I dislike what so many supplement sellers on the Internet and elsewhere have become — in my opinion more liars and scam artists than late night infomercials. And that applies to some brand name companies with stores all over the country, and to some national magazines that don’t seem to care about anything but advertising dollars.
If you are new to supplement buying or don’t understand what I mean you can go to YouTube and just start looking at bodybuilding and fitness supplements and you will.
Maybe I am unfair
I don’t buy anything from a person I don’t trust based on experience, reputation, how they look, and their vocabulary.
If you want to become an Internet seller, which some people think is the cure for easy business success, and usually leads to making YouTube videos:
- You might consider building a set even if it is a white sheet
- Work on your diction and vocabulary so you come across as literate
- Don’t use the F-word.
Want my money?
Anybody can open a website business, and video tech has allowed anybody to push their wares on YouTube, but that has nothing to do with being able to make a watchable and trustworthy presentation.
What I say is based on several decades creating presentations for companies.
Some people who opened a virtual business have managed to establish an income; how good an income is unknown, but based on having been buying online since 2000 I will say I trust nobody selling online until I have done my own due diligence, and usually not after that, either. And especially not individuals. I consider it dangerous to trust any seller that does not behave like a real business person, which means behaving like they are in it for the long haul.
I admit to being cynical about supplement manufacturers and maybe even more jaded about retailers. And you might be surprised how many people treat spending money as seriously as I do. Making money is not easy.
ebay and Amazon
I seldom buy anything from ebay or Amazon these days. I can barely stand ebay thanks to the sellers and their deceptive practices like low price products with astronomical shipping charges.
I simply don’t want any part of ebay consumables based on too many past experiences with the likes of supplements that arrived with the safety seals broken, and things worse than that based on video presentations showing who I am buying from.
The first thing I do when looking for something on ebay is to check the US ONLY box. Anything that goes into your stomach that comes from China is living on the edge and I would tell anybody to stay away from almost all products from China, and most definitely anything that goes into your mouth or on your skin.
I distrust any seller whose package arrives without an invoice and/or packing slip.
Amazon does such a terrible job describing supplements and the interface is so stupid it annoys me more than I want to endure. I find it too much of a hassle to sort through the mess. On ebay the resellers at least usually copy and paste product descriptions from other sites.
What to look for in your supplement supplier
I research all my own purchases, so I don’t care much about what the sellers say because I already know the ones I trust and the list is so short I have it memorized.
One marketing technique to run away from and never go back to is the seller offering a FREE trial if you just pay shipping and handling
I don’t care if S&H is one dollar, if they want to charge it to my credit card it is, to me, the biggest warning flag ever no matter who the seller. You know why they want your credit card number and details, right? Search the company that does that and enter SCAM along with their name or name of the product.
If you don’t know the company personally, you really have to read what you are agreeing to when you check the box that says something like: “I have read and accept the terms of this agreement.”
I suggest the following which I still do myself
- Read the terms your check mark is saying you accept.
- Search the names of the seller and product with scam, ripoff, crooks, or any other pejorative you can think of.
- Keep in mind that some of the most misleading claims and terms come from huge companies, major brands, and are endorsed by people you might think would not sell their integrity.
I could probably make myself feel like I did something good for humanity by telling you all I have seen or been told about supplements and sellers, but there are only so many hours. And if you have been buying online you very likely have your own disappointing stories.
So just be careful. It’s you health and your money.
Having said all that there are some good deals and good companies online. Here is one from my National Page about T.
Statements made by Thomas Amshay and found here and worldwide have not been endorsed by FDA. Consult with your health care team before beginning any supplement, exercise program, or treatment.