Product: Instaflex Joint Support supplement
Commercial: “Complimentary 2-week sample!”
Instaflex Joint Support is a supplement that claims to relieve joint discomfort, increase mobility and improve flexibility. This commercial is offering a complimentary 2 week sample.
“One little joint supplement. Do you know this powerful little pill is great for your joints, it’s great for your cartilage, it even has powerful benefits to help increase your mobility and flexibility. But the joint supplements of today are sadly incomplete because they don’t start relieving joint discomfort fast enough. Introducing the complimentary two week sample of fast acting Instaflex, our most powerful joint formula ever. The only thing our complimentary sample of Instaflex is missing is the price!”
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Do you know this powerful little pill is great for your joints?: The commercial gives no data indicating how the “power” of the pill is measured, nor does it offer any information as to how it is great for your joints
It even has powerful benefits to help increase your mobility and flexibility: Similar to the previous statement, the makers of Instaflex provide no data to support either of these statements
Joint supplements of today are sadly incomplete because they don’t start relieving joint discomfort fast enough. Introducing the complimentary 2 week sample of Instaflex: On-screen in extremely small print you will find the words “these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration” and “These products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease”. Also note, that the announcer does not say that the Instaflex product can relieve joint discomfort any faster than other products – the announcer does not actually say that Instaflex will relieve joint discomfort at all. But the quick lead-in to “Introducing Instaflex” could easily lead many people to believe or assume that Instaflex is better or faster acting than other joint supplements.
Great for fast acting relief of joint discomfort in knees, hands and even your hips: Earlier in the commercial the disclaimers “these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration” and “These products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease” were already displayed, seemingly invaliding this claim.
Complimentary, 2 week sample: In very small print on screen the terms of the “complimentary” offer are displayed – “Receive a sample of Instaflex for just $4.99 Shipping and Handling and enrollment in Instaflex 18 day trail. No obligation if you call to cancel within 18 days. If you don’t cancel we will send you a one-month supply of instalfex for $69.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling every 30 days charged to the credit card you provide.” What this means: It is important to note that “complimentary” is not the same as “free” as many might assume. To get your complimentary sample of Instaflex you must first provide your credit card and pay $4.99 for shipping and handling. In doing so you are then enrolled to receive a new bottle of Instaflex automatically shipped and charged to your credit card every month. You have 18 days to call and cancel this enrollment. If you fail to call and cancel, each month you will be charged $74.98 ($69.99+$4.99 S&H) every month. That is $899.76 per year.
The Instaflex TV commercial infers several claims but provides no data to back these claims, and displays a legally-required disclaimer that contradicts all inferred claims. The “complimentary” offer is not free as some may believe. You will be automatically billed and charged $899.76 per year if you do not cancel your enrollment within 18 days of ordering.