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Acai bery scams from a new perspective

Mar 30

I have received a number of Emails from visitors to acairesource.com 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 acairesource.com 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:

DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU CAN LOOSE 50 LBS IN A MONTH FROM DRINKING BERRY JUICE AND WASHING OUT YOUR COLON YOU FRICKIN RETARD.

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.

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