See, Popeil spent basically his entire adult life selling products in front of a camera; he was 86 years old, but his first appearance came 64 years older
, when he showed off the Chop-O-Matic.
Eventually he turned this approach into a brand—Ronco—starting in the mid-1960s. And that brand eventually became predicated on paid commercial space on local and cable television stations the world over.
But while the devices he and his various companies sold over the year were of mixed value, I think the reason why we even cared about the products is because of Popeil himself. He was the product, and his sales pitch was the reason why you called and ordered.
The problem is, you couldn’t monetize a convincing individual very easily in the 1950s or 1960s, at least not on his own.
So since they couldn’t sell Ron like they might have been able to get away with now, they sold products. And boy, some of those products were strange and novel, like the Pocket Fisherman
(a portable fishing pole) and Mr. Microphone
(a microphone that doubled as a radio transmitter).