@gominosensei There are no details about how long it’s been for sale. CamelCamelCamel had no data either, and retailing for $130? Guess they made it to meh without first making an appearance on QVC.
That said, there are a lot of similar devices on Amazon with generally very favorable reviews. So unless this thing turns out to be a real turkey, it probably works reasonably well. However, in terms of value for the money, most of the competition has heat – including one for $12 more than this one with very good reviews.
I bought something kind of similar for twice as much on Amazon on Black Friday, in anticipation of a family White Elephant on Christmas Day. Same general form (massage balls on a motor, inside a sling for you to hold across your shoulders/back), though:
In black and blue with some pleathery bits, not old-computer beige and gray fabric
Way fewer adjustment options: just three speed settings and which direction the massage balls roll
Way more power options: an internal battery, or keep it plugged into the wall, or keep it plugged into your car’s no-longer-cigarette-lighter outlet (seriously, I haven’t seen an actual cigarette lighter in one of those outlets in years)
Actually has Amazon reviews, and pretty positive: 128 ratings, 73% 5-star
Already delivered, well before Christmas; I can confirm it works and feels pretty good. In fact, it’s good enough that I’m hoping I win my own gift back.
Am I tempted to get this, see if it comes on time for Christmas and isn’t terrible, and return the other if this Meh one is White Elephant worthy? Yes. Hey, $25 is $25, and they won’t know I snuck out of the $40-$50 suggested range by being on a weird deal a day site!
And if it comes late and I get a worse gift out of White Elephant, hey, I still get a shoulder massager after all, for half of what I would have paid on Amazon!
But of course, if I get it and it’s terrible, then well, I’m out $25 for a piece of junk.
What to do?
/8ball Should I buy the unknown massager?
Outlook not so good
Go for it, live dangerously!! Doesn’t sound like being out $25 is gonna send you to the “soup kitchen” line. I mean jeeze, $40-50 for a white elephant gift is a little rich for me!
Btw, Merry christmas happy new year and all THAT jaz…
@Lynnerizer To be fair, it’s the one we do instead of getting gifts for all the cousins in our generation (about 12 participants), and it is unusually high this year. I think one of the folks organizing it really wants one of those crazy karaoke machines.
Thank you, IRK, for today’s email link.
My favorite 10 seconds of Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2!!
Also one of my favorite Tim Curry moments!
Also makes remember that he had a British accent in “The Hunt for Red October” when he played a Soviet naval officer.
I bought something similar last year with less patterns/combos but we absolutely love it–I think i spent about $30-$35 then for that one? Hubby plays hockey 3+days a week and loves to use it on his thighs/calves too. In for 1 to give my parents one of their own so they stop stealing mine when they visit.
@RiotDemon@therealjrn@usclawyer Exactly. You just firmly tie dog treats at the top and bottom points of where you want your massage, lay down on the floor and let your fluffy little shiatsu friend do the rest.