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Battered by Battle tactical flashlights

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.

 

Tickled by Taclight flashlights

OMG it’s another Chinese flashlight scam!  And not even one of the better ones.  It’s February 21, 2017, and the topic is Taclight flashlights (red links are evil; do not click).  OK, let’s grab our Scam-O-Meters and do this.

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Ridiculous claims: -1.  

  • You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.
  • This flashlight will see you thru a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
  • LED flashlights are used by uniformed first responders (true, but they’d have to go to an antique store to get flashlights with lightbulbs).
  • 75% discount, practically a badge for web scammers.

Post Office box: -1.  The “Contact Us” link is broken (see “Onerous Terms”).  I found a different Taclight web site that gives this address: 400 RETURNS RD, Wallingford CT, 06494.  As far as I can determine, there is no Returns Road in Wallingford, CT.    So I’m dinging these guys a point for having no resolvable physical location.

Onerous terms: 0.  Clicking on “Terms and Conditions” gets this display:

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Ads, spam, robocalls: 0.  The “Privacy Policy” link is also broken.

scamometer-taclightLying and deception: -1.  The scam site poses as a review of the product.  At the top left corner we see the byline “By James Berendsohn.”  I couldn’t find anyone by this name who is a journalist or technician.  LinkedIn shows one James Berendsohn, a translator living in Ipswich, England.  Dim, tiny print at the bottom of the page admits, “THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE.”

Further down, I read “We reached out to one of the biggest names in tactical flashlights TacLight for more details. Here’s what Shawn from TacLight shared with us:”  That must have been a pretty short reach; the scam site’s domain is buytaclight.com .  So is the domain of the order form.


It looks like this web page automatically adjusts itself for whatever state your ISP address says you’re located in.  There is no “Observer” in Washington State.  Then I read:

Officials stated they don’t want residents to buy a gun or even non-lethal items like a taser or pepper spray. Instead they suggest something you probably would never think of – carry a high power flashlight.

The reason is even non-lethal deterrents are still considered weapons and are restricted in many areas. If you can’t carry it with you at all times it’s not really providing you with much safety.

Here’s what the Police Department in Seattle, Washington really recommends:

Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, a fire extinguisher, and first aid kit in your personal vehicle at all times.

The logic here is not that you can use the light to hit people with or blind them with.  It’s that you can use it to see what you’re doing in the dark.  (Also a fire extinguisher works better than a flashlight for hitting people.)lights compared

Obfuscation: +1.  None found.

Phony reviews: -1

  • The scam site includes several phony reviews.  They’ve “posted” the same clip-art photoshop mash-ups that all the flashlight scammers use.  Clicking on a “reviewer” just brings up the order form, not information about the reviewer.
  • I’ve found some external review sites that pan this product even while advertising it.

Crummy product: -1.   Amazon carries the Taclight T1100.  It has a five-star review by one person.  Some sites call this a Bell&Howell product.  Pay no attention to this claim; Bell&Howell went belly-up and its name is now being rented out to all comers.  I’ve found quality complaints here and quite a lot here … okay this is easy and boring, I’m done.

Overpriced: -1.  Amazon offers several 1100-lumen zoomable flashlights for less; here’s one by Cree for $12.

Unauthorized charges: -1.  I found many complaints of slow or no delivery.  Several people posted on Freakin’ Reviews that they started to fill out the order form, changed their minds and did not click Process, but were billed anyway.

Final Scam-O-Meter score; -6

Just shop local or go to Amazon.  The score would probably be lower if the scam site didn’t have so many broken links.  Which brings us to …

Shoddy workmanship.  This isn’t a complaint!  Taclight’s sloppy job signals that they aren’t trustworthy, which is good to know.  Submitted for your entertainment:

  • While looking for James Berendsohn, the supposed author of this mess, I stumbled onto an identical web page for Shadowhawk flashlights.  It links to the Taclight order form.
  • The order form claims a normal retail price of $244.45.  A 75% discount should yield a price of $61, not the $56 they’re charging.burned-link

Bummed by Blazeray Flashlights

scamometer-blazerayI‘ve seen lots of flashlight scams.  But this one (on 11/19/16) is different; they’re red!

