Zoomies Review and Product Info

Zoomies are wearable, hands-free binoculars which have been advertised on television as an inexpensive alternative to traditional binoculars. Today we offer our review of the product and seek reader input as well.

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About Zoomies

Zoomies appeared in early 2013, marketed as a way to replace traditional binoculars in a variety of situations such as sporting events, travel, or even watching television.

There are two websites currently marketing Zoomies: buyzoomies.com and orderzoomies.com. Buyzoomies.com appears to be the official website being advertised and was registered on January 3, 2013, while orderzoomies.com appears to be used only by affiliates and was registered on March 1, 2013.

How much do Zoomies cost?

One pair of Zoomies costs $10.00 + $9.95 processing & handling for a total cost of $19.95. (Note that the P&H was originally $7.95 when this review was first written). You can add a second pair for another $9.95 P&H for a total of $29.90 for both.

When ordering from the website, there is no way to opt out of this second “free” set, and there is no confirmation screen for you to review your order.

Zoomies can be found in stores, often in the As Seen on TV section.

Our Zoomies Review

We looked at several factors in our review of Zoomies.

Magnification
Though the claim that Zoomies offer “300%” magnification sounds impressive, it really isn’t. 300% is just a fancier way of stating that these binoculars have 3x magnification, which is rather weak. Most inexpensive binoculars usually have magnification in the 7x to 15x range. 

Materials
Zoomies feel very cheaply made, of dollar store quality.

Lenses
We could forgive low-level magnification and cheap plastic, but the most damning factor in our review was that Zoomies were simply out of focus, and we were unable to remedy this.

Ordering
We were first introduced to Zoomies by a reader who felt he was overcharged when ordering the product. In fact, Ripoff Report has several complaints regarding the ordering process, and customers unhappy with charges different than what they expected.

Television Commercial
Below is the current television commercial airing for Zoomies binoculars:

Transcript of the television commercial above:

You want a closer look but the naked eye can only see so much. Squinting doesn’t help and binoculars are big, bulky, and expensive. Introducing Zoomies, the compact, hands-free, high-powered binoculars you wear like sunglasses. Zoomies gives you instant 300% magnification that brings everything up close. Look closer. Zoomies binoculars utilize the same vision magnification technology of expensive high-powered binoculars and condenses it into micro-vision lenses that adjust easily with a turn of the focus dial, and magnify up to 300%. With Zoomies you’ll enjoy mother nature up close. You’ll be so close to the action, you’ll feel the excitement, and you’ll have a front-row view of the big game, even from the cheap seats. Holding heavy binoculars is tiring on your arms and heavy on your neck, but Zoomies binoculars are so light, you’ll forget you even have them on. And when your head follows the action, so does Zoomies, hands-free. You can even switch on the sun shade to eliminate glare without switching to sunglasses. And they’re the clear choice of bird watchers, hunters and outdoorsmen, sports fans and anyone who leads an active lifestyle. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing. They’re great for reading books and fine print in newspapers. You’ll love them for hobbies, arts & crafts, sewing and stitch-work, and they turn any TV into a big screen TV. And best of all, they fold and store easily in shirt pocket or purse. You can pay $200 for bulky binoculars or you can get Zoomies at the factory-direct price of only $10. Order now and get this handy neck lanyard and travel storage bag absolutely free. But wait, order now and we’ll double the offer and send a second complete set free. Just pay separate processing and handling. That’s two complete sets of Zoomies binoculars for just $10. See what you’ve been missing and zoom in on the action with Zoomies. Here’s how to order.

Zoomies

Here is the official website for Zoomies, captured in June 2013.

Bottom Line

This product is a buffet of bad features: Cheaply-construction, uncomfortable, blurry, and weak magnification. Combine that with shipping costs and confusing billing, and this product a dud. You can find a wide variety of binoculars locally, which you can test and find which ones suit you best.

Rating
1 out of 5 stars

Your Zoomies Reviews

Have you had any experience with Zoomies? Let us hear from you in the comments below.

Updated February 12, 2014

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  • Angela McGonigle

    I bought a pair at Walmart in the as seen on TV isle. Glad I didn’t order them. I am taking them back. I got them to help with reading and needlework. You can’t see anything. All blurry no matter how you adjust them. RIPP OFF is the right word for these.

