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Ineffective Ingredients May Be The Least of Your Worries

By: MD Consumer Reviews Staff Writer(s)
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Shady Location

At MD Consumer Reviews we will never and I mean never recommend a product that is not safe and manufactured in an FDA approved laboratory or from a company without reputable billing practices. We do not recommend free trial offers because 99.99% of the time they are complete scams. We have not found quality products associated with those specific kinds of businesses and we have not found good people behind them either. Some of the guys we have tried to track down are roads to nowhere and a few of the guys we managed to corner we thought we were going to end up in the back of some guys trunk somewhere. We once ended up around St. Petersburg Florida and there were some mafia looking guys in Limos in the middle of a city street from Grand Theft Auto.

FDA Warning

This business is becoming an increasingly "Smash and Grab" market so the reason to exercise caution regarding your purchase is more important than ever because you will just get ripped off. The market is full of products that are imported from China and other countries who have no FDA and no regulation regarding the production of even banned and dangerous substances. To make matters even worse the person you're buying from could be in a completely different country. Try calling your local Police Department and tell them some guy in Jamaica stole $500 from you and see what they will do. The answer is they will do nothing. They will probably laugh at you. There is no one who is going to even hold these people responsible and they know it. These companies can be in Canada, China or a remote island somewhere and can say anything they want or even claim to be in the United States. They might even just have a distributor located on American Soil. But all the money goes to some Island somewhere. Some of the same people have operated freely for years if not decades because they reside outside of the United States and our laws are not even applicable to them. I.E. they basically can rip you off and get off scott-free.

Chineese Drug Lab

Even for guys here in the states looking to turn a bigger dime. Manufacturers have long been drawn to have just about anything from your socks to your furniture manufactured in China because the cost of having products produced overseas is a fraction of what it is in the United States. We went to one encapsulating facility in Southern California and nobody on the floor even spoke English. I don't think there was one single American citizen working that assembly line. For a change, walk into your house and actually try and find a product manufactured in America and see how long it takes you. Chances are most everything in your house was made or the raw materials came from China.

Predoxen Manufacturing

In this business we have drawn a hard line on what makes a good product. And one of our most fundamental criteria involves the product being manufactured wholly in the United States in an FDA approved laboratory. We do not even care to take risks or make recommendations for you to take sketchy products manufactured without any FDA over site when the results are showing those products contain dangerous substances. Even Amphetamines.

Additionally, as stated above. Not only does the product have to work and have a good report card with many many people to even get on our radar it can in no way whatsoever be tied to any shady billing schemes designed to just take your money and give you garbage in exchange. We just want to make it clear we will never steer you toward a "Free Trial" offer. It won't happen. And we know from our laboratory analysis that 95% of those products are subpar. It is almost always an indicator of poor quality.

The fact of the matter is that those companies who do contract the manufacture of their product overseas may not even know what is actually in the product they are paying to have made or whether or not the manufacturer is even following the intended formulation. In many instances the businessman buying the stuff to re-sell it will just get a reassurance from the formulator making the product in China that it will have an effect for the consumer and the buyer will continue to purchase the product . . . sounds pretty appealing to your bottom line right? We think this sort of gamble in regard to your health is unacceptable. Illegal drugs such as Heroin and Crystal Meth are illegal because the user becomes addicted to those products. We believe you have a right to know what is in your product and we don't advocate your rolling any dice when it comes to your health.

Dangerous Prescription

The reason you have to go and see your doctor to get drugs such as Viagra or Cialis is because there are specific dangers associated with taking them. Especially if you have either an undiagnosed or pre-existing medical condition. We have even heard of people having a product they had manufactured in china going through analysis and coming back completely clean even with it containing Viagra or Cialis. How exactly does this happen you might wonder? When the ingredients inside a capsule are tested and ran through a spectographic analysis they take the ingredients inside the capsule and dump it out. No dangerous substances inside the product = No Positive for controlled substances. Once they started including the actual gel cap in the testing procedure the products started showing up with all sorts of controlled substances inside. Potentially dangerous ingredients might not even be inside what is in the capsule it might be hiding inside the capsule to avoid detection.

