If they list mg per SERVING on the label, customers don’t realize the 2 or 3 capsules they recommend per serving means, the mg per CAPSULE is 1/2 to 1/3 what they show in bold on the front of the bottle. They do this to trick consumers.
Heavily advertised and promoted is not necessarily Good
We are attempting to help the most people by providing guidance on brands they are finding in their research. The chart above compares features of some brands that are most easily found on the internet. Some good, some bad.
Some brands that are very bad values are actually the most heavily advertised. They sell a crappy product for ridiculously inflated prices, but are experts at advertising on websites all over the internet. So, we show some of those brands in the chart above, since they reach a lot of people that we are trying to help avoid being ripped off.
The fact is that many of these shady sellers are actually affiliates doing affiliate marketing. They spend a LOT of money advertising. It’s not uncommon for them to spend upwards of $2 per single click on their ads. But all they’re doing is sending you to free trial gimmicks (see below).
Once they do that, they’re done. They’re gone and out of the picture – you won’t ever talk to them again… The moment you fill out t he form for your free trial, they get paid from the “real” company. The real company is happy to do this, because now they have all your payment and personal information to lock you into a costly subscription. It’s a win-win for them, but you get ripped off.
Why? Because most of these companies don’t even have a true, physical location for their business. They operate entirely online… They:
- Set up shop online
- Recruit and pay affiliates to send them customers
- Once they feel they’ve made enough or are close to being busted, they shut down
- They set up a new shop online and rinse and repeat
We aren’t saying it’s bad to advertise or even advertise a lot. Not all of these companies will be scammers. Primarily look for:
- The ads listed high on the right of search results and in the little Google ads box above search results. If they’re constantly showing up there, they’re paying a pretty penny to be there.
- Combine that with the rest of the warning signs we cover here.
NO FREE TRIALS !!!
We feel very strongly about this. For many years now, scammers have preyed upon the innocent by offering a “free trial” of whatever is the hot new diet product. While it may seem like a good way to try a product to see if you like it – they are NEVER a good idea.
– Tricked into signing up for subscription
The scammers don’t really want to introduce you to the product. They get your credit card number to cover “shipping”. They then hide the terms of the “free offer” in very tiny print on one of the pages you go through and you are tricked into signing up for a subscription!
Even worse than being signed up for monthly deliveries, the terms usually start charging you $80 or more per month within days of the free trial – sometimes before you even get the “free trial”. The victim doesn’t even know they have to cancel, and many times the company is very hard or impossible to find, contact, and cancel the monthly payments.
– Free trials make a LOT of $$$$ – for the scammers
These “free trials” rip off so many people and are very lucrative for the companies that offer them, so, they can afford to spend tons advertising. That is why the most heavily advertised brands are usually “free trials”.