Have you ever watched the show Hoarders? I can’t really say that it is a guilty pleasure, because I usually watch it with a mixture of horror and fascination. Some of the houses aren’t really that bad when compared to the others (e.g. – no dead animals or animal waste inside the home, house isn’t rotting and about to be condemned, adult health services aren’t about to be called, etc.), but some of them … oh my.
We do DVR all the new episodes and when we have time to watch, I’m not ashamed to say that it is with much mental check-listing, “Does our shed look like that?” “No.” “Good!” If anything, the show is a great motivator; we watch an episode, and I start thinking about my review shelf and gadget closet … and then we start having more give-aways on Gear Diary. See? You all should be glad that I watch it! But as usual, I digress.
It never fails that when we are watching an episode, one of the two “hoarders” featured will have either HSN (Home Shopping Network) or QVC (Quality, Value, Convenience) boxes piled up in one of their stacks of “stuff”. I’ve made the comment to Kev more than once that both shopping networks must hate that show, since those boxes are definitely not a good product placement. It’s easy to forget that before the internet became something “everyone” used to price match and shop in real time without leaving home, HSN and QVC were the insomniac shopper’s drug of choice. I suspect that for many, they still are.
Negative images aside, shopping from home is big business. People tune in and watch the hosts or hostesses on the shopping channels talk about (and prompt sales for) everything from makeup to clothing, to furniture, to patio accessories, to electronics … and more! If you are a secret home shopping junkie, then you’ll likely notice a couple of new cameras from a familiar brand making an appearance; Vivitar has just launched the XVN-5 ultra compact high-definition camcorder with 5x optical zoom and the VS529 camera with 16-megapixels and 5x optical zoom, and they are exclusively available on HSN.
So if someone gets you one or the other for Christmas, don’t be surprised if it comes in an HSN box.
VIVITAR® LAUNCHES CAMERA & CAMCORDER DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR HSN
Los Angeles, CA – November 13, 2011 – Vivitar, a leading brand of digital cameras and photographic accessories for over 70 years, announces the release two new products made exclusively for HSN. The innovative designs of these new styles create crystal clear video and still image quality in compact, lightweight bodies.
Vivitar’s XVN-5 is an ultra compact high definition camcorder with 5x optical zoom. The bright 3-inch touch screen display has swipe technology make for a user-friendly experience. The slim, sleek model is very compact, resembling the size of a deck of cards and comes in three colors – red, blue, and black, it also has dual memory slots – one for SD and the other for MicroSd it also has the ability to take pristine photo’s with it’s 8.1 Mega pixel sensor.
The VS529 camera is a 16-megapixel model with 5x optical zoom. This unique camera has all the attributes of a full size camera in the convenience of a pocket size body and comes in six color options.
The unparalleled design of these two items puts them in a category all their own, with unique features that make them both technically advanced yet user friendly. Both devices will be sold exclusively on HSN with limited availability.
Vivitar is owned by Sakar International, an Edison, NJ-based company with over 30 years experience in the consumer electronics space. Vivitar digital cameras and accessories are available at Target, Staples, Wal-Mart, RadioShack, K-mart and many other major retailers. For additional information, please visit www.vivitar.com.