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Carol Perkins: Shopping networks are addictive

For this veteran shopper, watching shopping shows on Tv is is not chosen option. She says, 'I like seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, or touching a potential purchase so shopping online is my second choice' but she's fascinated by the hosts, and the skills they need. "Working at a home shopping network would require the skill of being able to take a gemstone and make it as appealing as a diamond. To assure a big woman that even she can look wonderul in the newest pair of skinny jeans (won't happen). Most of all, it would require the ability to talk nonstop. As a matter of fact, I often mute the TV because of the constant talk. What can be said about a jar with a candle in it?'
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By Carol Perkins

Somewhere at this very minute are women, sitting in recliners or propping up in bed with a stack of bed pillows with phone in hand, watching one of the home shopping networks. These shows are addictive.

Just of late I have been watching both channels looking at the Christmas items and thinking of gifts to give others. The more I watch, the more I want to watch. If I veer too far from the TV, I might miss a daily special.


A collection of cookies for 2 easy payments of $24.

What have I seen tonight? A collection of cookies for $48 on two easy payments of only $24. Cookies to die for according to the non-stop talking host and hostess suggesting what a great gift to give the mailman, the gardener, a teacher, a coach, and all those for whom you don't want to spend a fortune but want to give something enjoyable. I would enjoy those cookies, but for that price I will bake my own. I'm not much for buying expensive perishables.

Every kind of electronic is offered to lure the Christmas shopper. IPADs, tablets, phones, speakers for phones, computers, big screen TV's, and on and on. I skip to another channel while those are on because I have all the gadgets I need and more than I know how to use.

The steamer was a marvelous appliance

I did like the steamer I saw for only $139. With great focus, I watched the marvel of the lightweight household must as it steamed away grease from a glass top stove. It blew away crud around a sink and steamed away bacteria from a floor. Just as I was about to dial, I remembered the steamer I had bought just a few years ago hiding behind my utility room door. The new one did look easier to use but since I seldom used the other one, I turned the channel.

I did buy myself a set of luggage designed by Samantha Brown who once had a travel show that we watched weekly. Luggage lines a side wall of my basement, but this set was so neat. It had a purse like luggage that slipped over the handle of the small carryon. I didn't have one that slipped over a handle. Another purchase was a Hoover wind tunnel. I think my daughter might need that for Christmas. If she doesn't, I will use it myself. Like irons, vacuums don't last long.

I don't buy often

Although I have suddenly become more interested in watching these channels, I don't buy often. When I die my family won't find unopened boxes from QVC or HSN under beds or in the attic. There won't be closets filled with unused items that I had to have but never used. We all know those who get up in the morning and begin watching these channels. The salespeople as like their friends.

But one of my friends does

Speaking of that, one of my friends buys often. She will buy almost anything Lisa is selling because if you watch enough, you know she is like a sorceress, drawing people to her with her magic words that makes one feel she is the last person on earth that doesn't have Lisa's skinny jeans or make up or whatever she is selling.

I called my friend last week. "I know you want a flocked Christmas tree. Lisa will be selling them Friday night." She got the humor in this. The next time I go to her house I bet she'll have one of those trees.

Network workers can make a gemstone as appealing as a diamond

Working at a home shopping network would require the skill of being able to take a gemstone and make it as appealing as a diamond. To assure a big woman that even she can look wonderul in the newest pair of skinny jeans (won't happen). Most of all, it would require the ability to talk nonstop. As a matter of fact, I often mute the TV because of the constant talk. What can be said about a jar with a candle in it?

Likes like seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, or touching a potential purchase

Some people like shopping at home. I like seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, or touching a potential purchase so shopping online is my second choice. However, the older I become the more inviting this way of shopping seems. Oh, gotta go. They'll selling a set of cooking dishes. They are so pretty I might want to cook something just so I can use them.

Flex pay only $12.00 for the next six months.- Carol Perkins
Carol Perkins the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday. Watch CM Events for topics/guests on the show.


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