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Teeth Whitening Scams

August 02, 2009

Let’s face it, everybody would like to have whiter teeth.  But not everyone can afford to have their teeth bleached by their dentist. Well now you can get the smile you’ve always dreamed of: a smile like the Hollywood stars.  And you can afford it too with this great free trial!  Just pay for shipping, and you’ll get a month’s supply at no cost! Sound familiar?  I’d say everyone has stumbled across these websites sometime in their internet-browsing adventures.  I mean who could pass up a deal like that?  It just sounds too good to be true!  Well as cliché as it might be, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The fact is that what many of these teeth whitening websites claim doesn’t match with what they offer, a clear product of intense marketing and tricky wordplay.  And though the actual product might be an authentic product, these websites are most definitely scams. Want to know how you can tell if it is a scam?  It’s as easy as looking at the terms and conditions.  When you do, you’ll see that these 14 day “free trials” aren’t as “free” as they sound. First off, the free trial starts when you order the product, not when you receive it.  So 10 days or so into your free trial, you’ll still be waiting by your mailbox for your free teeth whitening kit. Second, and most importantly, the terms and conditions will probably state something like this: If you enjoy the product do nothing and 15 days from your free trial purchase date and every 30 days thereafter you will be sent another fresh 30 day supply, and the form of payment that you used to order the trial will be billed the Member's Only price of $79.99 plus $8.99 shipping and handling for a total of $88.97 for the monthly value-shipment package. This means the company will automatically take out almost $90 from your credit card every month without telling you!  And there is no way of knowing about the charge until you get your next credit card billing statement.  That’s pretty expensive for a “free trial”. Two of the most popular whitening scams at the moment are the fake reviews website and the “dynamic duo” website.  The former is basically a site that gives great reviews to their product (most likely including a mention of the free trial period) while at the same time giving bad reviews to name-brands.  The latter, the “dynamic duo” comes in the form of a fake blog, usually by a “mother” who used to have brown teeth from coffee and smoking.  She miraculously discovered that two separate whitening systems, the titular “dynamic duo”, work better then the dentist when used at the same time.  And how fortunate that these two products both have free trials, meaning you can whiten your teeth for free!  Of course, each product charges around $80 dollars a month, but I’m sure this nice blogging mother would have mentioned that, right? Once you see the signs, it’s easy to tell which websites are scams.  Definitely make sure to read the terms and conditions before you make any purchases.  But if you really want to whiten your teeth, there are over-the-counter products that work great and many of them are very affordable. Currently on sale is Dr. Collins All White Bleaching System.   Designed by dentists, the Dr.Collins All White Bleaching System features everything you need at a very affordable price, and has been positively reviewed on many review websites.  Whatever you decide on, remember that the best teeth whitening products can be found at very affordable prices, and don’t necessarily come in 2 week free trials.