Posts Tagged ‘Rick Domeier’

Non-Guru Tony Robbins Brings His Spiel To HSN

September 25, 2016

Worried about your marriage, your love life, your career, your retirement, your future, all of the above? Need an inspirational boost? HSN has just the guy for you.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, yet another refugee from QVC, is coming to the No. 2 home shopping network this week.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/tony-robbins/14944?rid=4845&query=Tony%20Robbins&isSuggested=False&

We saw the on-air promo late last week, and seemed to recall Robbins selling his tapes on QVC awhile back with host Rick Domeier.

(Update: After writing this, we were told that Robbins has previously on HSN more than 10 years ago.)

Robbins — the nationally known life coach and author — is slated to premiere on HSN at 10 p.m. Friday.

This charismatic character was also the subject of a Netflix documentary, “I Am Not Your Guru.”

How QVC Queen Joan Rivers Brought Us To Tears

September 5, 2014

In the early years after Joan Rivers launched her jewelry line on QVC, she had a signature piece: a bee pin.

She designed these small bee pins in every combination of crystals and enamel, with all kinds of themes, even the American flag. And Rivers often told the story of the bee, and why it had become emblematic for her.

Joan wearing one of the fabric flower pins she sold on QVC

Joan wearing one of the fabric flower pins she sold on QVC

Rivers explained that if you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle.

Rivers identified with these creatures. But this time, she could not pull off the miracle. We were so sad to hear that she had passed away today.

Now let’s not sugarcoat the truth. Rivers could sting just like a bee, too. Her humor could be polarizing and shocking. We’re not Jewish, but we cringed when she made a joke about German-born Heidi Klum and the Nazi ovens.

Yet she could also make us laugh so hard we cried. We remember one night watching her on QVC with host Rick Domeier, and she was talking about some topical sex scandal, making comments about hookers, and Rick lost it.

He couldn’t stop laughing, and we couldn’t stop laughing. We laughed so hard we cried. We had to get a tissue to wipe the tears from our eyes. That’s how we’d like to remember Rivers.

We think we spot a piece of QVC jewelry

We think we spot a piece of QVC jewelry

One of the things we like about watching celebrities on home shopping networks is that the programming is live, and you can often get a real sense about what the celeb is like. If they get impatient or nasty with a host or caller, you see it, unfiltered.

One of the things we liked about Rivers is that this tough-talking New Yorker would always be gracious and kind when talking to QVC viewers, even the ones who were obviously from small towns in the South and Midwest, women who you would think would have very little in common with her. She found ways to relate to them.

Rivers obviously had a passion for jewelry, which of course we could identify with. You could tell she was very hands-on in terms of the design of the jewelry — and later the accessories, clothing and beauty products — that she sold on QVC, where she built a multimillion business.

We got a kick watching Rivers on her E! show “Fashion Police,” and even in the film documentary on her, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” wearing jewelry from her QVC line.

When we heard the circumstances leading up to Rivers’ hospitalization, we were not optimistic. We used to blog for a TBI lawyer on brain injury, and we can tell you more about traumatic brain injury, concussions, CTE and dementia than you’d ever want to know. Rivers’ circumstances did not sound good to us.

We don’t know how long Rivers’ brain was without oxygen when she went into cardiac arrest, but she had to be transported from her the clinic where she was having her vocal-cord procedure to the hospital. To us, that sounded like it would add up to a lot of time without precious oxygen getting to her brain.

Still, we prayed for her, as we do now for her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.

It’s been a bad couple of weeks. We were shocked by Robin Williams’ suicide. We are jarred by Rivers’ death.

And when we went to New York Sports Club tonight, one of the attendants told us that a woman who lived in a condo above the gym had committed suicide earlier in the night.

So many souls have left here much too soon, as far as we are concerned. We hope that Rivers and Williams are trading jokes tonight.

Did ShopNBC’s Chuck Clemency Make Black Spinel A Stone Star?

August 26, 2013

Are we crazy? Wait a minute, let’s rephrase that.

In Facebook ShopNBC/ShopHQ jewelry vendor Chuck Clemency last week took credit for bringing black spinel into the market and making it a popular gem.

Jersey boy Clemency made the comments in response to No. 1 home shopping network QVC for the first time ever offering a Today’s Special Value in that black spinel, hoop earrings. (That show was hosted by QVC pretty boy Rick Domeier, who repeatedly made reference to “the Facebook.” No, no, no “the,” Rick.)

