Monday, January 3, 2011

I’ve been fooled and I should’ve known better

I’m sure that you are just waiting to know how exactly I have been fooled, well here it is, INFOMERCIALS!

You see I have very sensitive skin so I’ve always been looking for something good that will help remove facial hair easily because waxing just basically burns my skin and once or twice it even caused me to bleed. It’s not as dramatic as it sounds, but yeah, it is quite a painful experience. In any case I saw this product been advertised on infomercials and it seemed really great, it was one of those facial hair removing gadgets which is just supposed to magically do the trick. So I decided to get it, despite the fact that everything anyone I know has ever bought after seeing it on infomercials didn’t ever work the way it had been advertised.

Well, all I can say is that I really should’ve known better. It doesn’t seem to work at all. I tried it out so many times thinking that I must be doing something wrong, but no, I’m now totally convinced that I have been fooled. It’s not an unusual thing to happen either, I mean that’s the point of advertising isn’t it, ‘selling your products’, that’s all that it’s about and it doesn’t really matter whether the products work or not, what matters is how well it can be advertised. Now, I’ve known this for a long time, and it was sort of like an unspoken rule for me not to buy the things that are advertised so well, so I guess I just should’ve stuck to that. I mean, I used to see all these things been advertised and it would always irritate me because I could see how false it was. You have to agree with me that the worse is when they advertise diet products. The people they get to come on there to say how much weight they’ve lost after such a short time and how great they look now, really used to get on my nerves because it all just seemed so fake. Or, the really skinny women they get to advertise exercise machines and show the rest of us what we’ll look like if we use that machine, seriously, it’s ridiculous, right.

It reminds me of something we learnt so well at school when we were studying Shakespeare; The theme of Appearance Versus Reality. So in appearance it seems that they are offering us a really great product, but in reality it doesn’t really work the way they said it would. I have to admit though that it is quite tactful. Especially since there’s not that much you can do about it. You can’t take the thing you’ve bought back because physically there’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t work how you expected it to, that’s not a reason to get a refund. So I suppose we should look out for all the things that they go out of their way to advertise and then stay away from those things.

I don’t know about you, but I sure do hope that I never fall victim to this type of product advertising again inshaa Allah. And I’m sharing this with you so that none of you fall victim to it either. We should remember that the genuine things in life are the ones that will never look glamorous, they will be the unpopular things that are more difficult to find.

I remember reading somewhere that the Sahaaba (RA) used to make a duaa every time they went out to buy something, basically asking Allah to guide them in what they bought. This is a great practise to get into and I have decided to start doing this also, that way we won't end up buying unnecessary things and whatever we buy will be beneficial, Inshaa Allah.
May Almighty Allah be our guide and help us to spend our money on good and helpful things only!

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  1. Oh dear sis. If it's not working right then you might as well stop using it to avoid the after effect. You are truly right, these commercials/infomercials are most of the time misleading, like they want to cheat you top to toe. It happens also here in Malaysia. They just can't think of anything else but making huge profit out of these products.I hope everything is fine with you now. Take care, sis. You need not any of those nonsense creams, coz you are naturally beautiful inside out. Trust me! :)

  2. Yes, they are rarely saying the truth!
    I think the best thing for facial hair if you have sensitive skin is to thread it

  3. Thanks sisters, I sure have learnt my lesson.
    Sister Ati- You're too sweet:)
    Jnana- thanks for the advice:)

  4. its sad, consumerism needs have been exploited with marketing just an edge to get ppl to spend money. The funny thing is that all these products arise by means of peoples needs however the providers care more about the money than the need.

  5. Blue Pearl- That's so true and the worst part is that people nowadays will sell anything for money and they don't even care about the damaging effects that it may have on people. As always the rich are the one's who exploit and the poor and middle-class have to face the effects of this. It really is a vicious system.