Tag Archives: ClearSight

Squished by Invisible Body Shaper

 

Now here’s a vendor who preys on women’s insecurity and desire to be attractive and loved.  I’m not going to be nice to them.

Let’s take a look at what else the people who sell ClearSight driving glasses are up to.  In this episode, what our grandparents called “girdles.”  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.  Contact information:

get money backWeb Site: Invisible Body Shaper
10450 North Airport Road
Hayden, ID. 83835
Phone: 415 329 0341
Email: support@invisibleshaper.com

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • Extremely soft and comfortable.”  Okay, I’m a guy.  But when I travel I have to wear support socks to prevent blood clots.  Imagining that constant smashing over my whole body, I don’t believe it would be extremely soft and comfortable.
  • So many celebs love it says it all.”  Name ten.

Suspicious location: -1.  The address above is a real building.  But it’s also used by many other enterprises, some of them dubious, as I’ve listed here.hq

Onerous terms: 0.  Terms are mild compared to those of some sellers.  However, they don’t guarantee that their product is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  You can opt in to receive emailed advertising, and opt out.

Lying and deception: -1.  Made from Modal, an eco-friendly material.”  I found that Modal is a close relative of rayon.  Wikipedia; “A recent ocean survey found that rayon contributed to 56.9% of the total fibers found in deep ocean areas, the rest being polyester, polyamides, acetate and acrylic.

Obfuscation: -1

  • Overlays keep popping up to tell me about people in random locations who are buying invisible body shapers.  I’d better hurry, before they’re all gone!
  • When I move my cursor outside the order form page, a big coupon overlays it.  This has a countdown timer; time’s a-wastin’.

sales7Phony reviews: -1.  This photo named sales7.jpg used in an on-site endorsement by “Amy M.” is also being used by several other online girdle vendors.

Crummy product: 0.  Unknown.

Overpriced: 0.  Amazon lists body shaper garments ranging in price from $3 to $26.  Invisible Body Shaper is asking $35 for one pair.  That seems rather high, but not outrageous.

Bad service: +1.  I found no complaints.

Total score; -3

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  Invisible Body Shaper doesn’t accept Pay Pal.

Conclusion: Don’t get into this.


Any ads you see below are how WordPress publishes this blog for free.  I have nothing to do with them!

Advertisements

Left in the dark by ClearSight night driving glasses

Not only was I ripped off, they sent me a fradulant tracking number, and My Bank called me this morning  to ask me if I was moving to LosAngles, California.

get money backOctober 28, 2017: One of many complaints about ClearSight on file at RipoffReports.  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.  Contact information:

Web site: ClearSight
10024 N Taryne St., Hayden, ID 83835
Phone: (415) 727-8750
email: contact@clearsightglassesco.com (I found a complaint that this address doesn’t work)

Ridiculous claims: -1.  Comfortable 1-size-fits-all design.”  Anybody who wears prescription glasses knows this can’t be true.

Suspicious location: -1.  “10024 N Taryne St., Hayden, ID 83835” is an office/warehouse building; in this four-year-old picture it was for sale.  That’s not suspicious.  But this partial list of other businesses using this address, some dubious, is.

  • hqDollar Fulfillment
  • Positive Vibez
  • Vanika Jewelry
  • Locket Kingdom
  • How 2 Publishing
  • Macek Consulting
  • Invisible Body Shaper
  • Shurkleen Carpet Cleaning
  • Klein’s Home Improvement
  • SafeSound Personal Alarm

Onerous terms: 0.  I see little to object to in the easy-to-read terms.  I’ll note that they don’t guarantee that their glasses are fit for any use, nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  You can opt in to receive emailed advertising, and opt out.

Lying and deception: +1.  None found.

Obfuscation: -1.  Constant popups about other people who have supposedly ordered glasses.  Also; “Stock is extremely limited: Sell Out Risk: HIGH.

got himPhony reviews: -1.  On-site testimonials are fake.  I checked the picture of one of them and it’s all over the internet.

bevelCrummy product: 0.  All ClearSight definitely says about the glasses is that they are tinted yellow and are “anti-reflectory.”  It isn’t clear whether this means they have an anti-reflective coating.  ClearSight doesn’t say they are polarized.  One of the pictures on the ClearSight web site shows a lens with a bevelled edge.  That looks like a wrap-around bifocal; I doubt it would be helpful.

Overpriced: +1. ClearSight is asking $20 for a pair.  It seems pretty easy to “win” a second nearly-free pair for which you pay the shipping charge.  So, say, $10 a pair.  Amazon has several yellow-tinted drivers’ glasses offerings, including this pair for $8 that is polarized and comes with a case.

