January 15, 2018; What has changed since I wrote about this outfit last year? 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. Ultrabeam doesn’t provide any contact information.
Web site: Official Tactical Kit
Reviewer JenniferRein84 offers this contact information:
Official Survival Kit
1780 w 9000 so suite 111
West Jordan 84088
I’m not sure whether she’s talking about the same “Ultrabeam” seller. When I reviewed the product last year the company was located in New York.
Ridiculous claims: -1
- “Navy Seal tested survival laser“
- “Light matches” — or you could strike them on something
- “Blind an attacker;” possibly, if he cooperates
- 75% discount, a percentage that scammers quite like to claim
Suspicious location: -1. The web site doesn’t disclose Ultrabeam’s location. So I present the Carmen Sandiego “Where In The World?” award. Last year they were located in New York City (If it’s the same outfit?).
Onerous terms: 0. The terms of service aren’t disclosed.
Lying and deception: +1. None found; just some stretchers.
Obfuscation: -1. How powerful is the laser? “Blind an attacker,” “Max legal wattage,” and “Survival laser” imply that you could use this laser as a weapon. What the law says is that it’s legal to own a laser of any power. It’s illegal for the manufacturer to call a laser more powerful than 5 mV a “laser pointer.” Since Ultrabeam doesn’t call this device a pointer, “max legal wattage” doesn’t mean anything. Shill Nation Life lists its power as 100 mV. So, best not used as a pointer, if at all.
Phony reviews: -1. Shill Nation Life reviews this laser, using the seller’s images and providing copious links to … something. Each time I clicked on one it tried to install something on my computer. Doesn’t look good. Tactical Pros sings, “Ever since I bought the Ultrabeam Survival Laser, I feel like I am ready for any survival situation and I know that when the time comes protecting and taking care my family will be very easy.”
Crummy product: 0. Unknown.
Bad service: 0. Unknown.
Total score; -4
Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this. Ultrabeam accepts Pay-Pal.
What changed since last year: They’re now hiding their location. And they raised their price for one laser from $49 to $54.