Zapped by 1TAC Flashlights

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.43.20 PMI have yet to see a web scam score a perfect -10 on the Scam-O-meter scale.  Will 1TAC’s TC1200 flashlight offering be the one?

Let’s find out!  It’s August 26, 2016.

Ridiculous claims:  Well, we’re not going to hit  -10 this time.  I see a couple of stretchers here, but–unlike Shadowhawk Flashlights–nothing ridiculous.  There’s no talk of how you can use this light to protect your family from the coming zombie apocalypse.  Nearly all the text on this website is about the light.    +1

Post Office box: 

  • Corporate: 814 S. Westgate Suite 105 Los Angeles, CA 90049.  A small office or apartment building, vacant in January 2016 if Google’s image date is correct (I’ve seen some wrong ones).
  • Returns: 880 E Wigwam Parkway, #120, Henderson, NV 89014.  Here I see “Rakuten.com Shopping;” see the Unauthorized Charges section below.  Reluctantly, I’ll stick to the program, and let 1TAC have a +1 

scamometer.pngOnerous terms: The Terms and Conditions boil down to this:

  • You can’t sue us, or join a class action that’s suing us.
  • We’ll take your money now; but we won’t “accept” your order until we ship it.
  • Refunds are available up to 30 days from the date of your ordernot the date you receive our product.  And shipping takes two to four weeks.  See Lying and Deception below.
  • To get a refund, you must return the product unopened and unused; see Obfuscation below.
  • If you reverse our charge on your credit card, that’s theft.
  • We don’t guarantee that our products are fit for any use; nor that they meet our own specifications.
  • We don’t guarantee that anything we say is true.  -1

Invasion of privacy: The Privacy Policy says:

  • We’ll use the information you give us and that we suck out of your browser to beam ads at you.
  • We’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
  • If we sell our company, your personal data is part of the deal.
  • You can opt out by email or letter.  -1

Lying and deception:

  • 1TAC loudly advertises its 30-day money-back guarantee, but buries the fact that they count from the date of your order in their T&Cs.  The T&Cs also specify a delivery time of two to four weeks.  That leaves you, say, two days to get your unopened, unused product in the mail and claim a refund.
  • They claim that their flashlights are waterproof to the IP65 standard.  But IP65 is not a waterproof level of protection.  The “6” means the product is dustproof.  The “5” means that the product can withstand squirting by jets of water–not immersion.  Re: the video of boiled and frozen flashlights, see Onerous Terms above.  -1

Obfuscation: It sure looks like 1TAC does not want you to see the important links at the bottom of the web page:

hidden links

What 1TAC is hiding; Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Disclaimer.  This is not how an honest business operates.

Also, the refund requirement of returning an unopened, unused product that I mentioned above isn’t in the Online Purchases / Return Policies section of the T&C.  It’s at the very end of the T&C, in another Return Policy.  Definitely -1.

Phony reviews: Vague, enthusiastic reviews by “independent” parties that involve a lot of hype, no product testing, and include a link to the online store aren’t credible.  These review sites get a share of the sales resulting from clicks on that link, and an automatic score of -1 from me.  1TAC works with lots of them.

For example, Sports Gear Central makes the self-defense pitch that 1TAC shies away from.   They describe the TC1200 as military, rugged, super-bright and wildly popular.  And they provide not just one, but five links to the 1TAC site.  -1

Crummy product: Despite lots of reviews, I haven’t yet found an unbiased review.  Amazon doesn’t carry 1TAC products.  And 1TAC is unknown to CNET.   0

Overpriced: Amazon is full of 1200-lumen flashlights.  Here’s one for $8.99.  85% of Amazon’s reviewers gave it five stars.  -1

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this problem.  However, 1TAC’s return address is a building signed “Racuten.com Shopping.”  According to SiteJabber, Rakuten is a disreputable Japanese online store with a record of alleged credit-card fraud.  0

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5 thoughts on “Zapped by 1TAC Flashlights

  1. Dick Day

    Any idea how I can stop the dailt emails from coming in? They all use a different sender email. I am not clicking on the Unsubscribe link, I have no idea where that would take me.

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    1. pablovilas13 Post author

      That’s a tricky problem. I see that you have a Gmail account; and I’ve found that their spam-blocking is excellent. So try marking those emails as spam. If you’re using Gmail on the web, it’s the toolbar button with the “!” symbol. Or you could set up a conditional, content-driven mail-filtering program to block them. But I don’t know what to recommend here; I’ve used Gmail on the web for ages and I’m not familiar with desktop email programs. You could, of course, change your email address; boy, would I hate doing that.

      I think you’re right in being reluctant to click “Unsubscribe.” Spammers use Unsubscribe buttons to signal that yours is a working email address, and send it even more spam.

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  2. Aaron Gates

    Tc 1200 is a total piece of s61t. My mom got it for me for Christmas… all hyped that she got me some premium flashlight… and that it was top of the line…

    I’m sure that they took her for at least 80 bucks if not 100 or more. I knew immediately that it was some Chinese piece of s61t.

    I am fairly tac light savvy… And I own a number of products from quality mainstream brands like streamlight.

    Stay far far away from this bogus Asian piece of s61t company.

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  3. BW

    i received two solicitations for this “marvel” in my email this morning. What’s interesting is that they are somehow able to get around my anti-spam system that has blocked their “ship-confirm@amazon.com” (surely bogus) source. It smells of a spammer’s hack of sorts. While I had no intention of buying their lame flashlight, I appreciated the author’s even-handed approach at uncovering the racket that it apparently is. Kudos to author. Shame on the anti-spam tricking scammers. Scumbags. A man could be a hater.

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