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Attacked by 1TAC Flashlights (2017)

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
Phone: 1-855-259-1980
Email: support@1tac.com

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.  hqOther businesses at this address seem legit:

  • Brand Ventures Inc. (marketing)
  • Dronefly
  • 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.

laughBloopers:

  • 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.
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Undone by UberTorch Flashlights

Money taken out of my acct immediatiy plan to go to my bank and dispute charge right away hope i get my money back expensive lesson very angry at this company dont order anything from them ever they are a ripp off

This in response to my post about a different offering from SC Enterprises Ltd, TV Frog.  Now I see they’re selling those Chinese flashlights that you’re supposed to be able to blind and hit people with, in this case branded UberTorch.  Contact information:

SC Enterprises Ltd
19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706
London, UK W1H 1PJ
By Phone: +1 716 330 1335
By Email: support@ubertorch.com

September 4, 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.


Ridiculous claims: -1

  • You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.  Right, get out your flashlight, fumble it to the correct setting and shine it in his eyes.   See how far you get with this plan before you’re looking at the ceiling.
  • This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, …  They’d have to go to an antique store to buy an incandescent bulb flashlight.

Suspicious location: -1.  19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706, London, UK W1H 1PJ is a mailbox.  It’s shared by known scam TV Frog.  po

Onerous terms: -1

  • You have 30 days from the day you ordered to return the flashlight — not from the day you receive it.
  • You have to return the flashlight unused.
  • All sales are as-is and final.  
  • They won’t give you a refund, only another flashlight or non-transferable store credit.
  • You pay the return shipping (apparently to the Netherlands)
  • They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  With your permission, they’ll email you advertising.

Lying and deception: -1

  • With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:  A peek at the source code for the web page shows that this number isn’t a variable; it was typed in with the rest of the sales pitch.  Are they going to go back and edit it every month?  I don’t think so.
<h2>With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:</h2>
  • We are proud to be fulfilling great products in the USA, helping to provide jobs to American Citizens.  I found a British address; see “Suspicious location” above.  UberTorch’s governing law is BC, Canada.  ScamAdvisor reports that the web site is based in the Netherlands; and buyers of associated product TV Frog have to return their defective products to a Netherlands address.  I see no evidence of shipping from a US location.

Obfuscation: -1.  Careful with that order form; it’s pre-filled for a quantity of three flashlights ($135).

Phony reviews: +1.  Despite SC Enterprise’s claim that “People are talking” I couldn’t find any UberTorch reviews, phony or otherwise.

Crummy product: 0.  I couldn’t find any unbiased ratings.  Keep in mind that a good product can be the bait for a scam.

Overpriced: -1.  SC Enterprises prices one UberTorch at $67.  Amazon offers the UberTorch for $149.  It has no customer ratings yet.  Amazon also carries the remarkably similar Woqhain 800 lumen zoomable flashlight for $9; it’s rated 4.5 stars.

Bad service: -1.  My test email to support@ubertorch.com has gotten no reply yet after five days.


Total score; -5

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  ScamAdvisor gives UberTorch website a trust rating of “Low – may be unsafe to use.”  SC Enterprises accepts PayPal.

Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at your local hardware store.

 

 

Battered by Battle tactical flashlights

December 9, 2017 update; This web site now gives a 502 “page is offline” error.  If you placed an order with them and haven’t received it, contact your bank and ask them to reverse the charge.

I found a different web site using the same brand name, “Battle Flashlights.”  The new web site has no contact information.  When I clicked “Order” it sent me to 1Tac Flashlights.  It looks like Battle has quit selling flashlights and is now in the “Publisher” business.


Only at Battle Flashlights can you order one item, and get sold and charged for two!

Battle Flashlights
501 W Broadway, Ste A304
San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Phone: 1-855-454-6186
Email: support@battleflashlights.com

June 24, 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.  Kudos to whoever wrote this copy for making an 800 to 1,000-lumen flashlight sound like a nuclear weapon.

  • Some users are afraid it will be regulated and sales of this item will be outlawed for civilian use.
  • “Paralysis strobe” technology.

Suspicious location: -1.  501 W Broadway, Ste A304, San Diego, CA 92101 is a mailbox. po

Onerous terms: -1

  • They’ll charge a 30% restocking fee on returns for refund or replacement.
  • 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. If you somehow end up in court with them anyway, it has to be a court in San Diego, CA.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1.