    • Ned Kelly

      It is true that the advertised price is far less than the price actually being charged when ordering. This certainly is false advertising and I am amazed that the consumer affairs people have not stepped in to abolish this fraudulent practise.

  • saliha bouziane

    I have ordered one, they charged me for 2
    I said ok! ce n’est pas grave …. I’ll give gifts to my friends !!
      shipping was the same price as the product

    they charged my credit card for 61.70$

    Today I received the zoomies

    can not read a book with the zoomies
    can not expand the TV screen.
    iZoomies not help at all to put a thread through a needle ..
    I can barely see anything out of them, there very flimsy, and there uncomfortable on my face. A total waste of money based off of false advertisement.

    they are gadgets for the trash!

  • christine

    That is why it is sooo important to check everything, you are interested in, on the internet first, I got burned 2 times and never again, unless the reviews are very positive I won`t buy it(the reviews should be on an independent site like this one, thanks for the warning waffles!

  • ron fulford

    kay rap

  • Alain

    Live and learn. Horrible product accompanied by tube tops for women(my wife is 64 and I don’t think she’ll be wearing them) and some snap on plastic hose attachments. Don’t have my order number(of course) but if I find it, I’ll be returning them. Total worth may $1.50 worth of plastic and polyester. I bought them to work up close on carving and they don’t see near or far. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!

  • Dorothy Kennedy

    Does anyone know what the white plastic free gift is?

    • Laurie Coogler

      Did you get an answer? I’m wondering what the white thing is too.

  • Johnny Ford

    So glad I Googled these and this website popped up. There should be some way for you people to get your money back. Id call and ask for the owner of this marketing firm if they try to give you the runaround…which they probably will because theyll have tk give you back their commission pay…Good luck people…im sorry this has happened to you.

  • Chakroun

    Il n’y aucune adresse mail pour contacter cette entreprise et annuler l’achat que je viens de faire suite à la publicité à la télé. Je me suis aussi fait avoir car leur site est mal renseigné et vous induit en erreur. Je communique ce message à qui de droit car je partage les avis exprimés.

    • Frenchy

      En anglais, s’il vous plait.

  • S Dornhecker

    Agree. A rip off.

  • Rick Carlson

    a apir of binoculars for $7.50. You figure it out. I cannot give any sympathy for anyone ordering these except maybe some aged person who has dementia or is still living in the world where a handshake made a deal and people are not out to rip you off. ANY AD ON TV for something less than 10 bucks is a recipe for “you get what u pay for”

  • John Roberts

    The Zoomies are junk. neither pair focused and were to blurey to use.
    You can see better without them.

  • Eric

    My wife ordered these last month, (against my warnings not to) well they came 2 pairs for 24.99 and were an absolute piece of junk. The company selling this should be brought up on false advertising and theft!!! They are something you would find in the DOLLAR store or a cheesy flea market. a $20 pair of binoculars are 1000 times better. She returned both pairs and we were credited only $10 of our $25 purchase so after we paid for return postage our refund came to about $4.50. Best to through them in the trash or heed the warnings and Don’t buy them!!!

  • Shane Trusty

    Shopping for an As Seen On TV product from a local brick and mortar store is best if you’re unsure of the quality.

    • waffles

      Well said!

  • Dawn roll

    I like to get the zoomiesfor cross stich

  • Nancy Mosley

    i got some of those cheap things and they dont work at all. my boyfriend has very bad eyesight and i thought they might help him. what a joke it did not help a bit.i will be calling these people monday and giving them a piece of my mindand demand a refund. see what happens

  • George Miller

    I made the same mistake others here have. I ordered the zoomies before I read the reviews on other sites. I am trying to cancel my order before they are shipped. Has anyone notified the BBB about this site?

  • Carolyn Shorba

    I went online to order a pair of Zoomies for my sports minded grandkids. Their website is a trap and I ended up with Zoomies for 9. I have them all and the cheapo mystery gifts that accompanied them. I can see just as well without them. Zoomies are just plain junk, crap and I want my money back. I’m sending the whole pile of stuff back.

  • Britt Aarnink

    Thank you for the reviews. I will save my money.

  • Scott

    This isn’t a review of the zoomies product, just a suggestion to some of the people who are looking for a quality magnifying system for close work, like fly tying or needlework. Try mag eyes. Website is mageyes.com. These are reasonably high quality for hobbyists and professionals. Have a set myself that I use in my home workshop. Also used them professionally in an industrial lab setting. Again, these are for close work only. They are simple magnifying lenses. They are not for bird watching, sports, tv watching, etc.