Drugs Recalled by the FDA:

FDA

"The number of these problematic products available on the Internet appears to be increasing," says Michael Levy, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance. The division is part of the Office of Compliance (OOC) in the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Many consumers perceive these products as completely safe because they are often sold with labeling, suggesting that they are all-natural alternatives to prescription drug products that have been approved by FDA for treating ED.

But these products may be laced with potentially hazardous ingredients that aren’t noted on the label. Since 2004, FDA has become aware of several such “dietary supplements? (See Full List and FDA Report).

Free Trial Offers are the Cornerstone of a Sophisticated Scam

So called "Free Trial Offers" seem like a good deal right? !!!wrong!!! These "Bait and Switch" scams are so prolific and troublesome to the United States Economy that the Federal Trade Commission has an entire website dedicated to informing consumers about how they work and why consumers should avoid them at all costs!

According to the FTC:
"A chance to try something out for free? What have you got to lose?"

"If you're interested in a particular product or service, trying before you buy might seem like a no-brainer. But what starts as a free trial — or for a very low cost — might end up costing you real money."

Free Trial Scam

"The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, wants you to know that some companies use free trials to sign you up for more products — sometimes lots of products — which can cost you lots of money as they bill you every month until you cancel."

"Whether it's for a teeth whitener, vitamin or kitchen gadget, all free trials eventually end. And typically, if you don't want to buy what you've tried, you need to cancel or take some other action before the trial is up. If you don't, you may be agreeing to buy more products."

Free Trial Scam Offers

"But some dishonest businesses make it tough to cancel, hiding the terms and conditions of their offers in teensy type, using pre-checked sign-up boxes as the default setting online, and putting conditions on returns and cancellations that are so strict it could be next to impossible to stop the deliveries and the billing."

Guys . . . this really is one of the easiest of all the scams out there to avoid. It is actually incredibly simple. If they say it is free. Just assume it never and I mean never is. Take a look at the length of the legal disclaimers that have to be included with the transaction. Since when should you have to be a lawyer to buy a product???? If you have to have a law degree in order to understand the terms of the company your buying for it is simple. For the Love of God . . . !!IT IS NOT FREE!! it is more expensive than any other product like it.

According to the FTC Here is What You Should Do to Stay Safe

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If you have been roped into one of these dispicable scams here are both OUR suggestions and the Suggestions of the FTC.

Remember. No matter how sleazy it seems this is not "technically" illegal. But your at an automatic disadvantage because the people who do these kinds of billing schemes typically are lawyered up pretty heavily and they usually know exactly what they can and can't do to you and get away with it. There is also alot less legal protection and considerably more red tape for them to run their business. The terms and conditions of the transaction are so long and impossible to understand but they are telling you what they are going to do. And regardless of how you feel afterwards most of the times you willfully signed up for it without probably even reading them. Those terms are intentionally difficult to understand and written by a bunch of scum bag lawyers so 95% of people probably don't know what their signing up for. The biggest problem however is once they have your credit card information most of these people just don't care what they do at that point. And it becomes a game of "How Much Can I get Out of This Guy Because Lawsuits are Expensive" And they will actually do illegal stuff and run you ragged trying to get them to stop charging your card.

FTC Suggestions for Dealing with Continuity Scams:

  1. Research the company online:
    See what other people are saying about the company's free trials — and its service. Complaints from other customers can tip you off to "catches" that might come with the trial.
  2. Find the terms and conditions for the offer.
    That includes offers online, on TV, in the newspaper, or on the radio. If you can't find them or can't understand exactly what you're agreeing to, don't sign up.
  3. Look for who's behind the offer.
    Just because you're buying something online from one company doesn't mean the offer or pop-up isn't from someone else.
  4. Watch out for pre-checked boxes.
    If you sign up for a free trial online, look for already-checked boxes. That checkmark may give the company the green light to continue the offer past the free trial or sign you up for more products — only this time you have to pay.
  5. Mark your calendar.
    Your free trial probably has a time limit. Once it passes without you telling the company to cancel your "order," you may be on the hook for more products.
  6. Look for info on how you can cancel future shipments or services.
    If you don't want them, do you have to pay? Do you have a limited time to respond?
  7. Read your credit and debit card statements.
    That way you'll know right away if you're being charged for something you didn't order.

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