My Spy Birdhouse (See-Through Birdhouse) – A Marketing Review

Throughout the spring, summer and fall it’s common to see birds outdoors.

Cardinals are one of many bird species common in the U.S.

Our avian friends come in a variety of species, colors and sizes.  They also make nests in a variety of places, whether it’s in a tree, in a bush, underneath an overhang on a house or other type of structure, and pretty much anywhere they can find safety.

Hell, the birds will even nest inside of airplanes.  Part of the walk-around preflight ritual involves inspecting the interior of the engine’s cowling to make sure that no birds decided to claim it as a home.  I never saw any birds nesting in engines during my flying days, but obviously it’s been a problem for other aviators, or else it wouldn’t be part of checking the aircraft before flight operations.

Bird watching is a safe and calm hobby for many people.

We watch the birds, and they keep an eye on us.  There’s this mutual agreement that as long as we are respectable to one another, then there won’t be any conflicts.  After all, we *all* know that a pissed off bird can easily strike back in the foulest of ways . . .

Angry birds or a secret alliance between the birds and the car wash company?

So what can you do to help stay on the good side of our feathered friends?

One option is to simply put a bird feeder out in the yard.  The birds will love it, but the squirrels will probably enjoy it as well.  It takes some careful planning to make sure that *only* the birds have access to the bird seed.

Another option when it comes to appeasing the birds is in the form of a house.  Bird houses come in all shapes and sizes.  Building a bird house used to be a rite of passage for teenagers in shop class and/or the cub scouts.  Do they still build those today?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to actually see into a bird house and observe the birds as they build a nest, lay eggs, and raise the hatchlings?

My Spy Birdhouse website --- www.MySpyBirdhouse.com

My Spy Birdhouse website — www.MySpyBirdhouse.com

I don’t think so, but apparently other people do.  That’s where the My Spy Birdhouse comes into play.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial

Let’s take a closer look at the advertisement and see if this is a valid product or a scam.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Johnny shows his mother which bird pooped on her car.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Johnny shows his mother which bird pooped on her car.

The beginning of the My Spy Birdhouse television commercial shows the excitement of bird watching, a hobby that people of all ages can enjoy.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Standing just right, grandma can see into the shower room of her local college's fraternity.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Standing just right, grandma can see into the shower room of her local college’s fraternity.

Yes, using optics to watch the birds can be a fun and exciting hobby.  For the first five minutes.  After that you can enjoy the rest of nature as you hike back to your car and think about what you want for dinner.

Anyway, we know that birds live in nests.  We also know that if a bird likes a particular bird house, then it’s going to build a nest inside of that structure.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - What could those male and female birds possibly be doing inside of that private area?

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – What could those male and female birds possibly be doing inside of that private area?

But what *exactly* takes place inside of the bird house?

That is, besides the building of the nest, the mating between the male and female birds, the laying and sitting on eggs, and the hatching of the baby birds.  Is it possible that something else might still occur inside of the nest / bird house?  Do the birds have some sort of secret life that we have yet to understand?

There’s only one way to know for sure.  That’s where a product like the My Spy Birdhouse might give you that extra bit of super-secret avian information.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Mom chuckles as the daughter discovers how birds reproduce.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Mom chuckles as the daughter discovers how birds reproduce.

The My Spy Birdhouse is a bird house that uses suction cups to attach to one of your windows.  The rear wall of the My Spy Birdhouse is clear, giving you a clear view into the private lives of birds.

And just what *might* you find inside of your My Spy Birdhouse?

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - As the camera switches to inside of the house, the ladies have suddenly changed their clothes.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – As the camera switches to inside of the house, the ladies have suddenly changed their clothes.

Little birds!

Hopefully you’ll have some birds make residence in your bird house.  Having the birds actually use a bird house takes some planning, a good location, and a little bit of luck.  We’re talking about wildlife here.  Nothing is guaranteed.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - The girls carefully watch as the bird prepares to take a dump.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – The girls carefully watch as the bird prepares to take a dump.

It’s also important to make sure that whatever room has the bird house on the window is a fairly quiet room.  Although you can use a privacy screen for the birds, they’re not going to be too keen on loud noises.  Sound transmits fairly well through glass unless you have like triple-paned windows with insulation.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Keep those disturbing birds away from your family.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Keep those disturbing birds away from your family.

