Tc 1200 is a total piece of s61t. My mom got it for me for Christmas… all hyped that she got me some premium flashlight… and that it was top of the line…
I see that my post about 1TAC flashlights of a year ago is beating all my other posts for hits. (The above is from a reply to it; I hope you let your mom down gently, kid.) And it’s getting close to Christmas. So, time to take another look at this tactical flashlight and its seller. (I didn’t say “maker;” c’mon, you know better than that.).
November 27, 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 (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills. Contact information:
Web site: 1TAC.com
Corporate address: 2630 Townsgate Suite I, Westlake Village CA, 91361
Ridiculous claims: -1
- “The blinding strobe and lightly crenellated bezel provide options for self defense, making this an excellent companion for walking home at night, or a solid choice for a back-up light for police or security personnel.” Keep in mind that the flashlight is five inches long; not much of a club.
- “it has a disorienting strobe effect which can be used to blind the target permanently,” writes Tactical Flashlight Mag.
- Original retail price $224; now $80? See ‘Overpriced’ below.
Suspicious location: +1. It looks like 1TAC’s fortunes have improved over the past year. The corporate address listed above is in a respectable-looking office park, and is not a UPS store. Other businesses at this address seem legit:
- Brand Ventures Inc. (marketing)
- Intergalactic Content
Onerous terms: -1
- Shipping is free; but they’ll add a $3.95 processing and handling fee to the purchase price.
- “Items must be returned in new, unopened and unused condition …” It looks like, if you try the light, you can’t return it. They will also want to know your reason for returning it!
- You have 30 days from the date of purchase – not from the date you received it – to return your flashlight. Shipping takes 10 to 14 days, leaving you with perhaps two weeks to return it.
- They charge a processing and handling fee on returns. Unless your flashlight is defective, they’ll charge you for the return postage too.
- If you reverse their charge on your credit card, that’s “theft.”
- You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration. Fallback position; you have to come to a Los Angeles court to sue them.
- They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll beam ads at you and spam you.
- 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.
Lying and deception: -1. “An IP65 waterproofing standard protects this light against water … ” I”m impressed that 1TAC uses an International Protection Marking code for the level of protection their flashlight provides. But, IP65 is not a waterproof level of protection. “Water-resistant” would be more accurate.
Obfuscation: +1. None found.
Phony reviews: -1. I see lots of obvious shills touting the TC1200. And the ones I’ve checked are pretty funny too; see “Bloopers” below.
Crummy product: 0. From what I can tell from unbiased reviewers, it’s mediocre at best. Amazon customers rated it an average 3.2 stars. “Bought 3 of these. One started corroding after 5-6 uses within the first 2 months. One ran down new energizer batteries in a few hours. Company does not stand behind the product. They would replace the corroding parts but wanted to charge me for shipping and handling.”
Overpriced: -1. 1TAC is asking $80 for this 1200-lumen, 5-function flashlight. Amazon has several 1200-lumen flashlights, including this remarkably similar light for $10.
Bad service: -1. I see many complaints about deceptive practices and failure to respond to phone calls and emails. From Reviewopedia; “Attempted to call but was on hold over 30 minutes. Emailed customer service and was told to wait up to 24 hours for a response – it’s been over 48 hours. I think I’m out $94 – A hard lesson learned.” The Better Business Bureau rates 1TAC B- with nine complaints.
Total score; -5
Unauthorized charges: 1TAC doesn’t accept PayPal; that doesn’t look good.
Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at your local hardware store. There you can try before you buy, and you have a good chance of returning a product you’ve used.
- “The recessed tail switch can be operated with one hand …” Ahahaha, stop it! Every flashlight can be operated with one hand!
- Tame reviewer InfinitePowerSolutions hypes 1TAC’s TC1200 flashlight, with prominent graphical links to a different vendor selling a different product; Military Supply USA.
- “TC1200 information 1Tac very rare became only at this time, but we will do our best to provide the specifications and qualifications of this perceived military too flashlight technology, which has just been made available to the public. It is said that the spotlight LED digital concentrations produce extremely bright, light and radiation that should not be used in a game, or as a light.” This is from the tech-savvy web site Save Of Scam Activity.
- “Irrespective of your individual position or job-related status, handy tools are becoming increasingly popular.” Thank you for that insight, The Tactical Pros.