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Power balance scam doing the rounds

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« on: February 08, 2010, 15:58:17 PM »

So I overheard some murmurs at a party over the weekend about this "Power balance bracelet" thing that "really works", but before I could chip in the party went another direction, and I let it slide.... how folly of me.. Getting into the office I started hearing similar claims from others all over the place. Couldn't stop getting earfuls of how crazy stupid-fly this bracelet is... So here's a heads-up skeptics: Someone is making a killing selling a bracelet that has a holographic sticker on it and claims to "correct your bodies frequencies" and other such nonsense. They do the classic "I can't push you over if you're wearing the bracelet" trick, known to be a placebo effect since forever....

Linky to the site: http://www.powerbalance.net/
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 16:10:14 PM »

Holy Crap!!! Shocked

Have you seen how much those magic doodahs are selling for here??

Power Balance S.A.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 16:15:23 PM »

Woo does generally seem to be a profitable business. What must that bracelet cost to make? couple of rand? Sometimes it's enticing to think about launching a woo-brand of my own.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 16:18:41 PM »

Cheap ones don't work as well. Placebo studies have proved this Roll Eyes
Woo does generally seem to be a profitable business. What must that bracelet cost to make? couple of rand? Sometimes it's enticing to think about launching a woo-brand of my own.
Yup, if I can only get around my conscience Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 16:30:45 PM »

One could always build a MLM network to sell science books.  Evil
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010, 06:46:35 AM »

Cheap ones don't work as well. Placebo studies have proved this Roll Eyes

A fool and his money are soon parted.  My Dad told me that just before he lost it all investing in elephant hair mosquito nets...
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010, 07:17:15 AM »

Cheap ones don't work as well. Placebo studies have proved this Roll Eyes

A fool and his money are soon parted.  My Dad told me that just before he lost it all investing in elephant hair mosquito nets...

They say the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010, 11:15:39 AM »


A fool and his money are soon parted.  My Dad told me that just before he lost it all investing in elephant hair mosquito nets...

They say the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Wink

Now elephant hair powerbalance bracelets - there's something to go into.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010, 12:19:27 PM »

Woo does generally seem to be a profitable business. What must that bracelet cost to make? couple of rand? Sometimes it's enticing to think about launching a woo-brand of my own.

Reminds me of my Mother that spent about R16 000 way back then (around 1988 - moer of a lot of money back then) when I was 16 on some woo master that claimed that he could balance my emotions/hormonal/rebellious issues and inadequacies with some weird machine, I was strapped into this gadget weekly for about six weeks until the last session when I stuck bubblegum into some of the knobs and levers. After this episode my mother gave up on having my rebellion "cured" and left me for the Devil.  Grin

She still loves all alternative therapies....  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2010, 12:22:50 PM »

Cheap ones don't work as well. Placebo studies have proved this Roll Eyes

A fool and his money are soon parted.  My Dad told me that just before he lost it all investing in elephant hair mosquito nets...

They say the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Wink
True. Lost all mine on a gym. What could possibly go wrong?
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2010, 14:00:37 PM »

Now elephant hair powerbalance bracelets - there's something to go into.

What about Quantum Elephant Nano-Hair Powerbalance bracelets? We could make a mint! St0nes could join us.
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2010, 15:33:54 PM »

Sounds good!
St0nes should be head of research since his dad has already established that elephants don't go for mosquito hairnets.   Quantum elephants might of course behave differently, but elephants generally come across well balanced; perhaps powerbalance bracelets would sell better among giraffes?
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2010, 15:41:40 PM »

perhaps your target market should more closely resemble a species that boasts opposable thumbs?
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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2010, 21:35:48 PM »

Holy Crap!!! Shocked

Have you seen how much those magic doodahs are selling for here??

Power Balance S.A.


But, as with all this type of crap, if they were cheap, then they wouldn't be as effective, now, would they?
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2010, 22:06:36 PM »

We’ve been spammed.

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