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Attacked by 1TAC Flashlights (2017)

Tc 1200 is a total piece of s61t. My mom got it for me for Christmas… all hyped that she got me some premium flashlight… and that it was top of the line…

I see that my post about 1TAC flashlights of a year ago is beating all my other posts for hits.  (The above is from a reply to it; I hope you let your mom down gently, kid.)  And it’s getting close to Christmas.  So, time to take another look at this tactical flashlight and its seller.  (I didn’t say “maker;” c’mon, you know better than that.).

November 27, 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 (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.  Contact information:

Web site: 1TAC.com
Corporate address: 2630 Townsgate Suite I, Westlake Village CA, 91361
Phone: 1-855-259-1980
Email: support@1tac.com

Ridiculous claims: -1 

  • The blinding strobe and lightly crenellated bezel provide options for self defense, making this an excellent companion for walking home at night, or a solid choice for a back-up light for police or security personnel.”  Keep in mind that the flashlight is five inches long; not much of a club.
  • it has a disorienting strobe effect which can be used to blind the target permanently,” writes Tactical Flashlight Mag.
  • Original retail price $224; now $80?  See ‘Overpriced’ below.

Suspicious location: +1.  It looks like 1TAC’s fortunes have improved over the past year.  The corporate address listed above is in a respectable-looking office park, and is not a UPS store.  hqOther businesses at this address seem legit:

  • Brand Ventures Inc. (marketing)
  • Dronefly
  • Intergalactic Content

Onerous terms: -1

  • Shipping is free; but they’ll add a $3.95 processing and handling fee to the purchase price.
  • Items must be returned in new, unopened and unused condition …”  It looks like, if you try the light, you can’t return it.  They will also want to know your reason for returning it!
  • You have 30 days from the date of purchase – not from the date you received it – to return your flashlight.  Shipping takes 10 to 14 days, leaving you with perhaps two weeks to return it.
  • They charge a processing and handling fee on returns.  Unless your flashlight is defective, they’ll charge you for the return postage too.
  • If you reverse their charge on your credit card, that’s “theft.”
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.  Fallback position; you have to come to a Los Angeles court to sue them.
  • They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll beam ads at you and spam you.
  • 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.  “An IP65 waterproofing standard protects this light against water … ”  I”m impressed that 1TAC uses an International Protection Marking code for the level of protection their flashlight provides.  But, IP65 is not a waterproof level of protection.  “Water-resistant” would be more accurate.

Obfuscation: +1.  None found.

Phony reviews: -1.  I see lots of obvious shills touting the TC1200.  And the ones I’ve checked are pretty funny too; see “Bloopers” below.

Crummy product: 0.  From what I can tell from unbiased reviewers, it’s mediocre at best.  Amazon customers rated it an average 3.2 stars.  “Bought 3 of these. One started corroding after 5-6 uses within the first 2 months. One ran down new energizer batteries in a few hours. Company does not stand behind the product. They would replace the corroding parts but wanted to charge me for shipping and handling.

Overpriced: -1.  1TAC is asking $80 for this 1200-lumen, 5-function flashlight.  Amazon has several 1200-lumen flashlights, including this remarkably similar light for $10.

Bad service: -1.  I see many complaints about deceptive practices and failure to respond to phone calls and emails.  From Reviewopedia; “Attempted to call but was on hold over 30 minutes. Emailed customer service and was told to wait up to 24 hours for a response – it’s been over 48 hours. I think I’m out $94 – A hard lesson learned.”  The Better Business Bureau rates 1TAC B- with nine complaints.

Total score; -5

Unauthorized charges:  1TAC doesn’t accept PayPal; that doesn’t look good.

Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at your local hardware store.  There you can try before you buy, and you have a good chance of returning a product you’ve used.

laughBloopers:

  • The recessed tail switch can be operated with one hand …”  Ahahaha, stop it!  Every flashlight can be operated with one hand!
  • Tame reviewer InfinitePowerSolutions hypes 1TAC’s TC1200 flashlight, with prominent graphical links to a different vendor selling a different product; Military Supply USA.
  • TC1200 information 1Tac very rare became only at this time, but we will do our best to provide the specifications and qualifications of this perceived military too flashlight technology, which has just been made available to the public. It is said that the spotlight LED digital concentrations produce extremely bright, light and radiation that should not be used in a game, or as a light.”  This is from the tech-savvy web site Save Of Scam Activity.
  • Irrespective of your individual position or job-related status, handy tools are becoming increasingly popular.”  Thank you for that insight, The Tactical Pros.
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Undone by UberTorch Flashlights

Money taken out of my acct immediatiy plan to go to my bank and dispute charge right away hope i get my money back expensive lesson very angry at this company dont order anything from them ever they are a ripp off

This in response to my post about a different offering from SC Enterprises Ltd, TV Frog.  Now I see they’re selling those Chinese flashlights that you’re supposed to be able to blind and hit people with, in this case branded UberTorch.  Contact information:

SC Enterprises Ltd
19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706
London, UK W1H 1PJ
By Phone: +1 716 330 1335
By Email: support@ubertorch.com

September 4, 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 (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills.


Ridiculous claims: -1

  • You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.  Right, get out your flashlight, fumble it to the correct setting and shine it in his eyes.   See how far you get with this plan before you’re looking at the ceiling.
  • This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, …  They’d have to go to an antique store to buy an incandescent bulb flashlight.

Suspicious location: -1.  19-21 Crawford Street, Dept. 706, London, UK W1H 1PJ is a mailbox.  It’s shared by known scam TV Frog.  po

Onerous terms: -1

  • You have 30 days from the day you ordered to return the flashlight — not from the day you receive it.
  • You have to return the flashlight unused.
  • All sales are as-is and final.  
  • They won’t give you a refund, only another flashlight or non-transferable store credit.
  • You pay the return shipping (apparently to the Netherlands)
  • They don’t guarantee that the flashlight is fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  With your permission, they’ll email you advertising.

Lying and deception: -1

  • With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:  A peek at the source code for the web page shows that this number isn’t a variable; it was typed in with the rest of the sales pitch.  Are they going to go back and edit it every month?  I don’t think so.
<h2>With Over 20,000 Sold This Month, People Are Talking:</h2>
  • We are proud to be fulfilling great products in the USA, helping to provide jobs to American Citizens.  I found a British address; see “Suspicious location” above.  UberTorch’s governing law is BC, Canada.  ScamAdvisor reports that the web site is based in the Netherlands; and buyers of associated product TV Frog have to return their defective products to a Netherlands address.  I see no evidence of shipping from a US location.

Obfuscation: -1.  Careful with that order form; it’s pre-filled for a quantity of three flashlights ($135).

Phony reviews: +1.  Despite SC Enterprise’s claim that “People are talking” I couldn’t find any UberTorch reviews, phony or otherwise.

Crummy product: 0.  I couldn’t find any unbiased ratings.  Keep in mind that a good product can be the bait for a scam.

Overpriced: -1.  SC Enterprises prices one UberTorch at $67.  Amazon offers the UberTorch for $149.  It has no customer ratings yet.  Amazon also carries the remarkably similar Woqhain 800 lumen zoomable flashlight for $9; it’s rated 4.5 stars.

Bad service: -1.  My test email to support@ubertorch.com has gotten no reply yet after five days.


Total score; -5

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.  ScamAdvisor gives UberTorch website a trust rating of “Low – may be unsafe to use.”  SC Enterprises accepts PayPal.

Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at your local hardware store.

 

 

Whacked by Primitive Survivors CorePak kit

Primitive Survivors CorePak; this box of trinkets gives about as much protection as a camo bikini.

It’s May 30, 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.

  • Made to address key needs when it comes to surviving and protecting yourself.
  • This kit contains all the tools and equipment anyone would need for camping, hiking, excursions and surviving in the wilderness!” enthuses The Tactical Pros with less restraint.