  • Tom

    What a total waste of money. I bought these with the intention that they would free up my hands while climbing in trees. However to my extreme disappointment I can’t make out anything my neighbours are doing!! This is the last time I put my trust in television products.

  • Tom

    Not a review just asking for some advice. I saw a couple tv ads for products and was wondering which one is the best as a present for my grandma. I’m torn between the “cats meow” and the “zoomies”. On one hand her small tv will seem like an expensive big screen model. On the other, she’ll enjoy hours of entertainment and get her exercise without ever leaving the apartment… Thoughts?

    • waffles

      Since Zoomies is probably the worst product we’ve ever reviewed, we’d take Cat’s Meow if forced to choose.

    • Carolyn

      Definitely get her “instant 20/20″ those don’t look like a piece of junk for 3 times the price of zoomies at all.

  • Wilbur

    Cannot get them to focus so they are a piece of junk. Would be nice if they worked. No way the lady can do needle point with these on. Everything out of focus.

  • Beverly croghan

    I received my order today and they are really a piece of junk. My order was suppose to be (1) and get (1) free will they sent me (2) sets. Right now I’m trying to get a number to call and return them.

  • Kathy Jett

    WOW, I lucked out! Someone returned there package to Bed Bath and Beyond, which only contained I pair. Because other pair stolen. So purchased for only $4.00. Don’t know who is worse. Me, who paid, or the one went to all the trouble to open the package, in the store & steal a pair! Imagine getting busted for stealing something that doesn’t even work! My sale was final! So I feel pretty stupid!! Who allows these things, to go on the Market! Anyhow!

  • Toby Schneidmiller

    Complete and utter junk! Good idea, but that is all. I could made a better pair with sh-t out of my garbage can!!

  • Linda Côté

    Just got caught!!! What a crock!!! Stupid things don’t even work!! Can’t even see anything – its all a blurr unless I close my right eye!!! lol Well I guess I’ve been had!!!!

  • Larry

    Totally embarassed that I ordered this fraudulent piece of junk

  • Malcolm Stanley

    The product I’ve ever ordered online. sending then back today

  • Michael Criswell

    Zoomies are a ripoff and the law need to get this company for overcharge.people
    I was overcharge $47.00 this is a scam.

  • Jessica D

    My mom tried to buy these with the special offer of getting one free with no extra shipping and handling. After doing the order and all was said and done, the final total come out to nearly $70. What the…really? $70? This is a complete ripoff. Don’t buy it. You can always wait for them to be sold at Wal-Mart or Walgreens. For which they will be sold with no extra extravagant costs.

    • waffles

      They are available in As Seen on TV stores.

  • Dennis Williams

    While the name is new, Zoomies were sold over 40 years ago. They didn’t work then (I bought a pair) and it looks as if nothing has changed.

    • waffles

      Do you recall the original name?

  • Nina

    Got a call from my 82 year old father who ordered this item today. when he finish the order he noticed that his credit card has been charged $58.00. there is no contact information available on the website. finally he ended up contacting his bank to stop the payment.

  • N.limaye

    This is 100%unadulterated junk. Always read the reviews before ordering things seen on T.V. I got burned. Reaching customer service is not easy.

  • Meg

    My first impression of this product is that it probably looks absolutely ridiculous on. They are extremely heavy and uncomfortable to wear. When they are on you can see things about 20 feet away from you look like they are about 10 feet away from you. I did not expect much more from them because on the package it said it has up to 400 magnification. (Which is really not that good). On a positive note them were convenient to use and did not have to hold them up to your head. Although, when looking through them they make you seem like you have tunnel vision. I would say if you need a easy, simple binoculars I would recommend this product, but for very little to no money.

  • Karen H.

    I’m SO GLAD that I took the time to read all these reviews because I ALMOST ordered a pair for my mother-in-law! What sickens me THE MOST is she would have ordered them on her own and she survives on a fixed income.

  • Heather Perkins

    Dare I ask if anyone has had experience with returning these things? I admit, I caved – against my intuition – and bought the damn things because my youngest son wanted to give them to his Dad for Christmas. I ordered the update and ended up with $96+ dollars charged to my Visa…4 pairs were ordered! All I know is I hit submit for my order of 1 “buy one pair, get the second free” and my invoice came back with two upgraded sets ordered. GROAN!! There was no way to reverse it and they couldn’t “find” my order for 24 hrs….low and behold, it shipped. When I called, I was offered $10.00 off to keep the extraneous pairs…”Uh…no thank you!” Anyway, I would like to turn the whole shipment around when it gets here…wonder if I’ll ever get my money back.

