AHHHHHHH make it stop! Kreg pocket hole jig commercial

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Forum topic by cliffton posted 01-06-2010 11:06 PM 8305 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2010 11:06 PM

I work night shift and holy crap that Kreg pocket hole jig commercial is really annoying.

“with the pocket hole jig there is no need for special tools”

What the hell do they think the pocket hole jig is? and it aint even cheap. its like 100 freakin dollars.

/rant over i guess


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#1 posted 01-07-2010 02:39 AM

I understand. But boy do I love my Kreg! I have to pull myself away from using it sometimes. It is just so darn quick and easy and seems like it can accomplish so much. I got mine when they first came out. It is a kit with right and left board wings. I don’t believe they even make the model anymore. What a shame, it is so useful. Also, mine was A LOT less then! I guess popularity had pumped the price. If you can get one used I would suggest it. You will use it more than you think. There are also knock-offs, that is if the Kreg is not a knock off itself, at cheaper prices.

-- "If you can't find it, build it. If you can't build it, then you must need some more tools."

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 02:44 AM

You gatta have it… gotta get it

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 02:51 AM

Have you hugged your Kreg today?

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 02:51 AM

I love working with mine.

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 03:05 AM

I’ve had mine for 2 or 3 years now. Paid around 30 for it at HD. Now you can’t get one for less than 90. So mine is under lock & key. It’s the only tool that I will not loan out, so please don’t ask.

-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 03:08 AM

I also love my Kreg but I haven’t seen this commercial.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 03:33 AM

The Kreg fixture is like nothing else for frame making. I love mine too!

( I never saw the commercial but they don’t need to sell me on it)

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 07:13 AM

It’s basically like a billy mays commercial where they try to shill it like a cheap corner salesman.

granted i know the benefits of pocket hole joinery but its hard to take a company seriously after you see the commercial.

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#9 posted 01-08-2010 07:11 AM

I concur that infomercials are a pain. But the Kreg jig is what they advertise!


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#10 posted 01-08-2010 02:39 PM

Love mine, don’t even use the hand model any more.
Had to get the electric model with a hand pull down clamp.
Much faster and nice holes.

The clamp up table was too much money so I built one like it.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 01-08-2010 03:11 PM

i saw this a couple of weeks ago. don’t get me wrong, i own and love the single hole clamp on kreg jig. but i can’t believe there’s enough of a market to justify making an infomercial(it was a 30 minute spot). i’m sure most woodworkers are already familiar with, if not already own, a pockethole jig. it also seems to be too much of a specialty tool for just the average homeowner to need. i’ve only seen the commercial once, makes me wonder what kind of success they’re having with this marketing strategy. i think maybe a few nonwoodworkers will think it looks useful, buy it on a whim, and not use it. perhaps, we can look forward to seeing them slightly/never used for cheap at yardsales in the future?

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 03:38 PM

This begs the question:
Has advertising reached the point where instead of informing the potential buyers they are actually inflaming them?

They played the Wiskas Cat food add so much here that I finally had to write the company.
It was a man pretending he was a cat and jumping up on furniture etc.
It showed about every 5 minutes it seemed during prime time shows on TV.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 01-08-2010 05:21 PM

” i’ve only seen the commercial once, makes me wonder what kind of success they’re having with this marketing strategy. i think maybe a few nonwoodworkers will think it looks useful, buy it on a whim, and not use it.”

My skills are such that some might call me a “non-woodworker” but mine will NEVER end up in a yard sale…as long as I’m still kickin’.

As to their marketing strategy, They make many more great products and their infomercials may pay off when folks purchase more of their less intensely advertised tools. I know, I bought their miter gauge simply because their pocket hole jig is so well thought out, well constructed and useful. BTW, that miter gauge is a dream!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 01-08-2010 05:29 PM

The infomercials probably wouldn’t backfire. For people in the trade or woodworkers like us, we already know the benefits and its value, and the quality of Kreg products. The infomercials are intended for our loved ones, mainly those who believe and trust infomercials and guys like Billy Meys, so they can buy it, for us.

-- Ed

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#15 posted 01-08-2010 05:56 PM

I love mine so much I’d marry her, but then you guys would give me a hard time having a wife named Kreg…

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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