“…then i discovered that lasers are dangerous and cannot be used for the purposes they state,” writes Nick, a guy in Puerto Rico who likes tactical stuff.
“… I used them intermittently at the wall, but i hurted my eyes and i still has spots in my vision. ..Could you investigate the sites?” Sure, I’ll do a request! On April 30, 2017 let’s focus the clean white light of the Scam-O-Meter on the company that’s selling Ultrabeam, Official Tactical Kit. (What’s official about it?)
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. OTK describes the device as a “Maximum legal wattage survival laser.” How would it help you to survive? They give three examples. Igniting match-heads and popping balloons we can dispense with. “Can be seen for over two miles” is the third example. That might possibly be a little helpful. But we’ll revisit this statement in “Lying and Deception” below.
Suspicious location: -1. 9265 S. Highland Drive #901401, Sandy, UT 84093. It’s a Post Office box.
Onerous terms: -1.
- To return a product for a refund, you have to send it unopened to OTK within 10 days of the day you ordered it — not the day you received it.
- They charge a $35 restocking fee — nearly the price of the laser.
- They don’t guarantee that their products are fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
- You can’t sue them or join a class action that’s suing them.
Lying and deception: -1.
- OTK describes the device as a “Maximum legal wattage survival laser.” But there is no legal limit on laser wattage, other than for presentation laser pointers. OTK neglects to say what the laser’s wattage actually is.
- OTK claims that the beam is visible for over two miles. The Symthic forum has a post reporting the results of laser detectability range tests. At best, lasers are detectable at a range of 50 meters (about 0.03 miles).
- The order form is pre-filled for a quantity of three lasers ($110).
- Important links and information are camouflaged at the bottom of the web page.* Only one case and one pair of safety glasses will be provided for free. If you purchase multiple units they will be shipped in one case and with one pair of free safety glasses, unless you opt for aluminum cases on the next page.
PRIVACY STATEMENT | TERMS OF SERVICE | CONTACT US
- A countdown timer suggests that you don’t have time to make a careful decision.
- The Terms and Conditions are padded with extensive, useless text about third-party legal services to make them harder to read.
Phony reviews: +1. None found.
Overpriced: 0. One laser with no battery is $59 when I add in the shipping. I couldn’t find a similar laser elsewhere.
75% discount: 0. It’s 70%, so I’ll give them a pass.
Total score; -4.
Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.
Conclusion: Steer clear. The terms are oppressive, and camouflaging information doesn’t make for trust. The laser seems to have no purpose. Implicit, of course, is the notion that you could use it as a weapon. And Nick’s experience supports this idea. I’m not going to score OTK for something they didn’t say.