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Hilly said in April 30th, 2008 at 9:26 am

I love that first link…you know, the one with Ricky Schroeder and Keifer “making out”. I actually wanted to see that today!

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J.R. said in April 30th, 2008 at 10:16 am

We got nailed with this a few years ago by a group called “Television Preview”, but instead of sending us DVDs they corralled us all into a conference room at a hotel. They wanted to show us a preview of a new sitcom starring Valerie Harper for her potentially big comeback. The show was called “City”. It aired on CBS back in 1990.

Before that they showed us a show starring Kim Raver from “24” and “Lipstick Jungle” and it actually looked decent. We were mildly excited about that show until the Valerie Harper thing started up and we realized it was a scam. Then came the huge-ass questionnaire about the old commercials that we saw. Consider yourself lucky that you and yours just had to watch a DVD and answer some questions on the phone. We wasted an entire night (drove almost an hour to get to the hotel, too).

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Nat said in April 30th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Gah! So did she skip the commercials?

Nats last blog post..Attack of the viral nose snot

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Metalmom said in April 30th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

I would have slid something REALLY heavy into the postage paid envelope and sent it back along with a letter full of very bad words.

Metalmoms last blog post..Because I’m a Giver

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shiny said in April 30th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Hilly: I’m glad! From my stats I’ve got 16 clickthroughs from my blog to that pornographically tasteful display of CTU PDA

JR: Yikes! I’m glad this wasn’t a driving thing. You know how socKs and I are complete TV whores, though — so we probably would have done the drive for something like this. It’s fortunate that now we know better…

Also — Glad you found my new home on the ‘o-sphere! Welcome…

Nat: Gah indeed! No she didn’t. However, it gave us a lot to talk about. trying to date these specific ads was interesting. There was one that we just found incredibly dumb – and ironically I can’t even remember the product it was advertising…

MetalMom: That’s not a bad idea at all. 🙂 I shall suggest it to the power that bees…

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BJ said in August 25th, 2008 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the information. I, too, was foolish enough to agree to watch a show for the “audience study.” I was a little sceptical, however, because I asked the caller last week what network or company would be benefitting from the information and he was unable and very reluctant to answer.

So when the package came today, I began Googling, based on the return address and the name of the sitcom listed on the back of the letter (along with the supposed questions about the show.) Low and behold, my instincts were right, and all is not what it seemed. (Note the use of hackneyed phrases, just like in the third-rate sitcom, Rocky LaPorte.)

I would have been happy to help with product research if they had been up front with me. I’m not ashamed of my shampoo choice. But I am not willing to reveal all the personal information about income, etc., and I don’t appreciate being lied to.

What a bunch of schmucks.

Why, by the way, are they so insistant that the DVD not be viewed on a computer?

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Becky said in September 23rd, 2008 at 7:49 am

I’ve just been RockRolled too! I was told I was watching a TV pilot to see if this US sitcom would be suitable for a UK auidence when really expected to notice and answer questions about Pampers nappies. I thought the show was pretty bad too and looked quite old. I am supposed to get £10 voucher for my trouble though…

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Tammy B said in June 5th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I know this is an old post but I wanted to let you know they are STILL doing this, my wife and I just got RockyRolled. The only thing that saved our sanity was riffing on it together and then screwing with the interviewer afterwards. I found my way here after doing the Google thing too.

How many questions could someone possibly ask about Sunny D? Now I sadly know the answer to that…

Great post and thanks for the laughs…it’s good to know we’re not alone!

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mariessaa said in February 8th, 2010 at 5:38 am

although this post is over 2 years old… i, too had recieved the same horrible dvd yesterday and just got off the phone from the market research guy. what a joke! i had to laugh at some of his questions (and so did he:/) so, WARNING: they are still out there! i spent half an hour talking about commercials.. olay degenerist did not leave a profound mark on my view of facial wips, sorry!

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