- Report: #111736
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Consumer Research Corporation
Consumer Research Corporation3830 Forest Drive, Suite 207 Columbia, South Carolina U.S.A.
Consumer Research Corporation Aka ProductTestPanel.com rip-off! False advertising! Columbia South Carolina
*Consumer Suggestion: If the offer is too good to be true, it is too good and expect a scam.
*Consumer Comment: legitimate product testers?
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As one of the other reports against this company said, they have completely buried the exact terms and conditions of their "special offers," and then they deliberately mislead consumers who go through the whole process of trying to fulfill the requirements for the free offer. Wouldn't anyone naturally interpret "sign up for 2 offers below" to mean that if they were offered three pages of choices they only had to select two from the total collection? Yes, the words appear at the top of each of the three pages, but come on! It's just deliberately misleading web design.
I also e-mailed the company sometime ago to find out the status of my free golf club, and got no response...not even one telling me that I hadn't yet fulfilled the requirements for the offer. Then, when I called the company and actually spoke to a person, she insisted that there were numerous opportunities to look at the terms and conditions before proceeding with the registration process...not true! She claimed that there was a link to the T&C on the very first page when you click on the link in the e-mail, but guess what? It's not there!
Anyway, enough about that...I'm probably not saying anything that the 16 people ahead of me haven't already thought of. To make matters worse, one of the partner companies that I ordered my "free trial offer" from was just about as deceitful. That one ended up costing me $80 because the instructions for the trial offer were so convoluted they slipped right by me...and I'm a soon-to-be college graduate!
I have no problem with consumer testing services; in fact, I'm registered with one and do surveys for them all the time. I thought that's what CRC was, but they're not...they're obviously in the business making money off of hapless consumers through the "special offers" they promote.
Sun Valley, California
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/06/2004 11:22 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Consumer-Research-Corporation/Columbia-South-Carolina-29204/Consumer-Research-Corporation-Aka-ProductTestPanelcom-rip-off-False-advertising-Columbi-111736. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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