it an F.