"Incredible Military Issued Flashlight Now Available to Public"

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"Incredible Military Issued Flashlight Now Available to Public"

That’s what the click bait title says. Clicking it takes you to one of their landing pages (I stripped all the crap from the URL) where you find out that this incredible flashlight (which looks like a $10 zoomie) is 75% off! Yep, they will sell you this 10 dollar zoomie for the incredible price of only 56 dollars, once you click through all the BS and even watch a video. That’s not all, it even comes with free shipping!

It’s amazing what people fall for. I bet they’ve sold thousands of these with their catchy click bait ad on major media sites.

It’s “bright enough to blind even a bear.” Yep, it’s pretty impressive what a cheap Chinese flashlight can do Smile

The only thing that bugs me is that their site is in blog format, giving a bad name to us outdoor bloggers.

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Here we go again…. I believe it’s just one guy running multiple different sites with different names making a lot $ from the uninformed.

Side note: seems to me a lot of these threads keep popping up, maybe a master list for these threads

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But that’s not all………

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Yeah, sorry, I didn’t want to spam the board, but at the same time, these shady companies are slime and take advantage of people.

And mister mod, please move/consolidate this thread as you see fit, thanks.

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A reminder that we could teach the Chinese companies a thing or two about sleazy business practices. We’ve been at it longer.

Also a reminder that you can tell what they think of people by the kind of ads they run, and the places they run the ads.
They’re trolling for credulous people easy to fool and easy to bilk.

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Yeah, we invented snake oil Smile

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I see these all the time too. People who know me and know I’m into flashlights are constantly Facebook messaging me with links to these garbage lights. I used to message them back a link showing the same light on ebay or amazon for just dollars and then post a warning comment on the flashlight page telling people not to be suckers and stay away from them. It finally became so common that now I just say “thanks” and go on with my life..

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Maybe there should be a stickied thread with all of these price gouging scammers listed along with the names of their products? When the uninformed people do a google search on that product or company, they get directed here to read the truth that will set them free.

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The original Chinese snake oil has real health benefits.
The fake version, not.

Kind of like that Cree thing in reverse.

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And if you try to click the link on the model number itself, the G700, it takes you to an error page that says this:

Error 400

Campaign data was not completing when handling click or visit.

HAHHAHHA.. “campaign data”… meaning, “we didn’t make them read or watch enough propaganda and lies about this light yet to allow them actually what it looks like”.

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42995

JasonJ wrote:
And if you try to click the link on the model number itself, the G700, it takes you to an error page that says this:

Error 400

Campaign data was not completing when handling click or visit.

HAHHAHHA.. “campaign data”… meaning, “we didn’t make them read or watch enough propaganda and lies about this light yet to allow them actually what it looks like”.

https://products.universityofguns.com/g700flashlight

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Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

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I want it a lot less now!

Lol.

Actually, this looks a lot like a zooming light I got from banggood for about $9.

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“campaign data”… meaning, “we didn’t make them read or watch enough propaganda and lies about this light yet

Or, perhaps, meaning “we didn’t plant the adware and trackers on their computer yet ….”

Remember, the goal of the campaign is to conquer territory. We’re the territory.

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Skytrooper wrote:
A month ago, while reading an article on breitbart.com, I clicked on a flashlight ad on the bottom of the webpage. It took me to websites touting this vastly-overpriced, over-rated, super over-hyped G700. Their “Normally $224.45 Retail” light which they’re graciously selling “For ONLY $56 (A 75% Discount!)” is available (under different labels: S&O, Outlite, etc.) on Amazon for prices between $15 and $18.95. I immediately posted a warning to my Facebook friends.

“Massive orders are coming in from Police Departments, Fire Departments, and Armed Forces… and the National Gun Owners Association…” — “Massive orders” … right. A Google search for “National Gun Owners Association” found the only mention of such a (nonexistent) organization to be G700 flashlight ads and one for “Hyper-Active Silhouette Targets” (almost certainly the same scoundrels peddling the G700).

