Bummed by Blazeray Flashlights

scamometer-blazerayI‘ve seen lots of flashlight scams.  But this one (on 11/19/16) is different; they’re red!

And that makes all the difference.

Ridiculous claims:  

  • Blazeray (red links are evil) claims “You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.
  • LED flashlights are used by the military and first-responders.  It’s ridiculous that Blazeray thinks this is information.
  • 20,000 sold this month.”  Not only is there no way to check this figure, but based on the web page’s coding I seriously doubt it.  Looking at the source code, I see that this statement is a literal–it’s not dynamically generated to reflect the current month’s actual sales.  Maybe they edit the page once a month with an updated figure?  I don’t think so.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-47-47-pm
  • People run over them to prove how reliable they are.”  Ridiculous, unless you’re buying it to do this stunt.  -1

Post Office box: True.  Nothing illegal about this in itself, but it’s typical of web scammers to have no physical facility in the US.   -1screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-9-11-25-pm

  • Corporate address: 101 Marketside Avenue, Suite 404-190  Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Onerous terms:  I had to sift thru gobs of legalbabble to extract the following:

  • You can’t sue them, or join a class action that’s suing them
  • They’ll take your money now, but they won’t “accept” your order until they ship it
  • You can get a refund for any reason at any time.  But you “may” have to return your flashlight unused; and you “may” have to ask for the refund within 30 days of receiving the product.
  • Shipping is free.  But even if you never use the flashlight you’re returning, you must still pay “associated charges.”  What charges?  Section C says that other payment terms “may” implicitly be part of the T&Cs.
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are suitable for any use; nor that anything they say is true.  -1

Ads, spam, robocalls:

  • They’ll use all the information you give them, and everything they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you.  You can opt out by email.
  • They’ll share your information with other companies that will do the same.
  • If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.  -1

Lying and deception:  Relatively mild.  0

  • blazerayThe illustration of a man lighting up a church conveniently doesn’t show the light he’s using.  Shadowhawk, AlumiTact and Falcon use the identical illustration in their scam sites.
  • The claimed 80% discount is a red flag.
  • Warning; on the order form (third screen), The choice of 5 flashlights for $145 is pre-checked.

Obfuscation:

  • screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-35-16-pmScreen #2 plays a typical video with loud music.  It shows a countdown timer to make you think you don’t have time to comparison-shop.
  • You have to wade thru three screens to find out the price ($56).
  • The first screen says the regular price is $150; the third screen says it’s $145.  For the 80% discount to come out right, it has to be $145.

Phony reviews:  Lots of vague, wildly enthusiastic reviews from sources you never heard of before, with button and image links to the Blazeray order form.  -1

Crummy product:  Amazon carries Blazeray flashlights, but as of 11/19/16 they have no customer reviews.  There are, of course, plenty of glowing reviews from the usual for-hire review sites; see above.  I dug deeper and found:

These flashlights being sold on the internet are 100% ripoffs! Crap construction and poor quality all around! Company, I notice, keeps changing their name and the name of the flashlights! Ads are total lies as well! I was lucky and got my money back, but had to pay return shipping. I threaten to sue and use my credit card to get my money back!

Do not get fooled by this scam and buy a better flashlight at any store…I got one for a lot less at Costco!

It’s a scam don’t buy them. We ordered five and they were all broken. It’s almost like they took a bat to each of them before shipping them.

Here too a connection to known scammer Shadowhawk Flashlights is suspected.  The scam site sure looks familiar.  -1

Overpriced:  Amazon wants the same single-unit price for a red Blazeray light; $56.  But Amazon also offers lots of 800-lumen lights that aren’t red for less, including this one that looks similar for $9.  -1

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  +1

Total Scam-O-Meter score: -7

If you order this light without shopping a little harder first, you may end up seeing red.

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