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Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Dog Food Advisor TRUSTED Business | Verified Safe™…businesses consumers can trust. The Dog Food Advisor is privately owned. Dog Food Advisor is not affiliated — in any way — with the pet food industry. The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. In addition, to avoid any influence from the industry itself... the company does not accept or allow paid advertising from pet food manufacturers. - Internet

  • Submitted: Tue, September 13, 2016
  • Updated: Fri, July 13, 2018
  • Reported By: Ripped Off by Mike Sagman and the Dog Food Advisor — Miami Florida USA
  • Dog Food Advisor TRUSTED Business | Verified Safe™…businesses consumers can trust. The Dog Food Advisor is privately owned. Dog Food Advisor is not affiliated — in any way — with the pet food industry. The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. In addition, to avoid any influence from the industry itself... the company does not accept or allow paid advertising from pet food manufacturers.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Dog Food Advisor for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Dog Food Advisor have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Dog Food Advisor listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Dog Food Advisor's managing editor, Mike Sagman, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients success is the heart of his website. [continued below]....
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As a successful publisher, Mike believes it is critical to listen to his readers and respond properly.

By always placing his reader's welfare first, Mike hopes to maintain Dog Food Advisor as a successful organization both now and for many years to come.

Mike's personal business philosophy is based on the premise that "strives to add value in service, understanding that a successful business model is based on value-added services, and client care".

The website's founder and managing editor says this, "We are one of the top pet food review websites for helping dog owners make informed buying decisions."

One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, "Dog Food Advisor truly communicates all details in its reviews. I am very pleased with the excellent service provided by their support department. They are serious about helping me every time I've contacted them for help."

Dog Food Advisor is Ripoff Report Verified
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Mike Sagman during an onsite inspection held by a third-party verification company with no biases towards Dog Food Advisor.

Dog Food Advisor is a company created by Mike Sagman that provides reviews of dog food. Mr. Sagman stated the following about his company, "we give it a rating of 1 to 5 stars. I don’t work for the pet food industry I am independent. We really as of the last month or two don't sell anything on the website we pay for the website through traffic referrals from online retailers but not manufacturers. We are independent of the pet food industry. It is the busiest page on the internet. People trust us and we review pet food."

Leads for Dog Food Advisor are primarily obtained through their high SEO, "we are number one on the internet we are the busiest website that does reviews for the pet food industry. We come up in over 27,000 keyword combinations and searches. People find their way to our website they are trying to answer the question what is the best food for my dog. And so we review them based on the labels. That's what we do. When you say what's the business the best way to put this is the readers are our customers they just aren't paying for the information it is free." Their services are solely provided through their website. Individuals interested in their products have access to over 1,000 reviews that cover over 4,600 products and recipes. Mr. Sagman additionally stated, "we try to make it as easy as possible for people. This is the age of choice that we all have so many things to choose from. I think people come to our website I know they come to our website because they are confused and overwhelmed and many of these people are truly in love with their pets."



CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION – DOG FOOD ADVISOR

Mr. Sagman was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service they received. He stated that because their service is based on reviews they very rarely receive complaints. Occasionally individuals will disagree with their review of products, "people just write down and sometimes they get in arguments. That is what causes all the strife. They are arguing with each other and when we step in as a moderator that's what causes complaints. I mean people complain about dog food all the time they go to the manufacturer’s website or they may disagree with the rating. The aggravation comes when we step in and ask them to please not use bad language. We have clear rules no profanity we are not always wearing halos but just please remember to be respectful."

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Sagman expressed that all the comments on Ripoff Reports website are false. He stated the following, "Everyone of those is about being banned. If you read the complaints and really look at them they are talking about how unfair we are. The one that you will see that motivated me the most are the ones that say credit card fraud. I am an honest person we are not the kind of people that are in the home building business. I have kept a clean record my entire life. I work really hard and so does my wife. My wife started crying when she read those complaints. This person wrote every single one of them. He says he is in Florida...I know his name. We went through the trouble of hiring a 3rd party to track him down but we decided to take no action because I am just embarrassed I don't want this in the newspaper. That's how he got even with us. We had a $14 product that we sold for 4 years that we are phasing out because we don’t make much money from it. $14.99 membership for a year for our recommendations and that is how we funded our business for years. He made up this bogus complaint that we took $700 from him and I would love to know how you do that. Also, no credit cards are exchanged with me, my wife, or anyone who is an employee. They are stored on authorize.net it is a Visa subsidiary. It stores the last 4 digits of somebody's credit card so we can’t charge anyone's accounts. It is set up to charge only $14.99. It was completely made up. If you look at the pattern he went back the next day and just changed his name. We know exactly who it is."

