We’ve all been there: It’s 3 a.m. After hours of tossing, turning, and bad television watching, sleep deprivation and consumer curiosity get the best of you. By the third time that WaxVac commercial airs, you realize that the pitchmen are right—Q-tips are a danger to your eardrums! So you dial the toll-free number, rattle off your AmEx digits, and play a key role in what has become a $150 billion industry: infomercials.
From acne medicine to hideously oversized blankets with sleeves, these are 10 of the best-selling infomercial products of all time.
Annual revenue: $1 billion
Annual revenue: $400 million
Total sales: $1 billion
GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL
Annual revenue: $202 million
Annual revenue: $193.9 million
Total sales: $1.2 billion
Total sales: approximately $450 million
Total sales: approximately $400 million
SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES
Total sales: approximately $200 million
Total sales: $100 million