"One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure"

Monthly Archives: December 2009

Gurge, Regurge, and Incredulity

There are times when decorations of excess just leave your jaw dropping. I don’t know what to say about this excess, except to let you see for yourself the Christmas overkill we found near Provincetown, or P-Town, on the Cape earlier this year. The photos look amazing at full size. They are a bit of a jumbled mess at this smaller scale, but perhaps the jumbled mess gives a better feel for exactly what we saw.



My son wanted a Redi Set Go for Christmas.

I ordered a “Redi Set go” item directly from the manufacturer (see original cost $56.85). Then they offer free items AFTER you have checked out and confirmed your order and your price, and then they add shipping and handling and fees to your order AFTER you select the free item, BOOSTING THE COST $15. Any mention of additional fees for the free items, if there is one, is way below the scroll bar, and well hidden.

I called the company at (5:13PM EST Dec 10,2009) immediately after seeing the bogus charges but was told that I had to wait 24 to 48 hours to for the item to enter their processing system before I could cancel the order, since it was not visible in their system. However, I saw the order confirmation by email with 10 minutes. I called the company at 9AM Dec 11, as soon as the lines were open to cancel the order, but was told the order was in process and could not be cancelled. I told them I would not pay for the items and had contacted my credit cards. I was told they would “try” to cancel the order but if it is shipped to refuse shipment. However, as I read what others are experiencing with this company, their practice is to deny the return or to continue to deduct the shipping charges, or worse. Apparently they continue to charge your credit card for memberships in the “free” recipe club after you have asked to be removed from their subscriptions. Apparently you have to cancel your credit card to stop being charged.

See here for many similar tales of woe:



I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH DECEPTIVE CHECK OUT PROCEDURES IN MY LIFE. I work in Internet development and have worked on the web for 10 years. The link at the bottom shows that not only do they have deceptive practices; they continue to charge customers for products they do not want after they have gotten their credit card numbers. They operate out of the Philippines. I have filed a complaint with the FTC. But this problem needs more investigation. The Company is called: Gaiam Americas, Inc. No address given.



/ ¨Xpress Redi-Set-Go Cooker w/ 3 FREE GIFTS SKU:05-53712
Sub Total: $39.90
Estimated US S&H*: $16.95
Total w/ Est. S&H**: $56.85

AFTER SELECTING FREE ITEM – Automatically charged extra.


Xpress Redi-Set-Go Cooker w/ 3 FREE GIFTS ¨SKU:05-53712 ¨1 $39.90
Cathy’s Easy Eatin’ Recipe Club XPRESS ¨SKU:05-53866 ¨1 $9.95 $
Sub Total: $49.85
Shipping & Handling*: $21.90
Order Total: $71.75BRB


Welcome To Tacky Christmas 2009

One Person’s Tacky is Another’s Treasure. There is no accounting for Good Taste or Bad Taste. Pink Flamingos, Lawn Balls, and Blow Up Plastic Snowmen are one person’s delight. For others, the plasticized culture of Americana is a cause for shame.

This is the place to report your opinions of good and bad taste. We make no claim to speak for all – only for ourselves. The rest is up to you!

Our opinion is that is not so much the use of plastic decorations as it is the use of so much plastic. Americana gone wild is evident in the excess of decorations: the disorganized abundance lacking continuity of themes. The fact that most of this junk is perishable and is made in China only adds fuel to the fire of our expendable excesses. We don’t buy things to last; we buy them because they are cheap.

Our latest log of Tacky come to us from Austin, Texas, where the best shots got away. But here we have a blow up Santa in the same yard right next to a plastic creche. On a city square such a blending of commerce, Christ and the secular is understandable. On a single lawn it can be confusing. A plastic baby Jesus is as disposable as a plastic Santa. At least Jesus doesn’t deflate. Another lawn has a Mickey Mouse Candy Cane Christmas.

Contrast our Excess with the simplicity of a Williamsburg Christmas and you’ll see our taste to the natural and the green:

Visit Colonial Williamsburg for Christmas done well.