In order to ensure that clients are receiving the best experience possible Dog Food Advisor, they are always looking for ways to make improvements. Most recently, "[our] comment policy on the discussions has helped a lot and a major improvement. We have profanity filters. On our forums that are separate from these that have filters that automatically asterisk words that are not allowed in forums and comments."

Dog Food Advisor is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Bruce stated the following, "when I learned about the Corporate Advocacy Program I thought it was interesting, but I thought this would make them come up even higher and I still believe that it will. But what I like best about it is if someone posts again...it will give me a chance to hear about it and in other words, they will say 'Hey Mike, this was just posted about you' and you can respond. That is what I am most excited about”



DOG FOOD ADVISOR – STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDER – MIKE SAGMAN

" I am proud to be the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor -- DogFoodAdvisor.com -- a popular review and reference website ranked #1 in its niche by Alexa.com, an Amazon company. The Dog Food Advisor was awarded its registered trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark office in 2015. Before I founded The Dog Food Advisor website, I practiced Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport News, VA from October 1975 to June 2014. I am a 1973 honors graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. My academic training at Roanoke College included a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. I am a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, the Peninsula Dental Society and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics. I have received numerous awards for excellence by my profession. I am a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society. I am a 1975 recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to my country. I have been recognized as one of "Virginia's Top Dentists" every year since 2010 by Virginia Living magazine. I have also been chosen by my peers to be honored by Hampton Roads magazine in its list of the area's "Top Dentists".

Mike Sagman is the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor -- DogFoodAdvisor.com -- a popular review and reference website ranked #1 in its niche by Alexa.com, an Amazon company.

The Dog Food Advisor was awarded its registered trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark office in 2015.

Dr. Sagman practiced Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry from October 1975 to June 2014.

He is a 1973 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. His academic training at Roanoke College included a major in chemistry and a minor in biology.

Dr. Sagman is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, the Peninsula Dental Society and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics.

He has received numerous awards for excellence by his profession. Dr. Sagman is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society.

He is a 1975 recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to his country.

Dr. Sagman has been recognized as one of "Virginia's Top Dentists" every year since 2010 by Virginia Living magazine. He has also been chosen by his peers to be honored by Hampton Roads magazine in its list of the area's "Top Dentists".

Dog Food Advisor's research and editorial team have regularly expressed their confidence in the performance of their professional assignments. Dog Food Advisor takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, ""Dog Food Advisor provides a very positive environment within to work.

Opportunities for suggestions and improvements are encouraged. Our editor, Mike Sagman, is truly concerned about our contribution to the company and providing growth opportunities for each of us. He takes the time to listen and communicate with employees and customers."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Dog Food Advisor's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.



STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM DOG FOOD ADVISOR

Dog Food Advisor recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Dog Food Advisor has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with founder and managing editor, Mike Sagman, Ripoff Report is convinced that Dog Food Advisor is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.



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Ripoff Report has determined that Dog Food Advisor meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24-hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.

As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint, so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses, so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.

NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

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Mike Sagman, Dog Food Advisor Internet

ABOUT THE RIPOFF REPORT BELOW:

Ripoff Report would like to let readers know that Ripoff Report emailed this customer, so the member business could make things right with them. When a business joins the Corporate Advocacy Program, Ripoff Report emails everyone from the past so the member business can make things right with them. Of course, everything within reason. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses, so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. The author of the Ripoff Report below never responded to our offer to help them.

