False advertising (Kevin Trudeau)

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Q.E.D. (February 14, 2007, 10:23:44 AM):
I was lying in bed last night watching television, and being too idle to get up and change channels when the infomercials came on, I found myself watching 30 minutes of absolute nonsense paid for by Glomail,being foisted onto a gullible South African public. Yes, 30 minutes of garbage spouted by Kevin Trudeau, American huckster of note, selling claptrap called Mega Memory, ripping off desparate parents, students and children. I was dumbfounded that this rubbish was still on air in South Africa, as I was convinced that it had been pulled off the airwaves, after the FDA in the US had banned him there. I quote from the FDA website, dated september 7, 2004:

A Federal Trade Commission settlement with Kevin Trudeau – a prolific marketer who has either appeared in or produced hundreds of infomercials – broadly bans him from appearing in, producing, or disseminating future infomercials that advertise any type of product, service, or program to the public

I am curious as to who would one complain to that Glomail has the audacity to charge hundreds of rands for a product touted by a convicted felon? Does the SABC not vet the products advertised?
EM (February 14, 2007, 10:52:30 AM):
Complaining to Glomail will fall on deaf ears. They will most probably reply with some claptrap about how many customers are happy with the product, and their only priority is to satisfy said clients, yadda-yadda-yadda...

Get a remote for that TV ;)
Mefiante (March 06, 2007, 10:12:06 AM):
Complaining to Glomail will fall on deaf ears.

Indeed, it has apparently done just that, despite repeated requests for information. Glomail's silence is deafening. Worse yet, of the several different SA agencies we approached that profess to have consumer interests at heart, only one has even bothered to acknowledge our enquiries, never mind address them in any meaningful way. It seems that they are far more concerned about appearing concerned than in doing anything actually useful by way of consumer protection. It's just too much trouble.

Glomail also sells Trudeau's big book of nasty lies, Natural Cures. The US's FTC ruling includes an injunction that prohibits Trudeau from making "disease or health benefits claims for any type of product, service, or program in any advertising, including print, radio, Internet, television, and direct mail solicitations, regardless of the format and duration." How does his book not constitute "disease or health benefits claims" when he repeatedly, and without any evidence, writes about off-the-shelf foods and medicines that they are making people sick?

But it's okay for Glomail to continue milking the malinformed.

At the same time, Verimark is selling a slimming gadget called AB Energizer. Again, the FTC ruled that marketers of this item are to make restitution to buyers because it was sold on false adverising promises. And again, this product is sold with impunity to SAns.

Caveat emptor is fine for a free market principle as far as it goes. Sadly, it opens the door widely for unscrupulous grubbies like Kevin Trudeau.

Glomail and Verimark may find themselves in deep waters for not researching their goods properly when the Consumer Protection Bill finally comes into force (expected to occur during 2007) and is tested in the courts. No doubt, they will scream blue murder if ordered to pay full refunds to all purchasers of these discredited products, which may well happen.

Mefiante (May 30, 2007, 14:42:38 PM):
Well, well, lookee here!

Mefiante (May 31, 2007, 12:27:23 PM):
Incredible! The ASA ruling was actually reported nationally, but there must have been considerably more to the case than merely the claim that "the product does not work" because it is hard to see how Glomail would voluntarily pull the infomercial for this reason alone.



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