If you need any more evidence of the complete lack of ethics in the American business sector it is the myriad companies offering free trial bottles of all kinds of vitamins and other supplements. There are endless advertisements on radio, cable and websites. They are cleverly conceived to make you feel like idiots if you do not take advantage of the free trial. The real truth is that you are a gullible idiot if you fall victim to any of these offers.
First, they are not actually even free, because there is always a significant postage or handling charge, typically from about $5 to $7. Second, and far worse, once they get your credit card information you will get hit with a huge monthly charge, often $100 or $150 or more for future shipments. Sure, they will make you believe that you can get out of these future shipments and payments. Do not believe this! You can go nuts making phone calls, sending emails and writing letters.
There are countless consumer complaint websites where huge numbers of victims have bemoaned their inability to stop these future charges to their credit cards. All these companies offering free trial offers are the bottom-of-the-barrel scum suckers that lie and cheat. It can take you many months of fighting with these companies and your credit card company to stop the charges. Many victims have had to cancel their credit cards to get out of the misery.
Third, the incredibly high prices for these products, often of considerable uncertainty with regard to quality and effectiveness, are further evidence of the unbelievable criminality of the companies. You can always find better type products from reputable companies selling vitamins and supplements at a small fraction of the prices being charged by these scum suckers. Typically you might spend $10 to $20 for what these outrageous companies are charging $50 to over $100 for a bottle with a monthly supply.
In some cases, future shipments will be for three month supplies, meaning that several hundred dollars will be charged to your card.
In almost all cases there will be strong language in the ads that this is a limited time offer. Sheer nonsense, this is always the way these companies trap victims.
Many of the advertisements for these free trial deals include statements by purported physicians. Do not let these suck you in. Even if they are physicians, they are part of a scam that you must avoid.
Here is one more element that you should be very wary of. There are websites that are ingeniously designed to appear as if they are giving you an evaluation of several different products of the same basic supplement. Typically three different company products are portrayed, each with slightly different descriptions, costs and bottle appearance. There will be a link to a website for each. Understand this: All three products will offer sham free trial deals and each will actually be from the same scummy company. The same company that is behind the phony product comparison site.
A great example of such a scam website is the Acai Watchdog site. It actually has a screaming headline: BEWARE fraudulent Acai Berry scams! The first tipoff that this is itself a scam is that there is no information whatsoever at the bottom of the page about the source of the site or any contact information. Each of the websites for the three products described have incredible similarities. Each provides no real information about the manufacturer or the distributor of the product, only the same company through which billing is done. This is a sure sign of a ripoff.