WHY THE ORIGIONAL Ripoff Report and other comments filed below are completely false..  Internet troll, blogger threatens and harasses owners of Dog Food Advisor, creating multiple fake identities when posting comments on the community website, retaliation for being blocked from forum.  

 

By Mike Sagman

The person who created this fictitious Ripoff Report in September 2016 (including his 7 deceptive followup comments) did so because he had been previously denied access and blocked from participating in The Dog Food Advisor discussion forums and Disqus blog. 

 

This action was taken by our moderators because of his repeated use of multiple false identities to threaten the owners and officials of The Dog Food Advisor blog as well as other members of its discussion community with malicious and alarming comments.

 

These sinister actions taken by this person even included illegally publishing the personal names of the minor children of other members of our social community.

 

We frequently received numerous complaints from members who feared for their personal safety as well as for the safety of their own families. He also illegally posted the personal information including addresses and phone numbers of other participants he had "scraped" from other sources (like Facebook).

 

We reached out to this individual and implored him to cease and desist his dangerous behavior. He responded by continuing his personal attacks.

 

Each time we blocked him from participation, he created new and fraudulent identities at Disqus and also on our own website. He also continued to threaten other members.

 

He retaliated by creating this false and misleading Ripoff Report --- because we blocked him from further participation in our blog.

 

We appreciate the opportunity and the help afforded us by the owner and staff of Ripoff Report in another attempt to reach out and publicly respond to this this person.


NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

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My credit card information was stolen after I joined the 'Editors Choice" section on the Dog Food Advisor; dogfoodadvisor.com

The Dog Food Advisor is owned by Mike Sagman. I was new to the site and I wanted to find a good food for my dogs. There are links all over the website encouraging you to join the editors choice club.

I clicked on one of the links to see what it's about. I was directed to a video which promises to reveal the secrets to finding a good dog food that are available nowhere else on the internet, and if you join within the next 30 minutes you will receive the discounted price of $14.99. The regular price is $19.99

Mike Sagman narrates the video which pulls on your heart strings by telling you about "Penny" his poor shelter dog that passed away in 2007 from tainted pet food. I should have known that there was something fishy going on here by the mention of his poor dog penny and the secrets that will be revealed if you join Mike Sagmans Editors Choice section on the Dog Food Advisor.

I just adopted a dog and I badly wanted to feed my new dog the very best food I could, so I joined. I used a brand new credit-card and the next day there were four separate charges for the $14.99 membership fee.

I contacted the Dog Food Advisor and told Mike Sagman what happened. He told me it was a computer gliche and he would take care of it ASAP. 

The next day there are THREE MORE CHARGES of $14.99, and no refunds. That made seven total charges from the Dog Food Advisor. I again contacted the Dog Food Advisor. This time it was Patti Sagman and not Mike Sagman who replied, She told me that Mike was a busy man and if I just showed a little patience it would be taken care of.

I was shocked. So far I didn't contact my credit-card company because of Mike Sagmans first response to me. After Patt Sagmans reply I immediately contacted then and reported the six extra charges from the Dog Food Advisor.

Two days later there was still no refunds but there was a $700 DOLLAR CHARGE from chewy.com for alot of dog supplies. I contacted the Dog Food Advisor again and this time I received a replay from Mike Sagman and he basically accused me of trying to scam him and the Dog Food Advisor.

I finally received a refund from my credit-card company for ALL THE FRAUDULENT CHARGES and they opened a full investigation to try and find out who from the Dog Food Advisor stole my credit-card information.

I will update this report with any new information!

Please stay away from Mike Sagman and the Dog Food Advisor or this could happen to you!

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#1 Consumer Comment

Tracked By The Dog Food Advisor

AUTHOR: xander - (USA)

Did you guys know that when you visit dogfoodadvisor.com up to 252 TRACKING COOKIES FROM OTHER WEBSITES ARE PLACED ON YOUR COMPUTER?

WHY? I thought dogfoodadvisor.com was a dog food review site, not a data collection service.Who knows what websites Mike Sagman is allowing to put tracking cookies on dogfoodadvisor.com. There's no way to know who is steling credit card data on dogfoodadvisor.com.

