One of the reasons why we started this website is to give the masses access to reliable and relatable information about health supplements. Back then, the reputation of the supplement industry was in shambles. Complaints flooded the Better Business Bureau about fake supplements and shady marketing schemes by supplement companies, and we saw this as the perfect opportunity to highlight promising products and expose supplements that exploit consumers.
With today’s access to social media and review-based product scores on online retail stores, one may think that it would be near impossible to scam consumers, but reports about supplement scams and fake products keep increasing every year. Supplement scams didn’t disappear; they just got smarter.
You don’t need to be an expert in supplement science and marketing to spot scams and fake products. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can avoid getting scammed by supplement companies.
Multi-level marketing supplements
Multi-level marketing (MLM) is one of the largest networks in the supplement industry. The biggest draw for multi-level marketing companies is the potential to earn while supposedly staying healthy with the use of supplements. Many of the people who entice other people to join MLMs front their proposal by highlighting how people can earn by signing up for a membership, rather than discussing the benefits of the supplements and how they work.
Many of the products offered by MLMs are grossly overpriced. You can compare any of these products with another product in the same segment, and I can guarantee that you’ll find something that’s more cost-effective. The research for these products isn’t always there, and many of these people who sell MLM products are often tight-lipped about the actual benefits, ingredients, and science behind these products.
MLM peddles the idea that an MLM membership is equivalent to being a business partner, but the truth is, you’re the customer in that equation. You’re the one who has to shell out money for a membership, and you’re the one buying supplements as a part of their membership package. You’re not a business partner that gets an equal share of the profits; you’re a customer that needs to sell the same products you just bought to earn back your capital, and that’s an endless loop of deceit that needs to be put to rest.
Free trial offers
Everyone gets excited over free trial offers. After all, who doesn’t want something that’s given for free? What they would usually do is that they would collect your details, ask you to pay for the shipping cost with your credit card, and go through the order process. What you may have missed is that you gave them access to your credit card information and that you have agreed to a deal that grants them authority to charge you for a monthly subscription fee, unless you cancel within a prescribed period.
A free trial offer is used to be seen as a bold move by a company that bets on their own products, but these days, this marketing tactic is being exploited by companies that do not expect repeat customers. More often than not, their products are overpriced versions of existing, low-quality products, and the only chance they have of getting a profit is to trick customers into signing up for a recurring monthly charge on their credit card.
There’s no such thing as free lunch, and it’s always sketchy to pay for shipping when the supposed product price is more than 10 times the shipping cost. What’s another $4.95 if they are giving you $90++ worth as a free trial offer? If you really want a free trial, read the fine print and cancel your subscription before the free trial expires.
Cheaper by the bundle
Not all bundle deals are scams. If the bundle makes sense and it’s offered at a very good price, then it’s something to consider, but when you’re buying 6 months’ worth of supplements just to save on the price per unit, then you’re paying a huge sum upfront for a supplement that you haven’t tried before.
Many supplement companies offer bundle deals to try and make you purchase the most units you can in a single transaction. These companies know that they won’t have you back as a customer once you’ve tried their product, and that’s why everything has to happen on the first transaction.
The simple truth is, you’re not saving when you buy these supplements in a bundle. They still have a hefty profit margin after you’ve purchased at a discounted rate. You’re better off with a monthly membership deal, such as Male UltraCore’ s Club UltraCore membership, where you pay a flat rate every month for a supplement package, and you can choose whether to continue your subscription or not – and on top of that, you get to save more as you continue your membership.
Male UltraCore’s membership option is a telltale sign of a company that genuinely believes in the capability of its product. They know you’ll be back for more once you’ve tried their products, and it only makes sense to offer a good discount to offset the reduced marketing costs for a new customer. If you ask me, that’s how all health supplement deals should be.