This slippery outfit deserves a second look. And while doing that we will meet triplets! So on 4/22/17 let’s point our Scam-O-Meters at HD360x.
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
- “Transform Your Phone Into A Professional Quality Camera!“ The flim-flam starts early.
- “The fully universal clip technology allows you to use the lens on any smartphone.” How about an iPhone 7 Plus? (Twin lenses.)
- The wonderful pictures you’ll take with this lens will make you a social-media “hot commodity.”
- Same quality pictures as you could take with a DSLR camera. There are many important differences between a phone and a real camera besides the lens.
- 75% discount. Read; “WE ARE SCAMMERS.”
Post Office box: -1. HD360x twists and turns to avoid giving its location. It’s not listed in “Contact us.” But I found it in the return policy: 2105 Foothill Blvd Suite B123, La Verne,CA 91750.
Onerous terms: -1
- They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true.
- Although they advertise a satisfaction guarantee, they don’t warrant that product quality will meet your expectations.
- The Terms of Service are governed by the law of Alberta, Canada, despite the California return address. What’s your plan to sue them?
Ads, spam, robocalls: 0. The privacy terms are mild compared to others.
- They will use the information you give them to spam you. You can opt out.
Lying and deception: -1. Would you give your credit card to a liar?
- Lead Technologist Cory Brown from Stuttgart looks just like the ones who work for LUX HD450 and Inferno Lighters. Strange place, Stuttgart.
- The usual forged photography magazine cover.
- Scientific-looking, unattributed chart comparing the Zoom+ to industry standards like Nikon.
- You have to drill down three pages to find out the price ($56).
- Countdown timer on the second page, to make you think you don’t have time to make a careful decision.
- While you’re looking at the third page, overlays keep popping up that claim lenses have just been purchased by people in random locations.
Phony reviews: -1. The HD360x web page is set up to look like a review by “Matt Perez” 43 minutes ago, entitled “Gadget Catalog.”
- The Better Business Bureau rates HD360x “F” due to problems with product and service.
- Ripoff Report carries a complaint; “it doesnt work and cant find a phone number to contact to send back product.“
- The clip attachment system is kludgy and can distort your picture, as I’ve tested.
- I found two complaints by people who discovered that they couldn’t hold their phones steadily enough to get good telescopic shots. This is why serious photographers use a tripod.
- What looks like the same lens is offered by Amazon, to eight mixed reviews. With that small a number, fakes could predominate. One customer writes, “Very disappointed with this product. Poor image quality. The clip sucks. Don’t waste your money.“
Unauthorized charges: -1
- Alina Lopez Marin posted on Facebook that she was billed twice for $56.
- A reply to my earlier post about HD360x; “These ppl just charged me AGAIN…..n i didn’t buy anything. Bastards. I got sucked in big time. The lenses r crap.”
Final score: -9
This crummy product sold by scammers has nothing to recommend it. You could get a good phone lens for about $100. But for that money, you could get a compact camera.
Bonus outtake: The advertised 30-day money back guarantee is half as long as the 60-day guarantee described in the Terms of Service.
Related: Don’t Get Ripped Off, part 3
Thanks to the creator of Facebook page HD360x Ripoff Advice for information about this scam.