Acai Berries

December 1st, 2008

These acai berry pills seem to be the latest rage these days. They're all over web advertisements and a quick search on any search engine for 'acai' will yield hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of results. So are these little fruity pills actually good for anything or are they one big scam? Hopefully you picked up my sarcasm in the previous sentence and realized that I think they're a big scam.

I haven't seen any real research on whether or not they work so to be honest maybe I'm not the best person to ask about this. What I do know is how to pick out a scam. We live in 2008 and scams are all over the place, especially on the internet. This acai pill thing is no different from any other scam. All the acai offers are the same. Your first bottle is free but the fine print explains what you're really signing up for. Here are some of the interesting points I found in the terms and conditions: (the full unedited terms are below if you're interested)

  • You will have 10 days from the date that you place your free trial order with us to cancel your order for any reason.
  • At the end of your 10 day trial period, you will be billed the low price of $79.95 (that is a 38% discount off of the retail price of Acai Berry Maxx) for the bottle that we sent to you.
  • In addition, approximately 30 days after receiving your initial free-trial bottle of ACAI BERRY MAXX, we will automatically send you a new one-month supply bottle of ACAI BERRY MAXX. The credit card you provide today will be billed the Member's Only price of $79.95 (remember, that is a 38% discount off of the retail price of Acai Berry Maxx) plus $5.95 shipping and handlng (they misspelled it not me) for a total cost of $85.90 when we ship you your new one-month supply of ACAI BERRY MAXX.
  • Again, remember that you may cancel your membership to ACAI BERRY MAXX at any time by simply calling our customer care service department toll-free at 888-549-2111 or by emailing us at service@fxsupplements.com.
  • **These statements have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

acai berriesSo basically how this works is that you get your first bottle free and if you don't cancel within 10 days of ordering (date of ORDERING not date of ARRIVAL - if it takes 4 days from ordering till it reaches you, there are only 6 days left to figure out if you like this product, and 4 days is a really really fast shipping time - I'd bet that it takes 11 days until you get your order) you'll get a new bottle shipped to you every month for a low low price of just $85. There are reports that those phone lines (the ones you call up to cancel) put you on hold for hours and are often left unattended. Good luck canceling.

These terms were grabbed from just one site but the fine print is the same on all the sites. One company will create multiple web sites so that you think there's some sort of competition for the best product/price when there really isn't. They even create other web sites to offer fake third party reviews or "studies" to convince you that these acai pills work. Also watch out for fake blogs that these companies create. Most of them are in the form of [girl's name]dietblog.com or [girl's name]weightloss.com. These sites make it appear as if a real person has used acai berries with success to get your trust. Before you believe them, change the girl's name to another popular name in the address bar and you'll be surprised at how closely the two stories match. Bottom line: Whenever claims that are too good to be true are advertised en masse on the internet, they almost turn out to be false. You're much more likely to get the results acai berries promise by using that $85 every month to buy yourself a gym membership and a comfortable pair of running shoes.

Full Unedited Terms & Conditions:

  • You will be receiving a full one-month supply bottle of ACAI BERRY MAXX (which retails for $129.95). You will have 10 days from the date that you place your free trial order with us to cancel your order for any reason. We sincerely believe that you will love this product and will be very impressed with the results that you receive from Acai Berry Maxx. If you decide that you love Acai Berry Maxx (which we know you will) you do not need to contact us, or do anything else to keep enjoying the benefits that Acai Barry Maxx brings you. At the end of your 10 day trial period, you will be billed the low price of $79.95 (that is a 38% discount off of the retail price of Acai Berry Maxx) for the bottle that we sent to you. We are devout health enthusiasts and we are very excited about all of the benefits that this product is bringing to people's lives. In addition, approximately 30 days after receiving your initial free-trial bottle of ACAI BERRY MAXX, we will automatically send you a new one-month supply bottle of ACAI BERRY MAXX. The credit card you provide today will be billed the Member's Only price of $79.95 (remember, that is a 38% discount off of the retail price of Acai Berry Maxx) plus $5.95 shipping and handlng (they misspelled it not me) for a total cost of $85.90 when we ship you your new one-month supply of ACAI BERRY MAXX. If you do decide to cancel your order at any time please know that you can keep your unused portion of Acai Berry Maxx as our gift to you. Our sincerest wish to you, our customer is that you lead a healthier lifestyle with the help of our products. Again, remember that you may cancel your membership to ACAI BERRY MAXX at any time by simply calling our customer care service department toll-free at 888-549-2111 or by emailing us at service@fxsupplements.com. **These statements have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Acai Berry Maxx is not affiliated in any way with CNN, MSNBC, and CBS News. CNN, MSNBC, and CBS News are registered trademarks of their respective owners.** Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved.

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