Woo products are still very popular

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mdg (September 13, 2010, 11:46:19 AM):
On Saturday I helped my daughter sell her cupcakes at a country market. It was our first time there and we were allocated a stall next to an esoteric one. (Here's a link to them.)

My daughter, fearing that we wouldn't sell a single cupcake if I created a scene, asked me very nicely to keep my trap shut and to ignore the nonsense they were selling. So, instead I decided to watch the people who stopped at the stall. Not a single person questioned the utter crap they were told.

One example was a brown medallion that these people were selling ( I can't find it on their website, but I overheard the sellers saying it was new, so it might not be up yet.)which supposedly balanced out your energy field like a magnet, but it wasn't a magnet. ???

It also supposedly made you more supple, much stronger and healthier. To demonstrate an improvement in strength, the sellers used the two finger lift trick (similar to this one) where they attempt to lift someone without using the medallion - which they can't do. Then with the medallion clasped firmly in their hands, they lift their gullible client with no effort at all. Had their "magic" medallion not been so expensive - R700.00 - I'm sure they would have sold quite a few.

They also sold "spirit and celestial" chimes which were used to "clear, balance and transform energies" - see here. The constant pinging succeeded in giving me a headache, or perhaps it was from their special "money" incense they burned to increase their sales. Oh, and I forget, they had both put on special "money" oil for that purpose too. I'm sure the four sales they did make for the day will be attributed to their incense and oil.

Some of the products they had on sale were smudge sticks - to clear evil out of houses etc.
Angel wings - I have no clue what those were, but I imagined little wingless cherubs littering heaven.
Finger labyrinths.
Wind chimes - which I do like, I love the musical notes. However, these were being sold for balancing vibrations.
Chakra candles.
They also advertised, and guaranteed, healing sessions which apparently worked in only one session. I didn't investigate this one because I'm sure I would have broken my promise to my daughter and we wouldn't have sold anything, but I really wished that some of the forum members were there to pose some very good questions to these two charlatans.

BTW, while watching and listening to the people who stopped by, I learned that I have a drumming circle/sweat lodge in my area; not to mention a whole load of gullible neighbours.

mdg
Hermes (September 13, 2010, 13:49:00 PM):
Not quite woo products, but in a similar vein:

I recently attended a book discussion. The author's daughter, Liezel, had been murdered and she wrote a book about the impact it had on her life. The interviewer (who clearly had not read the book) then asked her if she was "in communication" with Liezel. I wanted to scream out: "She's fucken dead, arsehole!" The author gave an appeasing reply that basically implied that she talks to her daughter in her thoughts. Next someone from the audience asked her why it happened to her. This evoked a long reply that amounted to I don't know. Another member of the audience then gave a long speech in which he assured her that "...the Father dries all tears and you will still see Liezel walk this earth."

One would have thought people attending book reviews would have a modicum of literacy.
GCG (September 13, 2010, 14:35:40 PM):
i do photography for the local country market, and there is this dude selling wheatgrass juice. and lo! he stand there with a fag in his jaws.
erm, arent you supposed to be selling health, yet you are killing yourself with nicotine?
the next one is on the 25th, and i generally quite enjoy it, coz its a farm market, so you actually get cheese, eggs, veggies, and the like. but i really wish a woo with goodies rocks up there. helps while the time when there are fools to pity.
i used to believe the whole healing natural stone vibe, until i sat down and really thought it through.
if that stone had any energy in it, then surely that vibration or whatever was fucked beyong repairing when it was broken off from its formation? and, whatever vibration it contains, is surely only molecules doing what they do, so the impact on your body, is buggerall.
i still have stones, coz they are pretty. and they make good projectiles to get the noisy fucken hadedas out of my garden.
BoogieMonster (September 13, 2010, 15:29:03 PM):
Ugh, the woo is strong everywhere I look. In my office the word of the month is: http://www.powerbalance.com/

This is also based on some woo about balancing out your energies making you more supple, stronger, better balanced, etc. It sounds like the same thing as mdg's "medallion" thingy. I've gone through pains to distribute a link to a youtube vid firmly disproving the whole thing. But nothing, everywhere I look is these bracelets around peoples' arms. It drives me nuts...

And now, they're setting up a mass order for these things from the states, based on those who've been wearing it's "testimonials". I, it would seem, am just a skeptical fuddy duddy who should stfu and sit in the corner. Fuck them.
Brian (September 13, 2010, 15:38:51 PM):
I sail (it's said sailing in a storm has created more believers than any church ::)) and one of the doodads that we use to stop seasickness is a little bracelet with two thingys that place pressure (aka acupressure) just above your pulse on a wrist and it seems to work whether it's psychological or plain woo. I was once on a ferry from Zanzibar and the Chinese woman sitting next to me was getting VERY pale and sweaty...so using the acupressure gently on her wrist (she was pretty as well :-*) she recovered sufficiently to enjoy my company ;D...

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