Bad service: -1.  I see complaints of slow or no delivery.  One person writesThe money has already been taken out of my account, where are my glasses?  They were ordered on October 6th, 2017?”  “I placed an order and never received the night vision glasses.  No way to contact them.  Website not available. No way to track the shipping number they gave me.  It is a scam.  They just kept my money,writes another.

Total score; -1

Unauthorized charges: I’ve seen some complaints about this, but it looks like the real problem is slow delivery.  Some of the small sellers collect orders until they have enough money to buy a case of whatever they’re selling.  A bad sign; ClearSight doesn’t accept PayPal.

Conclusion: Buy some drivers’ glasses at your pharmacy.  There you can try them on and test them and, if necessary, return them without a hassle.

 

Fun with faces; an easy way to catch scammers lying

All you have to do is catch them lying … about anything.

For the past year or more, I’ve been outing web scammers based on my ten-point Scam-O-Meter scoring system.  If ten points sounds too complicated, here’s a tip; all you have to do is catch them lying.  Catch them lying about anything.  Once you do, that’s all you need to know, unless you’re happy with forking over your credit card data to a liar.

A very easy lie to check is any portrait that you see on a web page.  I prefer to use portraits of people giving rave testimonials, if the web page has them.  Portraits of satisfied customers, doctors and other experts, or the supposed founder or owner of the business give good results too.  I’ve even found a scammer who posted an image of his supposed building that really belonged to a different business.

While it’s not true that “A picture never lies,” it is true that this kind of lie is ridiculously easy to spot.   Here’s how to do it:

  1. Store a copy of the photo on your device
  2. Run a Google Image Search on the photo
  3. The search results reveal the lie

1: Store a copy of the photo on your device

Our example is this ad for ClearSight night-vision glasses I noticed on Facebook.  Normally, you can alt-click on a photo on a web page and capture it.  Here I am doing it on a different web page in MacOS on the Sierra browser.  Other OSs and browsers have basically the same feature.  When I alt-click the image, a floating menu pops up.  I select “Save image as …” and go thru the usual dialog to pick a folder in which to save it.

save as

Some web pages are designed such that you can’t grab the individual image so easily.  (And that evasiveness should already be ringing an alarm bell if you were thinking about buying something from them.). For example, ClearSight Glasses won’t let me grab a portrait next to a testimonial.  “Save image as …” doesn’t come up on the menu.cant save

got himThis isn’t really an obstacle.  On a Mac it’s easy to capture all or part of a screen image; and other OSs have a similar feature.  There’s no way a scammer can keep me from recording the pixels on my own computer’s display, and a screen-cap is all I need.  For me, it’s [Apple] [shift] [4]; my mouse pointer turns into crosshairs.  I draw a box around the part of the screen I want, and whatever is inside (like Andy Barns) gets stored on my computer.  Got him!

2: Run a Google Image Search on the photo

Go to Google Images.  Click on the camera.search 1

Two tabs appear.  Click Upload an image.  Then click Choose file.search 2

Navigate to the image or screen cap you saved on your device and run the search.

3: The search results reveal the lie

We’re looking for any of these results:

  • The picture is from a stock photo service.
  • The picture obviously belongs to someone else.  Stolen, probably.
  • The picture appears in lots of ads, with a different name in every ad.

If none of these is true, the web page passes the lie detector test … that test, anyway.

Here’s what the top of an image search result looks like.  Scrolling further down, you’ll find links to any web pages that contain the same picture.  I’ve found that some of the pages don’t have the picture I was looking for.  Maybe they were changed after Google indexed them.  Or maybe the picture was part of an ad that didn’t appear in the page on this round.

results

You’ve been very patient to read this far!  So now let’s enjoy some of the results of my search on the portrait from the ClearSight testimonial.

It turns out that Andy Barns has really gotten around.  Here he is pitching a shoe-polishing gadget for Equerry, only he’s Steven Graham:

test 2

This versatile man is also a massage specialist (no name?) for LotusInParis:

masseur

And now as Bruce The Builder pitching Cheddar, a loan company.  Notice he’s moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Pennsylvania.  Must have; it’d be a hell of a commute:

builder

There’s way, way more to Andy Barns’ online career.  Let’s look at just one more item; here’s a knockoff of The Onion having some fun with Robert Alexander, played by our friend Andy.

yam

If I’d been considering buying a pair of ClearSight night vision glasses, I’d have given up the idea by now.

I didn’t find a stock photo service selling Andy Barn’s picture.  So I’m guessing it was originally stolen from somebody’s online post, simply by copying it to a file as I explained earlier.  I’m a lot more cautious now about posting pictures of myself and anybody I know!