With the amazing popularity of the acai berry, many companies have taken advantage of the general public by selling questionable acai berry products with fraudulent sales tactics. We will outline these scams in this blog so you can easily spot them and find out how to buy real acai berry products from legitimate companies. The scams have crippled the industry and it is time that we lay out the facts so consumers from around the world can easily recognize these acai berry scams.
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Whenever a new health trend or superfood is discovered there you can be sure there will be a flood of new products being sold seemingly that same day.
In the rush to put out a product for a hot new health trend, some companies sacrifice quality, and may even attempt to scam their customers.
The health supplement market is only lightly regulated, so it is up to us, the consumers, to protect each other from these unscrupulous business.
Some people choose to avoid these new trends because they are too worried about being ripped off, and miss out on some really amazing health benefits in the process.
The acai berry scam is one of the biggest and most publicized health supplement scams in recent history. The reason it was so huge was because the acai berry really is worth most of the hype it receives. It is at or near the top of the chart in antioxidant content, helps increase your energy in a healthy way (unlike coffee or energy drinks), and improve your skin and hair making you look much younger. With all of these benefits coming from a natural product with no known side effects, it is no surprise that it would become so popular. As the fruit grows in popularity, the number of companies selling it increases dramatically. Many of these companies are selling a legitimate product that really works, but some are cutting corners just trying to make a quick buck.
In this article we want to show you how to differentiate between the real deal and any acai berry scam products that you might run into while choosing one to purchase. If you follow these simple tips you will be able to find a legitimate product, and start receiving all of the possible benefits of acai. There is a very specific pattern that these acai scams use to lure people in. You will come to a website that will be offering you a free trial bottle of acai, and you just have to pay the shipping and handling. The site might also have pictures of Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray, even though neither of the two have every endorsed a specific acai product.
It is observed that in these acai berry scams, the charge per bottle is usually around $80 and you get crappy drum dried acai berries, which cost about half as much to produce. Finally you pay about 4 times more per bottle than you should. In the e-mail, they say they just charge you for shipping. The deal was okay if this was true. But the reality is totally different. They demand your credit card number and charge you every month for a subscription you didn’t sign up for. The terms and conditions are so hidden that you come to know about them when it’s too late. he way it works is like this: You enter your credit card number to just pay $2.95 for shipping and then you receive a free trial of acai. You pat yourself for a good deal until you read the fine print hidden about 10 pages deep in their ‘Terms of Service’. You are shocked when you read that by agreeing to the ‘free trial’ you are also signing up to have an Acai supplement mailed to you every 30 days and billed $60 – $90 a month. Wait, this is not the end of the story. Forgot about the free trial bottle you were supposed to receive? If you don’t cancel within 14 days you will be charged for that bottle as well! fter reading about acai berry scams, how to cancel this subscription, will be your first question in mind. You will have to spend hours trying to cancel this subscription. There will be no one to contact, so it won’t be possible for you to return the crappy product. If you somehow succeed in contacting someone, he will say you have to call their customer service number to get return authorization. When you obey his instructions religiously, you are put on hold and shuffled between different people until you give up. If you don’t believe me, you can call or email them without purchasing any product and you can tell them that you did not sign up for a subscription and please stop sending the product. You will understand everything very clearly.
The Federal trade commission has filed a complaint against an online operation based out of Alberta Canada who allegedly scammed customers out of $450,000,000. It is no secret that several unscrupulous companies, powered by thousands of affiliate marketers around the world, marketed their free trial acai berry scams to customers worldwide.
This not only affected customers but it also severely affected legitimate acai berry companies by bringing a bad name to the entire industry. The complaint was filed on May 16 and it was for advertising that tried to sell acai berry weight loss pills, teeth whiteners, health supplements, and more. Customers were typically charged large monthly fees that they were unaware of and were not able to cancel them.
Free trial acai berry scam offers have been the number one way for these acai berry companies to scam customers. The FTC even made a video about free trial offers:
Finally the FTC is cracking down on fake acai weight loss products from propagating their deceptive claims through out the Internet. A lot of these websites pose as fake news sites complete with reporters who claim to have lost weight using these acai products.
The FTC has asked federal courts to stop 10 websites for allegedly deceptive tactics to sell acai berry weight loss products to people online. The FTC claims that everything about these sites are fake including the weight loss results, the investigations (so-called), and even the reporters are fake.
The FTC has asked the courts to force the companies to provide refunds to customers who purchased these acai berry supplements from these misleading websites. These websites have reportedly sold millions of dollars worth of inferior acai berry products under the weight loss scheme that is utter nonsense. The products these sites were selling was junk and there is no way people were losing weight because of these products.
These acai berry scam websites have been a problem to the acai industry for a long time and it seems like they could finally be shut down due to their actions, but is it too late? Have they already done too much damage to the industry?
Acai Berry Scams – #1 using Oprah to sell your fake acai!
A lot of acai berry companies were sued last year by Oprah and Dr. Oz – this was a well publicized event which was welcomed by many legitimate acai companies. The bottom line was that these scammers were using their names to make it look like they were endorsing their products, which was of course not true.
These acai berry scammers have caused a lot of distrust in our industry due to their unethical free trial acai scams. The weight loss products were some of the most exploited acai berry products on the market as the free trial affiliate marketers were making a killing because people would sign up without knowing they just enroll themselves in a monthly expense that would be very hard to cancel.
In addition to these illegal acts of disguising these recurring monthly charges, these companies were shipping acai that had little or no nutritional value due to the additives and the diluted ingredients.
If you’re just starting out, the best advice is to stay away from any company that is offering a free trial for acai berry juice. I’m not saying that all of those companies are going to scam you, but to be safe only order from a company who sells authentic acai products. Amazon Thunder is our favorite, but there are others out there too.
The facts are that Oprah never endorsed any acai supplements, they talked about acai on one of her shows, but she never endorsed any product. This is the main reason why she sued companies who used her on their site as if she was endorsing their products.