I’m not sure what to make of this one. At first I laughed and figured someone got clever with Photoshop or a 3D rendering. Nope, it’s legit — well, as legit as a 25’, battery-powered, voice-recording, bulky tape is likely to get. Shortly after discovering this thing I heard several horror stories involving broken tapes and dead batteries; then I logged on to the HSN site to read a few more.
I believe the word “gimmick” must actually appear somewhere on the tape. If not, you should stencil it in somewhere between the power switch and speaker slots. Given the reduced $5 price tag, I’m guessing this won’t go down in holiday season lore with Tickle Me Elmo and Nintendo Wii.
Unless you have a wicked funny bone and are getting it so you can share a laugh with someone special, steer clear.
Bob Villa Tape Measurer [Gear Diary]