Let’s say you walk out the door with your Primitive Survivors CorePak in your pocket and head for the woods.  How well-prepared are you?  Let’s compare the Corepak’s contents to the time-tested 10 Essentials list of items to carry for survival in a wilderness:

  1. Navigation; detailed map, compass  /
  2. Water, and/or a way to purify water O
  3. Food O
  4. Clothing; protection from rain, insulating layers O
  5. Fire; a source of flame plus fire-starter material  /
  6. Outdoorsman’s first aid kit O
  7. Tools; knife/multitool, duct tape  X
  8. Flashlight/headlamp, spare batteries  X
  9. Sun protection; sunglasses, sunscreen  O
  10. Shelter; tarp/space blanket  O

CorePak items that didn’t make the list; whistle, tactical pen.  Also a box that wastes space and is extra weight for you to carry.  They might at least have formed the box into something useful like a mirror.

Suspicious location: -1.  1863 Pioneer Pkwy E Suite 222 Springfield, OR 97477 is a mailbox.falcon

Onerous terms: -1

  • If you return the product unused in its unopened package, they charge a 20% restocking fee.
  • If you return the product in an opened package, they charge a 25% restocking fee — if they accept it.
  • You pay the return shipping.  The Better Business Bureau has this complaint; “This company is completely unfair to expect a customer to pay return shipping on a broken item that i didnt break but rather arrived broken.
  • They don’t accept the return of clearance items.  (Everything in the CorePak is marked down; so it might be treated as a clearance item.)
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: +1.  This doesn’t look like a problem.  “All the ways we reach out to customers are through people who have opted into our list and are interested in our products,” writes CEO Charlie Deleon Guerrero.  “Occasionally we send out newsletter promotions from sponsored companies, but we follow all can spam compliance with this and take opt-out unsubscribing requests very seriously.”

Lying and deception: +1.  None found.

Obfuscation: -1.  The terms and policy documents are entirely in upper case, making them hard to read.  And they’re way too long.

Phony reviews: -1.  Fake review sites.

Crummy product: -1.  True.

Overpriced: 0.  Probably; but there’s nothing to compare it to.

75% discount: -1.  True.


Total score; -4

Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this.


Conclusion: Put together your own 10 Essentials kit and keep it in a small daypack.

Gouged by Defender X tactical pens

If you want to write, you’d like a light, and you might need to fight, maybe a tactical pen is for you?

Let’s dig into Defender X (who sometimes just calls themselves “Defender”) with the sharp corners of our Scam-O-Meters and see what we uncover.  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

  • 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.
  • Groundbreaking technology” is used by uniformed services.  Would that be the built-in flashlight?
  • If you’re lost in the woods, you can take notes as to your position or mark landmarks, etc.advises Bold Survivalist.

Suspicious location: -1.  Defender X is really Shadowhawk.  These two mailboxes are also used by known scammer Shadowhawk.  The Terms and Conditions confirm the relationship.

  • Corporate; 7582 Las Vegas Blvd. S #115-405, Las Vegas, NV 89123
  • Returns; 7875 Highlands Village Place, Suite B102 #401, San Diego, CA 92129

Onerous terms: 0.  I’ve seen much worse, so I’m cutting them some slack.  However,

  • If you reverse their credit card charge, that’s theft.
  • They don’t guarantee that the pen is fit for any use.
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll use the information you give them plus all they can suck out of your browser to beam ads at you and spam you.
  • They’ll share it with other companies that will do the same.
  • You can unsubscribe from individual mailing lists.
  • If they sell their company, your information is part of the deal.

Lying and deception: -1.  Would you give a liar your credit card?

  • Developed “in collaboration with law enforcement professionals.”  But one of the pictured pens is available thru Alibaba in lots of 10 or more.
  • Officers stated in interviews said that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand, which more often turns out to be a pen.”  But the consensus on officer.com is that tactical pens are ridiculous.  “Yeah, you can cause some damage with it but if you are stabbing someone as an LEO it’s a lethal force situation, and your not stopping a dedicated attacker with a superficial stab wound.  …How much time are you willing to dedicate to training for what is, IMO, an inferior option to those things you already know how to do and are trained on by your department?

Obfuscation: -1

  • Careful on the order form; it’s pre-filled for a quantity of five pens ($145).
  • Once you go to the order form your browser’s back button is disabled.

Phony reviews: -1.  Featured testimonials and fake review sites.

Crummy product: 0.  Unknown.  Keep in mind that a scam may involve a good product.

