Tips to Consider Before Buying
If the product you’re thinking of purchasing has passed the red flag test, consider these tips before making that final decision:
- Buy from a reputable source. If you can only buy the product from one company, check out that company carefully before giving them your money or your credit card.
- Read the fine print. Although this applies to all purchases, it’s particularly important if a company is offering you free products. Often there are hidden fees, such as exorbitant shipping and handling charges, processing fees, auto-shipping commitments or membership requirements. Remember what your parents told you, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.”
- If the product or service will require a significant financial outlay to try, consider whether you can afford to continue using it on a long-term basis if it is effective. If not, don’t waste your money even trying it.
- Don’t make your decision to purchase when you’re having a really bad day. Your desperation to find something that will help could cloud your judgment. Wait until you feel enough better to research the product and evaluate it rationally.
- Try to find someone you know who has tried the product. If you don’t know someone personally, ask on the forum or check with your local support group. Never depend on the testimonials supplied by the company selling the product.
- Remember that every person is different. What worked for one person may or may not work for you.
- Always talk with your doctor before trying any new product. There could be potentially dangerous interactions with medications you are currently taking.
There are many good, reputable products and therapies available that help relieve some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for some people. But sadly, there are also a number of products that offer more hype than substance. Just keep this in mind: If a company or person seems to be taking advantage of your vulnerability and playing on your emotions, it would be wise not to trust their claims. In the end, when it comes to product and treatment options, the doctrine of Caveat Emptor applies––Let the Buyer Beware.
© Karen Lee Richards