I work in a giant, brightly decorated cubicle with two other people, and we often pass the days sending each other links to amusing things or dorky things or talking about the latest episode of Project Runway. Actually that all happened today.
But the other thing that happened today was one of us, and I’m not naming any names, saying she really wanted to buy this thing, an electric ab workout called the Contour Core Sculpting System.
I always assume these are scams and colossal wastes of money, that they make their money by offering you a “30-day free trial” and then gouging you for shipping (which is often nonrefundable), or counting on a large percentage of people letting the 30 days slip away, even once they realize they’ve been had. I guess I see stuff like this as a part of the giant monolithic industry of irresponsible “too good to be true” quick-fix products, and I wish people would stop buying them.
I don’t have anything against exercise equipment per se; in fact, I’m still waiting for Precor to send me that free elliptical machine for my house. It’s just that these things seem flimsy, cheap, ineffective and—especially the ones with gimmicks like electricity—just a sucker’s bet, a 2008 version of the vibrating fat belt. But what do you think? Have you ever bought anything like this? Would you ever be tempted to?
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