I overheard a talk today at school and it kind of aggravated me, so I thought I would write about it to share my opinions. The conversation was happening between 2 other girls and they were talking about the free trial vitamin supplements obtainable on line. One lady, Mary, had just received a complimentary bottle of an acai berry product sent to her house and was excited about it and was talking about it with another girl Stephanie. Stephanie quickly began telling Mary that she had been exploited, and how the overall free trial deal on line is a cheat and how nothing in life is free, how her Visa was going to be billed over and over and there is likely nothing she will be able to do about it. Blah blah blah. Mary went from super excited to terribly concerned but she really need not feel that way. I'll explain why.

I myself get free products from the Internet all the time. I have received trials of acai berry supplements, resveratrol products, colon cleansing supplements, acai with green tea extract, you name it, I most likely used it or still use it. Was I taken advantage of? Not even close. So, what's all this talk about being scammed and how the products aren't truly free, or whether they actually even work?

Let me try to respond to these questions one at a time. Are the supplements really free? Not entirely, but for the most part, yes. You see, you get a trial bottle of the supplement, whether it be a 14 day trial, 30 day trial, whichever. However, you've got to pay for the shipping charges. For the most part it's less than $10. That's where the initial cost comes in. So why do they charge to ship and offer the product free? Well, a lot of folks won't try something if they aren't sure if it works, but if they don't have a whole lot to lose, they'd give it a try. The company's know this, which is the reason why they give you the 1st bottle free. They ask for a credit card number to pay the shipping because they are confident about their supplements and they would like you to stay as a consumer, so the fine print is that they will charge your card again after x number of days and send you a new bottle. If you do not want to be charged because the product didn't work for you, and it may not work because everybody is unique,everyone is unique, than just call the toll free number to cancel it. Plain and simple. And you won't be billed again. I have done this time and again without hassle and I pay close attention to my creditcard statements and have seen no shady business going on.

You see, providing something for no cost up front, asking for a Mastercard to pay shipping, and rebilling monthly is a winning business model. It works, that's why these firms do it. They know what works and they need to earn money. I doubt that any of them are looking to trick anyone or they would not be in business long. Almost all of the customers like the product and get results so the company knows they'll recover the costs of offering anything free. And I'm sure they get a decent profit margin so it wouldn't take them too long.

Now, using famous stars to assist with promotion is a bit shady I admit, but that has been going on for a while. Watch any commercial and see if you can not spot a celebrity. And do you believe they really use the product being advertised. Doubtful. They just get paid well as a spokesperson. Those kinds of promotions online are being tightened up on so you probably won't see much of that anymore anyways.

As for the safety of the supplements, I myself only bother with super foods or supplements that are natural. I do not hunt down weight reduction products with chemicals and other junk. I get products that contribute to well being, not products which make me sicker. In the case of acai, I will be getting really healthy antioxidants to keep the free radicals in check. For colon cleansing products, I am going to be getting assistance ridding my body of waste and losing weight in the process.

Well, that's my time. I hope I cleared up any confusion and that you feel more secure about any free trial offers that are offered on the net.