As one of the most popular super foods around the acai berry has gained a lot of attention in recent years – unfortunately, not all of it is positive.
Despite countless genuine endorsements from those who have garnered a positive impact from the berries consumption, there are many less than honest accounts flooding the internet, and many more people who are using the demand for the berry to make money by less than ethical means.
We call these means ‘acai berry scams’ and the most common and well documented of all the acai berry scams involves the ‘free trial’.
The basic premise of the scam is that the consumer will be offered a month’s free trial of the product with usually nothing to pay bar a small delivery cost. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, tied up in the lengthy terms and conditions is a paragraph to state that if you don’t cancel the trial within a certain period you will be tied into a lengthy contract that has you paying a fortune each month.
Despite the dishonesty of this practice, since the details are articulated within the terms and conditions, it is technically legal; making cancelling the monthly payments notoriously difficult.
Thankfully, there are a number of simple ways to avoid these acai berry scams.
- Read the terms and conditions!
- Read acai berry reviews about the company concerned or product you’re considering buying.
- Simply avoid any firms offering a free trial. Genuine companies will often offer a ‘money back guarantee’ anyway.
Of all other potential acai berry scams, there is one more that stands out in particular. This entails the sale of a product that contains very little actual acai berry.
This issue occurs primarily because the acai berry is unregulated in many countries. This means that if a product contains as little as one per cent acai berry, it can legally be labelled as an acai berry supplement.
Although avoiding this scam can be difficult, particularly when buying products over the internet, it’s not impossible.
- Again, read acai berry reviews from consumers who have already used the product in question.
- Avoid buying from websites that look as if they have been put together in a few minutes. Ideally you want to buy acai berry products from long established retailers.
- Buy products that state they are 100% pure acai berry, or that at the very least, state all the ingredients.
If you follow the above advice, you should be able to avoid falling for any acai berry scams. However, remember that scammers are always trying to come up with new and more innovative ways to catch us out, so never become complacent. Always do your research before putting your card details in anywhere on the internet.