How to avoid supplement scam

SupplementsEverybody looking for a testosterone boosting supplements or stack is going to encounter one or another form of supplement scam – sooner or later.
Why? There is a lot of money to make in the supplement industry. There are customers willing to pay a lot for having their problems solved. Unfortunately there will be always unscrupulous manufacturers and vendors trying to take advantage of the unaware users.
However there are some precautions you can take to avoid unpleasant surprises:

Read negative testimonials

If the products isn’t sold on Amazon – check bodybuilding forums. Of course there will be a lot of positive reviews, some of them fake, some other real but intended to encourage you to buy the product. However if there are way too many negative opinions of the product or of the sale process – be careful.

Avoid products with secret formulas

…undisclosed contents, etc. There is a body of scientific research regarding the most ingredients used in testosterone boosting stacks. If all active components are listed on the packaging, you can do your own research (e.g. on Wikipedia) and decide if you want to spend your money and try the supplement. In case there is no list what’s inside, you have to trust blindly the manufacturer.

Be careful of free samples

A legitimate offer is the money back guarantee. You pay for the supplement and if it doesn’t work for you, you get your money back. The price of the product reflects the fact that some purchases will be reimbursed. And that’s fine, you pay for the results. A free trial is a very different animal. Usually the first delivery is free, but subsequent deliveries follow at a very steep price. Always check if you are ordering a single free shipment only, or a whole lot of shipments from which only one is free.

Another story are tricky return conditions hidden deeply into the return policy. When ordering make sure that you’ll be entitled to the reimbursement. Look for the delivery size and for additional conditions like returning empty bottles as a prerequisite for the money back guarantee.

Look out for illegal ingredients

Some substances have unpleasant or simply dangerous side effects which has led to a ban on them (e.g. ephedrine). They may work, but the effects come at a price. Like damaging your kidneys or liver. Sounds ugly? No need to ruin your health if there are other supplements available on the market. And boy, there is a hell of a lot of legal and safe supplements. Do you due diligence and read the ingredients list, keeping in mind our warning about secret ingredients.

Check the country of origin

…or the country of sourcing, both for the supplement and its ingredients. There have been cases of contaminated ingredients manufactured in countries with different standards of quality like Vietnam or China. Sometimes a very appealing price and a “cheap” or undisclosed country of origin mean that the whole product is counterfeit / a fake. Probably everybody has already read about counterfeit erectile dysfunction medication made of brick dust and blue paint.

Be careful of false testimonials

Some manufacturers take a huge shortcut and let celebrities endorse their products, claiming that the looks or muscles of the celebrity in question are the effect of the supplement. Recently I have seen the before and after pictures of Dr. Jeffry Life as “John from Maryland” in an scammy advertisement of a weight loss supplement. Another version of this kind of scam is buying before and after pictures of people who have recently lost weight and using it to advertise products they even haven’t been close to 🙂

Conclusion

Be careful, use your own brain and do your due diligence to avoid supplement scam. If you need to – ask in the Internet (e.g. on a forum). Do not experiment with your health to save a few pennies. And you’ll be fine!

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