PenCorder Replaces Creepy Boss with Creepy Pick-Up Artist

In May, I told you about infomercials for a USB voice recorder being marketed under the names FlashCord and Playback Polly. The most unusual thing about this commercial was a scene in which an elderly boss uses the device to eavesdrop on the gossip of his employees:

This same product has been reborn yet again as the PenCorder, a USB voice recorder that is also a pen—no doubt in response to the well-publicized global ballpoint pen shortage. The infomercial for the PenCorder is nearly the same as the one for the FlashCord, except that the boss’s snooping has been replaced by a creepy pick-up artist who uses the device to record his conquests at the local singles bar:

What a great way for fledgling PUAs to evaluate their performances! (“My neg worked reasonably well, but my kino escalation needs improvement.”) Of course, PenCorder will appeal only to a PUA who both can’t figure out the record function of his smartphone and doesn’t mind looking like the kind of nerd who keeps a pen attached to his shirt front. (Pocket protectors sold separately.)

I will give the guy in the infomercial the benefit of the doubt and assume his recording doesn’t conclude with the sound of a lifeless female body tumbling helplessly into an isolated ditch.

The other interesting thing about the infomercial is that even this husband thinks his wife is an idiot for holding up an ugly, oversized pen in the middle of a church service:


  • 6 Responses to “PenCorder Replaces Creepy Boss with Creepy Pick-Up Artist”

  • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to listen to a conversation that I was a part of at a later date or how many times I’ve completely forgotten the instructions a doctor gave me about things pertaining to my health. I’m over here listening and committing things to memory like a 20th century chump when what I really should be doing is jamming an over sized pen in people’s faces and recording everything they say so I can listen to it later.

    Comment by Kyla on October 14, 2013 at 2:55 am

  • Listen to the things “they” don’t want you to know.

    Comment by znkp on October 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

  • The church scene is hilarious. “Praise the holy pen!”

    Comment by Robbie on October 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

  • So it does have a battery though, a rechargeable one, but still a battery.

    Comment by George O. on November 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  • I’m thinking of that poor slob in “Casino” who gets stabbed with his own pen by Joe Pesci… maybe he was trying to record his date before he started mouthing off to De Niro?

    Comment by Paulie on November 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  • Sure is “discreet”, alright; it says “PENCORDER” right there on the side of the pen!

    Comment by Ronnie on April 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm