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Blinded by AlumiTact X700 flashlights (2018)

Was a gift so im not really out any money but I’d sure be pissed if i bought one of these.

Love this flashlight. It is everything it says it is. This seems to be the last flashlight I will have to buy.

Quotes are from Amazon reviews.  How to contact this seller:

Website: X700
Company: Military Supply USA
1005 W. Franklin Ave. Suite 3
Minneapolis MN 55405
Phone: 888-666-0984
Email: info@militarysupplyusa.com

March 23, 2018: What’s changed since my post about this company in 2016?  They raised the prices.  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.

  • We had to open up a second factory just to keep up with the massive amounts of orders coming in.”  Would that be in China?
  • … flash a blinding strobe light into the attacker’s eyes, leaving them ‘disoriented beyond belief.’
  • … designed primarily for military and police units …
  • 75% discount.

Suspicious location: -1.  Military Supply USA has moved since last I checked.  The address listed above is a real building.  But …

There’s so much going on behind door #3.  Other users of this address are an exotic menagerie, featuring lawyers; so perhaps I should be more cautious than usual in what I write about this place? Several of these cohabitants look sketchy enough to charge MS a point for “Suspicious location,” and should reward further investigation:

  • David Schulman Law Office
  • DentalBrightPro (teeth whitening)
  • Stryke Design
  • Rejuvalex (advanced hair growth)
  • Blue Drone (order fulfillment)
  • Snyder Law Firm Ltd.
  • RE-Dwell (homebuilding)
  • DeraBellix (skin tag remover)
  • Borealis Philanthropy
  • RealCOO (real estate file management)
  • Elmcrest Property LLC (building operators)

Onerous terms: -1

  • For a refund, you have to return the flashlight within 30 days from your order — not from when you receive it.  See “Bad Service” below.  They charge a $10 restocking fee.
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them or join a group arbitration, unless you opt out of this clause within 30 days of ordering or using a flashlight.
  • They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They’ll beam ads at you and spam, junkmail, robocall and text you at your expense.  You can opt out.
  • They’ll share your personal data with other companies that will do the same.  You have to contact those companies to unsubscribe.
  • If you registered on a Do Not Call list, hahahaha!

Lying and deception: -1

  • You can pay for your order with PayPal.  Or can you?  It isn’t an option on the order form.  This means MS is in control of how much and how often you pay.
  • They came on Wednesday, and I am absolutely blown away by the quality of the light,” writes verified purchaser Brian Moriceon, who is not an actual person.  His photo is clip-art, for sale on 123rf.com.

Obfuscation: -1

  • A countdown timer suggests that you don’t have time to make a careful decision.
  • The web site shows pictures of two different X700 flashlights.  Which one will you get?
  • You have to drill down three pages to find out the price ($56).  Move your mouse pointer out of the page to get a coupon to save even more.

Phony reviews: -1.  Shill FlashlightPedia writes “The X700 is designed and manufactured in the United States in Minneapolis under the highest US factory standards.”  This “review” has large graphical links to MS’s website.  The Outdoor Nerd reveals that these flashlights are actually made in China.

Crummy product: -1.  Rated 2.7 stars by 25 Amazon customers.  “Piece of junk, used 4 times on and off button breaks. Only 30 day warranty. Military USA supply wanted more money to resolve, never improve switch. They will not help you in anyway.”  From RipoffReport; “The light supplied by the flashlight was indeed superior to other flashlights in its class, as advertised, but its cheap, shoddy manufacture does not make up for that at the specified price charged.

Overpriced: -1.  MS prices one flashlight at $56.  Amazon carries the same flashlight for $35.  I see a remarkably similar 900-lumen flashlight on Amazon for $8.

Bad service: -1

  • From Better Business Bureau; “Flashlight purchased broke after 2 days on second time use. Want me to buy a separate warranty for 2/3 cost of flashlight. wont make good on product.
  • From PissedConsumer; “It took about 3 weeks to get the flashlights and then after about a couple weeks I decided I wanted to return them. So I called the company and they said….”it’s too late, you have 30 days from the day of your order”. Not the day you receive them, but the day of your order. Yet they take 3 weeks to get to you.
  • Another; “I returned it to the address indicated on the packing slip, the same day as received, AT MY EXPENSE. When after some time passed, and I hadn’t received full credit, I called Military Supply USA and was told that they didn’t receive it.  I checked the tracking number online which showed that they DID receive it.  I’m still waiting for $35.00 to be credited back to my account!
  • From RipoffReport: “Called customer service. Guy didn’t care and I think he gets called alot.

Total score; -10

Unauthorized charges: One thing I am hearing from people falling for the scam is that many of them never receive anything for their money, which isn’t too surprising,” writes The Outdoor Nerd.  They don’t accept PayPal; that doesn’t look good.

Conclusion: Buy a flashlight at a hardware store.  And forget about blinding and hitting people with it.

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Flashed by Tactical X flashlights

Tactical X flashlights looks to be Military Supply USA‘s little brother, imitating the scam going on across the alley but not getting it quite right.  It’s April 3, 2017.  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

  • Commonly used by our nation’s elite special forces …”  Obviously, they’d have to go to an antique store to buy flashlights with incandescent light bulbs in them.
  • We had to open up a second factory just to keep up with the massive amounts of orders coming in.”  Would that be in China?
  • Made out of military-grade aluminum as opposed to cheap plastic.”  So are beer cans.
  • Incredibly bright LED element that, paired with its disorienting ‘strobe mode’, will render a potential attacker incapacitated.”  If that doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.
  • These $200 lights are currently selling for 75% off their normal price!”  Read: WE ARE SCAMMERS.

