The Simply Garcinia Free Trial

Last updated December 1st 2014

Simply Garcinia is a supplement that makes bold claims about its potential to aid weight loss; however, the ‘free trial’ is not all that it is made out to be.

Simply Garcinia is only available to buy from the official website, and is sold only on a ‘free trial’ basis. Unfortunately, as will be discussed in more detail below, this ‘free trial’ is not what it seems, and is very rarely free. The product contains only three ingredients, two of with are minerals. The main ingredient in the supplement is Garcinia cambogia, the extract of a fruit that purportedly has weight loss benefits. Whilst the official product website appears to be safe, a number of misleading and exaggerated claims are made about the product, for example, that the product will aid weight loss without any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

What is a Free Trial?

A free trial is usually offered by a company to boost sales of a product. It involves allowing the consumer to test a limited amount of the product or for a certain period of time, free of charge – without any payments being made. This is done in hope that the customer will enjoy the experience, and will then be willing to pay for the product in the future. Common examples of free trials are those offered by companies such as gyms, where they allow people to join for 30 days for free, in hope that they will then sign up as a paying member once the trial period is over. Free trials are also common for cosmetics products, and indeed weight loss supplements.

Unfortunately, not all of the free trials offered online for weight loss supplements are as described above. Sometimes, a company will ask you to enter your payment details in order to receive the ‘free trial’, and will then take money from your account without any further notice if you do not return the ‘free trial’ product within a defined period of time. These are known as ‘free trial scams’. The majority of the time, the details of these trials will be found in the terms and conditions of the product website, meaning that you are indeed liable to make the payments.

What is Simply Garcinia?

Simply Garcinia is a weight loss supplement that contains just three ingredients, all of which are natural. The only ingredient within the product that holds any claim to weight loss is Garcinia cambogia, the extract of a fruit that is native to Indonesia. Claims on the official website suggest that the product prevents the formation of fats, suppresses the appetite, and even improves the mood and ‘makes you feel happier’. The website is full of exaggerated claims that could easily mislead the customer. For example, it is suggested that the product will help people to lose weight even if no changes whatsoever are made to their diet or lifestyle. It even implies that you can stop exercising and eat what you like, as the product will do all of the work for you. This is simply not the case. Even with the help of a weight loss supplement, the only way to lose weight is by decreasing your calorie intake and increasing your energy expenditure.

The website also refers to a number of clinical studies, however, the papers are not cited, and no links are provided to these studies. As such, they cannot be deemed to be reliable. It seems that no clinical trials have been performed on the product as a whole. Some studies have however been undertaken on Garcinia cambogia, the main ingredient in Simply Garcinia. These trials have provided contradictory results, some of which indicate that the substance may aid weight loss, whilst others suggest that the ingredient will have no effect on weight loss in humans.

The website claims that Simply Garcinia targets three of the five key areas of weight loss; these include fat burning/ binding, metabolism boosting, and appetite suppression. For more information on the different methods of weight loss targeted by diet pills, see our article here. As mentioned above, strong clinical evidence that the product will work in these ways is lacking, particularly in the area of appetite suppression. That Simply Garcinia contains only a few ingredients is a positive, and means that there are not too many serious side effects associated with the product. For more information on the product, its ingredients, and side effects, see our Simply Garcinia review article.

Who Makes Simply Garcinia?

This product seems to be made by an independent company; there is no mention on the website (including in the terms and conditions) of an external manufacturer. The company appear to make and sell one other product: ‘Simply Green Coffee Bean’, which is also sold via a ‘free trial scam’. For more information on Simply Green Coffee Bean, read our article on taking Simply Garcinia with Simply Green Coffee Bean. Full contact details are provided for the company, providing us with the information that they are based in Vancouver, Canada. Contact details are something that is often searched for when trying to decipher whether or not a company is reliable; however, the terms and conditions of the website, as well as many independent customer reviews, reliably inform us that the company sales are largely based on the ‘free trial scam’ offered for these weight loss products.

The Simply Garcinia Free Trial

It is not possible to buy Simply Garcinia as a product in any quantity; the supplement is only available to buy from the official Simply Garcinia website, and only as a ‘free trial’. In order to quality for this ‘free trial’ of the product, customers must enter their personal details and payment details in to an online form. The customer must then pay the small amount for handling and shipping, and will be sent one bottle of Simply Garcinia. The terms and conditions of the website make clear that if the subscription is not cancelled within 14 days of purchase, and the customer does not return the product, then the full price for the product will be taken from their payment account 45 days after purchase. This amount is £84.74. If the subscription is cancelled, customers must pay for the return shipping themselves.

