Power Balance Makes Top Scams List

You know the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Despite the axiom ingrained in our heads, though, we easily trust companies that claim “scientific” research. Perhaps, in light of the recent PowerBalance scandal, we ought to think of rubber wristbands s as simply what they were intended to be: hip, catchy accessories intended to share a message. NOT to make you a better athlete. As 2011 comes to a close, the PowerBalance wristband gets more attention, becoming the first rubber wristbands to make the retail scam list, right next to fake Apple stores in China.
As reported on retail-digital.com : “Fake Apple stores in China
China has a long history of producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, luxury clothes and branded merchandise. Now the problem of counterfeit goods has reached a new level with the discovery of five fake Apple stores in the southern city of Kunming.
The counterfeit stores have the right fittings, artwork and signs advertising the latest Apple gadgets. The copy-cat stores are so convincing that even the employees believe they are working for Apple.
It is still unclear if these unauthorised Apple stores have been selling genuine Apple products or not. Apple has been alerted to the existence of these fake stores but has refused to comment.
Chinese government officials have already closed down two of these stores and are currently investigating the others.
Power Balance Bracelet
Power Balance Bracelets were a popular fad last year. The £29.99 accessories were a favourite among celebrities and sports personalities including David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Kate Middleton and rapper P Diddy, to name but a few.
Power Balance Wristband Scam
The maker of the sports wristband, Power Balance Australia, claimed its bracelet’s improved the body’s energy flow and boost strength, balance and flexibility. However, these bracelets were exposed as a sham.
The company sparked outrage earlier this year when it admitted that there was no evidence to back up some of the bracelet’s claimed benefits.
Power Balance Australia was forced to acknowledge that the bracelets were no more beneficial than a rubber band and issued angry customers with a refund. “