Post Office box: 0.  301 Thomas Ave. N. Suite R – Minneapolis MN 55405.  Okay, this is a real place. But it’s right next door to the Minneapolis scam factory I’ve been writing about.  Looks to be part of it, in fact.loc

Onerous terms: -1.  these guys have the same lawyer as Alumitact–one more sign that they’re the same outfit.

  • Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 11.39.19 AMTo get a refund, you have to phone ahead for an authorization number, and they have to receive your returned light, within 30 days from your ordernot from the day you received it. They’ll only accept the light if it’s working. They charge a $10 restocking fee.
  • You can always return your light for a replacement, unless it/s broken. They charge a $10 restocking fee.
  • They don’t guarantee that their products are fit for any use; nor that anything they say is true.
  • You can’t sue them, join a class action that’s suing them, or join a third-party arbitration.

Ads, spam, robocalls: -1

  • They offer a discount in exchange for your email address.
  • They’ll use the information you give them, plus what they can suck out of your browser, to beam ads at you, spam you, robocall, text and junk mail you.
  • They’ll share your information with other companies that will do the same.
  • They ignore Do Not Call registries.
  • You can try to unsubscribe; but this won’t affect other mailing lists, nor the third-party companies that now have your information.

Lying and deception: -1

  • You know how it feels when someone takes a picture of you using flash at night. … Now imageine that light being 100X brighter …”  This is a 700 lumen flashlight.  A camera flash produces about 1.4 million lumens.
  • On the order form, a quantity of five flashlights is already selected.

Obfuscation: -1

  • You don’t find out the price until you drill down to the third page.
  • An ad and a coupon cover the web page while you’re trying to read it.

Phony reviews: -1

  • The first page, “Smarter Consumer Tips,” masquerades as a review.
  • Social media “posts” on the first page have the usual fake photos that flashlight scams use.

Crummy product: 0.  I couldn’t find an impartial review.

Overpriced: -1.  Here is a seemingly identical light on Amazon for $10.  It’s rated 4.6 stars by 58 customers.

Unauthorized charges: +1.  No reports found.

Final score; -6


Bonus outtakes:

  • Every American should own one and have it in every room of their house.”  If you have a one-room house.
  • The Conditions of Service lists the returns address as 225 Thomas Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55405.  But that’s Alumitact’s (Military Supply USA’s) address.

Blinded by AlumiTact X700 flashlights

The great web-scammer flashlight hunt continues!

In this September 30 2016 episode, the Military Supply USA AlumiTact X700, not to be confused with the LumiTact G700.

Ridiculous claims: The scam site makes no claims, other than the typical 75% discount that translates to “This is a scam.”  Leaving the dubious boasting to their tame review sites gives them deniability.  On that technicality, +1 for AlumiTact.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-1-54-52-amPost Office box: Military Supply USA wins the coveted Bricks And Mortar Award.  But I sure wouldn’t want to work there.  +1

225 Thomas Ave. N. Suite R – Minneapolis MN 55405

Onerous terms: 

  • You have to return the product within 30 days of your purchase — not when you receive it.
  • They only give refunds for working flashlights.  If yours doesn’t work, too bad!
  • If you buy the Lifetime Replacement Plan, they’ll replace your flashlight at any time, unless it’s broken.
  • 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.  -1

scamometer AlumiTact.pngAds, spam, robocalls: Their Privacy Policy is particularly aggressive.  -1

  • They’ll collect personal information from any contact with you, even if you just claim a prize or contact Customer Service.
  • They’ll collect personal information about you from third parties.
  • They’ll suck data out of your browser.
  • They’ll beam ads at you, spam you, send you junk mail, robocall your land line and cell phone, and text you at your expense.
  • They’ll share your data with other companies that will do the same.
  • You can unsubscribe from emails by email; and from texts by text.  (How you stop the other advertising isn’t explained.)  You’re on your own stopping the third-party ads.

Lying and deception: Watch out; the order form is pre-filled for a quantity of 7 flashlights.   -1

Obfuscation: Shortly after the web page displays, a coupon that you can’t close or decline covers it up.  Play their game and click on it to make it go away.  0

Phony reviews:  I particularly enjoyed this one:

Are you looking for any survival flashlight? Are you have any good idea on how to survive yourself, your family members or your dependents from any crisis? If you wish your family to be safe to have good warmth, enough food, water and everything they need to alive?  -1

burned-linkCrummy product: The Outdoor Nerd pins this product as just another cheap flashlight scam.  Infinite Power Solutions concludes, “If you’re expecting this flashlight to be heavy, durable, and made from high-quality materials, then you’re probably going to be disappointed.”  Amazon carries the light, but has no customer reviews yet.  -1

Overpriced: Military Supply USA is asking $35 for one light.  On Amazon it’s $50.  Amazon carries a lot of similar-looking flashlights claiming various lumens for $15 or less.  0

Unauthorized charges: The Outdoor Nerd writes, “One thing I am hearing from people falling for the scam is that many of them never receive anything for their money, which isn’t too surprising.”  I couldn’t find any other complaints about this.  0

Scam-O-Meter score; -3

The terms and privacy policy are dire.  Best stay away!