Whacked by Primitive Survivors CorePak kit

Primitive Survivors CorePak; this box of trinkets gives about as much protection as a camo bikini.

It’s May 30, 2017.  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.

  • Made to address key needs when it comes to surviving and protecting yourself.
  • This kit contains all the tools and equipment anyone would need for camping, hiking, excursions and surviving in the wilderness!” enthuses The Tactical Pros with less restraint.

Let’s say you walk out the door with your Primitive Survivors CorePak in your pocket and head for the woods.  How well-prepared are you?  Let’s compare the Corepak’s contents to the time-tested 10 Essentials list of items to carry for survival in a wilderness:

  1. Navigation; detailed map, compass  /
  2. Water, and/or a way to purify water O
  3. Food O
  4. Clothing; protection from rain, insulating layers O
  5. Fire; a source of flame plus fire-starter material  /
  6. Outdoorsman’s first aid kit O
  7. Tools; knife/multitool, duct tape  X
  8. Flashlight/headlamp, spare batteries  X
  9. Sun protection; sunglasses, sunscreen  O
  10. Shelter; tarp/space blanket  O

CorePak items that didn’t make the list; whistle, tactical pen.  Also a box that wastes space and is extra weight for you to carry.  They might at least have formed the box into something useful like a mirror.

Suspicious location: -1.  1863 Pioneer Pkwy E Suite 222 Springfield, OR 97477 is a mailbox.falcon

Onerous terms: -1

  • If you return the product unused in its unopened package, they charge a 20% restocking fee.
  • If you return the product in an opened package, they charge a 25% restocking fee — if they accept it.
  • You pay the return shipping.  The Better Business Bureau has this complaint; “This company is completely unfair to expect a customer to pay return shipping on a broken item that i didnt break but rather arrived broken.
  • They don’t accept the return of clearance items.  (Everything in the CorePak is marked down; so it might be treated as a clearance item.)
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  This doesn’t look like a problem.  “All the ways we reach out to customers are through people who have opted into our list and are interested in our products,” writes CEO Charlie Deleon Guerrero.  “Occasionally we send out newsletter promotions from sponsored companies, but we follow all can spam compliance with this and take opt-out unsubscribing requests very seriously.”

Lying and deception: +1.  None found.

Obfuscation: -1.  The terms and policy documents are entirely in upper case, making them hard to read.  And they’re way too long.

Phony reviews: -1.  Fake review sites.

Crummy product: -1.  True.

Overpriced: 0.  Probably; but there’s nothing to compare it to.

75% discount: -1.  True.


Total score; -4

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.


Conclusion: Put together your own 10 Essentials kit and keep it in a small daypack.

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