Previously, an article was written by this writer about the Acai Berry marketing scam that claimed endorsements from Brad PItt and Angelina Jolie at the Golden Globe awards. The alleged endorsements from these celebrities were posted by the marketers of the Acai Berry product through an online internet enticement to try the Acai Berry through a “free trial. ” The celebrities, Pitt and Jolie, were simply pictured as they appeared at the Golden Globes, but the ad for Acai Berry did not contain any quotes, indirect or otherwise, stating that the onstage Mr. and Mrs. Smith team either used the Acai Berry products or had anything positive to say about them.
Now the marketers of the Acai Berry are back, teaming up with another product called Colon Cleanse, and promising to “lose several pounds by replacing coffee and soda as my drink of choice” with the Acai Berry product, and to “lose several inches off my waist, within a few days,” with Colon Cleanse.
Before reviewing this latest double marketing ploy, let’s review what happened with just the Acai Berry product. While there may be nothing wrong with the Acai Berry product itself, it is clear that the marketers of the Acai Berry had no intentions of helping anyone lose weight. Numerous comments were sent to this writer in response to the warnings against purchasing the Acai Berry product, sold in pill form, not because the product was bad, but because the way in which the Acai Berry pills were being sold was fraudulent. Comments to this writer included “I had to close my credit card account, because they (the merchants) kept charging amounts to my card and not sending me any product. ” In addition, several frustrated consumers reported by e-mail, that attempts to cancel the monthly automatic shipment of the Acai Berry pills by calling the toll-free customer service number resulted in either a disconnected phone or no answer. So it seems the only effect the Acai Berry diet had when a customer placed an order for a free trial of the Acai Berry pills was the rapid depletion of available credit on the customer’s credit card.
Through sponsorship of the free Weather Bug software, the marketers of the Acai Berry products are back with the same scam again, this time including a product called Colon Cleanse. They are showing logos of the Wall Street Journal as well as the TV stations, CBS and CNN. In trying to sell the “First Step” of this two-step diet plan, the sellers claim that the Acai Berry products have “health benefits that tons of news sources like Oprah and CNN have covered.” Really! Is Oprah a “news source?” The sellers of Acai Berry insist that you “try it for free.” However, you must pay at least “$3.95 or $5.95” for shipping and handling. The web site where you order the product claims to have a toll-free number that is “answered twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” Since nothing was mentioned under the terms and conditions section of the web site mentioning a monthly cost, this writer decided to call the customer service number to find out the monthly cost, since “you will be automatically billed at the end of the 15-day trial period,” and then “charged after thirty days from the date you first placed your order. ” In other words, you’ll be charged for two months’ worth of product within thirty days of starting up your “free trial of fifteen days.” Written into the terms and conditions is the explanation that “your product is shipped within three to five days after placing your order,” meaning that with the length of time it takes the postal service to deliver your product, your “free trial may already be up.” Which makes this whole attempt at losing weight by a customer purchasing Acai Berry products seem like a waste of time under the best of circumstances, since it is inevitable that the free trial period offered by the sellers of the Acai Berry will expire by the time the end user even receives the product.
So let’s move on to “Step Two” of this wonderful two-tiered diet plan, the Colon Cleanse. Prospective purchasers of Colon Cleanse will be relieved to see such glowing endorsements from Drug Store News, Colon Health, and The Los Angeles Times. In the case of Drug Store News, after perusing their web site, this writer came to the conclusion that the logo for Drug Store News was easy to cut and paste, and that DSN is concerned with pharmaceuticals and not products like Colon Cleanse who state in their disclaimers in fine print that its claims “have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. ” In the case of Colon Health, this “endorser” didn’t even rank Colon Cleanse or Colon Pure Cleanse, the latter of which is another name for the same Colon Cleanse product, in its top 20 of recommended colon cleanse products, nor was any mention of Colon Cleanse found whatsoever. As for The Los Angeles Times, it has these compelling words of endorsement: “Colon cleansing is important if you want to maintain your overall health.” Somehow it’s strange that Colon Cleanse was not mentioned in the endorsement from The L.A. Times.
All right. Let’s examine the dynamics of this amazing two-tiered diet plan, the Acai Berry, marketed in capsule form, and Colon Cleanse, also available in capsule form. Perhaps in order to help avoid confusion, if you are fortunate enough to receive your supply of Colon Cleanse, the picture in the advertisement for it seems to rename the product, “Intra Cleanse.” With the Acai Berry capsules, you’re charged either $3.95 or $5.95 for shipping and handling. There is no mention anywhere about what costs ensue for the product after the 15-day trial. So after waiting for over fifteen minutes on hold when trying the promised 24/7 customer service phone number, it was interesting to learn that your Acai Berry capsules will cost you $87.13 after just fifteen days. And let’s not forget that if you haven’t canceled your order by then, that the sellers charge your credit card another $87.13 thirty days from the date you placed the original order. Try to imagine a worst case scenario in which you order the Acai Berry capsules, it takes fifteen days to get them, your credit card is charged $3.95 for S & H costs, and then $87.13 for a month’s supply, while you haven’t had any time to evaluate the effectiveness of the product. So within thirty days, if you’ve decided to cancel and don’t have any luck reaching someone on the customer service toll-free number, your credit card has been charged $178.21!
But wait, it gets better. If you also decided to try for free, the Colon Cleanse product as well, you get charged $5.95 for S & H, and then in fifteen days, a “one-time low price of $88.73 for the Intra Cleanse two-part system.” By this time, you may be wondering what happened to the Colon Cleanse name. After thirty days, the “preferred customer discount ” kicks in, and you only have to pay a monthly recurring charge of “$59.95 plus shipping and handling. ” But not to worry. You are being assured as a “preferred customer,” that you are receiving a savings of “nearly $40 off our already low price.” And if you’re not satisfied, you can call their customer service department and they’ll “work out an amicable solution with you.”
So when we do the math, you pay $178.21 in the first month for your Acai Berry product, and an additional $154.63 in the first month for the Colon Cleanse or Intra Cleanse, or whatever they finally decide to call the last product, for a whopping total of $332.84 in the first month! Let’s not forget the ongoing monthly commitment of $147.08 for both products in order to keep this “wonderful” diet plan going. Maybe the sellers of these two diet products neglected to mention that with what they’re charging to your credit card, you won’t have any money left for food and that that’s how they really intend for you to lose weight, and not through their products, of which numerous Acai Berry buyers claimed they never even received in the first place.
It should be obvious to anyone serious about losing weight that purchasing Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse capsules on the free trial bases in which these two products are being offered is only going to result in a credit card nightmare, and not a legitimate opportunity to lose weight. None of the alleged endorsers such as The Wall Street Journal, Drug Store News, or even Oprah can be verified as having said anything or published anything that endorses these two diet products. Based on the experience with the exact same Acai Berry product this writer wrote about before, the e-mails received continuously complained about never receiving the products ordered, customer service numbers that were either inoperative or non-responsive, and that the frequent solution to cancelling unauthorized charges to their debit or credit cards was to cancel the card used to make the purchase and get a new card. Not one comment appeared from anyone ordering the products who claimed to have (1) received them and (2) got weight loss results. In the final analysis, only you can be the judge, but even under the best of conditions, the combined purchase of the Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse products are an expensive proposition.