  • They’ll beam ads at you, spam, junk-mail, telephone and text you.  You can only partially opt out.
  • 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.

  • 200 times more powerful than a camera flash?  Battle Flashlight; 800-1,000 lumens.  Camera flash onto 1 square meter; 1.4 million lumens.
  • What’s included with your purchase?
    • 1x BATTLE FLASHLIGHTS flashlight – 800-1000 Lumens – 2000X Zoom
    • 1x Rechargeable Lithium Battery*
    • 1x Lightning Fast Wall-Charger*
    • 1x Lightning Fast Car-Charger*
    • 1x Luxurious Protective Case
    • 100% Rush Shipping NationWide!

A few paragraphs away, I found: * These items are optional and have an additional cost.

Obfuscation: -1.

  • hiddenCount-down timer on the second page implies that you don’t have enough time to make a careful decision.
  • They slip a second product into your package on page 3, doubling the money they’ll charge.  The total charge is in a light type-face, easy to overlook.

Phony reviews: -1

  • The first page of the web site poses as a review.
  • It includes several testimonials by people with no last names.

Crummy product: 0.  There’s no way to know.  Remember that you buy and pay for two products here.  One richly described flashlight, plus a “free” tactical kit, concealed until the third page, for which they charge an additional $20.

Overpriced: -1. Rhetorically they ask, “How are we able to offer this extraordinary flashlight for such a low price?”  By forcing you to also buy a second product.

75% discount: +1.  False; I think?  See “Bloopers” below.


Total score; -7

Unauthorized charges:  I found no reports of this.  Battle Flashlights does not accept PayPal.


Conclusion: Forget these guys; buy a flashlight at Home Depot.

Bloopers:  True!  We’ve hit the jackpot this time.

  • laughIt is already selling out all over The USA and Europe and has now landed in!
  • … this “military grade” flashlight has become very popular among both men and women from .
  • 1x Luxurious Protective Case.  Surely the copywriter is winking at us here.
  • Remember:(Our shipping network reaches every corner of with no exceptions!).
  • They can’t decide what their regular price is; and their arithmetic is hilarious.bloopers

Gulled by Gladiator tactical flashlights

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!

The above is from Frank in central Florida, replying to another post.  Gladiator Flashlights contact information:

10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy #360, San Diego, CA 92131 USA
support@gladiatorflashlights.com
1-844-769-4088

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.po

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.

Lying and deception: -1.  From the complaints I’ve read, it’s clear that the Terms and Conditions omit important information, such as how to make a purchase without a subscription.

Obfuscation: -1

  • 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.

Blooper:

Sunburned by Atomic Beam USA tactical flashlights

This is a cheaply built product, that has been aggressively marketed,” writes Joe on BrightReviews. “Based upon my experience, I would suggest buyers to beware!”

Let’s turn the harsh light of the Scam-O-Meter on TeleBrands’ Atomic Beam USA flashlight.  (They also sell lanterns, headlamps, battery chargers and many other products.). 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.

Ridiculous claims: -1.  Forty times as powerful as an ordinary flashlight.  It’s safe to assume that by “ordinary” they mean an incandescent bulb flashlight from a museum.

Suspicious location: +1.  At 79 Two Bridges Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004 I see a very nice facility.hq

Onerous terms: 0.  The terms are better than those offered by many sellers, so I’ll cut them a little slack.  However,

  • To get a refund, you must return the light within 30 days of receiving it.  It must be in “like new” condition, in its original packaging, including all the stuff that came with it.
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.
  • Once they process your payment, they won’t cancel your order.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll use the information you give them to beam ads at you.
  • They’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
  • If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.

Lying and deception: -1

  • TeleBrands measures the power of their flashlight in Lux, claiming up to 5,000 lux.  All other flashlight sellers measure their products’ power in Lumens.  This makes comparing flashlights quite inconvenient.  
  • Lux is also a deceptive measure, because by itself it’s incomplete.  While Lumens is a measure of the light produced by the source, Lux is a measure of the light the source casts on a given surface area at a specified distance from the source and a specified angle relative to it.  Without the values of these variables, Lux means nothing.
  • Careful; the order forms are pre-filled for a quantity of two products.

Obfuscation: +1. None found.