  • B M

    I am just here to thank each and every one of you for purchasing the Zoomies. I do not work for them, but saw the commercial (which I love) and came to check how many idiots actually bought these things. Congratulations on making it so far in life.

  • Tom Trussell

    I purchased a pair of Zoommies at Walmart and the are a piece of junk.

    I paid less than $10.00 and I am going to through them in the garbage.

  • alf bergkvist

    Zoomies SUCK big time and people that bought them should get refunded and take that crap off the market. I bought 4 pair to give as gifts for christmas and guess what they gave them back, what a rip off fraud phonies .

  • EddieAnthony

    What a TOTAL PIECE OF “JUNK”!!! I bought these through Publishers Clearing House. When I received them in the Mail today,I read the Instructions and then tried them out. I centered in on the Top of a Telephone Pole to watch a Squirell. The Pole is 20 feet away. With these things on, the Pole was 30 feet away, even when I TRIED to Zoom In!! Folks, do what Everyone here is Saying. Review before Falling Victim to SHYSTERS Such as these!! I am Filing a report with the NH Better Business Bureau, and with the NH Attorney Generals Office, Pronto!!

  • Dave

    Total ripoff. I was overcharged then told that I would be refunded the price of items and not the return shipping. Not even worth paying to return these. Please join me in filing a complaint to the better business bureau. This company has to be stopped!

  • Greg

    I have no one to blame buy myself. This was the first and last time I ordered As Seen On TV. In an age where a simple google search can retrieve hundreds of customer reviews for products, I somehow decided to not even bother and gave my money to purchase these sham, hands-free “binoculars”. Screw you Zoomies! The stupid crap I order at 2am…sheesh!

  • OldOzzie

    In the add, most models are older. Okay, fair enuff, we need help with our sight somtimes….
    BUT if u wear GLASSES ( a modern invention, about 1286 going by Wiki ), do they work ??? giggle ‘caus not. A larff a joke not funny

  • Doug mizzi

    Wow,saw these on tv in Australia , we must have got all the crap left over from you guys in the USA, so I thought I would check these out. Wow what rubbish, not one good report, thats 100% customer dissatisfaction , plus you look like an idiot or creepy person. So glad I checked this site out. Thanks for you comments, I can only imagine the millions that never complained. Regards Doug, Queensland, Australia . .

  • gaye

    junk. how can they get away with selling these. still don’t know what the white thing is. my nhusband thinks tomato slicer. but don’t think sharp enough. lol

  • jj williams

    So glad to have found this page, read all this BAD info & will not order these things!No I’m not so old, or demented but thought I wanted to try them;
    just needed something to help work with tiny beads.
    Thank you everyone for alerting me of this rip-off, So sad to hear
    about the consumer fraud, which is the only feedback there is here!!

  • Liz Ogden

    I made a mistake in my order but there is no way to stop shipment. I have now read these comments and no longer want this product. What can I do?

  • James Aitken

    After seeing the Australian TV ad I was “foolish” enough to believe the spiel and ordered the product from GLOBAL SHOP DIRECT. Eleven days later with no sign of the product being delivered, I went to the website and checked the delivery situation. “The order has gone to our warehouse” was the response. So they have had my money along with how many other sucker’s payments earning nice interest for the last eleven days. In effect we are funding this business with cash flow. Fortunately I paid with PayPal and I have asked Global to cancel my order forthwith. Failing this I will take the matter up with PayPal for resolution. Reading the revues here I don’t think the product is worth a cracker anyway.

  • bob hunt

    These useless devices are now available in the U.K. Notwishstanding the appaling optical quality ( but they are cheap!)it would be quite impossible for anyone with ‘normal’ eyesight to be able to use them for reading/ crafts etc. at less than around 6 feet!
    Even if ‘reading’ is an acceptable pastime at 6 feet, I’m fairly certain that knitting is not, except as a spectator sport.

  • RCS Optics

    This article is a great review of a very poor product. Great summary. Be sure to find a quality supplier that can help you find a pair of binoculars that will provide the optical quality you need, with the features that you desire while still being affordable.