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Complaint Review: Power Brands Consulting LLC

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  • Submitted: Thu, August 16, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, February 02, 2013

  • Reported By: jeremy — Warren Illinois United States of America
Power Brands Consulting LLC
16501 Sherman Way Suite 225 Internet United States of America

Power Brands Consulting LLC PowerBrands US Horrible Business Practices Internet

*General Comment: Power Brands? More Like Weak Brains!

*Consumer Comment: Hello

*Consumer Comment: CON MEN!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Response to Mikayla post

*Consumer Comment: We would like your help

*Consumer Comment: Would appreciate your help...

*General Comment: Helpful report

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Agreement fulfilled, Excellent finished product delivered

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I first started dealing with Power Brands on March 1st 2011 to help me develop a line of Energy Shots.  It wasnt till August 2011 that I finally paid them to start developing my Energy Shot.  Now the only reason I am responding to this rip-off report is that I have now seen many other companies that have had complaints.  Never meeting them in person was my first mistake but after a few phone calls and doing some research I seen the success they had in developing other brands.  These are the problems that we had to overcome.  Once PowerBrands received our Paycheck the communication with them almost came to a hault.  We would go as far as calling every single department they had to get someone to answer the phone.  Infact it was always the graphic designer that we only could get ahold of.  Marty Brown was in charge of our account and verbally told me that it would take a maximum of 60 days to have my product developed and ready for production if we did everything on a timely manner. 

Well the first flavor that they sent us we chose.  Literally didn't even ask for a second flavor.  Then it was time to devlop the graphics for the bottle.  We were sent 3 pics and they were not that appealing.  I spoke to Kris in graphics and basically told him what I wanted and a few weeks later he responded with our design.  This is where we really started to have trouble.  I have been in the c-store biz my whole life and knew that energy shots were the number one growing product in c-stores.  So time was of the essence for us to get our product out.  After we picked our flavor and bottles which took 2 emails to decide it became clear to me that they were not interested in handling our account in a timely manner.  We called and emailed multiple times just to get co-packer information and also our ingredient info.  When we finally recieved the co-packer info and contacted the co-packers I really started to worry.  The first co-packers website did not even exist.  Then number provided was not in service.  Then the rest of the co-packers didnt even have the equipment to co-pack energy shots.  Therefore as Power Brands insisted on being pro's in the energy shot world I would think that they would know someone who could do the job I was asking. 

Finally after several months with no help from them we were able to find a co-packer to make our product.  Only problem was that they wouldnt release our batch ingredients to us.  Many Many Excuses came from emails but after a month we received them but this is when I found out that the person in Charge of our account had left the company.  Not a call or an email to let us know that the person in charge of our account was no longer with the company.  Luckily for us its been over a year and were growing more and more every day.  What bothers me the most is after getting to learn the business that we didnt even need powerbrands to develop our shot.  We have had 3 more flavors developed and another brand all for the cost of ZERO.  Also during this time they were developing another energy shot that was in development the same time as us.  Come to find out they were basically taking my whole idea and marketing aspect of it and working with the other company. 

Now this company probally spent more then 15,000 dollars and wasnt a group of 20 year olds calling them everyday.  They had millions of dollars and a celeberity to be the face of it.  So if you have millions of dollars PowerBrands will treat you like gold.  If your a small pea they will treat you like a small pea.  If anyone would like an energy shot and or drink developed I would be glad to help you out. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/16/2012 02:21 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Power-Brands-Consulting-LLC/internet/Power-Brands-Consulting-LLC-PowerBrands-US-Horrible-Business-Practices-Internet-928255. 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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#1 General Comment

Power Brands? More Like Weak Brains!

AUTHOR: F Power Brands - ()

There is a reason why so many people have so many people have so many negative experiences with Power Brands. If you are considering using their services, the comments made here should serve as a loud and vivid warning to dismiss this company as a potential and qualified service provider for your needs. Take it from someone who has had direct contact with these people, you should consider this company as a business plague and it starts right at the top and their CEO ((( Chief Eerie Officer ))). There are other companies more qualified than this one to help you realize your business goals. If you choose to ignore this warning, you will regret it!!! THIS COMPANY IS LIKE A PLAGUE!

