Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ShopperSavingCenter = cockgobblers

Just for fun, I clicked on one of those ads that say "You've won a free 42" plasma TV", just so I could see what happens. Of course, there are "Terms and Conditions":
4. Eligibility for Receiving a Free Item for Referral-based websites

(a) For this particular website, users must do the following to be eligible to get approval to receive their free product:

i. You must successfully complete the following sponsored offers: two (2) offers from Silver Offers, two (2) offers from Gold Offers, and eight (8) offers on Platinum Offers.

ii. Refer at least two (2) unique person (s) who join(s) and also correctly complete(s) the same offer requirements listed above.

(b) After a user signs up with our website and successfully completes an offer, they must get two (2) person(s) to also sign up with our website and successfully complete the same offer requirements to get their free item. In order to connect these referrals to the original user, we issue this user a unique link to our offer site, which they must then distribute to the intended parties. Thus, the user is entirely responsible for all communications regarding our offer sites. At no point during the offer process does ShoppersSavingCenter.com send out any communications on the user's behalf to encourage such signups to occur.

(c) A user may complete more than required offers and may refer more than two (2) referrals, but cannot earn more than 1 free product with their account. Any additional referrals or offer completions will not result in any additional free items.

(d) Referrals completing multiple offers will only count once towards referral accruement for the referrer.

(e) We will only give out credit for referrals who join by clicking on your referral link code. Anyone who does not click this URL or type it into their web browser exactly cannot be tracked, and thus, cannot be connected to your account. Note that some applications can remove the tracking part of this URL. Users assume the risk of not getting credit for some referrals when using our site(s).

(f) Users may only receive 1 free item per account.

(g) A user must have a valid email address and a valid shipping address in the United States. The user should also note that some products cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. We only allow one account per shipping address.

(h) Users must be residents of the United States, and there can only be one account per shipping address.

(i) This offer expires 60 days from the date you register on the site. If at the end of the 60 day period, you have successfully completed the required number sponsored offers but have not referred two (2) unique households who have successfully completed the required number sponsored offers, you will not be eligible to receive the free promotional item; but as a consolation for participating, you will automatically receive a complementary $50 gift card.

In other words, you've got to buy 12 other things (exactly what is not known until you sign up), get two other suckers to sign up, and your suckers have to each buy the 12 mystery crap items, all within 60 days. Your basic pyramid scheme.

Suck it.

4 comments:

ENOUGH said...

I, too , got sucked into ShopperSavingCenter to win a prize if I completed the survey. Well, it is not a survey...they have no right calling it a survey because it is a forced response questioneer often filling the YES blanks for you as you proceed down the list of advertizers. If you choose NO, the "survey" makes you answer to at least one "YES" per page...and the pages keep scrolling and scrolling...until you can't take it any longer. I was actually getting phone calls from advertizer before I could finish the forced response questioneer. I finally had to quit...and I got slammed with over 100 vendor scam mail in 4 days. That's just great.

I think the BBB should stop this false advertisement that they call a "survey". A survey is a voluntary response to questions and if I decide to say "NO" to every survey question, then my name should not be released to any vendor. What's the deal?

Demoncrush said...

Wow thanks for the heads up I was going to pursue the website and actually give my information out...but I thought I would do a search for the company before I did that...in fact if you type ShopperSavingCenter into google it'll take you right to the sign-up website. Thanks again for not allowing me to make the same mistake.

http://demoncrush.blogspot.com

Greedy Dragon said...

What a Joke! I'm so glad I googled ShopperSavingCenter and found your blog. I wasted my time filling out all my info and their "surveys" but when it came down to putting in my credit card info. I decided to see if this company was for real. It seemed so shady to begin with I should have known. After reading your blog I decided I would stop before buying any of the silver "offers."
Thanks for the heads up!

advansysorgamove said...

I got sucked in to the 42" tv thing. My issue is that I recived a call from 602-343-2228 regarding work from home. I also mentioned the big screen tv, and to no surprise he sounded as if he knew nothing, he also mentioned that he would look into it. After a few minutes of let me think about it and him telling me that it was what I need it. I said I would think about it and to give me his number to call him back. About the $149 $288 and $800 he wanted from me to sign up for a sort of a pyramid scam setup. The caller called me a know it all, and pretty much treated me like garbage when I started to break down the numbers. He was offering upto $22 dollars from ebay sign up, 9% from amazon, 3% from Sony. The company he represented was World Market Systems. I nicely asked to be taken out of what ever list they had made up and discard whatever information they had of me. We will see what happens. Today is the 15 of February of 2007. What I am most sad about is that what ever happened to the internet hero's of the past who lived and enjoyed taking down such sites. Could it be that capitalism has plagued their minds to use their skills to join this type of scams to harm innocent people who are just looking for a way to make an hones living. How do I know some are helping this companies, well look and search all the blogs postings and you will find only this one talking the truth about shoppersavingscenter and World Market Systems.