And that makes all the difference.

Ridiculous claims:  

  • Blazeray (red links are evil) claims “You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.
  • LED flashlights are used by the military and first-responders.  It’s ridiculous that Blazeray thinks this is information.
  • 20,000 sold this month.”  Not only is there no way to check this figure, but based on the web page’s coding I seriously doubt it.  Looking at the source code, I see that this statement is a literal–it’s not dynamically generated to reflect the current month’s actual sales.  Maybe they edit the page once a month with an updated figure?  I don’t think so.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-47-47-pm
  • People run over them to prove how reliable they are.”  Ridiculous, unless you’re buying it to do this stunt.  -1

Post Office box: True.  Nothing illegal about this in itself, but it’s typical of web scammers to have no physical facility in the US.   -1screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-9-11-25-pm

  • Corporate address: 101 Marketside Avenue, Suite 404-190  Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Onerous terms:  I had to sift thru gobs of legalbabble to extract the following:

  • You can’t sue them, or join a class action that’s suing them
  • They’ll take your money now, but they won’t “accept” your order until they ship it
  • You can get a refund for any reason at any time.  But you “may” have to return your flashlight unused; and you “may” have to ask for the refund within 30 days of receiving the product.
  • Shipping is free.  But even if you never use the flashlight you’re returning, you must still pay “associated charges.”  What charges?  Section C says that other payment terms “may” implicitly be part of the T&Cs.
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are suitable for any use; nor that anything they say is true.  -1

Ads, spam, robocalls:

  • They’ll use all the information you give them, and everything they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you.  You can opt out by email.
  • They’ll share your information with other companies that will do the same.
  • If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.  -1

Lying and deception:  Relatively mild.  0

  • blazerayThe illustration of a man lighting up a church conveniently doesn’t show the light he’s using.  Shadowhawk, AlumiTact and Falcon use the identical illustration in their scam sites.
  • The claimed 80% discount is a red flag.
  • Warning; on the order form (third screen), The choice of 5 flashlights for $145 is pre-checked.

Obfuscation:

  • screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-35-16-pmScreen #2 plays a typical video with loud music.  It shows a countdown timer to make you think you don’t have time to comparison-shop.
  • You have to wade thru three screens to find out the price ($56).
  • The first screen says the regular price is $150; the third screen says it’s $145.  For the 80% discount to come out right, it has to be $145.

Phony reviews:  Lots of vague, wildly enthusiastic reviews from sources you never heard of before, with button and image links to the Blazeray order form.  -1

Crummy product:  Amazon carries Blazeray flashlights, but as of 11/19/16 they have no customer reviews.  There are, of course, plenty of glowing reviews from the usual for-hire review sites; see above.  I dug deeper and found:

These flashlights being sold on the internet are 100% ripoffs! Crap construction and poor quality all around! Company, I notice, keeps changing their name and the name of the flashlights! Ads are total lies as well! I was lucky and got my money back, but had to pay return shipping. I threaten to sue and use my credit card to get my money back!

Do not get fooled by this scam and buy a better flashlight at any store…I got one for a lot less at Costco!

It’s a scam don’t buy them. We ordered five and they were all broken. It’s almost like they took a bat to each of them before shipping them.

Here too a connection to known scammer Shadowhawk Flashlights is suspected.  The scam site sure looks familiar.  -1

Overpriced:  Amazon wants the same single-unit price for a red Blazeray light; $56.  But Amazon also offers lots of 800-lumen lights that aren’t red for less, including this one that looks similar for $9.  -1

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  +1

Total Scam-O-Meter score: -7

If you order this light without shopping a little harder first, you may end up seeing red.

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