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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video On Any Kind Of Gadget!

    We're giving Adam a MAD Magazine & an Alfred E. Neuman picture for his 'warehouse video' efforts. Here's his email which shows he had a great plan for producing a video for our show. Read why it didn't work out.

    Hey Dick and Chad.

    I recently purchased this product because I had seen it in action before at someone else's house and it worked really well and I thought to myself, I should get one of those. I was all ready to send you a video demo once I purchased my own but unfortunately it does not actually work for me. Once you see the product and look at the commercial that I have linked below, you will see why. Basically it is a very nifty gadget but 100% of the "gadgety" aspect of this product relies on the interior roof of your microwave being magnetic. I have recently discovered that mine is not, so I will be returning it, but thought I would recommend it for you or anyone else who can check ahead of time that your microwave is magnetic. In hindsight I should have checked this before buying (doh!). Maybe just buy it from Amazon so that if for some reason it doesn't work, the return is easy.

    Here's the (short) "As seen on TV" ad showing how it's supposed to work: https://youtu.be/roeE0B6ZBVk

    And here's where it is on Amazon. It was under $7 on 8/9/19

    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show,
    so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:
    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.
    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.
    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.
       My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.
    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I can email an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv


    Letters of the week.

    We received two emails about the magnetic dart collector on last week's show.
    Here's the 1st one, edited for space.

    Hi Dick and Chad,

    The viewer letter for Episode 1738 described an Indiegogo project for Magnetic Dart Pickups.
    I tried searching for the project on Indiegogo and I couldn't find it! I did find the link on the show notes on gizwiz.biz. But when I clicked on it I got the not found page: "Where did it go? The page you are looking for is no longer available or has been removed." Is this some kind of conspiracy on the part of politicians who don't want to see quick reload nerf guns?
    Love the show!  Paul Koerber (paulcg in the chat room)

    Paul, you're right, we could not find anything about the Magnetic Dark Pickups today either. We have a possible explanation on this week's show.

    2nd email is from Andrew Forte who writes: Hi Dick and Chad,

    Ben Heck modified a Roomba to collect Nerf darts in 2015. The 3 part video can be found on YouTube.

    The Giz Wiz found the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tf_WwWZ0rE  Start at about 12:00 minutes in if you just want to watch the part about collecting darts with a modified Roomba.

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