Unitasker Wednesday: The Happy Sack

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

I have to start by saying that this probably isn’t a unitasker. It’s a cell phone stand, and if you use a cell phone stand then it might actually have some utility for you.

I felt compelled to choose it for our feature, though, because the script for the infomercial made me laugh hysterically. The people in it are completely LOST without the Happy Sack. Honestly, I am bewildered as to how their characters can even operate a cell phone:

“Every time your cell phone rings, you’ve got to find it, and then pick it up!”

My love affair with infomercials continues, thanks to the reader who sent us this gem. If you’re looking for more infomercial fun, check out one of my favorite unitasker selections from 2009, the EZ Cracker.

25 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Happy Sack”

  1. posted by Sherri Kruger on

    I love this and I don’t know how we ever survived without it before! ;) Like a little bean bag chair for your iphone I love it!

  2. posted by Sheryl on

    What cracks me up is that it comes in “black, pink, or ZEBRA!”

  3. posted by Liz on

    This seriously cracked me up. My phone is jealous because it is not being so pampered. =)

  4. posted by Adam on

    I have this same thing, only it was from when it was called the MovieWedge. It is fantastic, by far the best stand for a phone.

  5. posted by Kathryn on

    You’d think a Happy Sack would be what Mr. Happy is propped up against.

  6. posted by DawnF on

    “A $40 value for only $10!” O.M.G.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You gotta love the actors though – so full of enthusiam and charm.

    My poor phone – my poor, neglected, depressed phone. How could I be so thoughtless all of these years to not have a Happy Sack for it?!?!

    LOL! Yeah for Unitasker Wednesdays!

  7. posted by Melanie on

    I think the iPhone speakers/mic would get muffled sitting up in this thing. Yes, that’s the part I have a problem with.

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    posted by xarcady on

    My favorite part of the commercial is the little one-fingered spin of the phone just before putting it on the Happy Sack.

  9. posted by Anonymous on

    My favourite infomercial is this Youtube montage that highlights some of the best (if least convincing!) difficulties purported to be solved by informercial items, almost all of which are unitaskers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTSag

  10. posted by luke on

    pass..
    My 4g phone’s case has a built in stand…

  11. posted by Matt P on

    I’m so glad someone posted that great compilation of the black-and-white parts of infomercials, with people looking helpless until the product comes along.

    One other thing. In parts of the UK, “Happy Sack” can also mean something that men don’t want to get kicked in.

  12. posted by priest's wife on

    sorry…I would probably lose the happy sack in the clutter- is there a happy sack for the happy sack?

  13. posted by Claire Tompkins on

    Until they showed the phone number at the end, I thought this was a joke! Wow, I’m humbled at what people can create. @MattP; the name Happy Sack sounds a little iffy to me too.

  14. posted by *pol on

    sigh…. I feel slightly stoo-pidd-er for having watched that clip. Now I am happy that I don’t have a cellphone

  15. posted by LurdesA on

    It’s our generation’s ginsu knives or Snuggies. Somewhere, someone’s making a mint off the infomercial-challenged!

  16. posted by Shalin on

    @LurdesA – love the term “infomercial-challenged”

    I am surprised they didn’t mention all the other places you can use it – like on the table when you go bowling, on a yacht (or canoe), on a horse, on a plane, on the head of your smaller sibling while you both are out for a walk…billions and BILLIONS of places to use Happy Sack ;)

    This things reminds me of Happy Fun Ball :)

    –S

  17. posted by BevAnn on

    @Shalin – do not taunt Happy Fun Ball!!

    I LOVED that SNL commercial!!! LOL

    It just looks like a bean bag to me….and I am honestly, one of those that can NEVER find my phone,BUT….I’d still either never put it on the Happy Sack or I’d jut misplace the Happy Sack…so yeah, think I’ll save my $10 and pass! :D

  18. posted by Greg on

    The commercial is ridiculous, but the product looks pretty sweet! Would love to see some different colors though.

  19. posted by Ola on

    That’s hilarious!

    I guess if I ever need it, I can do it myself :)

  20. posted by Jacquie on

    Certainly not a UNItasker. In fact, I’ve lost count of all the things it can do.

  21. posted by James Lamb on

    Plus, the text says “it’s” where it should say “its”

    So hard to believe this is a real problem. My friends says people who walk away from microwaves and leave three seconds on the screen (forcing him to press clear) is the end of civilization. But I’m more likely to blame Happy Sack.

  22. posted by Rebecca on

    I have multiple thoughts in response to this post:
    (1) I also laughed hysterically.
    (2) Something that always bothered me about infomercials that probably also gets your goat, Erin, is that they cut the price in half but insist on selling you double the quantity. If it’s worth $5, then make it $5. I don’t need two (though I’m sure the hope is that you give it away to help spread the product’s visibility).
    (3) I could make this myself with things I have around the house; fabric, thread, needle, rice. And,
    (4) The only use I find particularly necessary or appealing is the GPS/car function. I do use my phone as a GPS and having it propped at an angle would be easier.

  23. posted by GMTB on

    $7.95 S&H for two itty bitty beanbags. Nice.

  24. posted by Karen on

    I have a Happy Sack! I call it my pocket. Isn’t that where most people keep their cell phones?

  25. posted by Sandra Wilde on

    I especially love the manic tone of voice and the incorrect apostrophe in “on it’s side.”

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