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#2 Consumer Comment

Hello

AUTHOR: marky78a - ()

I am trying to start my own line of beverage products and was thinking about using power brands. I am nervous about calling them because I will use all the money I have in my savings account to get started and cannot afford the mistakes you have encountered. Can you please email me with the company you went with. My email is (((ROR redacted))) i would appreciate any advice you can give me. If it is possible maybe we can exchange emails and you can answer other questions I have.

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#3 Consumer Comment

CON MEN!

AUTHOR: PowerBrands Boycott - ()

These disgusting excuse of human beings have no business doing business! They've been doing this for years! I was a victim too!! They have such bad reputation and have been blacklisted by their 3rd party companies. Within the beverage industry they are known for nothing good. I'm mad people still fall prey to these money starved blood suckers! I still want my $20,000 back and i'm bent on getting it no matter how successful i am. I never forgot the lesson they taught me and i promised to teach them a lesson they'll never forget. Darin Ezra, Charlie Quinn &  Marty Molina. These 3 Bastard will wish they never insulted my intelligence. They'll be so surprised to see me after so long... I never forgot! 

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Response to Mikayla post

AUTHOR: Power Brands - (United States of America)

We do not currently nor have we ever had a client "Mikayla Zafir," which make me question the legitimacy of this post.  We aim to provide top tier customer service to all of our clients, these efforts have earned us an "A" rating from the BBB.  

Mikayla, if you are perhaps an ancillary member of a current project, please reach out to us or have the project lead contact us directly to discuss any issues or please provide specific detail here for rebuttal.  We are absolutely reasonable, responsive and, if this is a legitimate grievance, will aim to find resolution ASAP.
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#5 Consumer Comment

We would like your help

AUTHOR: BT - (United States of America)

Jeremy,

We are experiencing the same events as you previously did with Power Brands LLC and were wondering if you could help us out with pointers or anything. Please contact me at mikayla.zafir@gmail.com

Hope to hear back soon,

Mikayla
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#6 Consumer Comment

Would appreciate your help...

AUTHOR: jmartin - (United States of America)

Jeremy,

We were thinking of using Powerbrands for energy drink and energy shot development. I appreciate your feedback. Might you be able to contact us with information on who you ended up using and what you learned from the whole process.

Thanks in advance,

James
jmartin8080@yahoo.com
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#7 General Comment

Helpful report

AUTHOR: JMS - (United States of America)

Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for sharing the experience that you had with Power Brands.
 
I'm in a similar situation and would really appreciate it if there are any other pointers you could share.

Please contact me at qazxc55@msn.com.

Thank you.
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#8 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Agreement fulfilled, Excellent finished product delivered

AUTHOR: Power Brands - (United States of America)

Jeremy,

Were glad to hear your product is doing well, as we are happy to hear when any brand that we develop succeeds in the market.  I am surprised to see a negative review from you and want to address the points youve made and correct the inaccuracies.

1)   Communication came to a halt once payment was received.

I have a documented stream of emails between you and the development team from Aug 15 (the kickoff date for the project) and Oct 14, when the final documents were released to you after final payment was received.  The duration of this project was almost exactly the 60 days Marty Brown quoted you at the outset.

2)  Faulty co-packer information, delay in receiving information

The co-packer information was sent to you on Sept 15, one week before you actually approved the initial formulation.  The list provided you contained reputable companies that produce millions of energy shot units annually, including NVE and Big Red.  Smaller organizations were also included for exploration.  We never received an email or message from you stating you needed additional help securing a co-packer.

3)  Batching sheet not released, over a month delay to receive

As per our agreement, all final documents are released upon final payment.  We did not receive final payment from you until Oct 7, at which time the team compiled the batching sheet, supplier contact information, estimated cost of goods, printable hi-res artwork, and delivered these to you within one week
of payment.

4)  PBC stole your idea and gave it to another celebrity-led company

I honestly dont even know where to begin here.  Yes, we formulated, developed, and launched Street King Energy Shot on behalf of Curtis Jackson (50-Cent) and his team at Pure Growth Partners.  All of this happened prior to Aug 15, 2011.  Please google it. 

We do not begrudge you for being in your 20s and calling every day, that enthusiasm is critical when launching a new brand.  We delivered on our agreement within the timeframe we agreed to and gave you the same service and respect we aim to provide all of our clients.
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