Tag Archives: Virtue Shop

Dislocated by Virtue Shop ToePro bunion corrector

    Product ūüė¶ 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:

contactvirtueshop@gmail.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.

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.

Carmen_SandiegoSuspicious 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 ordernot 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

Virtue Shop lies

 

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.


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Hung up by Virtue Shop’s anti-snore strap

So I placed this order weeks back and now I email to get progress and get no response, I leave messages on their site and nothing. … This clearly is a scam and unfortunately you see all the poor suckers who keep placing orders.

So writes Nick from South Africa. ¬†When Nick looks at Virtue Shop‘s refund terms (see “Onerous Terms” section below) he’s going to be even more upset. ¬†Contact information:

contactvirtueshop@gmail.com

July 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.

Ridiculous claims: 0. ¬†I’m not qualified to evaluate this product on a medical basis. ¬†But it looks like Virtue Shop confuses the symptom of snoring with the disease of sleep apnea. ¬†I did find some information that leads me to doubt that the chin strap is a sure cure. ¬†This WebMD article explains that there are two types of sleep apnea. ¬†Preventing snoring seems unlikely to counteract central sleep apnea, because its cause is in the brain’s respiratory control center.

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 strap within 14 days from your ordernot 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 strap is marked down.
  • You have to pay the shipping on items you return. ¬†(Maybe to Ireland!)
  • They don’t guarantee that the strap 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.

guaranteeLying and deception: -1.  Virtue Shop advertises a 90-day money back guarantee.  But their Return Policy states that the guarantee period is only 14 days.

Obfuscation: -1.

  • A count-down timer and diminishing number of items in stock gives the impression that you don’t have time to make a careful decision.
  • pressureBoxes with messages claiming that other people are buying up the products keep overlaying the page.

Phony reviews: -1.  Testimonials by people with no last names are featured on-site.

Crummy product: +1. ¬†Although Amazon doesn’t carry Virtue Shop, they offer a product that sure looks the same. ¬†It’s rated 4.3 stars by thousands of customers.

Overpriced: +1. ¬†Virtue Shop is asking $29. ¬†Amazon’s very similar product is marked $30.

75% discount: -1. ¬†They don’t say so. ¬†But ($135-$29) / $135 works out to a 78% markdown.

Total score; -3

Unauthorized charges:¬†I found no reports of this. ¬†The “Guaranteed Safe Checkout” omits PayPal as an accepted form of payment. ¬†That’s not a good sign, even if you don’t intend to use PayPal.

Conclusion:  The product seems worth trying as a first step.  But get it from Amazon.