Sunday, October 12, 2008

Miracle Heaters ...

So there are all kinds of ads out now for the "miracle" heaters, a product of some Chinese genius, apparently. The latest incarnation includes an Amish cabinet you can roll from room to room.

The Amish only make the cabinet, which would have to be the case, given they don't do electricity. Which makes the picture accompanying the ad less than truthful.

Apparently, most of the ad is similarly misleading.

The big claim is that it saves money, but the catch is, you have to turn off your other heat and keep only one room at a time warm. If you buy enough units to keep every room in your house warm, it will cost way more than central heat, gas or electric.

The part I most like is the ad in today's paper that explains how the things works. It's kind of technical, but here goes: Cold air goes in, and warm air comes out!

That's how they explain it. Isn't that amazing? I nearly spewed my coffee through my nose when I read that.

What it is is an electric heater with a fan, you can get them a lot cheaper down at K-Mart ...

P.T. Barnum was right: There's a sucker born every minute.

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