Phony reviews: +1.  None found.

Crummy product: 0.  As far as I can tell, it’s a typical low-end tactical flashlight.  Wired rates it “Very good, but not quite great.”  Freakin’ Reviews writes, “While there is nothing particularly wrong with Atomic Beam, there isn’t much unique about it to make this a superior choice than other tac lights which cost the same or less.

Overpriced: -1.  TeleBrands is asking $20 for one flashlight, including AAA batteries.  Freakin’ Reviews notes that this was formerly advertised as a 1200-lumen flashlight.  Amazon sells Atomic Beam USA for $18, but offers what looks like the same 1200-lumen flashlight for $9.

75% discount: +1.  False.


Total score; 0

Unauthorized charges: The combination of bad service and billing irregularities leads me to rate this company as a CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT despite their relatively high Scam-O-Meter score.

  • The Better Business Bureau rates TeleBrands D+ with many negative reviews and complaints.
  • PissedConsumer has numerous complaints.  Here’s one; “I ordered a “get up and go cane” from Telebrands.They called to tell me it shipped.  Then they told me they added costume jewelry- earrings to the shipment at no additional charge. Then they told me that they included a necklace and would bill me an additional $39.99. I refused the entire box… including the cane.
  • RipoffReport likewise has lots of complaints, such asBecause he wanted to keep my business, he offered to take $10 off the order which he stated was $47.97 and would sell it to me for $37.97 – which is the original amount on my printed invoice!

Conclusion: Avoid.  Despite the unusual web presentation, the products are nothing special.  Too many people have had trouble with these guys.

 

Flashed by Tactical X flashlights

Tactical X flashlights looks to be Military Supply USA‘s little brother, imitating the scam going on across the alley but not getting it quite right.  It’s April 3, 2017.  Keep in mind that I’m not talking about illegal advertising; I’m talking about signs that a seller is a scammer (someone who takes your money by trickery or theft). I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined.

Ridiculous claims: -1

  • Commonly used by our nation’s elite special forces …”  Obviously, they’d have to go to an antique store to buy flashlights with incandescent light bulbs in them.
  • We had to open up a second factory just to keep up with the massive amounts of orders coming in.”  Would that be in China?
  • Made out of military-grade aluminum as opposed to cheap plastic.”  So are beer cans.
  • Incredibly bright LED element that, paired with its disorienting ‘strobe mode’, will render a potential attacker incapacitated.”  If that doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.
  • These $200 lights are currently selling for 75% off their normal price!”  Read: WE ARE SCAMMERS.

Post Office box: 0.  301 Thomas Ave. N. Suite R – Minneapolis MN 55405.  Okay, this is a real place. But it’s right next door to the Minneapolis scam factory I’ve been writing about.  Looks to be part of it, in fact.loc

Onerous terms: -1.  these guys have the same lawyer as Alumitact–one more sign that they’re the same outfit.

  • Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 11.39.19 AMTo get a refund, you have to phone ahead for an authorization number, and they have to receive your returned light, within 30 days from your ordernot from the day you received it. They’ll only accept the light if it’s working. They charge a $10 restocking fee.
  • You can always return your light for a replacement, unless it/s broken. They charge a $10 restocking fee.
  • They don’t guarantee that their products 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 third-party arbitration.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They offer a discount in exchange for your email address.
  • They’ll use the information you give them, plus what they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you, spam you, robocall, text and junk mail you.
  • They’ll share your information with other companies that will do the same.
  • They ignore Do Not Call registries.
  • You can try to unsubscribe; but this won’t affect other mailing lists, nor the third-party companies that now have your information.

Lying and deception: -1

  • You know how it feels when someone takes a picture of you using flash at night. … Now imageine that light being 100X brighter …”  This is a 700 lumen flashlight.  A camera flash produces about 1.4 million lumens.
  • On the order form, a quantity of five flashlights is already selected.

Obfuscation: -1

  • You don’t find out the price until you drill down to the third page.
  • An ad and a coupon cover the web page while you’re trying to read it.

Phony reviews: -1

  • The first page, “Smarter Consumer Tips,” masquerades as a review.
  • Social media “posts” on the first page have the usual fake photos that flashlight scams use.

Crummy product: 0.  I couldn’t find an impartial review.

