“Along with their $8.95 membership’ fee, they charged me a 30% sales tax and a shipping fee of $9.95. I did a little research and they are scamming people all over. Criminal!“
So writes Emily about her experience buying a Perfecta brush from DealClub.Sale. Recently I reviewed this company’s zoom phone lens offering (that post is where Emily commented). On May 26, 2017, this brush business looks pretty hairy, and it deserves a Fuller exploration.
There may be nothing illegal or wrong with the following business practices. But they suggest that the seller is not to be trusted. I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.
Ridiculous claims: +1. None found.
Suspicious location: -1
- 6549 Mission Gorge Rd #393, San Diego, CA 92120 is a mailbox. It’s shared with Flux HD Zoom phone lenses, a known scammer.
- The Terms and Conditions list a Las Vegas address for Perfecta Hairbrushes that’s also used by known scammers Shadowhawk and Defender X.
Onerous terms: -1
- “***ALL SALES ARE FINAL***“
- “ALL refunds or warranty replacements will be subject to a 30% restocking fee.“
- There’s a “subscription purchase option” that DealClub.Sale seems to invoke without the buyer’s knowledge or consent.
- Reversing their credit card charge would be “theft.”
- They don’t guarantee that the brush is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll use the information you give them, plus all they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you, spam, junk-mail, phone and text you. You can only partially unsubscribe.
- They’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
- If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.
Lying and deception: -1. Regardless of what warranties you see elsewhere, only warranties described in the Terms and Conditions are valid. This term seems to invalidate DealClub.Sale’s own advertising.
Obfuscation: +1. None found.
Phony reviews: -1. On-site testimonials
Crummy product: +1. 16 Amazon customers rated a look-alike brush 4.2 stars. Keep in mind that a scam can involve a good product.
Overpriced: +1. DealClub.Sale is asking $30 for one brush. Amazon offers what sure looks like the same brush for slightly less, $24.
75% discount: +1. Okay, it’s 50%.
Total score; 0
Unauthorized charges: CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT.
- Emily also wrote that her card was charged even tho she didn’t click “Process.”
- Thelma posted on Facebook; “I order it for $29.95 as advertised. They charged my account$48.85 twice and $9.00 to my account twice. Lucky I have fraud protection on my bank account. Call to cancel the order and then did NOT want to take cancel my order. Finally after 20 minutes of being ugly, they finally did.“
- DealClub.Sale doesn’t accept PayPal.