Thursday, October 29, 2009

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

So here is the situation…have you heard of the great Einstein Baby Scam? It seems Disney has been backed into a clever corner, and as a result is offering a refund to families that bought their Baby Einstein videos. The claim from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood was, "deceptive advertising". It seems placing our little cathedrals in front of the tube watching those endless hours of Baby Einstein Videos did not create the mastermind babies Baby Einstein assured they would.


C-O-M-E O-N… Did you really think that orange dragon hand puppet that babysat your kids, actually had the ability to teach them quadratic equations while you took thirty minutes to do laundry? Or did you seriously think that the green frog marionette was whispering the law of physics in your child's ear while you locked yourself in your room shoving down spoonfuls of mac-n-cheese, while crying because it was just one of those days? Sure, let’s stick it to Disney for our own parental shortcomings, because we really thought a video that showed a stuffed animal teddy bear playing Mozart on his violin would encourage my 2 year old walk right up to the piano and start playing Beethoven’s fifth… by ear.

So no, I am not going to request a refund from Disney. Admittedly, I have been drinking the $8.00 kool-aid and I am certain that they Disney is wholly responsible for adding a little magic into our lives, not to mention a giant dent in my wallet. But, hey, I’m OK with that.

Now, there are some companies that I would like write to and request a refund from, as their products simply did not deliver what they "promised" they would.

For instance, I would like a refund from every workout video I purchased between the years of 1996 and 2006. I would like my money back from The Secret, because I never actually learned what the secret was. I would like a refund from Carleton Sheets, that bastard and his Real Estate Foreclosures, whatever. Oh, and Space Bags Inc., because no matter how hard I sucked, there was no way those storage bags were going to get as flat as they showed on the infomercial.


The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Oh, finally another reasonable person! I heard that on the news and couldn't believe the stupidity. Seriously? I bought one Einstein video, for entertainment purposes, not because I was convinced that it would make my child a genius, and I found it so annoying that I never bought another one. When are people going to wake up and take responisbility for their own actions? It drives me nuts. Like the woman who sued for the hot coffee or the family that lost their son in a boating accident and are now suing the bar that served the boat driver. Because obviously the bar knew he was going to leave and get into a boat?? It's insane.

Although I agree totally about the Space bags. They are a scam. I want my money back. Maybe I'll sue.

Daffy said...

Yup....ditto with the work out videos and the membership to Curves

Mama Nut said...

I got a baby Einstein video as a baby shower gift, and my boys have always hated it... I don't blame them. It's sad that we live in a day and age where parents won't take responsibility for the nurturing and learning of their own children. No matter how many "educational" videos you invest in, they can never replace a parent.

Charisse and Holly said...

I was so desperate to lose weight after my first baby, I bought an as seen on to lose weight by breathing video. I figured...gosh, I have to breathe, might as well give that a try. Left me pretty lightheaded...that's about it:) Holly at

Tatyana Vinogradsky said...

Totally agree! What ever makes anyone think that sitting their child in front of a television is a good and useful endeavour? You know its not! You know you're just doing it because you're lazy and you don't want to play with your kids- bc either you're too fat, or just plain lazy, or you have "better things to do." Well, you know what, if that's the case, why'd you have children in the first place? Didn't you figure they'd be a huge time commitment?? Ridiculous. We should sue you for the upcoming demise of our country when your kids grow up stupid and then try to run our country. Ughh.