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Old 09-01-20, 06:45 PM  
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The VF thread about workouts with bands for lower body motivated me to look for Andrea Orbeck’s Supermodel Butt and Thighs workout. I went to Thriftbooks.com and searched using Andrea Orbeck DVD as search terms. The results showed up empty – she’s an out-of-the-mainstream instructor. i did this because some non-mainstream instructors are listed twice with the same product. From there, I searched with the terms supermodel dvd. Empty again.

Reluctantly, I did a search using butt dvd. I hesitated doing that because on sites like Amazon, porno will usually show up. At Thriftbooks, a relatively newer site, they are known for selling regular books and DVDs. On the last and 3rd page of the results, a very graphic image of a sex toy mislabeled as a “DVD” appeared. Its description was also very graphic too. This was so offensive that I had a hard time reporting it because I wanted to provide the link to the page. I emailed customer support with the link and got a reply within 12 hours. I simply asked if that listing was within their guidelines. They apologized and took it down immediately and thanked me for bringing it to their attention. In hindsight, I should have signed into my account and sent a message because sometimes when you send an email from your personal account, it gets filtered out and not seen, or worse, deleted as spam, especially with explicit words in the URL link that was necessary to provide to the site owner.

and no Andrea Orbeck DVDs on their site. shucks.

I remember past VF threads where VFers had complained about buying videos in brick and mortar stores. Fitness videos were often categorized as “other” along with all kinds of other videos like tractor pull events, car racing and even some soft-porn videos too. Although not exactly the same thing as what happened with Thriftbooks, it forces people like us to use a word chosen by the video creator to experience the cringe-worthy moment in our search for workouts! Thriftbooks determined that it was bad listing data, which I believe to be true. Database info can be mis-transcribed.

This story shows why it’s important to have a human validate information on your site. It also makes us wish video creators would think carefully about how they name their videos.

It makes me laugh a little about this story, but also makes me shake my head.
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Old 09-01-20, 08:07 PM  
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If you are still looking for that DVD I may have it for you. Don't want your search time to be totally wasted
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Old 09-01-20, 08:49 PM  
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If you are still looking for that DVD I may have it for you. Don't want your search time to be totally wasted
aw bubbles, you're a doll. i still owe you that gilad set - we've been moving boxes all over the house and i lost track of it. but i will find it!

i found Andrea Orbeck on ebay, so it's on its way.
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Old 09-01-20, 09:48 PM  
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It also makes us wish video creators would think carefully about how they name their videos.
I would always ask for workouts for birthday / Christmas gifts, so I would never suggest anything that I would feel awkward asking a family member for by name. I don't think I own a single workout with butts, booty, etc. in the title.
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Old 09-02-20, 08:11 AM  
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I'd hate to do a search for the "Look great naked" series
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Old 09-02-20, 08:20 AM  
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I'd hate to do a search for the "Look great naked" series
Or one of my favourite all-time step wokouts - Topless Blocks. There is an Australian step workout I have heard of called Topless Down Under, but I can only imagine what that search would bring up.
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Or one of my favourite all-time step wokouts - Topless Blocks. There is an Australian step workout I have heard of called Topless Down Under, but I can only imagine what that search would bring up.
Hahahaha!
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Old 09-02-20, 09:29 AM  
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Paula!!

Thanks for the heehaw!!

I guess they'd be good summertime workouts
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This may be awful and juvenile of me but I still can't get over the title "Horizontal Conditioning". And I own a lot of HoCo (though almost all still "virgins"). One time I ordered and I got a t-shirt or tank* with "Horizontal Conditioning" and "Hard Core" printed on it along with my order. I'm not sure if the "Hard Core" part makes the "Horizontal Conditioning" part sound better or worse. Am I the only one?

I do make an exception for Cathe's Butts & Guts though. Love the workout and always thought it was a cute title.

*I actually have two of these, new, in my goodwill donate pile. Anyone interested in them is free to have them for the cost of postage but they're just plain cotton and not exceptionally well-made or anything.
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There is an Australian step workout I have heard of called Topless Down Under, but I can only imagine what that search would bring up.
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