Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

Review of Philips Smoke-less Grill Infomercial

March 20, 2018

The infomercial aired on Sunday, 3/11/2018, after a local news broadcast caught my attention as my husband’s birthday approaches and I hate to see him go back and forth to our outdoor grill.  I wanted to take kitchen control with just an easy on off switch and enjoy the benefits of avoiding carcinogens in the smoke that contaminates our food when the fat drips and hits the coals of a traditional BBQ and splashes back onto the food. Ironically later after it arrived, I went to Amazon for more product info on this and saw the item was on the California Proposition 65 List, **“California’s Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm….” 

Here are the issues with what I feel that I was misinformed about…

  1. Bait and switch…$60 was not identified as just one of many payments that would be due, but rather $300 once I called to place the order. Later I saw a similar complaint on other reviews too.
  2. The upsell for a $20 (stainless steel grid designed for the veggies)…which when I used it, my snap beans burned on one side but was still raw on the other side
  3. The four $50 coupons ($200 value for the first fifty? callers) were worthless in my zip code…..scam philips rastelliAND the Rastelli Food Market coupons disclaimer said there was a January 1 2018 expiration date when I placed my order on 3/11/2018…..
    philips scam

    Link to register my coupons

    Additionally the coupons were only good towards each minimum $150 order. So you’d have to spend at least $600 to use all four of the coupons…and the meat was way overpriced even with the coupons in my opinion.

  4. The smokeless grill “did” smoke (*virtually no smoke?) and it “did” splash when I grilled the salmon (smoke-less aka “less” smoke…why did I think if was smoke free?) Maybe they should have named it ‘Philips Less-Smoke Grill” to be more forthright?
  5. Infomercial did not talk about the unpleasant eye burning infrared light (intensified with the mirrors made for what looked like hells gate opened up in my kitchen). The blinding lights make it hard to see how your food is cooking. My attempt to put it on a lower-than-stove/counter-height table still made it feel like the blinding lights were destined to be aiming for my eyes. I had a vision hangover literally afterwards. I felt like I had spent-all-day-in-the-sun feeling to my eyes. My husband actually wore his sunglasses in the kitchen.
  6. With being an indoor grill, the infomercial failed to mention how uncomfortable standing over searing heat can be and how it puts added heat into your home…not to mention the 1660 watts it uses!
  7. **When asked, the phone rep said it was not a teflon coated grid, but rather a metal clad one…turns out it is a lightweight aluminum metal with some unknown coating…a sister of Teflon?
  8. The cleaning on the insides (glass and panels) is very hard to do and unless I get out some stainless steel scrubbers….if this unit will be a refurbished one to someone else one day I’d better not get out the harsh scrubbers.

So (as forewarned) I was subject to the transportation fees to get this baby back to Philips. It cost $38 to ship back all 19 lbs. Sadly the phone rep that took my order said it only weighed 8 pounds in the event I wanted to return it. And so yet another Philips L I E and hince this unsatisfied consumer blog.  Lucy in customer service offered to console me on the coupon fail and write off one of four more payments coming due of $60. Her manager was going to throw in a $50 Philips coupon where you have to spend $75 to use it, but I am NOT spending any more money on the Philips RIP OFF company.

In summary, false advertisement comes to mind on the $200 worth of Rastelli Food Market coupons on their “order now” incentive.

*Definition for virtually: nearly; almost

Scammer emails and addresses

January 11, 2018
These gmail email addresses,, and, have same format so afford these, thanks.
—- Forwarded Message —–
From: Crystal West <>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: Roommate interview process before Spring semester kicks in

Thanks so much for your quick reply, I’m interested in renting the
room. My name is Crystal West i was born in France (Paris) i speak both French
& English, am single, fun, loving, clean, loyal and respectful of others,
don’t have any pet. More about me, my father is from US and my mother is from
France. I’m 24yrs old, sex female, i attend American University of Paris,
graduated a year ago.
I’m coming to stay for a year, and am coming for my master’s
degree.I’m currently in Alaska in a village “Nunivak Island” on a
research work and will be coming soon… I’ll be arriving(FEBRUARY)i’ll
loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go
through, please send me some picture of the room because i will not be
able to come over and check on it before renting.
Please tell me little about yourself…if you are a
student?,working?, married or single?, if there is a garage or parking
space because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total
amount for the first month rent, i will be paying upfront so that you
can be rest assured that am really interested in renting the room from
My mode of payment is US Check, so please feed me back with the
following details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room
to me.
***** Full Name:
****** Street Address:
******* City, State, Zip Code:
******** Home & Cell Number:
********* Total amount for a month:
I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information
requested so that i can forward it to my father to issue out the check
for the deposit and month rent upfront as soon as possible, with that
you can hold on the place prior my arrival… Thanks for your


From: janet bans <>

Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: Roommate interview process before Spring semester kicks in

Thanks for the cordial response, My name is Janet Bans, I’m 24yrs
old.(female) I was born in China Beijing i speak both language, my Dad
is from US while my Mum is from CHINA… I went to Beijing University Of
Technology china and i graduate last year in Beijing University Of

I’m fun loving, personal, friendly, clean, caring and respectful of
others. a non-smoker, don’t do drugs but i drink occasionally, am
single and have no children. I go to church every Sunday. am presently
on a research work at Guam, This is my second time coming to the state
but now I’ll be coming to the state for my master degree.. I’ll loved
to call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go
through, and i don’t want to waste much time.

I’m really interested in renting from you, please send me some
picture of the room if you can because i will not be able to come
over and check on it before renting.

I really want you to tell me more about yourself and if you have
garage or parking space cos ill have my own car coming over,  and we
want you to help me with the delivery of my car to the house.  I will
sign all necessary papers/Lease at the point of my arrival because
there is no printer and scanner close to me. please let me know the
total amount for the first month rent,  and the payment will be done
via Certified Check. So i want you to feed me back with the following
details so that i can ensure you are ready to accept the payment.

Below is the information needed to facilitate the mailing of the check.
* Full Name:
* Address, City, State, Zip Code:
* Cell and Home Phone Number:
* Month Rent:

Note: My Dad will issue out the payment for the deposit as soon as
possible, with that you can hold on the place prior my arrival and
payment will be shipped to your address. I’ll be waiting to read back
from you with the information requested today.
Thanks for your Cooperation.

Awaiting you reply,

Thanks in Advance.

REVIEW : Penney’s Tractor time sap ordeal not worth a Yetti

June 10, 2016

Penney’s Tractor
591 Seeton Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063

Screen shot 2016-06-10 at 5.26.38 PMShowed up to buy a truck that was not detailed, no biggie, test drove it, put $300 down went to bank to get cash, came right back and was told…ooops NO TITLE! I gave my husband his 30 ounce Yetti to sip on while he rode with Chad to the auction place last Friday afternoon all the way to north Ft Worth! Then they went to the court house in Ft Worth to do a title change and Chad had no identification (business card or letter head) that he was legit to sell for his own company, Penneys. And so after all that hassle NO DEAL! Dude was straight up in giving my husband back his $300 deposit. I emailed Chad the following Tuesday asking him when I could come by and get our Yetti that was left in Chad’s truck. No response, so Friday I called him said I was on my way and he said he left it back at the shop and would be looking for it. I get there, after waiting (having disturbed a worker to go fetch it)…no Yetti. 

No vechile detailing

No title

No business card

No sale

No Yetti and

Yes wasted time for FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE….