Beware of These Dietary Supplement Advertising Tricks (Part 2)

Trick #3: “Free” samples that turn out to be costly

To get your 14-day sample of Instaflex, just give a credit card number to cover the $4.99 shipping and handling. But if you don’t cancel within 18 days from the day you ordered the sample, your card will be charged $75 for the next month’s supply…and $75 every 30 days after that until you cancel.

Is two weeks long enough to decide if Instaflex works? Not according to the company’s own study.

Trick #4. Testimonials that are meaningless

“Testimonials are based on the experiences of a few people and you are not likely to have similar results.” Umm…

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“Because this product is new, we gave one box of AZO Bladder Control to individuals associated with i-Health, so that we could share product testimonials.” Surprise! Everyone at Bladder Control’s manufacturer loved it.

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Trick #5. Fake “news” websites

These are not real news websites. They have nothing to do with CNN, CBS, MSNBC, or Dr. Oz. And “staff reporter Helen Crisell” doesn’t exist (that’s a photo of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on the top, and of the BBC’s Ellie Crisell on the bottom).

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Ellie Crisell

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