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Beware Free Trial Offers

Why Free Trials can be Very Expensive

We've all seen them. Some of us have even signed up for them. Most who do, live to regret it. I'm talking of course about the infamous "Free Trial Offers".

So why am I so set against free trial offers? First of all my comments apply to offers in the supplement market and particularly for acai products. There might well be some excellent free trial offers in other areas, but as I don't have any personal experience of these I'll reserve judgement.

I'll base my comments on what I know best. Supplements.

beware scam free trial offersTake some of the free trial offers floating around for acai supplements for example. These are usually very low quality products, most made from acai seeds which are worthless from a nutritional point of view. If they do include some acai pulp, this is usually a very low potency extract. These are products that are playing on the acai hype and an unsuspecting consumer might well think they are getting the deal of the century.

From first looks, what's not to like? A free trial, even if it is for a low quality product. After all, it's free right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. There is nothing "free" about these "free trials".

First of all, these free trials usually (if not always) have an auto-ship program associated with them. meaning, you signup for the free trial and pretty soon you start getting additional product shipped (and billed to your credit card) automatically. Signup for a free trial and pretty soon you start paying for monthly supplies of way overpriced products. How about $89.99 for a bottle of seriously substandard acai capsules? Would you consider almost $90 a good price for 30 capsules of 20mg acai extract? Compare that to the acai capsules in our acai capsules comparisons and its pretty easy to spot the odd one out.

Secondly, trying to cancel your so called "free trial offer" is a nightmare. Have a look at the comments bottom right, and you'll see a message from Kim and Brian. Think they're happy with their free trial?

Have a look at the small print in the terms and conditions for any free trial offers you might be considering. Most, if not all, will have it there in black and white, albeit well hidden and in VERY small print. A Cancellation clause. Decide to cancel your free trial and you WILL get billed for doing so. How about $49.99 to cancel a free trial to some dodgy acai supplements? Does that sound like a good deal?

So let's recap the whole "free trial deal":

  • You signup to receive a free trial for some low quality acai products
  • By signing up, you are agreeing to go on the auto-ship program for the product, usually at exorbitant prices, $80, $90 or even $100 for some low potency supplements.
  • By signing up, you are also agreeing to PAY a penalty if you decide to cancel. $40 or $50 being the average.
  • By signing up, you also agree to receive third party offers, meaning you personal and financial details will be sold to other vendors. Even if these are "ethical" vendors, do you really want your personal and financial details being traded over the internet? Scary thought.

On top of all that, try cancelling once you're in. Nightmare stories abound.

I've only ever seen one legitimate free trial offer for acai products. That is now over and the feed-back I had was excellent overall. No autoship, no cancellation fee, very good product. That ran its course and is no longer available. Rest assured, if I ever do see one that is actually a free trial, I'll be the first to share this with the world.

"Caveat Emptor" as the Romans used to say or "Buyer Beware".

Pretty shrewd those Romans...

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acai capsules testimonialsJan, thanks... When we first became interested in a good quality acai supplement, we made the biggest mistake possible and signed up for one of those so called free trials. After being billed $220 for the free trial we managed to cancel but only after endless phone calls to our bank and credit card company. We are still trying to get our money back.

Luckily for us, we decided to give acai another try and after some research we came across your site. Your advice about the acai sounded spot on so we went ahead and tried Perfect Acai. It totally changed our minds.

More energy and new zest. It's like a kick in the pants (a very welcome kick in the pants mind).

Top marks for recommending a quality product from an ethical manufacturer.

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