Anti-Snoring Scams: An Ugly World

anti-snoring-scamsWhat’s worse than snoring? If you’re having a hard time thinking of something because snoring is really annoying and inconvenient let me help you out a bit. One of the worst things is people preying on those who are facing some sort of misfortune or discomfort and are trying to change it. There are people out there who are using anti-snoring devices to create scams and cheat honest people of their money. Unless you are in the 1% chances are you don’t have a whole lot of disposable cash and if you are buying something it generally is being purchased for a reason.

People who snore don’t have control of their bodies when they sleep, let alone the muscles in their mouth which relax and cause the tongue to fall back in their mouth against their throat which is where the snoring sound can come from in many cases. Most people who snore know that it is not an easy thing to live with. They generally snore for a variety of health-related issues like excessive smoking or drinking. Even stress can cause people to snore and sometimes those who snore not only wake their partners but themselves! No one gets a good night sleep and it can be very strenuous on a relationship. There are a lot of products out there to help people reduce or eliminate snoring and with all those products come those trying to make a quick buck.

Most people shop online now for the things they need. Just look at how big and busy Amazon has become in the last few years or so. EBay was also a very big online supplier but it has died down a bit as Amazon took more and more customers from them. When you shop online you rely a lot on the product photos, descriptions and reviews. If you haven’t heard of the company before a lot of you will try to read the reviews and see if it’s worth your time. This is where things can get tricky and scammers can take advantage of you from the other side of the screen.

Some sellers will tell their customers that if they leave good feedback for them on Amazon they will give them a discount or prize of some sort. When this happens, you can’t really trust the reviews any more. There have been instances where a seller will post a product for sale, usually an anti-snoring mouthpiece, and provide pictures from many different angles of a mouthpiece that looks professional and productive. However, when people place their orders a completely different product arrives at their doorstep. In these cases the victims of the scam have been sent a cheap athletic mouth guard which will do nothing for your snoring. It will, however, protect your teeth if your partner rolls over and whacks you in the face in an effort to get you to stop snoring.

But it doesn’t stop there. There is an issue with a supplier falsely sending athletic mouth guards to people and when they try to return the product the seller indicates they will get a full refund minus shipping and handling fees. Even more opportunity for the scammer to pocket some cash that isn’t theirs. It is very important to read all reviews on a product, especially the negative ones, to see what exactly people are complaining. You need to use your judgement and decide if you want to take the chance. You can always look online with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and try to talk to family or friends who may have ordered a similar product and find out their experiences with it. Naturally, there are review sites you can trust. You have connections, use them to your benefit and protect yourself!

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