Several times over the years I have warned about the online and radio and TV infomercial supplements sold with copy that goes something like the following: Free trial offer, just pay shipping.
Some of the half hour radio "shows" and online presentation are the most deceotuve of all.
I am amazed how many professionals will prostitute themselves by endorsing products whose benefits are not only super-hyped (that means borderline dishonest, or worse) and deceptively presented. One of my faves is the guy who talks about the 90 year olds without a line on their faces.
One good thing has happened to several of the FREE OFFERS is their shipping costs have gone down to an almost countrywide standard of $4.95.
And at least one of them has dropped to $1.00 shipping and handling.
So yay, how decent of them to not add an excessive shipping and handling charge to cover the FREE TRIAL OFFER.
But how come they want to give you a free one month supply?
Even with a one dollar charge for a one month supply, you still have to give them your credit or debit card, or your checking account number and routing numbers on your check.
Go ahead and trust them if you like adventure
But first make absolutely certain to read ALL the small print details they are obligated to post. Often those details are disguised under a different name at the bottom of the page.
Find the details and read every word. If you don't you may get stuck with charges to your bank that you were not expecting.
You may also have an unreal experience getting them to stop charging you.
When you click the box that says something like, "I have read and agree to the policies," you are at risk. Sometimes it says, "By clicking here I agree to ... "
Be very sure about who you give your info
For my part, I have never been ripped off by one of those free trials or super-low price.
That is because I refuse to buy anything from any person or company that buries the free trial and introductory price details in small print. Those details are usually shockers for those who did not read them before ordering.
Another bit of due diligence
Any product or company or website you don't really know, but are thinking of buying from online or over the phone, should be investigated -- a lot.
Search the product and the company name along with scam, rip off, complaint, or any such terms or words.
Trust nobody that misleads you. That goes for the biggest name brand supplement sellers as well as the ones you've never heard of before reading their advertisements.
Anything that is not what it said in the ad that first got your attention -- FREE for instance -- should never have your bank or credit card information. I am all for putting them out of business by never spending a penny on their products. And warn your grandma, too. Remind her that almost nothing is free.
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