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This bargain purchase goes in the toilet

Wednesday, July 13, 2016by  Jon Osterberg
Amazon’s much-heralded Prime Day was a dud for me.
     Coffee cup in hand, I sat down yesterday morning and opened an email from Amazon.com promoting its Prime Day megasale. None of the featured sales items caught my interest, so I clicked on the button that promised me personalized choices.
     After scrolling through eight pages, I still found nothing appealing, so I logged off.
     Apparently I missed a gem of an offer.
     Today I see this Seattle Times headline: “Toilet bowl night light, anyone? 7 unusual deals spotted on Prime Day.”
     For $14.94, I could have bought a motion-activated night light that “fits ANY toilet in seconds!” The light color can remain fixed or rotate between blue, red, green, aqua, purple, yellow, and white.
     Such an item nearly makes sense for my nighttime trip (or two, or three, or…) to the potty.
     But when I shared this amazing Amazon offer with a work pal, she cautioned me with sage words drawn from experience. Her husband bought one of those lights after seeing it on the Shark Tank TV show last year.
     “What he didn’t realize was that it made the toilet even more of an ‘attractive nuisance’ for our boys,” she said, “and it’s really weird to walk into the bathroom in the middle of the night and see the toilet glowing red!”
     Read The Seattle Times list of other unusual Prime Day deals, such as a beekeeping suit. Just in case yours is worn out.

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