• Report: #351515

Complaint Review: Shamwow

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  • Submitted: Tue, July 15, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, August 31, 2011

  • Reported By:Queen Creek Arizona
Shamwow
www.shamwow.com Internet U.S.A.

Shamwow is SCAM WOW!! Internet

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Great overpriced product

*Consumer Comment: Kind words for Vince...but

*Consumer Comment: SCAM WOW!!

*Consumer Comment: ShamWow...well named!

*Consumer Comment: COMMON SENSE INFO FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

*Consumer Comment: @ adam

*Consumer Comment: Thanx you very much

*Consumer Suggestion: Take a close look at the commercial.

*Consumer Comment: If you use it right...it'll work well!!

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Hi,

Shamwow is a sham!! Do not buy this junk. These towels do nothing!! I take that back they DO push water around all over you counters but they don't pick anything up!! Trust me I just got these in the mail and they are worthless!! If you try and send them back they will not credit your card!!

DO NOT waste your hard earned money on this Sham!!

DO NOT listen to the positive reviews because these are just people paid by the company!!

SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!

SHAMWOW IS A SHAMWOW IS A SHAM!!!!!!

Anthony
Queen Creek, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/15/2008 11:29 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Shamwow/internet/Shamwow-is-SCAM-WOW-Internet-351515. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Great overpriced product

AUTHOR: Geina - (U.S.A.)

I get Shamwow knockoff's at my local Dollar Tree store. Two in the package for a dollar. I love love love them, and use them exclusively in my kitchen. I loved the first one so much, I went back and bought several more. I've heard they leave lint on your car, but they don't leave lint on my ceramic kitchen countertops, and they suck up liquid like nothing I've ever used before! 
Having said that, I would never dream of paying $19.99 (plus shipping) for them from TV. 
Vince Schlomo (his last name is NOT "Offer") is out to make a buck, and as much as I love this product, I would never pay twenty bucks for it. 
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#2 Consumer Comment

Kind words for Vince...but

AUTHOR: Snakeoilhtr - (United States of America)

You can get this absolutely worthless product in most DIY quarter car washes for a buck,
and it won't work there 
either.
This product is utterly worthless as a means of picking up liquid when compared to almost every other absorbent material you can think of. A terry cloth towel is far more effective.
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#3 Consumer Comment

SCAM WOW!!

AUTHOR: joeymcm@aol.com - (U.S.A.)

MY WIFE AND I TRIED EVERYTHING JUST LIKE IN THE TV ADD, PLUS MORE. WE TRIED IT ON HER CADILLAC, MY DODGE MEGA CAB, THE MOTORCYCLE, THE WINDOWS IN THE HOUSE, THE COUNTERTOPS, THE CARPET, THE FLOORS....EVERYWHERE EXEPT TAKING IT TO THE BATHROOM TO SEE IF IT WOULD AT LEAST DO BETTER THAN TOILET PAPER!!

YOUR BETTER OFF WITH A .98 CENT ROLL OF PAPERTOWELS. WHO IS THIS IDIOT THAT STATED THAT "YOU HAVE TO DO IT THE WAY IT INSTRUCTS YOU TO'!?!THERE ARE NO INSTRUCTIONS ON PAPERTOWELS!

SHAM WOW IS A JOKE, ITS A SCAM WOW. HOW COULD ANYONE BACK THIS PRODUCT AND STATE THAT IT WORKS GREAT?!? 

YOUR A MEMBER OF THE TALIBAN IF YOU BACK THIS PRODUCT!

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#4 Consumer Comment

ShamWow...well named!

AUTHOR: Capnshep - (U.S.A.)

Boy, is it ever a Sham, and Wow, does it smell like a wet dog!

I'm just trying to save some people a few bucks on this junk. I saw this little mini-pack at the checkout line in the local Wal-Mart (you don't have to get raped online or over the phone, people!) for about $6, so I thought I'd try it out.

Well, I bought the things to try out on "cleaning day." I have to admit that they do dry things if used as the other posts have suggested; only problem is I don't want to have to spend all damn day waiting for these things to soak up the water off the countertops. It'd be quicker to use my wife's hairdryer to the same effect.

To address my other "issue" with this product: Holy Hell, these suckers smell like old butthole when they're wet! I've washed them several times and they still smell the same. I finally understand what Vince means when he says, "You'll be saying wow every time you use 'em." I can't say he's lying about that.

