Skeptic Shopper: Beware This Moisturizer Scam

Skeptic Shopper: Beware This Moisturizer Scam February 21, 2019

Over on YouTube, I’ve begun a new video series called Skeptic Shopper. These videos are going to take a closer look at some of the products we see advertised in our Facebook feeds and Instagram accounts. You know the ones: they claim to make you look ten years younger, or lose ten pounds in a week. There are some that claim to be able to curl or straighten your hair in mere minutes no matter how thick your hair is. There are subscription boxes for every man, woman, child, true crime addict and their dogs, too! Meal kit delivery services; mattresses that claim to be better than any other; art kits that have you “paint with diamonds”. We’re going to give them all a try and sort out which are worth buying, which we ought to just ignore and which are just plain trying to rip you off.

The first video in the series is about one product that turned out to be a scam. Check out the video to learn more:

I hope you enjoyed this and got something out of it, so my $300 wasn’t completely wasted! Let me know of any products you’ve seen around the web making hefty claims. I’ll take a look and see if I can review them.

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  • Jim Jones

    Apart from a few items, most makeup type products are lanolin plus scent and color etc. Or so I’m told.

    I’d always try Dollar Tree first. Check their recalls: a very short list. I guess they don’t want complaints from 14,835 stores so they are careful.

  • Andrew Hobson

    Have you considered cancelling your credit card and getting a new one?

    Also, some things like this have a cooling off period, where you can cancel before the recurring payment kicks in, but they are carefully worded so that cancelling in time is impossible. One that nearly caught me was a 2 week cooling off period that basically had to be cancelled on the same day that you joined in order to be valid as there was a 2 week wait time for the cancellation to take effect.

  • guerillasurgeon

    I have a face for radio and don’t care about wrinkles. But if you are really interested. I heard about this on the radio.
    https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/face-cream-reduces-wrinkles/

  • Jim Jones

    I blame the credit card companies for this. They are failing in their duty to their customers.