Perfect Polly: I wanna buy one but for who and why?
Every now and then a TV commercial pops up that looks like a Saturday Night Live parody but turns out to be for a real product (yes, I’m talking to you Shamwow).
An interesting commercial is now running on cable for “Perfect Polly,” a plastic, singing parakeet, and it’s not a sham. Wow.
Pitched as the perfect “pet” for people who can’t have real pets, Perfect Polly costs $14.99, but wait, call now and you get two Perfect Pollys for just $14.99. Wow, that’s pretty cheap for a chirping piece of plastic that can move its head AND tail feathers, I better dial in now while supplies last.
But wait, who would I buy this for and why? Let me watch the video.
Well, it’s definitely not for me. I prefer real pets and my cat Minx would destroy this thing in a heartbeat.
Maybe Perfect Polly would be the perfect gift for my day who’s living in a nursing home where he can’t have pets. No. I’m sure the motion-activated chirping would drive the other residents crazy. I can also envision an orderly bringing dad’s lunch tray to his room, being startled by the sudden chirping and covering dad in cream chipped beef. No.
How about as a gift for a “friend” in an apartment building or condo where pets aren’t allowed? Well, I could always buy said hypothetical friend a beautiful tropical fish instead that requires minimum care and is a thing of real beauty. So no.
Maybe it’s a perfect gift for kids? I could give one to my nephew for his birthday. I’m sure he’d have it a full day before smashing it to bits to find out what makes it incessantly chirp.
I can’t think of any occasion where I would give a Perfect Polly to anyone.
Wait a minute, I think I’ll buy one after all!
I’ll nail Perfect Polly to the wall, out of Minx’s reach. She’ll make a perfect companion for my Big Mouth Billy Bass.