Penis enlargement - why all the radio and TV ads?
June 12, 2006 4:44 AM   Subscribe

What's with the onslaught of penis enlargement ads on radio and the less watched cable channels just lately?

I have noticed that ads for penis enlargement tablets have moved from the e-mail spam folder to ads on radio (on Sirius satellite, and the more 'male-oriented' shows on regular radio) and even on some cable channels. Are American males so self-conscious about the length of their appendage that they are actually buying these products?

And what do the manufacturers base their claims on? How can taking a tablet make your penis longer and why haven't these peddlars either been sued or put out of business by someone like the FDA? I am just bemused that anyone would think these tablets would work without some kind of proof of success.
posted by 543DoublePlay to Society & Culture (9 answers total)

 
To the first part of your Q: Maybe, just maybe, they're losing in the spam wars?
posted by slater at 4:49 AM on June 12, 2006


Maybe, just maybe, they're losing in the spam wars?
Or they've roped in enough suckers by the virtually free spam route that they can now afford to expand into paid advertising?
posted by Thorzdad at 5:14 AM on June 12, 2006


Yeah, I'd say that males are buying SO MANY of these faux-grow pills, that the spammers can now afford real advertising on radio and TV. And you know why they haven't been sued - who's going to have the nerve to call up the FDA complaining that the pills they bought to increase the size of their rinky-dink didn't work?
posted by antifuse at 5:20 AM on June 12, 2006


Wikipedia on Enzyte, including a link to a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer.

The list of alleged ingredients consists of things a persons could buy at a typical health food store or co-op.
posted by gimonca at 5:32 AM on June 12, 2006


FDA has no jurisdiction over "dietary supplements."
posted by spilon at 7:50 AM on June 12, 2006


why haven't these peddlars either been sued or put out of business by someone like the FDA?

Manufacturers are exploiting a loophole - by claiming their products are herbal supplements, not drugs, their products are largely regulated as a food product, not as if they were drugs. The FDA was striped of its power to regulate dietary supplements by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, an act sponsored by the dietary supplement industry and championed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
posted by RichardP at 8:01 AM on June 12, 2006


Yes, and every idiot who believes in and spends money on junk like echinacea and zinc tablets and all the rest helps to subsidize this fraud.
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:28 AM on June 12, 2006


...why haven't these peddlars either been sued...

"Plaintiff alleges that he still has a one inch penis after using company's product..."
posted by ontic at 11:24 AM on June 12, 2006



"Plaintiff alleges that he still has a one inch penis after using company's product..."

Comedy gold, lucky I wasn't drinking milk.
posted by Meatbomb at 1:06 AM on June 18, 2006


« Older Liquid vs Powdered Pectin?   |   Lifelike anatomical model of a flaccid penis? Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.