What if one of those cookies is a key logger? What if those cookies track EVERY WEBSITE YOU VISIT after you leave dog food advisor?

Maybe Mike Sagman and Patti Sagman had nothing to do with the credit card fraud? Maybe one of the other websites their selling your information to stole it?

Dogfoodadvisor.com is owned by Mike Sagman a retired dentist. He use to advertize on DrSagman.com like one of those late night infomercials.

"LEARN THESE SEVEN LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY"

Mike Sagman has been mining data for a LONG TIME NOW. The below screenshot is from 2012. He uses that same picture on the dog food advisor, CREEPY.

All you people who got ripped off should contact an attorney. Maybe with ALL THESE CASES someone could start a class action lawsuit against everyone from dogfoodadvisor.com, including Mike Sagman and Patti Sagman.

 

 

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#2 Consumer Comment

mike sagman's dog food advisor is ripping people off!

AUTHOR: texas tart - (USA)

Mike Sagman and the dog food advisor ripped me off for over 200 dollars!!!

On thursday oct 31 I joined the editors choice forum on dog food advisor. Two days later I had a charge from 213dollars from walmart that wasnt mine. Someone from Virginia ordered stuff online. This was a brand spanking new credit card and dog food advisor was the only place I used it before Ithe bogus charge from walmart.

Mike Sagman's dog food advisor is ripping people off.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Pissed in Naples

AUTHOR: Pissed in Naples - (USA)

Why is dogfoodadvisor.com still able to take online payments?  I signed on with that editors choice deal for $14.99. Got charged twice then I got a charge for $80 from an electronis store in Naples Florida.

I contacted the helpp desk and i got a reply fron Patti Sagman said she couldnt find my information. I kept contacting the help desk and never heard back from Patti Sagman, Mike Sagman or anyone one else fron dog food advisor.

Some one should shut them down. Scam Scam Scam

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#4 Consumer Comment

I was ripped off to

AUTHOR: ripped off 2 - (USA)

There's a bunch of thieves running the editors choice club on the dog food advisor.  I signed up on a monday and the same day somebody charged 56 dollars to my card on ebay.

Took me 2 months and alot of headaches to get that crap cleared up. Nobody at the dog food advisor did anything. MIke Sagman was no help atall. He said that nothing like this has ever happened before lol. Freakin liar is what he is. I'm surprised they haven'tben shut down.

 

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#5 Consumer Comment

Dog Food Advisor | Credit Card Fraud

AUTHOR: Stung in Texas - (USA)

I'm so grateful you wrote this. I joined the the Mike Sagman's Editor's Choice club on thedogfoodadvisor.com a while back. I had one small hiccup signing in. Patti S (I wonder if that's Patti Sagman) from the help desk took care of it. My next bill from Visa had the charge for the Editor's Choice club as I expected, but there was also a charge from Chewy,com for $297 bucks.

I would never have put the two together if I hadn't read your ripoff report on Mike Sagman and Dog Food Advisor. Visa removed the charge from Chewy. I always thought that Mike Sagman and Dog Food Advisor were spot on. I going to start spreading the word about Dog Food Advisor's Editor's Choice club and unauthorized charges from Chewy.com.

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#6 Consumer Comment

Dog food advisor ripped me off!

AUTHOR: Stung in Texas - (USA)

Deja Vu

I joined the Editors CHoice on dogfoodadvisor.com a while ago. The video was a little tacky but I wanted those industry secrets lol. The Editors Choise section of the Dog Food Advisor was a let down. The editor (Mike Sagman) was a no show. Whenever I asked a question one of the regulars would answer it and that's not why I joined. I asked for my money back and a Patti S contacted me (I don't know if it's the same Patti Sagman your talking about).

Patti S asked me a few questions and said she was sorry. My refund was on the next credit card statement and so was a charge from Chewy dot com. I never bought anything from Chewy. I informed the credit card people about this fraudulent charge and a month later I was issued a refund. The charge was for $192 bucks.

I never would have put two an two together if I had not seen your ripoff report for Mike Sagman and the Dog Food Advisor.

Thank you for writing about this. I hope people see it and noone else gets ripped off on dogfoodadvisor.com.

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