Well, I received the magic bullet and it's everything I hoped it would be. I have already sold a couple people on it as well. You just can't beat single serving blending. The juice extractor attachment is a nice bonus and the motor IS very powerful. It blends the ice for my protein shakes like I'm mixing butter. All the pieces (except for the electrical base) can be thrown into the dishwasher for super fast clean up. I haven't used this in the microwave, but haven't seen any issue with putting the mixing cups into the dishwasher or freezer. It really does grind up spices and coffee VERY well and unlike the expensive nut and spice grinders, all the "powder" from whatever you are grinding stays contained in the cup. You just remove the blade and you can serve directly from the cup. The vented lids are perfect for sprinkling those fresh ground spices or cheeses. Exactly what the infomercial said, it's absolutely true.
I would love to write a letter to the makers/marketers of the magic bullet to let them know the misconception I had of their product based on that corney infomercial. This product is a serious product that takes very little space on the counter and satisfies a ton of needs. You never get that impression from the advertising (what was with the chic and the fake cigarette!!! YUCK!). I know that they've sold a lot of units, but would probably sell even more if they did some serious advertising.
But I'm here to tell you, it works great and is WELL WORTH the VERY SMALL investment! LOL! :)