We’re surrounded by hype. Commercials, radio ads, billboards by the road and posters in the metro. Not to mention the ads on nearly every website, yes, including this one. Maybe a certain beer will make us more attractive or a car will make us the most envied family on the block. And we all know what the right shampoo will do.
Unfortunately, nothing seems to live up to the hype. Sure, our new cell phone is great but it’s not a life-changing gadget. Or we get a decent rest on our new mattress, but we’re not 100% comfortable.
Sometimes the hyped object completely fails–like a passenger on a Carnival cruise whose room smelled like sewage. Not quite what one would expect from the commercials. The Consumerist is full of stories of bad customer service, products, etc.
But…have you every had something actually live up to the hype?
Here’s my example. This will show you what an incredibly mature person I am. Last weekend, I decided that the Diva Cup was the best thing in the world (see here for why). So I was skipping and dancing and humming around the house.
It suddenly hit me “I’m one of those girls in commercials!” I’m like one of those girls who’s jumping around playing beach ball or giving you a happy look because maybe she uses a certain tampon or she’s got Midol, etc. Well, none of those have ever made me want to frolic, but the Diva Cup did the trick.
I’m glad too. For one thing, it’s nice to see something actually meet and exceed expectations. Even good products have a hard time doing that if they’re over-hyped. And second, it’s nice to have something which makes my life so much less miserable 5 days out of the month. When you add it up, that’s about 600 days in the last 10 years…which is almost 2 years. And in the upcoming howevermany years I’ve got until menopause, let’s say 25, 5 of them which would have been miserable, painful, and annoying are now going to be pretty decent. That’s worth skipping about.
So have you ever had a product that actually made you as happy as the people in the commercial? Share share!