ROK7 HD360 lenses disturb the dead

Kodak stopped making cameras in 2012.  But that doesn’t stop ROK7 from claiming on March 7, 2017 that Kodak sees them as a threat to their business.kodak

This ad was placed by iGadgets360; however they are advertising on behalf of ROK7. (Red links are disrecommended.)  So I am giving the source credit for this gaffe.

scamometer rok7Ridiculous claims: -1.   Again, these claims were made by iGadgets360, ROK7’s paid shill.

  • Bloggers have been raving on the internet about the ROK7 HD360.”  Yes, and furiously so. See the replies I’ve been getting about these crummy lenses that are sold by a lot of other scammers too.
  • These lenses are “classed as premium lenses.”  Classed by whom? I’ve tested the identical lenses from another scammer, and this is so not true.
  • All the other lenses in this quality range are over $100.”  This one skates close to the truth. In fact, people who buy lenses like these for $29 typically get scammed for over $100.
  • A scientific looking, unattributed chart shows ROK7 lenses outperforming the likes of Zeiss and Nikon.

Are these harmless lies? That depends. Would you give your credit card to a liar?

Post Office box: +1.  Nope, looks like somebody’s house: 4225 Frontage Rd North
Lakeland, FL 33810ROK7 headquarters

Onerous terms: -1.  the actual terms are less bad than I’ve seen from many scammers. But the logic is so devious that I’m dinging them a point anyway.

  • They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true.
  • You have to wait 90 days after the date of shipment before you can ask for a refund or replacement. Then you have 90 days to ask.
  • Although you can ask for a refund or a replacement, you can only get a replacement. And then only if the product arrived defective.  Not if it broke or if you don’t like it.
  • After the replacement period, they will only forward your free/$10 lenses to the manufacturer to determine whether a repair is feasible.  Ha ha Ha ha ha!

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1.  they’ll use the information you give them, and all they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you. You can opt out.  However, I’ve found complaints that they don’t answer their email or phone.

CoversLying and deception: -1.  in addition to the Kodak business, there is this forged photo magazine cover.  More harmless lies?

Obfuscation: -1

  • “Today only!”  Like you don’t have time to think about it.
  • Loud techno music starts playing while you’re trying to read the web page.

Phony reviews: -1.  Reviews by people you never heard of that are wildly enthusiastic yet vague, and that have bold graphical links to the scam site. These are really a form of paid advertising.  For example, this one and this one.

Crummy product: -1.  True.  These lenses might make a good present for an uncritical child.

Overpriced: 0.  These lenses are too expensive at any price. Anyway, Amazon has several offerings at about the same cost, for example this one.

Unauthorized charges: -1.  Ripoff report has two posts complaining of not just one but a series of unauthorized charges.ROK7 page

Scam-O-Meter score; -7

It looks like the real business of ROK7 is credit card fraud.  That would explain the “free” lenses.




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