The never-ending struggle for many of us to maintain that "healthy physique" has become so much more prevalent in the last few years whether its age, society or career-driven influenced. Even more so, I believe, because I live in Dallas do I feel the pressure to be pressed, starched and wrinkle free.
Like some, I could stand to lose a few pounds. Wouldn't that skirt lay a little smoother if it didn't have to cross Pike's Peak to get to the hemline? What better method to try then the new - highly publicized - Acai Berry. Afterall, if Oprah endorses it, it must be great!
It might be. And there's no better way to try something than with a FREE trial sample. Just $3.95 in shipping and handling and you have 14 days to make up your mind - right?
Yes, I did read the fine print that says, "You have 14 days to cancel without further obligation. Otherwise, on the 15th day, your credit card will be billed for a complete 30 day supply at $81.39. To cancel future purchases, you must notify Customer Service at 1-877 . . ."
Diligently, as any "good" Realtor would do, I made note of the name, number and address of Customer Service and proceeded to provide my credit card number for the shipping and handling of my FREE trial of Acai Berry. I was so excited, I think I lost 5 pounds just in the anticipation of its arrival. After all, Oprah endorses it, it must be great!
Exactly 10 1/2 days later, my package arrives. Knowing I only have 3 1/2 days to draw a conclusion as to the potency of this product, I immediately pop 2 of the tablets into my mouth before I even shut the mailbox door. The tablets were chewable and had a fantastic "berry" flavor. But, that wasn't the point. Would they work?
It took me 24 hours to realize, I'd been scammed. I pick up the phone, dial the numbers I had so diligently made note of to cancel . . . busy. And, it was busy every time I dialed it for the next 24 hours.
I pulled up the FREE trial information to see if I could find a different number to contact - no. So, I signed up for "another" FREE trial using a different name, email and address. Oddly enough the same disclosure information displayed . . . but with a different phone number. I dialed it . . . busy.
Now, it was a mission. There was no way that I was going to be scammed and pay $81.39 for this crap of an error. I'm a Realtor. I'm "smarter" than this. After signing up more than 20 times under various fake alias names and each time receiving a different phone number, I gave up. There was no time to write them, I would be billed the next day. So, I subsequently had to cancel my credit card to avoid the charges.
I felt vain and stupid for having ordered it in the first place and defeated for falling for the scam. Only until I contacted the consumer advocates, bureaus and Oprah.
After all, if Oprah endorses it, it must be great!