Selling Snake Oil with Name-Dropping.

I don’t like scammers. I don’t like woo-peddlers. I don’t like people who take advantage of the gullible and/or the vulnerable to make money at any cost. I’ve written numerous times about snake-oil sales, and even got a cease-and-desist letter from some law firm because the manufacturer didn’t like being called a scumball. But they’re […]

Packaging Snake Oil

I’ve posted numerous times about health-related scams and sleazy marketing. For this reason, I have no small sense of irony spending time as a temp worker for a local nutraceutical company that serves many herbal and health-food concerns. Today I spent 8 hours helping to package about a million capsules of… wait for it… garcinia […]

Snake Oil: Only $67.00

A comment recently appeared at this post, which read as follows: It’s appropriate time to have the plans for future years and it’s time for you to be happy. We have read this article and if I really could I want to propose you number of interesting points or ideas. Maybe you can easily write […]

GoDaddy goes after affiliate marketers

I have often posted about snake oil vendors on the internet and the operation of scummy affiliate marketers that flood our inboxes and search results with come-ons for worthless products that hook vulnerable people into giving up credit card numbers and signing up for endless refills of overpriced trash. After some brilliant internet sleuthing, GoDaddy […]

Watch that fine print

Wow, TV + Internet +Voice, $29.99! That certainly grabs the attention. “Each.” That means the total price is about 90 bucks. Hmm, not such a great deal after all. And “Standard rates apply after 1 year,” says the teeny-tiny print on the back. This is not exclusive to Spectrum – pull just about any flyer out […]