So what exactly is the My Spy Birdhouse?

The My Spy Birdhouse is a small bird house that you mount with suction cups onto one of your home’s exterior windows.  The back of the bird house has a clear pane so that you can see right inside of their house, watching as they build a nest, lay eggs, and raise their young.  It’s a fairly interesting premise for those people interested in birds.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - 'Wow!  I can see everything!'

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – ‘Wow!  I can see everything!’

In this dramatization we can see a teenager become excited when he looks into the bird house.  Although this is a sample scenario, it actually shows an important factor with the bird house.

Notice that the teenager is standing up straight and still barely able to see inside of the bird house.  That’s because the bird house itself has to be mounted high enough off the ground so that the birds are safe from ground-level predators.  If you’re going to use this bird house on the lower level of your home, remember that you’re probably going to need a step ladder or something inside your home so that younger kids can climb up and look into the bird house.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - As if grandpa couldn't figure it out, grandma shows him exactly where she wants the bird house to be placed.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – As if grandpa couldn’t figure it out, grandma shows him exactly where she wants the bird house to be placed.

Mounting your My Spy Birdhouse is as easy as finding a window and pressing the all-weather suction cups against it.  Of course, you’ll want to follow the guidelines to make the bird house as appealing as possible to the birds.  Although it’s a rent-free house, birds are still very picky creatures.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - I see you now, my little chickadee.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – I see you now, my little chickadee.

After showing us the easiness of mounting the My Spy Birdhouse, the commercial shows us a few examples of some of the bird species that *might* decide to live in your bird house.  The product’s website has more information about which birds you might see in your region of the country.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Once it's known that your bird house has a front perch, all the birds in the neighborhood will be fighting for it.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Once it’s known that your bird house has a front perch, all the birds in the neighborhood will be fighting for it.

And what might make your My Spy Birdhouse just a little bit more appealing to the birds?  How about a front perch?  How convenient!

Notice how it’s worded as “front perch.”  That’s suspiciously close to saying that it has a front porch, like you would for a person’s house.  It’s a strange choice in wording to use either “convenient” or “front” when talking about the perch.  Obviously it’s on the front of the house.  That’s a no-brainer.  The same goes true for it being convenient.  If it was me, I would have used other words such as accessible, handy, or even appealing to describe the perch.

When it comes to birds, having something look appealing is extremely important when choosing a new home.  That word should also be used so that we consumers are reminded that although feature may look minuscule, but it’s important for birds.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - When James Currie speaks about birds, you'd better listen!

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – When James Currie speaks about birds, you’d better listen!

To help tell us more about the magic of bird watching is birding expert James Currie.  Since James was born and raised in South Africa, and he has been living with his wife and kids in Florida since 2007, does that make him an African-American even though he’s white?  I’d like to see the talking heads in the media try to explain that one.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Grandma just discovered that the bird shredded her Social Security check to make its nest.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Grandma just discovered that the bird shredded her Social Security check to make its nest.

The My Spy Birdhouse then goes on showing scenes of people enjoying the ability to watch birds right through their window.  Of course, these are all dramatizations with plenty of bad acting.  It’s comical seeing the people acting overjoyed to seeing the birds, and this occurs throughout the commercial.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Sylvester waits for his meal to return.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Sylvester waits for his meal to return.

The commercial even implies that your pet cat will enjoy the My Spy Birdhouse as well.  Of course, there are some things to consider first before you allow Fluffy to sit at the window and watch the birds.

Remember that cats and birds have a predator-prey relationship.  While the cat will love to get to know the birds, the birds won’t feel too fondly about the cat.  Having a cat sitting at the window is a great way to make sure that your My Spy Birdhouse remains unoccupied.

It’s possible that you can use the two-way mirror on your window to allow your cat to peek inside of the My Spy Birdhouse without upsetting the birds.  In that case the birds inside of the bird house would only see their reflections in the mirror, but the cat can watch them from inside the house.  When you cat tries to pounce the birds and hit the glass while doing so, the birds will probably get upset and fly away.

How would you like being a skittish creature and then having an unknown force suddenly hit the side of your house?  That’s how it would be to a bird.

