Fights Back: Sham Wow Product Review
Posted by Casey on October 14, 2008
When I was a kid I was addicted to a show called “Fight Back.” The show was all about consumer protection (you now know that I’ve been a consumer advocate from infancy). They would take products advertised on commercials, and test them out so you knew if the product was worth buying or not. I can’t count how many times “Fight Back” exposed the lies used in commercials to sell you a product.
These days they’ve gone digital … check out their website here.
Given my infatuation with the show’s idea, and that it virtually disappeared from public knowledge, I decided to start writing my own product reviews. Since I don’t want to get sued, I call my product reviews “Fights Back.” Think Popeye … me gonna fights back. Now onto the review of Sham Wow.
Why This Product:
I’ve been intrigue with whether Sham Wow really worked ever since I saw the same infomercial you all have seen. I’m a gadget geek, and I am always looking for something new and cool. I had considered ordering the Sham Wow several times, but didn’t want to pay for shipping when I knew it would probably just end up in Walgreens in a couple of months (as all TV products do). However, I ran into a Sham Wow display at a home show I was at, and viewed the demonstration.
To my surprise, the soaking carpet demo was for real. In the commercial you can easily tell that the carpet had been switched to a less messy … well … mess. In person that was impossible to do, and the soda spill was in fact absorbed by the Sham Wow right before my eyes. I immediately bought a bundle that came with one large, and one small, Sham Wow.
It wasn’t too long before I got to use the small Sham Wow around the house for little spills here and there. The Sham Wow worked great for those spills that required me to soak up a spill. It didn’t matter what the liquid was, or what surface it was on … the Sham Wow worked. I cleaned up soda off the counter, water around my dog bowl, and an overfill of my house plant off the carpet. The Sham Wow excelled at cleaning them all.
My ultimate goal was to use the Sham Wow on my car after I washed it. Would it really dry my car?
I’d been recently disappointed by another similar product that was supposed to make drying my car a breeze, and was chomping at the bit to use the Sham Wow on my car. You see, in Vegas it is so hot that if you don’t dry your car quickly you will get water spots.
Today I got that opportunity I’d been waiting for. I washed my car, and immediately began to use my new Sham Wow. As I used the Sham Wow on my car I was stunned, shocked, and I marveled at how … poorly … it worked. The Sham Wow could not absorb hardly any water from my car. I couldn’t understand it. How is it that the Sham Wow would work so well inside the house, but not on my car? The only thing I can think of is that the Sham Wow is a great stationary absorber, but a poor wiper. If I lay the Sham Wow on the wet car it would absorb great, but if I wiped … nothing but streaks.
The Sham Wow is a great buy for around the house to clean up spills, or use as a bath mat to keep your bathroom floor from getting soaked when you get out of the shower. However, when it comes to drying your car you are better off with a leather chamois, or microfiber towel.
The Sham Wow gets 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
If you have any product reviews of your own, please submit them to this site. I will publish your product review on Needs of the Many as a part of my “Fights Back” segment.
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