We Are Not ‘Mentally Imbalanced,’ ‘Inebriated,’ Or ‘Desperate,’ But You Are Stupid, Forum Ladies

It’s time for a postmortem on the blog we wrote on the “Dos”-and-“Don’ts” e-mail sent out to all of HSN’s vendors by a not-so-tactful talent manager, Gordie.


First, thank you Page Six, the gossip column of the New York Post, for writing about the home-shopping brouhaha and eventually crediting us online for having the scoop. Several other outlets picked up the story, including AOL and The Blast.


It was interesting to read reader reaction to the e-mail, on our blog, QVC forums and Facebook.

Some people said they totally agreed with some of Gordie’s criticisms and suggestions, like not shouting over the show host or no hard sells. But they thought, like many of the vendors who ended up being offended, that the issue should have been addressed privately to just those who the comments applied to.

Others said that HSN, (now owned by QVC, with this memo obviously trying to get the No. 2 in line with then No. 1’s standards), to crack the whip on its vendors was the pot calling the kettle black.

For example, these folks said that QVC vendors like Susan Graver should be read the riot act for shouting over hosts, etc.

We admit that many reporters are thin-skinned, but we don’t mind criticism that is simply a matter of having a different opinion on a topic than we do.

But some of the morons on the QVC community forum got our dander up, we guess because we haven’t seen such stupidity in a long while. One of the disgraced talent managers relatives must have been making some of the asinine remarks questioning the veracity of the memo and/or our blog,

Wrote one stupido about The Homeshoppingista blog, “To me this appears to be a publication by someone mentally imbalanced, inebriated and/or desperate.”

On some days, yes, but not at the time we wrote that juicy item! (That’s a joke, folks.)

If these chuckle heads had actually read the blog to the end, they would have seen that there was indeed an objectionable e-mail sent out, because HSN’s president put out his OWN email to vendors apologizing for Gordie’s e-mail.

That should have nailed the question of whether Gordie’s email was real or not. DUH!

And many thanks to the one wise woman who defended us on the forum. You go girlfriend.


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7 Responses to “We Are Not ‘Mentally Imbalanced,’ ‘Inebriated,’ Or ‘Desperate,’ But You Are Stupid, Forum Ladies”

  1. MaryAnn Says:

    Don’t let the bastards get you down Ms Moss!! You write the only honest and legit blogs on the various shopping networks! Kudos to you! Keep up the good work!!!👍👏💕

  2. Jerri Says:

    I would like to second that defense. I only came across this today.

    You have THE BEST home shopping blog, Linda. You post the truth, well written, and give those of us whom the (channel) boards would censor, a voice. You keep us updated on the details, and the latest news. For people like myself, who no longer watch the shopping circus, and no longer buy from it, you keep us in the know.

    Don’t let the bastards get you down for real, and keep up the good work. We appreciate you 😀

  3. Queen Celeste Says:

    Just keep on doing what you do, Miss Moss. and ignore those pesky naysayers. Your shopping channels reporting is greatly appreciated.

  4. Barbara Says:

    Go get ’em, Linda! Your blog is great and we appreciate your reporting. I’ve long suspected that QVC has a bunch of shills posting on their forum, always going on the attack whenever anybody dares to criticize the company, the products or the hosts.

  5. Longtime reader, first time commenter. Says:

    Ms. Moss,
    Brava. Being a truth teller among sheeple requires courage. I enjoy your updates. thanks.

  6. Theresa Says:

    Hi Linda, don’t let the haters/morons get you down! This blog is SO good. I don’t know how you get all the scoop but I live for this thing because I’m a huge QVC and HSN shopper. Your posts are smart, informative and funny. You rock and we love you!!

  7. Donna S. Says:

    The real story when it comes to QVC’s forums is how they are moderated. The “Social Team,” headed up by semiliterate morons, is an impenetrable force which operates as its own island nation. If you want to file a complaint against QVC, it goes through the social team, and ‘poof’ it can disappear at their whim. If you have a customer service complaint and you click on that box on the website, then “poof” it will disappear, and if you try to go to the Facebook page to ask a question or complain, then guess who will respond? The same social team members who moderate the forums. QVC has put too much power in the hands of very stupid people who moderate the forums with very questionable moral judgement. The fact that these moderators frequently check on orders for customers who inquire about their status through forum posts is very worrying, because this means that they have access to personal information of people with whom they not only play favorites but whom they intensely dislike. There was a post recently about how many long time contributors were permanently banned in a “purge.” Those contributors are lost as to why they were banned, but it seems that it may have been because the moderators are biased when it comes to political and social points of view. There is something rotten in Westchester.

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