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Gouged by Garcinia Cambogia weight-loss pills

Hmm, where to start?  There are so many Garcinia scams.

NutritionForest.com looks like a particularly sleazy web site, so I’ll do them.  Contact information:

16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
support@nutritionforest.com
718 618 9649

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.  None found.

Suspicious location: -1.  16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958 is a real building.   But it’s not the building pictured in Nutrition Forest’s website.  That building is a First Inland Logistics industrial warehouse in Moreno Valley, CA.  hq

What a crowded little house this must be.  Other businesses here include:

  • DelawareInc.com
  • Harvard Business Services
  • Nativx
  • CloudBees
  • Wenton Packaging
  • AM Projects
  • Alignable
  • Digital Altitude Advertising
  • Amenfis
  • BuyGreen
  • Duffy Ventures
  • John Snow Labs
  • Firstchoice Group America
  • Teksun IT Solutions

Onerous terms: -1

  • guaranteeThe “100% satisfaction guarantee” applies only if you buy two or more bottles of the same product.  If you only buy one bottle, you can’t return it.
  • You have to return the bottle in “Saleable condition,” which seems to imply that you can’t have opened it.
  • Your refund won’t include the shipping charge.
  • They don’t guarantee that the pills are fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: 0.  Nutrition Forest’s Privacy Policy is circuitous and incomplete.  Nutrition Forest will beam ads at you.  But you have to opt in to get their newsletter.  Reading between the lines, it seems that they’ll share your personal information with “affiliated” companies.  (See “Suspicious location” section above.)

Lying and deception: -1

Nutrition Forest arranged for Google search results to include the claim that Garcinia Cambogia is FDA approved.  It isn’t.  “Dietary supplements are not FDA-approved,” says the FDA.

fda

On their web site, they dance around this claim, stating that their Garcinia laboratory is registered with and inspected by the FDA.  They use the FDA logo, then in the small-type disclaimers admit that the product is not FDA-approved.fda2

Obfuscation: +1.  None found.

Phony reviews: +1.  None found.

Crummy product: -1.  The FDA says:

And if you’re about to take what you think of as “natural” dietary supplements, such as bee pollen or Garcinia cambogia, you should be aware that FDA has found some of these products also contain hidden active ingredients contained in prescription drugs.

“The only natural way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in,” says James P. Smith, M.D. That means a combination of healthful eating and physical activity.

Overpriced: -1.  Nutrition Forest prices a 60-capsule bottle at $39, or about $0.65 per capsule.  Amazon offers a different brand of Garcinia Cambogia for $16 for a 180-capsule bottle.  That’s about $0.09 per capsule — 86% less than Nutrition Forest.  Nutrition Forest claims that only their product is pure; remember their fake office building picture as you consider whether to believe them.

75% discount: +1.  False.

Total score; -1

Unauthorized charges: Nutrition Forest doesn’t have an “auto-ship” service; so there’s no danger of getting duped into a subscription.  Nutrition Forest accepts PayPal.

Conclusion: I agree with the FDA.  To lose weight, eat less and exercise more.

Bloopers:

laughI particularly enjoyed “About Us:” “We believe that health is very important for any individual. When people are physically fit, they are always full of beans. They always enjoy their life and love to do things that they like to do but when they are not healthy or down, they become gloomy and get disappointed with their life. Their all spirits and enthusiasm vanish. …”

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