I WAS going to buy & backed out of the screen … They went ahead & charged my card & shipped the order (WITH RUSH SHIPPING EXTRA) an added the upgraded package & signed me up for some club membership I didn’t want!
10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy #360, San Diego, CA 92131 USA
It’s June 11, 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
- “Should this flashlight be banned from the public? It could be soon.” This is from the Gadgets World public page on Facebook. The real question is whether this scammer should be banned from the public.
- “These days, in a world where terrorism, and natural disasters are becoming the norm, it’s more important than ever to have the right tactical gear.” As trade goods?
- “This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, …” etc. True, you don’t see many incandescent light bulb flashlights these days.
Suspicious location: -1. 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy #360, San Diego, CA 92131 USA is a mailbox.
Onerous terms: -1
- ***ALL SALES ARE FINAL*** (this may be why I found no guarantee period or terms).
- ALL refunds or warranty replacements will be subject to a 30% restocking fee.
- “Products are sold on a one-time and subscription basis.” I gather from Frank’s experience that subscription is the default sale plan.
- You can cancel your subscription any time, but they won’t give your money back.
- Even if you never use the products you receive, you have to pay for them.
- Reversing their charges on your credit card is “theft.”
- They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
- You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll beam ads at you, email, robocall and text you. You can only partially unsubscribe.
- They’ll share your data with other companies that will do the same.
- If they sell their company, your data is part of the deal.
- You have to drill down thru three pages to find out the price.
- Count-down timer to make you think you don’t have enough time for a careful decision.
Phony reviews: -1. I particularly enjoyed this line from TVStuffReviews.com; “The company stresses that not only is the product of our product with the business and the service offered is much better.”
Crummy product: 0. This looks like the usual low-end tactical flashlight; some people are satisfied with it, others not.
- Frank wrote “Wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I got most of my money back & got to keep their flashlight package none the less. Surprisingly the flashlight works great! Lol“
- The Better Business Bureau has this complaint; “I Do NOT want there BOGUS FLASHLIGHT that their Video Shows its as BRIGHT as SUN but in REALITY the flashlight is just a plain flashlight…I WANT a 100 PERCENT REFUND and I Want NOTHING to Do with this Company EVER AGAIN.“
Overpriced: +1. False. Gladiator is asking $20. Amazon carries the Gladiator LT600 flashlight, which sure looks like the same light, for $30.
75% discount: -1. True.
Total score; -7
Unauthorized charges: CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT. If you enter your credit card number on the order form, the scammer will put a charge on it immediately even if you don’t click “process.” In addition to Frank’s experience, I see many complaints on the Better Business Bureau about being charged more than advertised for the flashlight and being charged a monthly membership fee for a club the customers didn’t join. Gladiator does not accept PayPal.
Conclusion: It’s not worth even a good flashlight to let these scammers glom onto your credit card data.