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Posts from May, 2009

RezV Elite – a familiar scheme

May 26

RezV Elite is a supplement containing the acai berry and resveratrol, a substance found in red wine that is currently undergoing a wide variety of studies. Some of these studies find that mice subjected to resveratrol live longer, other studies show signs of resveratrol preventing prostate cancer. But I’m here to write about this particular RezV Elite product, not resveratrol in general. Learn more about resveratrol and acai berries here.

Upon visiting RezV Elite’s website I instantly noticed some familiar design styles that I’ve noticed on other acai berry scam websites which I’ve written about in the past. Identical color schemes, and even some of the same buttons. They all use similar claims, they promote a free trial where you only pay for shipping. What they don’t advertise very clearly is the fact that if you don’t cancel within 14 days, you will be charged a more significant amount for that trial bottle + every month thereafter. In ResV Elite’s case, that amount is $79.95. Of course, you have to look through their terms and conditions, found through a small link at the bottom of their website to learn the true cost.

Now, I have no issue with free trial offers, however, I have received numerous emails through this website from people who have tried similar free trial offers, and when they attempt to cancel, no one picks up the phone on the other end. I’m not saying RezV Elite is the same as these other companies, but judging by the look of the website and the structure of the offer, it’s just so similar I would expect it’s run by the same group or company.

If you followed the previous link, you will see that there’s no shortage of these types of scams out there. In fact, they pop up so quickly I simply can’t keep up. I’ve received complaints about Dr. Acai Skin Care where the trial never even showed up, but the credit card was billed. I’ve received complaints about Acai Alive, Vital Acai…the list goes on. The problem is a lot of people are earning an income from promoting these types of products. Feel free to peruse this article about how affiliate marketers are benefiting from promoting these scams.

All in all, be careful, read the fine print, and the old cliche lives on – if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

MonaVie, the official juice of the Boston Red Sox

May 03

MonaVie is nothing new to the world of professional athletics. The NBA cleared MonaVie for use by NBA players, declaring it free of all banned substances. And now, for the second year in a row, the Boston Red Sox have declared MonaVie as their official juice. Of course, MonaVie is excited about the partnership – Dallin Larsen, Founder and President of MonaVie says:

“We are thrilled to be associated with the Boston Red Sox, it is no coincidence that we are partnering with a team that clearly demonstrates a dedication to achievement and a winning attitude.”

Even though MonaVie products are distributed through a multi-level marketing type of setup, it continues to gain momentum. Partnerships like this are perfect for the company – not only does it demonstrate the quality of the products, but it also helps maintain the corporate image of MonaVie since it’s always overshadowed by it’s MLM approach.