Chuck Clemency, right, and fellow ShopNBC vendor Michael V.

Chuck Clemency, right, and fellow ShopNBC vendor Michael V.

Here is what Clemency posted:

“I’m watching the ‘Q’ and they have a ‘Today’s Special Value,’ an inside-outside Black Spinel hoop. I just heard the host say it’s the stone of the year. Wow!! They are selling 1″&11/2″ Big Daddy’s their not. I want to thank all of my friends who shop with me on Shopnbc for making this the gemstone it is today!”

The Big Daddy’s Clemency was referring to where his own huge black spinel hoops.

Now here is where us being crazy comes in. We’ve seen more black spinel in the past year on Jewelry Television than any other home shopping network, at terrific prices. We love the stone and bought several JTV necklaces in it.

We don’t remember it having much prominence on ShopNBC or with Clemency until this year, long after JTV was offering a wide variety of black spinel baubles.

What do you folks remember? Does Chuck deserves props for making black spinel a hot rock, or not?

Classy QVC Host Dave James Is Gone From The Network

June 8, 2013

This is sad news: Dave James has left QVC.

One of our blog readers tipped us off yesterday that James’ photo was no longer on the host section of QVC.com.

We looked on Facebook to see if James said anything about leaving QVC, and we emailed the network about it. It wasn’t until tonight that we saw posted that he was leaving the home shopping network,

“I’m really doing my best to not type out a cheesy goodbye & thank you blog as I’m letting you know that I’ve left QVC. But I have to admit that the sentiments I want to express in this short passage are as giant as any gouda wheel I’ve seen in the deli,” he wrote in a blog on QVC.com.

Now former QVC host Dave James bids his fans goodbye on Facebook

Now former QVC host Dave James bids his fans goodbye on Facebook

“Simply put, I will miss you,” he blogged. “To my QVC colleagues, friends, and co-workers, I know we’ll stay in touch and maintain a friendship outside of the ‘Q,’ so I’m not worried about us saying goodbye. And to all the ‘Q’ viewer friends I’ve made along the way, your viewership, phone calls, emails, Facebook posts, and tweets have been a grand on-going conversation that I’ve loved through the years — you are diverse, opinionated, and strong!”

“I’ve loved meeting every one of you who took the time to chat with me on QVC,” he wrote. “You may not realize this but, if you’ve thought of me in your life, rest assured, I thought of you in mine too. I’m humbled and grateful for your viewership. I want to take this moment to say, ‘thank you for watching’ and ‘Roll Tide!’

On Facebook he added, “Please stay in touch with me on at Photos by David James and on Twitter @DavidJinPA.”

QVC posted this: “A goodbye & thank you from host Dave James QVC. We wish Dave luck in his future pursuits and thank him for sharing his talents with QVC!”

This does not sound voluntary, and it sounds like it was a surprise to James, a huge Crimson Tide fan.

One woman posted on Facebook, “Dave HAD to be let go… The other morning when he was on with Pat, he said that since Dan Hughes was on a sabatical, he would be filling in for him the month of June. That was Tuesday, now he’s gone… it sure wasnt his choice.”

Been there, Dave!

Anyway, we grew to admire James as a real pro a couple of years ago, we think it was a Black Friday weekend, where QVC televised backstage 24 hours or more. You could go online and see the live backstage stuff. James hosted this knuckle-headed event, the poor guy. Without sleep, he really hung in there.

We’ll never forget the haughty way that host Rick Domeier acted when has backstage with James.

James’ fans were upset about his departure, and said goodbye on Facebook.

“Why are you leaving the”Q”?? I was soooo surprised to read that you left,” one woman wrote.

“Dave James was the winner of QVC’s 2004 Program Host Search Auditions. Millions of Americans voted for Dave, and after MONTHS of intensive host training, he joined the ranks as a QVC program host in May 2005,” wrote another.

And several home shopping hosts had comments for James.

“Dave you will definitely be missed by me and many others at the Q!!! It has been a joy to work with you these past nine years. Please stay in touch ok?” wrote QVC host Dan Wheeler.

“Sorry to hear the news, Bud. All the best! Stay in touch!” said Dave King, a former QVC host and current ShopNBC host.

On Black Friday, Will QVC Be Selling Bethelem Lights Christmas Trees?

November 17, 2012

The brick-and-mortar stores are going nuts for Black Friday, and QVC is doing the same for that day and Cyber Monday, or as it is calling it, “Mobile Monday.”

