I'm a big fan of "as seen on TV" products, so I was ecschtatic when my sister told me she had ordered me the Schticky for my birthday. If you're not familiar with the Schticky, here's the video from prostitute-biter Vince Offer:
Hoo-boy, was I excited when this discreetly-marked box arrived at the crib! I tore it open to find the first negative:
(-) Non-gift packing slip: If my sister had indicated that this was a gift, then shame on Schticky for including a packing slip with prices on it. Luckily our family doesn't mind sharing gift prices... but holy crap sis, you paid $20.85 for shipping??
(+) Lots of extras: My sister had lamented that she could barely get off the Schticky website because they kept trying to pile more things into her order. (Pro tip: never purchase mail order products direct from the manufacturer -- order from Amazon or buy in the "as seen on TV" aisle of Walmart or Target.) Sucks for her, but I got myself a bevy of "wait there's more" stuff: all three sizes of the Schticky, a Slap Chop, and the cult favorite Graty. By the way, could they have used a creepier picture of Vince Offer on all the products?
Ok, time to put this sucker to work. I have a black carpet that clings to the white fuzz from my socks, even after vacuuming thoroughly with my never-loses-suction Dyson. I discovered a while ago that a lint roller does the trick, but who has $100 a year to spend on paper lint rollers? I unwrapped the medium Schticky and was surprised that it felt more slimy than sticky (but it doesn't leave a slime residue behind on your fingers).
(-) The doggone thing broke immediately: Oops, guess I was a little too excited to bring the pain on that carpet lint.
Take two: I put it back together and went back to the carpet with a little less aggression.
(+) It worked! Beautiful black carpet.
(-) Cleaning the Schticky is tricky: In the video, Vince runs it under water and the debris falls right off. Didn't quite happen like that IRL. In the instruction sheet, Schticky tells you to "use your fingers as a wiper" if this happens. This works, but is pretty gross. There's also the issue of which sink you want to do the deed in. I didn't want to clog up my bathroom sinks, but I wasn't thrilled about doing the dirty work in my kitchen sink where I prepare my food. I guess a little carpet lint down your sink's garbage disposal isn't the end of the world, but I'm not sure how I'd feel about cleaning off the Schticky after using it on cobwebs or my shedding p*ssy. I wanted to use it again right away of course, but it only works when dry, so I rolled it on a paper towel, which didn't work out well.
Note to self: buy Shamwow towel to dry my Schticky.
(+) Works on some coins: My sister specifically requested that I try it out on pennies, as demonstrated in the video, because stray pennies are apparently a big problem in her household. It does work on pennies and dimes. It doesn't work on quarters. Nickels are a crap-shoot, so proceed with caution.
(-) Missing brush attachment for the big Schticky: The video shows a brush attachment and a longer handle that were missing in my shipment. Normally I would call to ask that the missing items be shipped to me, but I'm afraid to get on the phone with these people because:
(-) Aggressive up-sell: A few days after my sister had ordered me the Schticky I got a call from the Schticky people letting me know that due to "overwhelming demand" I'd be getting my Schticky in two to three weeks. Fine. Then the dude launched into some spiel about coupons for free gas and such. I was at work and wasn't really paying attention, so I told him I had to get off the phone. He said no problem -- they would just charge my Visa after 30 days if I wanted to keep getting the coupons. Wait, what? It wasn't even my Visa card they had on file -- so basically they would start charging my sister for some random coupon subscription that I would forget to cancel 30 days after not really ordering it in the first place? I made a big enough stink that I think I managed to get the coupon crap removed from the order, but it's definitely dangerous to make direct contact with these people. I think I'll do without my big Schticky brush attachment rather than risk saddling my sister's credit card with some timeshare in Boca Raton or something.
(+) Overall: I'm pleased with the Schticky because it works on my problematic carpet and it will be a fun conversation piece to bring out at house parties now that my Shake Weight has become somewhat passé. I'm also really excited to try the Slap Chop and Graty, so I welcome them all into my family of "as seen on TV" products.
For the record, Perfect Brownie and Pillow Pets are still my favorites.