TriSlim is a relatively new diet pill that is currently being marketed rather heavily. Naturally, my interest perked as I saw a new (at least new to me) diet pill being advertised. When I looked up the website, it seemed strangly familiar. It took me a while, but I think I’ve got an idea of what other diet pill had a very similar website (an may be the same company). But I’ll get to that in our marketing section because these guys use some pretty sneaky stuff.
But aside from their marketing, does TriSlim have any potential to help you lose weight? To find out, let’s look at the one thing that will affect your weight loss – the ingredients.
For full reviews of the ingredients, click on the ingredient’s link above.
Hoodia Gordonii – As you may have read elswhere on the site, hoodia gordonii has become extremely popular lately in the diet industry, but for no reason. It has absolutely no scientific research that supports its claims to appetite suppression despite the hyped up lies that are all over internet. Don’t buy into the hype. Hoodia gordonii will do nothing the help you lose weight.
Green Tea – Green tea is a proven wieght loss supplement. It has been shown in clinical studies to increase the metabolic rate.
Chitosan - Is claimed to be a “fat attractor” in that it doesn’t allow your body to absorb some of the fat that you eat. In reality, there is very little research that backs up these claims. The couple that hint towards some such benefit have noted that amounts upwards of 3 grams per day (alot) are needed to be effective.
Nowhere on TriSlim’s site did I find an official listing of the ingredients, only some sales copy of the 3 ingredients above. As such, they didn’t disclose how much of each ingredient is included in each dose (not surprisingly). Call it intuition (or call it the fact that 95% of companies don’t include the right amounts of the ingredients to be effective), but I’m willing to bet that the amount of the only effective ingredient (green tea) is nowhere near the clinically proven amounts.
Ok, here’s where it gets interesting. As I mentioned before, TriSlim’s site reminded me of another diet pill that I once reviewed. That site was The Amazon Diet. Now, let me make it clear that I’m not saying that The Amazon Diet and TriSlim were made by the same company. I’m just saying that the marketing tactics were so similar that that thought crossed my mind. *Note: I’ve since looked for The Amazon Diet website and it appears that it has been shut down.
One of the shadiest marketing tactics that TriSlim employs the use of their “free trial,” also known as their autoship program. What? You don’t see the autoship enrollment option on their website? That’s because it’s hidden in their “user agreement” link below the form to fill out for your “free trial” (the link to which is in a light grey and quite difficult to read).
Autoship Program – Here’s the skinny on autoship programs. You sign up and they “conveniently”start sending you diet pills every month automatically and then automatically charging your credit card for the “purchase.” The catch comes when you try to cancel the autoship because in most cases it is extremely difficult to cancel. I’ve read some compliants that were absolutely horrific after they had charged the person $150, caused him to get $300 in overdraft charges and after weeks and weeks of phone calls he still was unable to get his money back. Now, all companies may not be so difficult, but most of the responses that I get complain of the headache. In a nutshell, its a way for the diet pill company to sell you as much product as possible before you realize that you don’t want it.
Now, some companies are upfront about their autoship program, but what really is sad is when companies (like TriSlim and Amazon Diet) make you think that all you’re getting is a free trial and then WHAM!, you’re in enrolled in their autoship, they’ve taken out $150, and you’re stuck in a contract that is extremely difficult to get out of (that you didn’t even realize you were getting into). Sound shady? Yes, it’s pathetic!
Specifics of TriSlim’s Free Trial – You order the free trial and have 15 days (5 days shipping plus the 10 day free trial – how nice of them) to call and tell them you’re not satisfied (often you’re lucky if you can do this within the trial period time frame). Here’s what follows taken from their “user agreement.”
“If you are happy with your results from this 10-day free trial, we will
automatically enroll you in our TriSlim Discount Autoship Program for
$49.95 per month (40% discount), billed and shipped quarterly, plus
$15.95 shipping, billed automatically to your credit card.”
They bill and ship quarterly. This means that you can bet your house on the fact that after your trial period (which by the way, how can you tell if the products is really effective in a mere 10 days??) you’ll see a charge for around $166 on your credit card for a 3 months supply of pills and shipping.
As a side note, you may want to check this Rip-off Report about the makers of TriSlim, Beach Ready LLC. It’s basically a case-in-point of everything I just said.
And it gets better…. this is also from their “user agreement.”
“You also agree to the 14 day bonus trial to Fit Factory for $19.95 each month thereafter, should you choose not to cancel…You agree to the 21-day bonus access to Virtual Fitness Guide for a $29.95 one-time fee, should you choose not to cancel by calling 1-877-382-9213.”
Wow, could these guys get any worse? Well of course they employ other shady marketing tactics such as posting logos of tv shows and stores to add perceived credibility (even though I’m sure it has never appeared on any of them). Oh and they have the same “Guaranteed free for the next ‘X’ minutes” count down clock at the top of the page that The Amazon Diet had (trying to get you to hurry and sign up for the free trial). Of course, when I refreshed the page, the countdown clock started over again back at 10 minutes. C’mon, I really hope that people don’t fall for that.
Ok, enough about their rediculously unethical marketing tactics. I’ve think I’ve beat that horse to death. I just hope that some of you see TriSlim for what it really is and don’t touch it.
They don’t list the price, nor do they give you the option to buy a bottle. You can only get their “free trial” (of course, that’s where they make all their money off of you). The 3 month supply that they ship is you is about $150, so that’s about $50 per bottle. Given the ingredient profile, even if they didn’t have all this shady sales tactics, $50 would still be too much for the product.
They claim to have a one year money back guarantee where they will even pay a 3 month supply of whatever other product you want if you are unsatisfied with your purchase. Given the perceived reputation of the company from it’s other sales tactics, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this guarantee has got to be bogus.
The ingredient profile is weak (and the amounts are undisclosed). The marketing is a downright scam. The price is high and the guarantee is too good to be true. Don’t fall prey to these guys – you will regret it. There are plenty of other weight loss supplements that have proven ingredients, in proven amounts, and that are produced by reputable companies. See our recommended list for some. Two huge thumbs down for TriSlim.