Product 😦 saddened by it broke away after 1 hours
This from AliExpress shopper “TR.” (Virtue Shop used the same photo as did AliExpress, so I assume it’s the same bunion corrector.) On August 13, 2017 let’s stick Virtue Shop’s lower extremity in the Scam-O-Meter and see how it measures up. Contact information:
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
- “If not treated, the condition can lead to severe health complications.” According to the Mayo Clinic, possible complications are bursitis, hammertoe and metatarsalgia. Unpleasant, certainly; but severe?
- 60% off? (35 – 24 ) / 35 = 31% off.
Suspicious location: -1. Virtue Shop’s web site doesn’t reveal its location. ScamAdvisor says “Site is Canada-based, but real location is being hidden,” listing an anonymous Privacy Inc. client identifier number as Virtue Shop’s owner. The Terms of Service say that the governing law is that of Dublin, Ireland.
Onerous terms: -1
- For a refund, you have to return the product within 14 days from your order — not from the date you receive it. Virtue Shop advises, “Allow up to 3 – 4 weeks for delivery.”
- For a refund, you have to return the product unused in its original package.
- Some(?) health and personal care items can’t be returned.
- Marked-down items can’t be returned. Notice that the product is marked down.
- You have to pay the shipping on items you return. (Maybe to Ireland!)
- They don’t guarantee that the product will meet your expectations; nor that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: +1. If you opt in, they’ll email you advertising. You can opt out.
Lying and deception: -1
Obfuscation: -1. Random chunks of Latin are sprinkled around the web page, like “Donec eros tellus, scelerisque nec, rhoncus eget, laoreet sit amet, nunc. Ut sit amet turpis.” They don’t mean anything; they’re just window-dressing.
Phony reviews: -1. They claim a rating of 4.9 stars based on 30 votes. But there’s no way to vote.
Crummy product: +1. This seems like an adequate product as a first effort for temporary relief. AliExpress carries a 4.7 star rating based on 63 reviews. 134 Amazon reviewers gave a quite similar item 3.9 stars.
Overpriced: -1. Virtue Shop is asking $24. Amazon offers what sure looks like the same product for $10. AliExpress is selling them for $0.55. They operate out of China, but at least you know their location.
75% discount: +1. False.
Total score; -4
Unauthorized charges: I found no reports of this. The “Guaranteed Safe Checkout” omits PayPal as an accepted form of payment.
Conclusion: Good; buy this on Amazon. Better; go to your local pharmacy and ask them for advice. Best; see your doctor.