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Posts from March, 2009

Acai bery scams from a new perspective

Mar 30

I have received a number of Emails from visitors to that clicked on Google Ads that brought them to a website promoting acai berry weight loss products. Many of these programs offer a trial at a very cheap price, often just charging for shipping for the first bottle. However, after the trial period ends, if you don’t get in touch with the company, they will start billing your credit card automatically. The problem I have with these sites is that they bury the information about automatic credit card charges deep within the site and, more often than not, don’t answer their phones or emails. I’ve seen automatic charges range from $40 to $90, and there seems to be hundreds of websites promoting similar products with similar payment schemes. I’ve looked into blocking these types of sites from Google Ads, but there seems to be new sites every day.

Now, it sounds as if the FTC is cracking down on a number of these websites, which has sparked some controversy. From my perspective, I don’t support these “scams”. These sites often use celebrity figures, Oprah is common, and use false testimonials about the performance of the acai berry supplement. Any company that hides the true cost of their product and makes false claims about their product I consider a scam, simple as that. BUT, there are a number of Internet marketers making a killing from selling these products, and they’re screaming “accountability falls on the consumer”.

There’s a great conversation going on over at Shoemoney’s Blog talking about whether the FTC should be stepping in or whether it’s up to the consumer to make a smart decision. Keep in mind, Shoemoney is an affliate marketer himself, and many members of his audience are as well. Shoemoney’s thoughts lean towards placing the accoutability with the consumer, stating:


Now I respect Shoemoney and follow his blog fairly closely. He’s good at what he does and has helped countless affiliate marketers make a better living. But I disagree with him on this point. If you can’t reach a company to cancel your acai berry trial by the methods provided on their website, you simply can’t hold the consumer accountable. None the less, every acai berry scam website that has been reporting to me has, somewhere, reported their true monthly costs and that the customer will be billed automatically after a certain period of time. This information doesn’t always exist where you might expect. Sometimes it’s in the terms of service, sometimes it’s in FAQ sections. In fact, one time I saw it in a FAQ page under “What do I do if I want to continue the trial?” – since the acai berry has no scientific proof of helping with weight loss, obviously the majority of consumer’s aren’t going to want to continue their trial, and won’t click on such a link. However, this was the only place on the entire website that advertised the true cost.

Again, there’s no shortage of acai berry scams, and covering each and every one of them would become a full time job. I’ve written about a few acai berry scams here, but make sure you dig deep when making online purchases.

Benefits of the acai berry on Fox News

Mar 22

Here’s a quick video from Fox News about the benefits of the acai berry. It touches on the study using the acai berry to fight off leukemia cells in a lab, as well as the fact that some of the acai berry products can be on the expensive side. There’s a variety of acai products, so keep in mind the price quoted here near the end of the video isn’t necessarily the best deal out there.

Musselman’s acai raspberry applesauce review

Mar 17

Musselmans health picks acai raspberry applesauceBack in January I wrote about acai raspberry applesauce produced by Musselman’s, which is a division of Knouse Foods. The nice people at Musselman’s found my article and decided to send me some samples of their new Healthy Picks apple sauces. Included in this package was the acai raspberry applesauce, the blueberry pomegranate applesauce and lastly, the key lime capuacu applesauce. Each flavor was quite tasty, and after sharing the applesauce with friends and co-workers the reaction was often similar – “I’ve never seen this applesauce, where’d you get it?”. Unfortunately these products are not available in my neck of the woods here in Kelowna, BC Canada.

Regardless, with an attempt to supress any bias opinions here, the acai raspberry flavor was my favorite flavor and I would definitely add it to my shopping list. While the taste is more raspberry dominant than acai berry, the combined mix makes for a healthy, great tasting snack anytime of the day.

Swanson Health Products brings acai berry extract to market

Mar 09

Swanson\'s acai berry extract softgelOn March 6th Swanson Vitamins added acai berry extract supplements in softgel form to the market. Recommended to support energy and vitality, these softgel capsules contain 500mg of acai berry extract (Euterpe Oleracea). According to the Swanson website:

Recently gaining popularity in fruit smoothies and other beverages, acai berries feature a nearly perfect amino acid complex, trace minerals and more free radical fighting power than blueberries, strawberries and cranberries.

Want to give this product a try? Simply buy Swanson’s Acai Berry Extract online ($4.99 at the time of writing this article.)

Skinny Water expands distribtion in the west

Mar 04

SKNY stock chartBack in May I wrote about Skinny Water and their expansion into 120 new locations in Philidelphia. Well, Skinny Nutritional is at it again, and this time they’ve struck a deal with Dr. Pepper / 7up Bottling of the West. This new agreement will make Skinny Water available in chains across California, Nevada, Idaho and Wyoming. Back in May their stock was sitting at 30-40 cents per share after a sharp climb – today it sits at 6 cents per share.