The No. 1 home shopping network, crowing that its U.S. mobile orders increased by 142 percent in the third quarter, is predicting “that Cyber Monday will look more like Mobile Monday as more consumers than ever before turn to mobile and tablet devices for holiday purchases.”

QVC U.S. honcho Claire Watts

QVC, crowing again, says it is the second-largest multi-category retailer in the Internet Retailer Mobile 400, and that it thinks mobile commerce will hit a milestone on Cyber Monday.

Here’s the scoop, according to QVC: “Unlike traditional retailers, QVC personalities will unveil fresh inspired gift ideas everyday on QVC.com, on QVC and through social channels, offering customers more holiday joy every time they log on and tune in this holiday season.”

QVC.com will be bringing us “Gift Tab,” where QVC shoppers can click to discover gift ideas inspired by real people (is Rick Domeier “real people”?), including QVC hosts, guests and the QVC customer community.

QVC.com will also feature the most pinned items from the QVC Pinterest boards.

The home shopping network will also be revealing weekly chapters of its “Inspired Gifting story, providing inspiration from perfect entertaining ideas to family gifts to stocking stuffers and a new way for Facebook fans to engage and share gift ideas.”

Okey-dokey.

“As more consumers take advantage of the convenience of shopping online and on mobile this holiday season, we’re engaging our customers through new social experiences, across all our platforms, to inspire and to offer an alternative to the holiday chaos,” QVC CEO U.S. Claire Watts said in a canned statement.

“QVC has the second largest mobile retail business in the U.S., and our strategy to create digital shopping experiences with strong integration across TV, PC, tablet and mobile platforms is not only a success with our customers, but is significantly outpacing the industry,” she said.

Suring Thanksgiving week and beyond, QVC will hawking these items:

* Bose Wave Music System III with additional remote control

* HP 15″ and 17″ Laptops with Win8, Next Gen AMD A6 APU, 8GBRAM 1TB HD

* Keurig Platinum Plus Brewer w/64 KCups, Filter& My K-Cup

QVC’s “Better than Black Friday” will air 48 hours of nonstop shopping with deals in every show beginning Thanksgiving.

The Black Friday Today’s Special Value® will be available Thursday at midnight.

Mobile Monday will include a Today’s Special Value and special pricing on more than 5,000 items on QVC.com and on the QVC app, including gifts under $50.

QVC is also offering “Easy Pay” on every Today’s Special Value now through Christmas Eve, allowing customers to receive items right away with extended payments.

Somebody hide my credit cards, please!

Don’t Pooh-Pooh QVC’s Poo-Pourri, Especially If You Have Guys In The House

October 5, 2012

We’ve been putting off writing this blog, because the subject stinks.

We’re talking about bathroom odors and Poo-Pourri, which is sold by QVC.

We were tipped off about this product by snarky Joel McHale on E!’s “Talk Soup.” McHale regularly does a segment mocking home shopping networks, and one night he showed a clip of QVC host Rick Domeier and a female host we didn’t recognize talking about Poo-Pourri.

At first, we thought that McHale’s show had edited a clip and this was not a real product. The clip showed the female host sitting on a toilet bowl, and talking about this deodorizer that eliminated embarrassing odors when one uses the loo to do No. 2.

We immediately went to QVC.com to check it out, and yes indeed, there was Poo-Pourri, item number H197103, described as a bathroom deodorizer. But this is not your typical bathroom deodorizer. Before you actually do your business, you spray Poo-Pourri on the surface of the water in your toiler bowl. No odor. It doesn’t cover up smells: It stops them from ever escaping.

Poo-Pourri even has its own ditty:

There once was a young lad from Rhone
whose odor he’d rather disown
now he’s taming his poo
by annointing the loo
and now happily sits on his thrown!

We checked out QVC’s customer product reviews on Poo-Pourri, a set that includes two bottles and a portable small travel size. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we looked at the more than 200 reviews and nearly all of them were five stars, the highest rating a product can get.

Why do customers love it?

“Laughed-ordered because thought “too funny”. Not laughing now – it REALLY works!!”

“I originally purchased in a little boutique as a joke. My daughter & I had to laugh at the name & wanted it in my bathroom. I decided to use it & was shocked at how well it works!!!! Unlike air freshnessners that mix with the bad odor and makes it worse…this product ELIMINATES the odor & leaves a refreshing fragrance in the bathroom. It is worth it’s weight in Gold per say…LoL. Seriously, it is genius & glad I purchased it. I was surprised to see it being sold here on QVC! Thanks way to go, no pun intended….”

“THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE IN EVERY BATHROOM ACROSS AMERICA.”

“My son owns a potty trained rabbit. When he would flush the rabbits urine down the toilet, the house would smell like a skunk let loose. With Poo-Pourri we have no offensive odors at all, absolutely no skunk smell. This is absolutely amazing!!”

“I have to admit I thought this was the most ridiculous thing QVC could sell, and I howled when I read the reviews. But, I was also intrigued, a product that was made from essential oils and could eliminate an odor issue? I had to try it. It is all that they say it is. It has a pleasant lemon scent and I also notice that the toilet stays cleaner longer. I love the portable purse spray as well. It would be nice if you could refill the purse spray. I have been telling all my friends about this product!”

“When I first saw this, I was truly skeptical. But I have seen the light. I have 2 boys and a husband so need I say more???!!!!!! For all those skeptics out there, it really does work and I definitely will be buying more. Just wish they had auto-delivery LOL”

“Used it yesterday for the first time…actually, my hubby did. OMG…my hubby looked at me like I had six heads when I handed this to him. Being a “Texas Boy”, I asked him to humor me since this was invented in Texas. He did and he now wants me to carry the purse size with me in case he needs it when we are visiting friends. I couldn’t resist the “Call of the Wild” scent and thought if I used humor, my hubby wouldn’t be offended. Our house will never be without this again!”

“I don’t particular have time to sit and write reviews, but this product deserves one. I work in a very busy place with lots of co-workers, and the last thing I wanna do is leave a smell behind when I go to the wc. This product is amazing. I bring the travel size with me n it does the trick. Thanks once again QVC for a great product find.”

“I brought this product to take on vacation with some friends I knew and others I didn’t. It was such a pleasure to leave the bathroom smelling better than you found it. Poo pourri was such a winner that my friend ordered one as soon as she got home. As a very “regular” person, its nice to have the purse size for when you have to go in a Public restroom or at work. I love the original fragrance and I’d enjoy the fragrance even it didn’t work but the fact that it truly works is BONUS. Try this, you won’t regret it.”

Guess what?

We bought it.

Former ShopNBC Host Libby Floyd Has Penned A Romance Novel

August 21, 2012

Former ShopNBC host Libby Floyd has a brand new bag: She’s a romance writer.

Via LinkedIn, we learned that Floyd has published her first romance novel, called “Sparkelicious,” on Chardonnay Press.

“It is now available on Amazon.com,” she said. “I also have several other novels in the works.”

Libby Floyd

In addition to ShopNBC, Floyd has appeared on Food Network, The Shopping Channel and Shop at Home.

She joins a growing list of home shopping hosts who have intruded onto our turf: writing.

That group includes QVC’s Rick Domeier, Kathy Levine and Lisa Mason, as well as HSN vets Dan Dennis and Paul Deasy.

Oscar-Winning Actor Ernest Borgnine, QVC Vendor Tova’s Husband, Passes Away

July 9, 2012

QVC vendor Tova Bognine has lost her husband, Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine. He died Sunday in LA, and was 95.

Tova, a long-time QVC personality who sells perfume, is a stunning, gracious lady.

We send out our condolences to her, as have several QVC hosts.

Tova and Ernest Borgnine

Dan Wheeler posted on Facebook, “Tova, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Ernie. He was always so kind to me and I was honored to know him. God bless you Tova during this difficult time. Love, Dan Wheeler.”

But our favorite comment on Ernest was from QVC host Rick Domeier on Facebook.

“I had the pleasure of introducing him to my wife and two boys a few years ago,” Domeier wrote. “I introduced him as ‘A WWII Veteran, and an Oscar winning Movie Star.’ He said to my boys, ‘Hey kids, you know Sponge Bob??!! I’m Mermaid man!!!’ And he laughed that great laugh. A true legend, and one helluva nice guy…RIP.”

QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi Is Married, Rick and Shawn’s ‘Anything Goes’ Our Eye, And Lisa Robertson’s New ‘Show’

January 15, 2012

Sorry we haven’t been blogging as much as we should be. The day job is often a day job and night job. So we’ll try to catch-up here.

QVC designer Isaac Mizrahi, 50, and his boyfriend Arnold Germer have gotten hitched, officially. During an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Mizrahi said he and Germer had gotten married.

The new thing out in West Chester, is having “shows,” not generic segments. So we recently had “Anything Goes With Rick & Shawn,” namely host Rick Domeier and Shawn Killinger. And in February, we can look forward to “The Lisa Robertson Show.”