Overpriced: -1.  Here is a seemingly identical light on Amazon for $10.  It’s rated 4.6 stars by 58 customers.

Unauthorized charges: +1.  No reports found.


Final score; -6

Nah.

Bonus outtakes:

  • Every American should own one and have it in every room of their house.”  If you have a one-room house.
  • The Conditions of Service lists the returns address as 225 Thomas Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55405.  But that’s Alumitact’s (Military Supply USA’s) address.

Smoked by Seal Torch 2000

scamometer seal torchWe are really talking about two products here; a typical low-end tactical flashlight, and a subscription to a newsletter.  The deal is, you accept the free flashlight and end up with the expensive subscription.  It’s March 15, 2017 as I review the seal torch 2000 website.  (Red links are evil; do not click.).  This is the second offer I’ve reviewed from Laissez-Faire Books; they also handle a “tactical pen” that’s endorsed by a “former CIA officer.”

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about illegal or wrong behavior; I’m talking about signs that a seller is a scammer.  I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true, +1 means false, and 0 means undetermined.

Ridiculous claims: +1.  None found … Just a view stretchers.

Post Office box: +1.  Laissez Faire Books | 808 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202. No, this is a real building.pens address

Onerous terms: -1.

  • Your flashlight order automatically triggers a newsletter subscription.
  • Unless you cancel your subscription within seven days, they’ll charge you $40 a month for the newsletter, and they will not give it back.
  • I found no indication of when the seven day countdown begins; when you place your order, or when you receive your first newsletter?  Seven days is barely enough time for something to arrive by physical mail.
  • Accuracy of the information on the website “Cannot be guaranteed.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1.

  • You don’t get to see the second page, which explains about the subscription, until you enter your email address. Even if you decide not to buy anything, they can spam you anyway.
  • They’ll use the information you give them plus what they can suck out of your browser to beam ads at you and spam you.
  • You can try to opt out.  But one person complained that “I cannot get off of the list. I even contacted the spam department at my job. Each email I mark ‘junk’ with Outlook and they still come into my regular inbox. There is NO unsubscribe option in their email, you have to physically write snail mail to them to remove you.

Lying and deception: -1.  A man in a combat outfit steps out of the woods and rests his weapon to promote a “night optical observation” device.

  • After implying that it’s night vision goggles, he reveals that it’s just a flashlight.  But it’s free!  
  • Oh, but to get it you also have to acccept a subscription which you must then struggle to cancel.  Does it help that he’s been on TV?
  • Different parts of the website show different flashlights. Which one is really for sale?

Obfuscation: -1.

  • They don’t tell you about the subscription until you get to the second page.  Then they try to sweeten the deal by throwing in another flashlight, reports, videos, etc.
  • The second page displays a countdown timer to make you think you don’t have time to make a careful decision.
  • The terms of sale are divided among four documents instead of the usual two.  The Terms and Conditions document is really just a privacy statement. The Privacy Policy is a second, different privacy statement.  The Guarantee Certificate is in fact a guarantee. The Billing Terms is the important document.  It isn’t just about the $4.95 shipping charge; here is where the subscription comes in.

Phony reviews: 0.  The website is festooned with five star reviews. However, it also admits that the real names of its customers have been “redacted.”  I couldn’t find any other reviews of the flashlight, nor of “Spy & Survival Briefing.”

Crummy product: 0.

  • The flashlight resembles typical tactical lights that you’re supposed to be able to blind and hit people with.  I couldn’t find any other information about the seal torch 2000.
  • There’s no way to know what the newsletter, reports, videos, etc. are like..

Overpriced: -1

  • Flashlight; looks like you get what you pay for..
  • Newsletter; at $40 a month, it looks overpriced to me.  You could instead subscribe to American Survivalist Guide for $37 a year (12 issues).

Unauthorized charges: 0.

  • The Better Business Bureau gives a B rating to Agora Financial (Laissez-Faire Books’ parent company) with 50 complaints and eight negative reviews.  The reviews and complaints cover financial services, book purchases and other activities.  Most complaints concerned advertising and service.
  • Reviewopedia has several complaints related to the monthly subscription renewal process. These guys aren’t very good at answering their phones. It isn’t clear to me whether the problem goes beyond this to actual theft.

Final score; -3

I find it a bit slimy for Cade Courtley to trade on his veteran credibility to hawk a deal like this.