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Jul 08, 2009

Dazzled into Dumb

Smack Self On Forehead Did you just hear me smack my own forehead? 

I saw an interesting online article about teeth whitening and signed up for a great promo offer -- just $1.95 S&H from DazzleWhite.  Halfway through the order process, I saw that they were texting my cell phone with reminders to complete. "OK, OK," I said, "I'm almost done."

I entered my credit card number and was grateful for the text message cease fire.  And then it occurred to me -- "waitamminit -- did I just scam myself?"  A few clicks of the "back" arrow confirmed that I'd just bought through an ad, not through an article.  And a few more searches verified that DazzleWhite has a great record of luring folks into un-realized $60 purchases, sometimes with multiple hits.  Evil genius marketing people.

So... time to talk with my bank, and maybe change my debit card, which means all the time it will take to update other online accounts, etc. etc.  D'oh!


In my defense, I'd just woken up from a nap. 

12:54 AM in Misc. 2009 | Permalink


It takes a big man to admit such a little mistake and broadcast it to the internet. =) I hope you at least get a shiny set of pearly whites by the end of the ordeal.

Posted by: The Gourmez | Jul 8, 2009 1:05:26 PM


On the other hand, I just entered some personal information into your comment form.... hmm...

Posted by: etselec | Jul 8, 2009 2:49:16 PM

Follow-up. I think that I recovered about $70 out of $120 spent -- mostly because I was too slow about returning the product, etc. etc. I didn't even use the frickin' DazzleWhite, I was so annoyed. I gave it away at a gift exchange party to someone who, I'm glad to say, was thrilled to get it.

Posted by: Phil | Jun 17, 2010 9:47:32 AM