Overpriced: -1.  Defender X asks $56 for one pen.  Amazon offers what sure looks like the same pen for $18.

75% discount: -1.  True.


Total score; -8

Unauthorized charges: Defender X inherits Shadowhawk’s CREDIT CARD RISK ALERT.  The Better Business Bureau rates Shadowhawk “F” with over 200 complaints; as of February 2017 they were up to their old tricks.  “I had 2 $8.95 a month charges come from 2 different companies monthly for a “Membership” for items monthly. I never received anything nor did I knowingly sign up for the membership,posted Jameison A.  An ominous sign; Defender X doesn’t accept PayPal.


Conclusion: I think the main advantage of a tactical pen is showing it off to your buddies.  There’s nothing wrong with this.  But don’t get entangled with these scammers; buy one at a store or on Amazon.

Bonus outtake:  The order form has pictures of totally different pens.difflaugh

Only wounded by a Tactical Pen

scamometer

Final score; +3

Let’s say you feel insecure, you don’t know how to fight, and you want a convenient, innocuous-looking self-defense weapon.  Maybe just to show off to your buddies!

  • First you thought of a tactical flashlight.  But then you’d be carrying a flashlight around all the time, and there’s that Mae West joke.
  • So then you considered a tactical laser, until you found out that they’re just gussied-up pointers.

Now here’s an even more discrete substitute for martial-arts skills; a sharp object that looks and even writes like a pen.  The Facebook ad for this toy led me to a website that looked like a classic web scam.  Let’s see what the Scam-O-Meter has to say about it!

Ridiculous claims: The Laissez Faire website (not a perfect seller, but I’ll give them a link) claims in text and videos that you could break a window with this pen.  That you could stick somebody in the neck with this pen (without martial-arts skills?).  And that the TSA is unlikely to confiscate it in an airport.  The promoter is a “former CIA officer.”  The site has a testimonial from a man who claims he struck an assailant with the pen, without giving details.

I think the assurance that you’ll feel much safer carrying this pen around with no CIA training is a stretch.  Your assailant may take away your pen and stick you in the neck with it.  I found a forum post about a 2010 airport arrest for carrying a tactical pen.  I’ll give Laissez Faire a pass, but no more.  0

Post office box: I see a real building at 808 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21201, so +1

pens address

Trivia; the doorway bears the legend “Ordine Figli D’Italia / In America.”  Apparently the building is or was a lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy, an old fraternal society for immigrants.  No idea what’s inside today.

Onerous terms: The website boldly states, “Your Tactical Pen comes with a no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee.”  A Terms and Conditions page turns out to be mostly PR, saying nothing of substance related to the pen.  +1

Invasion of privacy: The company says they’ll send ads to your email address.  But you can opt out, and they won’t share it.  +1

Lying and deception: None found on Laissez Faire, tho the SmartTechTrends.com review (see below) is less credible.  +1

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 11.40.41 AMObfuscation: In order to find out the price ($35 plus $5 shipping), you must first give your email address.  And then they put up a countdown timer to make you think you don’t have time to comparison-shop.  -1

Phony reviews:

  • SmartTechTrends.com claims that an assault occurs every 90 seconds.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported an estimate of three million “violent victimizations” in 2014.  That comes to 5.7 assaults per minute, about ten times the claimed rate.  Odd that the review didn’t use the higher figure?
  • The picture of a tactical pen in the review is not the pen that Laissez Faire sells.
  • The review includes a button linked to Laissez Faire, so payola is flying the other way; that’s an automatic -1

Crummy product: I couldn’t find any complaints.  As always, I disregarded Laissez Faire’s on-site testimonials.  Most Amazon reviewers quite like a similar product.  0

Overpriced: I saw several pages of tactical pens on Amazon ranging from a few bucks to $30.  I didn’t see an exact match for this pen.  Laissez Faire’s pen is more expensive than most.  I found one for slightly less money that has a built-in flashlight and DNA catcher!  0

Unauthorized charges: I found no complaints about this either.  +1

Bottom line

I have reservations about the real usefulness of a tactical pen.  But if you buy into the idea, the Laissez Faire offering seems as good as any.  It’s just a bit on the high side.