"Buy one, get one" offers deceptive
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -
That's the sweet deal you hear on many infomercials.
But it's a deal that often turns sour.
And that is exactly why the Federal Trade Commission is mailing out over $200,000.00 in refund checks totaling over $7.2 million dollars to people who bought products deceptively marketed as "Buy-one-get-one-free."
One of the biggest offenders...the Snuggie.
(Except from Snuggie infomercial): "But call right now and we'll give you a second Snuggie and book light free. Just pay processing and handling. That's two Snuggie blankets and two press-and-open booklights. All for only $19.95."
The problem with this offer and many other “Buy-one-get-one-free” offers is the doubled price for shipping two items often surprises and aggravates buyers.
(Excerpt from Hot Buns infomercial): "And because everyone will want your hot buns if you order right now we will double the offer and give you a second set free...just pay additional processing and handling."
(Excerpt from Mister Steamy infomercial): "Be one of the first to order and we'll double the entire offer...free. Just pay separate processing."
Enough complaints were filed with the FTC that the organization looked into the matter and agreed.
It found that since 1999 many of the "As-seen-on-tv" products marketed by Allstar Marketing Group were confusing at best, deceptive at worst.
(Excerpt from Magic Mesh infomercial): "But wait...call right now and we'll double the offer. Just pay separate processing and handling."
The best part of this settlement is if you bought one of the "Buy-one-get-one-free" products that are a part of this group the FTC already has your information and you should receive your refund check later this month.
The FTC says the average refund check will be $33.14.
Air date: May 16th, 2018