Earlier this year my wife saw a clever gadget on television. It’s called the iPosture; a button-sized gizmo that promises to correct your posture with a quiet, subtle vibrating reminder. The only problem is that it’s a massive ripoff.
We ponied up our $70 to buy it. When it came, I examined it closely and it turns out it’s just a circuit, watch battery, mercury switch and vibration motor… it’s a $5 gadget, though it’s sold at $70.
I wasn’t bitter. I was impressed. The value is there, or would be, assuming it worked… which it doesn’t.
From day one the device was inconsistent and unreliable. Sometimes it would vibrate, most of the time it wouldn’t, and the rest of the time it would vibrate when she was standing in the correct position.
She only wore it a half-dozen times before she forgot about it. I reminded her that we spent good money, and suggested she should wear it again… and it was dead.
We put in a new battery and it was still dead. We went and bought another battery and still nothing.
So I sent an email to iPosture and they informed me it only has a 90-day warranty. Ninety days? Seriously? They only trust their product to work for three-months, and they have no claim that it should be expected to work after that.
We were out-of-warranty by two months. The product was dead after 6-days of use over a five month period and they had no interest in helping us.
We emailed back and forth a few times, and I tried to suggest solutions, but they just kept saying that the warranty is 90-days and that we could purchase another one if we’d like… not sure why I’d give them another $70 for a device even they know won’t last more than 90-days, but that was their response.
So if you’re thinking about a posture correction device, avoid these jokers no matter what you do. There are other devices on the market and all of them are more likely to work for you than this clever, sneaky little cash-drainer.
And the nail in the coffin is their warranty. It’s 90-days. Is it pure coincidence that they only guarantee their product for the exact period of time in which you can reverse charges on your credit card for being ripped off? That’s it. If they offered a zero-day warranty you could still get your money back, so instead they offer a replacement guarantee for the same time period. So either way the consumer loses.
And iPosture, if you’re reading this, I hope you enjoy smoking fancy cigars in hell with my money, but don’t go too crazy, because you’re never getting a penny from me again. I await your Cease & Desist, which I will publish.