Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Skymall Magazine

Just a question....who actually buys the stuff that you see in the Sky Mall Magazine "located in the seat back in front of you" on every airplane in the US and beyond? We all look at that thing in the few minutes we have after we stow all our stuff and before the plane actually lands. You know, that no man's land of time where you can't listen to your ipod and there isn't time to start another chapter in your book. I am sure that people are struck by things in that catalog that they just have to have. But for the life of me I can't understand why.

Now I should say right at the outset that I am not a fan of any gadget that does only one specific thing, with the exception of the coffee maker. So, I am not sure why anyone would want an "8 slot hotdog warmer" that would take up counter space. How about the blow up triangle pillow that you can stuff in your carry on bag. You put it on the tray table and then lean froward to sleep. No thanks, that just means that I have to blow the thing up to use it. I will pass out long before I actually can use the pillow.

Hey, how about the "behind the door cat climber" where your cat can indulge their natural ability and need to climb....all for only $170. Hmmmmmm, no thanks. That is what high pieces of furniture, Christmas trees and fireplace mantles are for. And not wanting to slight the dog population there is also a set of stairs so that Fifi can climb up onto your bed with ease and sleep on your pillow while you are at work.

Wow, I could get this cool (and huge by the looks of it) wine thing that dispenses the "perfect wine, in perfect amounts at a perfect temperature" whether red or white. Or how about a counter top slushy drink maker where you can produce a margarita at the touch of a button. My SIL owns one of these BUT she used to own a restaurant and this came home with them so she has an out.

Hmmmmm, doesn't everyone need an "Italian style pizza oven that delivers trattoria freshness for six." Six individual pizza's cooked to perfection for only $130. Ever think that the regular oven and a $10 pizza stone does the same thing? How about the "Mind Spa" that provides soothing sounds and calming lights at a measly $349. Hey, they have the "Peaceful Progression Wake up Clock" that looks like some weird monster from a 50's Sci Fi movie. Then there is the "Million Germ Eliminating Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer" (just the name is worth the cost right?). It sanitizes a single tooth brush in 7 minutes. Of course, it also gets your bag pulled at security when they think it is a small bomb. And finally, with all your free time you can get the "World's Largest Crossword Puzzle." a 7 foot by 7 foot crossword puzzle that will set you back a mere $30. Of course, once you have completed it then it is worthless.

I could go on and on. If it is weird, if it is weird and has one unique use, if it is weird has one unique use and is expensive you will find it in the Sky Mall Magazine. Go forth and spend you frequent flier, the economy is counting on you!


  1. Hee hee -- these are funny. Isn't it amazing all the stuff we really don't need?

  2. I remember seeing a gadget in that magazine which would suck up and somehow kill insects. It had a long tube so you wouldn't have to get too close to the little bugger. I wanted to buy one for my sister-in-law who has an irrational fear of spiders (she once covered one up with a bowl until her grade-school son came home to kill it), but it was outrageously priced. Too much to spend on a gag gift.


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