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Exposed by Gadget Snob USB spy camera

NO MORE endless video files wasting your precious memories with footage empty rooms!”

Facebook advertiser Gadget Snob doesn’t reveal their location.  I’m guessing, based on the charming and unique style of English, that it’s pretty far away.  Contact information:

The Gadget Snob
Phone: 1 800 416 9027
email: mrs.gadget@thegadgetsnob.com

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 (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.

Ridiculous claims: -1.  Based on what I see on Amazon, the $65 discount offer is based on an inflated price.

Carmen_SandiegoSuspicious location: -1.  Gadget Snob doesn’t reveal their location, earning my Carmen Sandiego award.

Onerous terms: 0.  The website has no Terms of Service document. It advertises a 60-day 100% money-back guarantee.  But where would you have to ship your returned camera, and how much would that cost?

Ads, spam, robocalls: 0.  The website has no Privacy Policy document.

Lying and deception: 0.  None found.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 4.43.34 PMObfuscation: -1.  Animated countdown timer, warning that very few cameras are still in stock, etc. give the impression that you don’t have time to make a careful decision.

Phony reviews: +1.  I’m ignoring the on-site endorsements, since there’s no way I can check them.  I found no “publisher” reviews.

Crummy product: +1.   This Reddit thread is mostly pro, with a few loud exceptions.

Overpriced: +1.  The Gadget Snob is asking $40 for one camera.  Amazon has several offerings at about the same price.

Bad service: +1.  Most commenters in this Reddit thread were happy with the service.  I sent the company a “customer question;” they replied the same day.

Total score; 1.

Unauthorized charges: I found a few accusations of unresponsiveness.  Because I don’t know the company’s location, I can’t find it at the Better Business Bureau.

Conclusion: Their mystery location is annoying, and they seem a bit flakey.  You can get the same camera for the same price on Amazon.

 

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Big Brothered by Eye Cam HD spy camera

… “And then she grabbed one of my wife’s favorite ring, and put it into her pocket.

Dwayne2So reads the amazing story of Officer Dwayne Scarcy using an Eye Cam HD to discover babysitter Stacy’s thievery.  But, scrolling to the bottom of the page, I read “THE STORY DEPICTED ON THIS SITE AND THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE STORY ARE NOT ACTUAL NEWS. RATHER, THIS STORY IS BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THESE PRODUCTS HAVE ACHIEVED.”  So the whole thing is made up.

How about Officer Scarcy, then?  Yeah, he’s made up too.  The image is from Shutterstock; the seller cropped out the police car in the background.  (Honestly, I hope never to meet an officer on night patrol with a grin like that.)

On June 4, 2017, what else about this offer from DealClub.Sale isn’t real?  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 shared by known scammers Perfecta Straightening Brush and Flux HD phone lenses.po

satisfactionOnerous terms: -1

  • ***ALL SALES ARE FINAL***
  • “ALL refunds or warranty replacements will be subject to a 30% restocking fee.”  I found no mention of a guarantee or warranty period.
  • If you reverse their charge on your credit card, that’s “theft.”
  • They don’t guarantee that their products meet their own specifications, nor that they are 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 use the information you give them to beam ads at you, spam you, junk-mail and text you.  You can opt out.
  • They’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
  • If they sell their company, your data is part of the deal.

Lying and deception: 0.  If you lie and afterward mutter “Actually, that was a lie,” is it a lie?  The photo of the police officer is particularly disturbing.  But beyond the fictional babysitter incident I just see a few stretchers.

Obfuscation: -1.  The order form is pre-filled for a quantity of two cameras.

Phony reviews: -1.  The website poses as a review of itself.  It also contains scads of reviews by people with no last names.  That’s not a credibility crutch, it’s a wheelchair.

Crummy product: 0.  Eight Amazon customers rated a look-alike camera 2.4 out of 5 stars.  Respicio writes, “Camara worked for about two days , then it stopped loading to my computer and will not record anymore.. other then that the picture on it looked great and has a great wide view on it that gets about 60 percent of a whole room.”  Keep in mind that a scam can involve a good product.

Overpriced: +1.  DealClub.Sale is asking $40 for one spy camera.  Amazon lists several similar cameras at about the same price.

75% discount: +1.  False; it’s 50%.


Total score; -2

Unauthorized charges: EyeCam HD inherits the CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT of its DealClub.Sale mailbox address siblings Flux HD and Perfecta.  Customers have complained about receiving different merchandise than ordered, being charged more than advertised, and being charged monthly for membership in a club they didn’t join.


Conclusion:   Avoid.  If you still want a camera like this, buy one on Amazon.

laughBloopers:

  • Look at that mean sitter putting her foot on the baby!  But the giant spill on the floor, and two spills on the couch, make no sense.  Even an abusive babysitter would be smart enough not to make such an obvious mess.  She’ll still be there when the parents return; what’s she going to say about it?  Or does she clean it up too, like the Cat In The Hat?
  • Family Catches Babysitter Stealing From A Tiny Camera … !”  Did Julie keep her rings in the camera?  It’s unusual for a spy camera to have a storage compartment.