Also remember that the two-way mirror works best to hide the cat when it’s lined up exactly with the bird house.  If the birds approach the house from an angle and see the cat through the window, they’re probably going to fly away to safety.  Birds have a hard time understanding the concept of windows.  If they look through the window and see a threat, then they’re going to stay away from the bird house.

The best option might simply be closing your window’s blinds and keeping the cat away from it.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - Think the birds will mind if you stand at the window and watch them eat?

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – Think the birds will mind if you stand at the window and watch them eat?

The end of the My Spy Birdhouse television commercial has a promotion for a window-mounted bird feeder.  Just pay a small amount of postage and handling to cover the cost of it.

The good news is that it’ll be incredibly difficult for squirrels to access this type of a bird feeder.  The bad news is that you cannot stand at the same window and watch the birds feed.  It’s the same logic with using the two-way mirror to “hide” from the birds in the bird house.  If the birds see you through the window (and they’re going to), then almost all of them will stay away until the perceived threat is gone.

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial - The BIG promotion!

My Spy Birdhouse TV commercial – The BIG promotion!

The very end of the My Spy Birdhouse advertisement has the sales pitch.  The birdhouse itself costs $14.99 plus postage and handling.  It includes the two-way mirror, a privacy curtain card, and the “convenient front perch.”  Whew!  That’s a relief knowing that the perch is included with the bird house.

If we choose to, we can also purchase the “Up Close Feeder” for just the $6.99 postage and handling fee.  This also includes a free mystery gift.

The TOTAL COST of just the My Spy Birdhouse costs $22.98 ($14.99 + $7.99 P&H).

The TOTAL COST of the upgraded version of the My Spy Birdhouse with the Up Close Feeder costs $29.97 ($14.99 + $7.99 P&H + $6.99 P&H (for the Up Close Feeder)).

The product’s website contains the instruction manual.  The guide is a big indicator as to how the product really works.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The big question here is how much do you love birds?

I’m not talking about merely enjoying seeing the birds in the backyard, but rather having an obsession for seeing and knowing what exactly takes place inside of a small bird house.

If you’re that obsessed or curious about birds, then it sounds like the My Spy Birdhouse may be an interesting product for you.

It’s interesting how the TV commercial barely touches the subject matter of the two-way mirror.  Otherwise we’re left with this gaping plot hole of how to stand at the window and not have the birds see you.  As it’s clearly mentioned in the instruction guide, the two-way mirror is meant to be placed on your WINDOW and NOT the clear pane in the bird house.

Knowing that, is the mirror capable of being relocated to other windows.  Say that you pick a bad spot and want to move the My Spy Birdhouse.  Is it easy to move the two-way mirror and stick it onto a new window as well?

Considering that this is one of the most important parts of the My Spy Birdhouse, there’s almost no information about the two-way mirror in the commercial or on the product’s website.

You also need to remember that if you’re using the two-way mirror and still standing at the window, the birds will probably see you if they’re flying in and out of the bird house.  Remember that birds can still see through windows, and they’ll stay away from whatever they believe to be a threat.  The two-way mirror only prevents the birds from seeing you when they are INSIDE of the bird house.

With that being said, you’ll probably want to keep the blinds closed on the window for most of the time.  It’ll help keep out the lights and other distractions from inside of your house.

My Spy Birdhouse – Tips & Tricks

The concept for the My Spy Birdhouse sounds interesting despite the amusing advertisement that’s common for these as-seen-on-TV products.  I’m a little bit surprised that the company allowed the instruction guide to be posted on the website, especially since it exposes more about the two-way mirror.  In the commercial it looks like you’re supposed to attach the mirror to the bird house, but that’s NOT the case.

OM, NOM, NOM, NOM!

Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer to keep birds, especially woodpeckers, away from my house.  Standing at the window and viewing them about twenty feet away is okay with me.  Maybe somebody has a fancy as-seen-on-TV bird feeder that I can place in the back yard.

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All of the My Spy Birdhouse commercial images are screenshots of a TV commercial currently available on YouTube and the product’s website.  For more product information, please visit the company’s website at www.MySpyBirdhouse.com.

My Spy Birdhouse is a registered trademark.

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