Unfortunately this is not where it stops. If the customer does not cancel the subscription and return the trial bottle, the company assumes that they are satisfied with the product and their ‘weight loss programme’ will be activated. The company will send, and subsequently charge the customer for, a new bottle of Simply Garcinia every 30 days after they were billed for the first product. These bottles will each cost £84.74. There will be no further correspondence from the company notifying you of these payments. All of this information is available in the terms and conditions section of the official website. Many unsuspecting customers have claimed that Simply Garcinia is merely a scam. For more information, read our article on ‘Is Simply Garcinia A Scam?’.

How to Cancel the Free Trial

Information on how to cancel the free trial is available in the terms and conditions section of the website. If the customer does not cancel within 14 days of purchase, then they will be liable to pay the full amount for the ‘free trial’ product. In order to cancel, the customer must call the customer support line on +44 (0) 8455281365. There should be somebody there to take the call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customers can also call this number if they have any questions regarding the product or the ‘free trial offer’. It is stated in the terms and conditions of the website that this number is toll-free. It is also mentioned that a customer can request an extension of their trial period due to slow postal delivery or delayed pick up; this can be granted through the customer service line mentioned above. It is also possible to email the company with queries at: support@simplygarcinia.com.

The customer must then return the bottle of product to the company, even if the bottle is empty, in order to ensure that they are not charged. The returns address is as follows: At Cost Fulfillment, PO Box 13511, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7YH. Unfortunately the returns shipment cost will not be refunded by the company. It is important to note that before returning the product, the customer must obtain a Return Merchandise Authorisation (RMA) number. It is possible to get one of these when you cancel via phone or email; remember to ask for it. Without this number, a refund will not be given, and packages marked ‘Return to Sender’ will not be processed.

Any payments taken for products sent to the customer after the ‘free trial’ period is over (every 30 days thereafter) will be final, and the payments will not be refunded if the product is returned to the company. In order to cancel the ongoing subscription after the free trial, call or email the company using the same details as provided above.

Should you ever Trust Free Trials?

With so many companies on the internet operating scams like this, particularly in the weight loss supplement market, it can be difficult to work out when an offer from a company is genuine, and when it is not. There are some things that you can look out for in order to avoid free trial scams. It is always recommended that when looking to purchase a weight loss supplement, you look in well known high street stores first. In the United Kingdom, stores such as Boots, Holland and Barratt, and Lloyds Pharmacy, as well as several supermarkets, sell a range of weight loss supplements. These supplements are likely to have undergone testing and to have been deemed safe by the large companies before they stock them on their shelves. You are also guaranteed a level of safety when purchasing from these stores as they will have a reliable customer services department and returns policy.

If however, you wish to buy supplements for the internet, then you must be more wary. Before purchasing, you must ensure that both the product and the company are safe and reliable. In order to determine the reliability of the product, it is important that you research the product as a whole, and its individual ingredients. You should search for scientific studies on the ingredients, and if you are not confident in doing this, then search for the product name on the Healthy Compare website; you should then be able to read a full review of the product, including any evidence regarding its safety and effectiveness. It is also always useful to search for independent customer reviews; this goes for the product and the company. Do not trust the reviews and testimonials provided on the company website; use a search engine to look for reviews yourself.

There are a number of factors that you can consider in an attempt to determine whether or not a company is reliable. As well as looking at customer reviews, you can look for contact details of the company – full contact details should be provided, not just an online form for you to fill in hope that they will get back to you. Look at what other products the company makes and sells, and whether or not these are sold in any other reliable retailers that you know of. If the product website does not reveal information about the company history, where it is based, how to contact them, what other products it makes, and all of the ingredients and usage instructions for the products that it sells, then it may be best to avoid purchasing from them.

Always be particularly wary of free trial scams; these are particularly common in the online supplement market. If a company only offers a free trial, and you cannot purchase the product in any other way, or from any other retailer, then it is likely that the free trial is a scam. All of the details of the free trial should be provided in the website terms and conditions, so make sure that you read these before entering any payment details. Finally, it is recommended that you do not purchase health products from online marketplaces such as Ebay, as you will have no safety net with companies operating through these sites. For more information on how to avoid scams, read our article on diet pill scams.

Conclusion

Simply Garcinia is sold by an independent company that sells just one other product; both of these products are sold only through a ‘free trial scam’, whereby if you do not cancel with 14 days, you will be liable to pay the full price for the ‘free’ product, and one every month thereafter. Information is provided in the terms and conditions of the website on how to cancel your ‘free trial’, and full contact details are provided. In order to avoid diet pill scams, it is always best to research the company and the product thoroughly, and search for independent customer reviews of these.

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