Lisa Robertson is getting her own show

We didn’t see “Anything Goes,” but looking at the product lineup, not much went.

Here’s the spicy linuep of goods that Rick and Shawn were selling: a battery-operated callus remover; a Rowenta steam iron; Billy Blanks Ultimate Workout DVD; microfiber dusters; a storage set; a hair flat iron; a ceramic fireplace heater; and an air purifier.

Whoppee! Wow, anything goes, ha? A callus remover and a Rowenta? Rick and Shawn must have been having a wild old time. We’re sorry we missed those microfiber dusters.

We can only hope that Robertson’s “show” is better. Here is what she has said on Facebook about it.

Guess what?! This February, a brand-new show is coming to QVC…”The Lisa Robertson Show”! I’m really excited about it. But it’s not just because I’ll be your humble host. Every Friday night, we’re going to give you your own personal magazine/ trunk show/ private party, (all good things 🙂 We’re bringing you amazing ideas and we’ll show you how to make them your own. We’re sitting down with your favorite designers and introducing you to some up-and-coming trendsetters. More details to come in the coming weeks.

Robertson, by the way, is on a two-week vacation to India and Dubai.

Finally, who in their right mind would buy a diet or nutrition product from Kirstie Alley, whose weight has fluctuated in 100-pound swings. Yet QVC is hawking her diet program.

“I can assure you that if you follow this program, you’ll get healthier, lose weight, and not be ‘annoyingly’ hungry,” Alley said on QVC’s website.

Jump-start your weight loss with this fun and engaging program: Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison. A 30-day supply of the healthy elixir and supplement duo provides the support your body needs, morning and night. The Body Game book guides you through the goals, barriers, rules, and rewards you may encounter as you strive to achieve your goals. From Organic Liaison.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Includes:

Two 16 fl oz bottles of Rescue Me liquid elixir with hand pump

One 4.8 oz bottle of Release Me powder supplement

1-year program membership

88-page Body Game book

We have to take a pass on that one.

The Jury Is In: High-end Jewelry Designer John Hardy’s QVC Line Stunk, To Put It Bluntly

October 20, 2011

Upscale jewelry designer John Hardy’s line for QVC debuted this week, and home shopping fans had the same reaction that we did: We were underwhelmed.

QVC’s TSV was a cuff bracelet from the line, which is called Angela by John Hardy. We caught Angela Lindvall, a blonde ex-model, when she was on with host Rick Domeier.

Lindvall couldn’t stop talking about how she was a free spirit who is as comfortable at red carpet events as she is visiting folks in her hometown of Kansas City. Free spirit, free smirit.

It’s like sex: If you have to keep boasting about how good you are at it, you’re probably really not that great. If you have to keep bragging about how much a free spirit you are, are you really one?

As posters on QVC’s forums wrote, the Hardy pieces were nondistinct, looking like the Balinese jewelry you can buy from Samuel B on ShopNBC or Lois Hill at places like Nordstrom. Others said that the QVC Hardy jewelry reminded them of Brighton.

And the collection was not only pricey but in some cases it incorporated Diamonique, better known as cubic zirconia. That really cheapened the collection. And one necklace was priced at $900.

As QVC poster CamilleP wrote, “Oh my stars and garters! They slap a designer name on a 36″ cubic zirconia and sterling silver necklace and they want OVER NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR IT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

The Q has totally jumped the shark with this designer, I don’t care if he is immortal and built the Pyramids, the Parthenon, the Colisseum, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Macchu Piccu, the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, and the Sydney Opera House, NOBODY’S name is enough to make me pay nearly a thousand dollars for a 36″ silver and diamonique station chain!!!”

You go girl!

One thread was called “I’m Sorry But I Can Buy ‘Real’ John Hardy For Some Of The Prices.” So true.

VisaQueen also chimed in.

“You can get the real Hardy jewelry at Last Call and get much better quality at similar price points,” she wrote. “It isn’t always online, but it IS available at their stores and they feature online major discounts (like 30-40% off of THEIR discounted price) a few times a year. Real stones. Real diamonds. Just sayin’.”

Yesterday at TJ Maxx we saw a “real” John Hardy pendant, a rectangle of black onyx surrounded by diamond chips, for $500. The manufacturer’s suggested price was $1,200.

The workmanship was impeccable. The back of the piece had a dragon inscribed on it.

That pendant outdid anything QVC had, including that $900 silver station necklace with CZ.