BBB warns about false Acai berry ads

BBB warns about false Acai berry ads

There are 20 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Jan 26, 2009, titled BBB warns about false Acai berry ads. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

Buyer beware: if you've ever considered buying diet products, just because they're endorsed by celebrities, you'll want to hear this.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut.

Lilac

United States

#1 Jan 26, 2009
The charges on these credit cards is terrible. Saying Acai is not okayed by the FDA is a big pharma thing because they are against herbal medicine because it has cut into it's profits. Besides have you listened to medicine ads. They cause infections, swellings, even death. Shouldn't medications be made to work with your body?
Stratford Resident

Poughkeepsie, NY

#2 Jan 26, 2009
Lilac wrote:
The charges on these credit cards is terrible. Saying Acai is not okayed by the FDA is a big pharma thing because they are against herbal medicine because it has cut into it's profits. Besides have you listened to medicine ads. They cause infections, swellings, even death. Shouldn't medications be made to work with your body?
Let me guess, Herbalife distributor?
starr baby

Dover, NH

#3 Jan 26, 2009
I fell into the trap today and immeditly called my credit card to dispute the charges they told me once it posts the will credit my account.
thanks

Newington, CT

#4 Jan 27, 2009
OMG i Was thing about ordering this product just today glad i saw this report
Driver

Portsmouth, RI

#5 Jan 27, 2009
When will you people learn!? No homeopathic medicine is going to cause the weight loss you deserve or want? Anna nicole smith probably died from Trimspa----which was totally discredited for false claims and false results and they still sell it! Why do they keep selling it? Because you people still hope for the diet in a bottle. Lower your daily calories,eat better, start walking,stop spending hours in front of any screen. and yes ...ANS died from other drugs..
InShape

Wallingford, CT

#6 Jan 27, 2009
I ALMOST got pulled into this whole Acai Berry thing last year by a distributor. She was a very good sell. But when I saw her again this year, I was totally amazed at how heavy she had gotten!! Wow, guess she is still drinking the juice... glad I'm not, just for THAT reason!
outdoors man

Yorktown Heights, NY

#7 Jan 27, 2009
I heard a couple of girls talking about the acai berry and that Oprah did it and lost weight it must be good. That made my week.
AcaiBurn

Peoria, IL

#8 Jan 27, 2009
I ordered AcaiBurn 3 weeks ago. It came with a "free" 14 day trial. Was charged the full price on the 15th day. There was no free trial, they just put off billing you right away. It does not work. I wasted my money. Further, it was hard to cancel but I hopefully did it. If you decide to order make sure you know about the sister companies that add on additional charges monthly and cancel those right away.
Confused about this

Cranston, RI

#9 Jan 27, 2009
There is nothing wrong with the product. When I recieved it a paper said you get this for 14 days and if you do not return the rest you will be charged the remaining month and so on. After the remanining month I called them to stop the next monthly charge and they had no problem stopping it and I never got charged again.
Come on

East Hartford, CT

#10 Jan 27, 2009
People will never learn. There is no miracle way to lose weight. It takes some work, focus and restraint. I'm overweight now but I know until I'm ready to change my lifestyle a little bit there will be no change. At least I don't expect some magic hoodoo or whatever the celebities with expensive personal trianers and chefs say is the latest and greatest to change my life. We are a society that wants to see immediate results. Until that changes people will still get sucked in to these rediculous schemes.

The FDA, Ha! Like they're not in the pocket of every big pharma company.
Honey

Hebron, CT

#11 Jan 27, 2009
well, I had ordered the product and cancelled within the 14 day grace period received a confirmation number. I received my credit card bill and was charged twice for $29.95 called the company and finally after 3 days I was able to reach them, they gave me a hard time even with the confirmation number of cancellation, so I ended up cancelling credit card. It is quite a scam. I will see what happens next month, hopefully they will credit the two months. Oh then acai berry said I received the product for the last two months never received a thing in the mail. quite the scam..........

“smober since 06/19/07”

Since: Mar 08

Denver, CO

#12 Jan 27, 2009
These offers prey upon folks desire to get something for nothing so maybe the credit card fraud is a form of poetic justice...hummmm? I would suggest everyone be wary of internet "free" products. If you have to give a credit card and you do so FREELY, you pretty much deserve to be scammed. Buyer beware, yanno?

