'The Oprah Effect': What has the daytime queen entranced you into buying?

CNBC’s doing a special called The Oprah Effect on Thursday about how companies get their wares onto our Queen of Consumer Culture’s show so it’ll sell like mad. The documentary will tell us about folks who tried for seven years to get on the show (clip embedded below) and who were rescued from the brink of bankruptcy by an Oprah mention. I’m totally into this, if only so I can understand how I once ended up so desperate to buy a $56 plain white T-shirtthat not only was I willing to pay $56 for a plain white T-shirt, but Ireturned to the website dozens of times over the next few weeks afterfinding that the second Oprah crowned it the best-fitting cottongarment of all-time, the thing was sold out. (I guess I came out better than Liz Lemon, with her Oprah-approved sweater capes and calypso music.)

How about you, PopWatchers? What senseless stuff has Oprah hypnotized you into purchasing?

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  • Alex

    The problem is that Oprah is so incredibly gullible, that she’ll put anything on her show. Since she’s so popular, when she mentions scam diets, ripoffs like “the secret”, or pseudoscience like the idea that “vaccines cause autism”, people believe her, causing harm.

  • Alex

    The problem is that Oprah is so incredibly gullible, that she’ll put anything on her show. Since she’s so popular, when she mentions scam diets, ripoffs like “the secret”, or pseudoscience like the idea that “vaccines cause autism”, people believe her, causing harm.

  • Ryan B

    I bought The Corrections, the only book turned down for Oprah’s club by the author, and I bought Bright Shiny Morning, by the author Oprah tried to ruin. Do those count?

  • Rock Golf

    I call it “The Church Of Oprah” because it does seem to take over the lives of its followers. She’s sold a lot of books on how to take control of your own life, but he weight has bounced around like a bowling ball on a bungee.
    My daughter’s a charter member.

  • Stephanie

    I’ve been Tivo-ing Oprah for the past two years, and while I’m discerning of what she says I definitely feel the influence she has. Her shows have motivated me to clean out my closets, watch the PBS series “On the Road Again” with Mario Batalli, make some nutritional decisions and find out more about certain topics. Things I passed over entirely was “A New Earth” teaching series, a show about past lives and some of her other quasi spiritual topics, among some other topics I wasn’t interested in. I guess I’m not the rush out an buy what Oprah says type of person, but I keep watching because it’s entertaining and often makes me think further about issues.

  • Tricia

    I subsribe to O Magazine and have since the beginning, but have never subscribed to to O at Home magazine – I barely have time to read the ones I get. I did read most every book in the original Oprah Book Club (and bought them,) but have not participated in that since the switch over. I do now buy and read books from the authors I did enjoy. I never bought The Secret, or did a Gratitude Journal. And I would buy a Kindle if I could afford it – it would make travel easier for me. Other than those items, I haven’t bought any other items.

  • Janine

    Although Oprah hasn’t swayed me into buying anything, Dr. Oz has a whole lot of my money. Every time he comes out with a new book, I can’t resist.

  • claire

    Um…nothing.
    I can make my own decisions about what I do and don’t want to buy, thank you very much.

  • Mike

    Lemmings

  • Mark

    Oprah cured my cancer. FACT.

  • aelfheld

    Lemmings only go off the cliff once.

  • Jennifer

    Ryan B, Jonathan Franzen actually agreed to be a part of Oprah’s book club, and after the announcement was made, he gave an interview where he basically said he was uncomfortable with the book club seal on his cover and that his book being marketed to a female readership so the show decided not to use him. They turned him down. Despite the fact that was he did was completely rude and insulting to millions of women that watch the show, he comes out looking like a hero as though he stood up to Oprah somehow. In the end, he still made a lot of money off her recommendation.

  • Gretchen

    Absolutely nothing! In fact, I do my best to avoid anything she endorses (except Obama, a choice I made free and clear of Oprah)

  • babzc

    here is what sister Oprah taught me ,and it changed my life. So ,so simple i should have thought of it myself,”When someone shows you who they are, believe them the FIRST time.”Now , i don’t know who said it first, but when she said it , it clicked.Good enough for me.

  • MBR

    You sheep.

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