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9th Sep '17 2:33:44 PM BKelly95
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* ''Series/PicnicFace'' featured a segment called "Infomercial Plus" - an infomercial actor agency that offers people TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket in real life to make your infomercial even better! Highlights included a literal blanket-operating failure, a man unable to comprehend fruit and another utterly incapable of cracking eggs.

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* ''Series/PicnicFace'' featured a segment called "Infomercial Plus" - an infomercial actor agency that offers people TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket Too Incompetent To Operate A Blanket in real life to make your infomercial even better! Highlights included a literal blanket-operating failure, a man unable to comprehend fruit and another utterly incapable of cracking eggs.
7th Jun '17 3:33:51 PM dmcreif
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** One episode featured a series of ads for products combining mayo and mustard in a single jar, like Hellman's [[http://www.hellmanns.us/products/dijonnaise_mustard.aspx Dijonnaise.]] In the end, a guy is shown missing out on the important moments in his life because the process of spreading mustard then mayonnaise was simply too time consuming.
** An episode features Janeane Garofalo as a woman who simply can't organize the bags in her kitchen, shouting, "Help me!" at the camera. The solution is "bag hutch," a box to put bags in. The writers had to change the name of the product because "bag box" was already the name of a product that did the exact same thing.

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** One episode featured features Mayostard, a series of ads for products combining mayo bottled mayonnaise-and-mustard combo, and mustard in goes to absurd lengths to suggest that getting sandwich spreads from two different bottles is an unbearable waste of time and effort. Then a single jar, like Hellman's [[http://www.hellmanns.us/products/dijonnaise_mustard.aspx Dijonnaise.]] In competing product, Mustardayonnaise, enters the end, a guy is shown missing out on picture. Then the important moments in his life post-credits gag introduces [[SerialEscalation Mustmayostardayonnaise]], because the process of spreading mustard having to apply Mayostard and Mustardayonnaise is such an enormous time sink, it will cause you to miss your daughter growing up, graduating college, and then mayonnaise was simply too time consuming.
[[MindScrew growing older than you and dying.]]
** An episode features Janeane Garofalo as a woman who simply can't organize the bags in her kitchen, shouting, "Help me!" at the camera. The solution is "bag hutch," "Bag Hutch," a box to put bags in. The writers had to change the name of the product because "bag box" was already the name of a product that did the exact same thing.



* WebVideo/AfterHours discusses this trope at length in one episode - the one where they debate which commercial universe is the coolest. Dan O'Brien initially pitches infomercials as the coolest - after all, being able to perform basic tasks in those universes would mark you a deity - but it's quickly pointed out that he'd have to rely on idiots to do everything else.

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* WebVideo/AfterHours discusses this trope at length in one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDjcgiwIiY the episode - the one where they debate which commercial universe is the coolest. coolest]]. Dan O'Brien initially pitches infomercials as the coolest - after coolest. After all, being able to perform basic tasks in those universes would mark you a deity - deity... [[SurroundedByIdiots but it's quickly pointed out that he'd have to rely on idiots to do everything else.]]
4th Jun '17 12:09:23 AM Gimere
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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

Or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had until you saw this advert...

Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

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whatsoever (or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had any until you saw this advert...

advert...).

Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial infomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.
29th May '17 9:57:58 AM Shadoboy
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has the Fluffy Puff Bite-Size Nibblers, a smaller version of the cartoon's Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. The ad promotes them as being good for newborn-type babies and that they help the mouth strain of having to eat a normal-sized marshmallow.
* A source for many instances of WebAnimation/YoutubePoop. For example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IEmP2EYuOw Introducing the Shiddy Bear]] by WebAnimation/WalrusGuy.
17th Apr '17 7:28:54 AM StarTropes
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* Sometimes {{Parodied}} on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' when they present a dumb idea as if it were an infomercial.
18th Feb '17 11:05:52 PM rodneyAnonymous
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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' gives you [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/34460/saturday-night-live-jar-glove#s-p10-sr-i3 the Jar Glove.]]
16th Feb '17 8:53:08 AM n3tizen
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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back, which can cause bedsores. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back, which can cause bedsores. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.
1st Feb '17 8:13:16 AM valozzy
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Gaze upon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTSag this video]] for a minute and a half of this sort of failure cut back-to-back. Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.

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Gaze upon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTSag this video]] for a minute and a half of this sort of failure cut back-to-back. Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.
12th Jan '17 6:07:06 PM FloydPinkerton
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Hey, you! Sick of constantly dropping your baby?"
10th Jan '17 6:53:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''LoadingReadyRun'' did a sketch about [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/433/Has-This-Ever-Happened-To-You this,]] with a man who actually lives in an informercial.

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* ''LoadingReadyRun'' ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' did a sketch about [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/433/Has-This-Ever-Happened-To-You this,]] with a man who actually lives in an informercial.
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