This is harsh, I know, but in a country where so many people are running around with their hands out, I don't think think the message can be repeated too often. Ya'll got what what you deserved. It IS a scam, it IS illegal!!! However, it can't work if people don't try to get something for nothing.

Acai has some very good benefits. I have used it for a few years now. No miracle drug, but a good supplement for what it CAN do.

It can be purchased at reputable, local merchants. Vitamin Cottage, GNC etc. will refund your money if you return the unused portion. What could be better? Reputable merchants selling high quality products for a fair price and offering a generous refund policy.

I do not work for them, I do not have a dog in this fight. I do get frustrated with the attitude of mediocre America who want lots of results with little to no effort. It is time to follow the Kennedy quote: "Ask not what your country (etc.) can do for you. Ask what YOU can do for your country." Time to get back to personal responsibility, the work ethic, and basic respect for fellow travelers on this journey.

Whew. Nice to find a place to vent that.

Don't want to get scammed? Don't do stupid things like give your credit card to a 'free' offer. DUH>
enough is enough

Greenwich, CT

#13 Jan 28, 2009
go ahead sit on you fat A$$ and drink the magic juice and u will get thin... im going to start selling brain crackers (they look and taste like saltines) but raise your IQ by 20-30 points.. any takers??
Izzy

Seattle, WA

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Anyone stupid enough after all these years of these types of scams to fall yet again for them, deserve the charges!

Any free sample does not require a credit card. Just go to your local health food store, or supplement store, to try a product out and stay in CONTROL!
Common Sense

Botsford, CT

#15 Jan 30, 2009
Making dingleberries helps you loose weight!
aiokelee

Portmore, Jamaica

#16 Feb 16, 2009
WHILE I MAY NOT SAY THAT I HAD FALLEN FOR A SCAM, I CAN SAY THAT I SAW THE BIG HYPE ABOUT THE ACAI BERRY AND THOUGHT, OH, MY GOD!! THIS SOUNDS GREAT THIS MIGHT THE ANSWER FINALLY TO MY WEIGHT LOSS PROBLEM, SO I IMMEDIATELY GOT OUT MY CREDIT CARD AND ORDERED IT TWO DAYS LATER IT ARRIVED, MARK YOU, AM ALL THE WAY IN THE CARBBEAN, I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS PRODUCT, IT'S BEEN 3 WEEKS NOW AND I FOLLOWED ALL THE RULES AND THEN SOME, BUT I AM YET TO LOOSE AND OUNCE, MUCH LESS A POUND!!! AM SO DISOPOINTED, AND WISH I COULD GET A REFUND!!! PEOPLE BE CAREFUL DON'T JUMP TO EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET OR SEE ON THE TV, ACAI BERRY DID NOT WORK FOR ME.
Drone One

Spotsylvania, VA

#17 Mar 4, 2009
What is this Big Pharma?

I must Maintain the Forests.

Valley Forge, Valley Forge, this is Berkshire, Over.
Krys21

Providence, RI

#18 Mar 26, 2009
First off there are different companies that sell Acai Berry and that's why people are getting charge different things. Second you should go to your local GMC store or health store to see what they think well be the best way for you to lose weigh and what you should do about your diet now.
sofiadavis

Mumbai, India

#19 Jun 30, 2010
BBB has received thousands of complaints nationwide about repeating credit card charges when consumers sign-up for a free trial.Connecticut Better Business Bureau President, Paulette Scarpetti, says some acai berry vendors are relying on celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey to boost sales.[url=http://www.optimall yorganic.com/Acai.htm]Acai[/ur l] grows wild in the Amazon and thanks to companies such as Sambazon and Nu-Fruits has become popular in western markets, especially in the form of juices and smoothies. Samabazon alone notched sales of $25 million in the US last year predominantly in powders and drinks.
Head Sporkweasel incharge

Spotsylvania, VA

#20 Jul 8, 2010
What is this Big Pharma?

I must Maintain the Forests.

Valley Forge, Valley Forge, this is Berkshire, Over.

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