I went online today in search of the latest affiliate marketer pushing one of those pesky “free trial” offers, and my efforts were not in vain. I managed to run across one of those dreaded AdBlade ad blocks. The top ad promised that I’d feel 18 years old again, so I couldn’t resist clicking – almost knowing what I’d see before I got there. And I wasn’t disappointed.
The ad itself read: “A weird concoction developed by Cambridge scientists is helping men everywhere feel 18 years old…”
Clicking the ad, we’re taken to smarterlifestyles.com, where we see a rather generic-looking site with a stock photo of a man flexing his muscles. After the token sales pitch, we find at the bottom a link for a free 14-day sample of Force Factor Text X180. How surprising! What was surprising is that the top of the website actually reads, “We are paid by Force Factor, which sponsors this website and distributes Test X180.” So at least I give them credit that they’re not posing as a fake blog, unlike so many others.
Next I headed over to ForceFactor.com to read more about this “free” trial. As expected, when you order, you are automatically set to receive a 30-day supply 18 days later, at the cost of $74.98 plus tax. Let’s take a look at their terms:
Unless you cancel before the end of your trial period as specified above, we will ship your first 30-day supply of Test X180 at the end of your trial period. Thereafter, you will continue to receive a fresh 30-day supply of Test X180 each month for as long as you stay a member of our auto-ship program. The card you provided when you ordered the trial product will be automatically charged $74.98 (plus tax if applicable) when each new product ships. To cancel future shipments in the auto-ship program, you must call 1-877-492-7243 at least 1 day prior to the date that your next monthly delivery ships.
On the first page, it asked for my name and age to see if I “qualified” for a free sample. After entering in some bogus info, I was informed that I qualified – imagine that! It should also be noted that nowhere did I read about Cambridge Scientists, as the ad claimed. Deception!
For what it’s worth, I checked the GNC website and Test X180 was on sale for gold card members for under $50.
Test X180 seems to be a legitimate product, but the affiliate marketing from AdBlade and Smarterlifestyes.com adds an unnecessary middle man who adds nothing but extra cost and a forced subscription. Seems like it would be a lot easier and cheaper to run down to GNC whenever you need more and pay $30 less for it. But hey, that’s just me.
Have you tried Test X180 or Force Factor? We want to hear your reviews in the comments below!
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