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THE SHARPER IMAGE

In the late 1980s, The Sharper Image catalog took an unexpected turn into the realm of the bizarre, offering a lineup of products that left consumers bewildered and intrigued. Known for its innovative gadgets and cutting-edge electronics, the catalog began featuring items that transcended the boundaries of practicality. From outrageously overpriced, ridiculous fashion accessories to peculiar contraptions with questionable functionality, The Sharper Image seemingly abandoned its focus on useful and high-tech offerings. Perhaps the most unsettling addition was the “Afterlife Chamber”, the “Home Shock Therapy Helmet” and the infamous “Happy Ending Massage Chair”. This unusual shift in product offerings marked a strange and dark period for The Sharper Image, leaving an unwanted lasting impression on those who remember these catalog ads from that era.