You may have heard of products like African Mango, Raspberry Ketones, Green Coffee Bean, Acai Berry, etc. You may want to give up smoking, find a cure for an ailment, or are desperate to lose weight. You may have heard marketing or seen on Dr. Oz supplements that can burn fat and help you lose weight. Many people want to try these amazing products and a free trial sounds GREAT!
Free trial products for weight loss may seem sexy, but really they are like someone ugly you pickup at a bar. Yes, they look fine because you are wearing your “beer goggles”. But, take off your rose colored glasses and you realize it is NOT a good deal!
Certain scam artists know this, and prey on the weak and vulnerable. They spend thousands of dollars having slick copy written that appeals to your weakest side and use all sorts of underhanded tactics to get your credit card number. Most commonly these are one-time offers, limited offers or offers that expire in just a few minutes.
Worst of all can be the so-called “free trial” offers.
Have you seen the appealing one page website with a beautiful slim girl? They usually have a very short form on the upper right side. They have quotes from doctors, famous people and beautiful models. They offer a free trial of the latest diet or health product…
Nothing Is Free My Friend
Just pay shipping and handling. “Pay” i.e. give us your credit card number. Now they’ve got you, and somewhere at the bottom of that oh-so-enticing but oh-so-long and boring sales copy will be a few words that state that after a certain time you’re going to be charged for something, every month without fail, whether you want it or not.
Look at the example billing language…
“14 Day Trial Terms (Billed by XXXX.com):
30 day supply of for $5.95(USD). If you feel is not for you, cancel within 14 days from today to avoid the purchase fee of $79.00(USD) and enrollment in the auto-shipment program which sends you a month supply every 30 days at the low price of $69.97(USD). To cancel anytime simply call 1-888-XXX-XXXX (U.S.). Any charges will appear as XXXX on your credit card statement.”
And shipping language…
“Our standard ground shipping takes from 6 to15 business days within the continental United States. For international orders, we ship via XXXXX. Generally international shipments take 14-21 business days from day of shipment unless customs causes a delay for some reason.
If you have not received your order within 21 days from your purchase date, please click on the link below visit our online customer care section to request a reshipment of your order.”
Let me get this straight…
• You pay $5.95 today.
• In 14 days you pay another $79.00 unless you call to cancel.
• You may not even have the product by the 14 days. (14-21 days on shipping).
• You will not be able to test the product to see if it works before you need to cancel.
• Then every 30 days you are “rebilled” $69.97 for another bottle.
Doesn’t sound so great now, does it? We called the (800) number several times and it went to a voicemail. We did not receive a call back.
We searched the internet for a similar product and found price ranges of $35 – $50 to buy from companies with no subscriptions or rebilling and a money back guarantee. To buy 3 bottles costs between $67 – $99 from companies with no subscriptions or rebilling and a money back guarantee.
Some products like African mango can take weeks or months to get into your system and start adjusting your leptin levels. How can you expect to know if a product like that works in a few days?
If you bought from a reputable store…
• You could get approximately 3 times the amount of product for the same price as 1 month without the reoccurring charges
• You would have enough diet supplement to see if it works for you.
• You could have a money back guarantee
Beware. Re-billing and auto-ship scams are plentiful. Keep an eye on your credit card statement and make sure you’re not a victim.
Call Our Toll-Free Number
What? There isn’t one? What a surprise! A company with no phone number should throw up a red flag straight away. If there is one, call it to make sure there’s a human being on the other end. Ask questions and expect answers and you shouldn’t have to learn a foreign language to find those answers. Find out EXACTLY what you’re going to get.
Cancelling A Continuity Program
It can be very difficult to stop the reoccurring charges on your credit card for these diet products. Our advice is if you cannot get a hold of the company you purchased from, to contact your credit card company and work with them directly. Dispute the charges and tell them you want the subscription cancelled and you cannot contact the health website you purchased from.
Remember Nothing Is Free
Free trials are the worst. Like we said, nothing is free. Often before you even receive the product your credit card has been hit up for an amount you didn’t expect. How the heck can you know a diet product is going to work for you, if you’ve barely had time to sniff the bag?
The good news is, there are hundreds of bona fide businesses on the web who offer great diet products that are known to work for many people. Money-back guarantees are always a real bonus and prove that a company will stand by its word.
Do your due diligence before you make any kind of impulsive buy on the web and you’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation and money.
What You Should be Looking For When Buying Diet Supplements
More often than not, free trial diet pills will result in higher costs than simply buying the product to try it for a month.
Some of these diet products are quite popular and do work very well. They can be a “quick” way to eliminate some of you stubborn fat. They can amplify the effects of exercise and a low-fat diet. Instead of choosing a free diet offer trial, it is safer and more effective to choose products that come with a guarantee, which is a more solid offer. It shows that the company is confident about the quality of their diet supplements and they are willing to risk losing money if their diet pills don’t work for you.
If you have signed up for a diet free trial, DON’T be embarrassed, it has happened to a lot of good honest people at some time or another. Call your credit card company and then look for a reputable supplement company.
— Additional Information —
Example Free Trial Diet Website
How Wikipedia Describes Free Trial Or Continuity Sales Model
“A consumer can join a plan simply by accepting an introductory offer of merchandise or services.
Continuity plans may offer an introductory “free trial period” to let potential consumers check out the merchandise or service and decide whether to join the plan.
If a consumer decides to keep the merchandise beyond the free trial period or fail to cancel the service within the free trial period, not only they must pay, but they automatically become a plan member.
Joining a continuity plan means the consumer agrees to the plan’s sales method as long as they are members. They’ll automatically get periodic shipments of merchandise or delivery of services. Consumers won’t get any announcements or rejection forms before each shipment or service period. The shipments or services continue until consumers cancel their membership.”