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Beware Those Free Hoodia Trials Aren't What You Think

Jun 9, 2008
Who doesn't like free stuff? I know the popularity of free hoodia samples is very tempting to people. After all, hoodia is fast becoming one of the top weight loss supplements available. Who wouldn't want a free sample of an all natural weight loss supplement that has virtually no side effects?

With so many brands of hoodia available, it is only natural that supplement companies offer to give consumers free hoodia samples. Of course, companies hope that once you try their hoodia you will come back and buy more. Many people see giving away free hoodia samples as a win-win situation for everyone involved. The consumer gets free hoodia samples and the company gets a potential customer.

Unfortunately, agreeing to a free hoodia sample isn't always what it's cracked up to be. For starters, most of the hoodia for free is not authentic. One expert believes that the percentage of fake hoodia diet pills on the market today could be as high as eighty percent! Only authentic hoodia gordonii has the potential to suppress appetite so taking a fake product isn't going to do anything. You may be getting your hoodia for free but what good is it if it doesn't help suppress your appetite?

Before you agree to receive free hoodia samples from a company, make sure the hoodia they are offering you is authentic and not fake. The two easiest ways to identify real hoodia from fake hoodia is to view the company's CITES certificates and their lab test results which were completed through an independent lab.

To legally export hoodia gordonii from its native country of South Africa, companies must obtain CITES certificates. Without one, companies are not allowed to export hoodia gordonii from South Africa. Companies that have purchased authentic hoodia from South Africa will display their CITES certificates to prove their product is the real deal. They will also go a step further and have their hoodia randomly tested by independent labs that verify the plant's authenticity.

Companies that use authentic hoodia gordonii in their products will go out of their way to display their CITES certificate and their lab test results on their websites so that consumers can buy in confidence. If you can't find CITES certificates or independent lab test results on the websites of companies offering free hoodia trials, then they most likely don't have real hoodia gordonii in their products. If that's the case, you should not accept their free hoodia samples no matter how tempting it might be.

You should know that most companies will have you pay the shipping and handling on any free samples they send you. Also, sometimes agreeing for free hoodia samples may mean you are agreeing to be autoshipped more products at full price down the road.

When a company signs you up in an autoship program this means they will send you a supply of their product on a regular basis and charge you for it. Granted, these kinds of programs are very nice for someone if they are dealing with a company that is dealing in authentic hoodia gordonii products. In fact, it can be very cost effective and convenient.

The key with these free hoodia trials is knowing how easy it is to cancel the trial and to prevent being enrolled in the autoship program if you don't like the product (or to cancel the autoship program once you're enrolled in it). Most of these offers would have you believe it's easy to cancel. Unfortunately, that's not usually the case.

There have been horror stories by consumers who have had their credit ruined by accepting these free hoodia samples because they can't cancel the trial so their credit card gets charged every month. This happens because a representative from the company can't be reached to cancel or they ignore the request. The result is you stay enrolled in the program and your credit card keeps getting charged month after month!

You need to do your due diligence before agreeing to these offers by reading the fine print. If you read the terms and conditions, you will see a telephone number or an email address to use when you want to cancel. Before you accept these free hoodia samples, you should call the number to see if you can reach a live person. If you do, ask them questions about the offer and get a feel for the company.

If you are given an email address, you can do the same. Send an email to see if you get a response. Do they respond in a timely fashion and do they answer all your questions? If you can't get through to a live person or if they don't respond to your emails, then don't accept the free hoodia trial!

Yes, free hoodia samples and hoodia trials are a wonderful way to save money while you sample hoodia products. Just be very cautious about who you hand over your credit card information to and make sure they are a reputable company that isn't full of loopholes. These guidelines should help you find legitimate free hoodia samples without wrecking your credit in the process!
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