As for soaking stuff out of the carpet, I cannot condemn nor commend them on their performance, as I have not tried them in this context yet. Hopefully, I won't have to.

All in all, I guess I would have to say that they work as advertised, but (remember, this is a criticism) for my purposes, they do not. I have found a product that does everything that ShamWow claims to do and does some of them better. Go to Samsclub.com and search for ProForce Microfiber Towels. I've been using these things for years. They come in a 24 pack for less than $10, they're scratch free, lint free, they don't stink when they get wet, they're reusable for all you hippies, and best of all: you can actually wipe up a spill instead of having to wait for the damn ShamWow to take its sweet time to soak it up. So, yes, I can "wipe" my countertops dry; what a novel idea.
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#5 Consumer Comment

COMMON SENSE INFO FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

AUTHOR: Laurie - (U.S.A.)

ADVERTISEMENTS from the Federal Trade Commission website:

The appearance of ads in media outlets that you recognize - like your local newspaper or radio station - is no guarantee of the legitimacy of the company behind the ad.
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#6 Consumer Comment

@ adam

AUTHOR: Tyler W. - (U.S.A.)

The guy in the infomercial is Vince Offer, and he owns Shamwow ( and SlapChop). Believe it or not, his products are of excellent quality(though nothing works as 100% as advertised, ever. Find me something that does work just like advertised, and I'll find some kind of flaw with it,nothing is perfect)

For those of you who think "I've seen this guy somewhere before" If you all remember a few years ago(2002 - 2003 maybe) a little thing called "The Underground Comedy Movie" (billed as the most offensive movie ever), he wrote and directed(and stared in) that movie. Most people thought the movie was a worthless POS, however those few of us that LOVE offensive,pointless huor actually enjoyed the movie.

You have to give Vince some credit, His funding got ruined halfway through the movie, and he went out and sold kitchen utensils at swap meets to fund the rest of his movie.

Anyway, the Shamwow actually DOES work quite well. In fact almost near as well as advertised. A website did a bunch of tests with the shamwow and found it actually does work(to include the soda in the carpet. After a few "beatings it got the cola, AND the colored stain out, so regaurdless of if there was a cut or not, it works in that respect as advertised, just takes a little bit longer than he says it will).

I don't work for Shamwow,nor do I even know Vince, nor have I used Shamwow yet. I just think it's unfair when people blame their own stupidity for a product not working,

heres the link to the article that did all the tests. http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/technology_news/4294482.html
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#7 Consumer Comment

Thanx you very much

AUTHOR: Andrea - (U.S.A.)

I saw these on a commercial/ infomercial and i thought they were the greatest things and i wanted to run out and buy them. I was complaining about a whole other topic saw that there was one for Sham wow and had to check it out. Thanks for saving me money.
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

Take a close look at the commercial.

AUTHOR: Adam - (U.S.A.)

I cannot believe someone actually had to post about this being a rip-off. Did you notice in the commercials when the person standing there with the microphone on his head did the exercise with the carpet? There is a cut screen and the drink is no longer spilling on the floor, it is actually all gone and there is not a single drop below the carpet. This is obviously fake and something needs to be done about those stupid commercials, I am tired of seeing them.
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#9 Consumer Comment

If you use it right...it'll work well!!

AUTHOR: Koley - (U.S.A.)

I bought the whole set of these. I bought the buy one set get the second free of the towels and I then bought the mop, blind cleaner and car buffer ball. I love every piece and i wouldn't trade them for the world! I am in no way affiliated with ShamWow. I don't work for them and am not related to any employee. I have not been paid for this testimony. I am just an at home mom who gave away all of my other rags because I don't use anything but my ShamWow's now.

**NOTE** If you use them right...they work well. If you lay the rag over the water it'll suck up every last drop, not push it around and they even work wet. Everything the infomercial says is TRUE! This is not hype. The ONLY negative thing I have to say about these products is that the mop handle is chintzy, so don't push down too hard or it'll bend. It's just made of aluminum or some other soft metal. Other than than, I've reccommended these to everyone I know and let my mom try them and she bought the whole set as well and she is the QUEEN of "Infomercials are crap". She saw and she believed. You just can't sweep a liquid mess off of the surface. You have to let them absorb it; which they will do quickly if properly used : )
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