Connecticut BBB Advises Consumers to Give Careful Thought Before Buying Exercise Gadgets
Marketers of exercise equipment promise “amazing results” with only a few quick workouts. However, Connecticut Better Business Bureau cautions consumers to research the products and their claims before handing over credit card information.
When you make the decision to get back in shape, it is easy to get distracted by different advertisements that claim fast results. However, it is important to read between the lines and select a product that offers realistic results, and fits into your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Connecticut Better Business Bureau offers these tips to consumers who are considering buying athletic equipment for themselves or as a gift for someone else:
- Avoid products that claim to focus on one certain area - Be skeptical of products that claim to burn off belly fat or tone legs. Experts advise results can only be achieved with a consistent routine that works the whole body.
- Buy what you will use - While the “newest and trendiest” workout machine may seem like a necessity, if it is not practical for everyday use, it is probably not worth the investment. Make sure that buying decisions fit with your personal daily schedule and help you reach the results you want.
- Read the fine print - It is important to do the math when looking into purchasing workout equipment. What does “three easy payments” really add up to? Watch out for deadlines when trying a “free trial month”. Also, look for hidden fees that may not be included in the cost like shipping and handling or restocking fees.
- Don’t be fooled by the fit models in advertisements - Be aware that the “satisfied” customer in the advertisement may be a result of a combination of using the product, a good exercise routine and healthy eating habits. The “before and after” results may not be proof that the item works.
- Check sellers at www.bbb.org - Research the company that you are purchasing from and make sure that other customers were happy with their product.
-Submitted by Howard Schwartz, Executive Communications Director Connecticut better Business Bureau