Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Survey I Filled Out Today

Every now and then I get e-mailed a random survey to fill out, which usually takes only a few minutes. The one I got today wanted me to actually write something down in answer to almost every question, which I thought was annoying. I was having a bad day at work too. So here's what they got:

We are interested in your feedback on an innovative new product.

Introducing PERFECT MEATLOAF - Tender, Juicy, Pefect Meatloaf!

Just BAKE, LIFT, & SERVE!

Stop letting your meatloaf soaking in fat and getting mushy!

Introducing PERFECT MEATLOAF, the specially designed pan includes an air bake lifting tray that allows for fat to drain to the bottom of the pan.

Not just for meatloaf, the pan is great for roasted pork, stuffed peppers, and so much more!

Take The Below Survey:

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1. Would you personally BUY the PERFECT MEATLOAF PAN?
MY RESPONSE: NO
Please explain why below:
I don't often prepare meatloaf, though in general I do enjoy a good meatloaf despite the fact that my mother, bless her heart, rarely made it when I was young and when she did it tasted like chalk and, as a result of this, I've only had really good meatloaf maybe a handful of times. Perhaps this is why I don't include meatloaf in my regular diet, and should I ever have the urge to have some I can't imagine endeavoring to make it myself.

2. On a scale of 1 to 5, how different is this product from what you've seen before?
MY RESPONSE: 5 (never saw anything like it before)
Please provide additional feedback on your choice:
It's certainly an original idea, though I wonder why it took so long for somebody to come up with this device. As a boy, I imagined 2011 would bring us flying cars, regular trips to the moon, and the cure for cancer. Instead, we have finally perfected the preparation of meatloaf. It is hard not to be cynical.

3. On a scale of 1 to 5, how big of a problem does this solve for you? 1 = (small/no problem), 5 = (huge problem).
MY RESPONSE: 1 (small/no problem)
Please provide additional feedback on your choice:
Cooking meatloaf well is not a challenge with which I am routinely presented, and even if it were I doubt I would think it a very large inconvenience if it didn't turn out all that great. I'm certain this invention will make many people's lives slightly less difficult, but I worry about the mindset of anybody who would mark down "huge problem" on this question. They are really missing the big picture or are very fragile people who need a hug.

4. If you saw this product advertised as an As Seen On TV product on television demonstrating how it worked would this make you (complete the sentence with the choices below):
MY RESPONSE: Less Likely to Purchase This Product
Please explain why below:
Typically I find infomercials and their ilk to be unconvincing and, if anything, they are more likely to convince me never to purchase the product in question. If you do run an advertisement for the meatloaf thing, please don't have a frantic, energetic salesman with an accent demonstrating the product to a middle-aged actress who is supposed to convince us she is a skeptical housewife who slowly comes around to believing the product will change her life. Avoid cliche! At least spruce up the formula. How about a drama? Did the salesman and the housewife once have an affair? Do they share a terrible secret? Give us back story and we'll keep tuning in!

5. Please tell us what you like most about the product:

MY RESPONSE: I enjoy the hand models in the advertising photos, shown holding up the perfect meatloaf triumphantly. You depict a large range of hands, and each one of them communicates just the right amount of pride and affection - and I bet its difficult to communicate anything when all that is shown are your hands holding a meatloaf. I wonder how one becomes a hand model. Do you submit handshots instead of headshots? Are there famous and iconic sets of hands within the hand model community that young models look at with envy? Is posing for a new meatloaf product a good job for hand models, are do they consider it a practical gig that pays the bills and wish they were pursuing hand photography of a more artistic nature? The mind boggles at the possibilities.

6. Please tell us what you do NOT like or what concerns you most about the product:

MY RESPONSE: I do have a concern about this product. Have you considered the ramifications of what you have created? I feel the single greatest objection to the meatloaf is not actually its taste, which in general is fine, but it's very shape. Let's face it: meat is not meant to exist the shape of a loaf of bread. It's unnatural. And here you have created a device that allows the meatloaf to keep its loaf-shape with perfect precision! You may in fact be making life easier for housewives everywhere, but at what cost? Millions of children scared away from the dish forever because they cannot wrap their little heads around the fact that dinner is a block of meat in the shape of bread. You are on dangerous territory.

7. Our product is not yet available in retail stores. Which of the following best describes how you would purchase the product if you saw our TV commercial:

MY RESPONSE: I would NOT buy the product.
Please explain why:
As I've said, I'd have very little personal use for this product. In addition, I never ever make purchases via phone because I have a terrible phobia of speaking to strangers on the phone. I'm sure your sales representatives are very friendly, but in my anxiety I would think they were judging me for buying a trivial product and would hang up out of mortification before the transaction was completed. In a store I would be much more likely to make the purchase, if only because of the attractive hand models displayed on the packaging.

8. Would you personally BUY the PERFECT MEATLOAF PAN for $14.99?
MY RESPONSE: NO
Please explain your answer:
This thing is $14.99? Wow. Got to pay those hand models somehow, I suppose. They probably have a union. No, I would not personally or impersonally purchase this pan. It's not you, its me. I'm just not the perfect meatloaf pan type.