e-Cigarette Scams Alert: Smoke Star (aka Lift Vapor)
Another day means more e-cigarette scams to warn you about. Today it’s Lift Vapor doing business as Smoke Star. (We can only hope that our scam report on Lift Vapor caused them to change their name and perhaps one day they will just give up and get a respectable job somewhere.) Like all the others, Smoke Star (Lift Vapor) promises one thing and delivers another. Here are just some of the problems we have with this miserable company.
The 14-Day Trial Period – The Terms and Conditions page indicates, as all the others do, that this trial period begins the moment you place the order so that by the time you get your starter kit you’ll barely have time to try it before you’re stuck with it. When I received the email inviting me to take advantage of this truly amazing product I took a look at the website and began to sign up for the program (it’s the only way you’ll see the $4.95 shipping fee) and on the following page they show you the “normal” shipping cost to be $12.95, but because I signed up I was given an $8.00 shipping discount. I feel special.
… Which leads to…
The REAL price – After the 14-Day trial your credit card will be charged $109.67 plus Sales Tax (if you live in the state of Florida) for the product you already received (the starter kit) in addition to the shipping charge you paid when you ordered ($4.95). Apparently this franchisee lives in Miami. Here is the actual address: E-Cigarette - 1521 Alton RD #752 Miami Beach, FL 33139
Exclusive Smoke Star Starter Kit
- 1 Advanced Smoke Star Atomizer
- 1 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- 5 Tobacco Flavored Cartridges
- 1 USB Charger
- 1 Wall Charger
- 1 Designer Display Box
- 1 Soft-Touch Hard Plastic Travel Case
- 1 Full Color Instruction Manual
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
Remember what Tom said in his Guide To Vaping – Choosing the Right e-Cigarette; never buy a 1-battery starter kit, not at a mall kiosk, not online, not anywhere. And reading the description of the starter kit it seems to me to be a 3-piece e-cigarette and yet the photos show a 2-piece (battery + cartomizer) e-cigarette. I have no idea which one it is at this point.
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