… I called the very next morning to cancel order before the 24 hr cancellation deadline. They could not ” fi&d my records” said the system hasn’t updated. So I called the day after to check on my cancellation they claimed I didn’t call. They say my order has been processed.
The above is from ReportScam.com. 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: GreatPrice.Sale
Address: HDE Trading Ltd., New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6BJ, England
Ridiculous claims: -1
- “Shown to outperform DSLRs!” There are important differences between a phone and a real camera besides the lens, as I explain here.
- “Does the lightweight, portable, durable Zoom Lens kit actually work to produce powerful, professional pictures from your phone? Here’s our review.” Keep in mind that you’re reading advertising, not a review.
- “According to People Magazine, Celebrities, Bloggers, and Professional Photographers already made a switch to the most powerful high resolution lens.” It’s safe to say that People Magazine said no such thing.
- “Christie from Dallas went to Africa last summer, and she had an epic trip.” So, Christie sprang for a safari and didn’t bring a real camera?
Suspicious location: +1. At 30-34 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6BJ, England I see an unsuspicious office building. Other businesses using this address seem legit. Oddly, the Terms of Service say the governing law is that of California, USA.
Onerous terms: -1
- You have 30 days to return the lens for a refund. The return policy doesn’t say whether that’s 30 days from your order date or from the date you receive the lens. Delivery takes up to 5 weeks (35 days); so this omission matters.
- They don’t guarantee that the quality of the lens will meet your expectations; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: +1. You can opt in to receive emailed advertising, and opt out.
Lying and deception: -1
- Scientific-looking unattributed comparison chart vs. Nikon, etc.
- GreatPrice.Sale claims that this is an 18x zoom lens. Amazon offers a look-alike lens listed as 12x.
- James Thompson’s “prize-winning photo” is from Shutterstock.
Obfuscation: -1. A 20-minute discount expiration countdown timer starts when you click the Order button. If you click it, another 5-minute timer hurries you through checkout. No time to think! Grab your credit card and pound those numbers in right now.
Phony reviews: -1. On-site testimonials with no last names.
Crummy product: -1. Jim Doty did a meticulous comparison of this lens to a Canon 7D II. He writes in his blog, “The ads and articles by the people selling these smart phone telephoto lenses are just plain wrong. Lenses designed by the major manufacturers for DSLR and ILC cameras are far superior. These cheap, Chinese made, telephoto lenses for smart phones are disappointing.”
Overpriced: +1. GreatPrice.Sale is asking $20, claiming a 50% discount. Amazon has several offerings that sure look like the same lens. One of them sells for $12 (but it doesn’t include a tripod).
Bad service: -1. From ReportScam.com: “Every single time i call up to this very day no on has my info. They even took the money off my card. No on understand me when I call like they are lost or something. I WANT MY MONEY BACK.”
Total score; -4
Unauthorized charges: Hard to find out much about this London outfit, but I found enough to turn on the CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT red light.
- From ReportScam.com: “Bought 2 flash lights more than a month ago, nothing arrived. Asked for cancellation, no action taken. Just received my credit card statement showing that they made an additional unauthorised transaction to my credit card.“
- GreatPrice.Sale accepts PayPal.
Conclusion: Be content with your phone’s built-in zoom, and put your $20 in your real-camera piggy bank.
“CARRYING AN ULTRA-COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT TELEPHOTO LENS WILL GIVE YOU THE POWER OF A $4000 DSLR IN YOUR POCKET.” Do I get the power of a $2,000 DSLR or a $4,000 DSLR in my pocket? I’m confused.
But that’s not a landscape; that’s a horse. What is a landscape-sized photo anyway? Also, you’re holding the phone wrong for photography.