“One well known Navy Seal says it’s the #1 Tool everyone should own as it could be a lifesaver during a natural disaster… literally!” — This guy is so “well known” they fail to disclose his identity. Gee, there’s a surprise.

As far as that “Brightest Flashlight Available” twaddle, this clunker puts out a (claimed) maximum of 700 lumens (or 900 lumens depending on which ad you look at). It’s really sad that many uninformed people must fall for such deceptive ads and that ostensibly reputable websites allow such ads to appear on them, tacitly allowing their gullible readers to fall prey to these con artists.

Sites like Breitbart attract scammers as no offence they know a lot of people with not much in the way of critical thinking ability will see the adds (people like yourself being shaper than the average reader can see through it of course). I have noticed that a lot of those scamming pastors use sites like that to offering blessed water for ‘free’ and stuff like that too.

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presterjohn wrote:
Skytrooper wrote:
A month ago, while reading an article on breitbart.com, I clicked on a flashlight ad on the bottom of the webpage. It took me to websites touting this vastly-overpriced, over-rated, super over-hyped G700. Their “Normally $224.45 Retail” light which they’re graciously selling “For ONLY $56 (A 75% Discount!)” is available (under different labels: S&O, Outlite, etc.) on Amazon for prices between $15 and $18.95. I immediately posted a warning to my Facebook friends.

“Massive orders are coming in from Police Departments, Fire Departments, and Armed Forces… and the National Gun Owners Association…” — “Massive orders” … right. A Google search for “National Gun Owners Association” found the only mention of such a (nonexistent) organization to be G700 flashlight ads and one for “Hyper-Active Silhouette Targets” (almost certainly the same scoundrels peddling the G700).

“One well known Navy Seal says it’s the #1 Tool everyone should own as it could be a lifesaver during a natural disaster… literally!” — This guy is so “well known” they fail to disclose his identity. Gee, there’s a surprise.

As far as that “Brightest Flashlight Available” twaddle, this clunker puts out a (claimed) maximum of 700 lumens (or 900 lumens depending on which ad you look at). It’s really sad that many uninformed people must fall for such deceptive ads and that ostensibly reputable websites allow such ads to appear on them, tacitly allowing their gullible readers to fall prey to these con artists.

Sites like Breitbart attract scammers as no offence they know a lot of people with not much in the way of critical thinking ability will see the adds (people like yourself being shaper than the average reader can see through it of course). I have noticed that a lot of those scamming pastors use sites like that to offering blessed water for ‘free’ and stuff like that too.

Y U Know make any Cents?

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Pictures?

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Pictures?

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For the same effort I put into my blog, I could make 5 of those sites, borrow the 10 grand to plaster them on every search engine, and be retired this time next year. It’s not easy having scruples lol.

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This was on the page I ran into with this ‘incredible’ G700 light

I’ve seen that image in the bottom right corner somewhere before.

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Breitbart

That’s just one side of the problem — but it’s a well documented side.

The Baffler has done quite a few good stories on crap advertising and how it’s being used to fool people.

They go after young people via social media

… there are more sinister implications to an advertising world that sees people not just as targets, but as potential recruits–especially when such recruits are impressionable young people already keen for friendship and recognition.

And — read carefully now — no offense meant to people with conservative political beliefs.
I see credulous people at the edges all around the political circle being scammed by crap advertisers.

The pointer above to the Breitbart ads is just one example.
The ripoff of customers on the conservative side got well nailed by The Baffler in The Long Con.

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Subscriber lists to ideological organs are pure gold to the third-party interests who rent them as catchments for potential customers. Who better suits a marketing strategy than a group that voluntarily organizes itself according to their most passionately shared beliefs?

But don’t freak out if you read that and you’re conservative and feel insulted. It’s only describing one side of a broad ripoff, because it’s a big visible target.

You can find comparable wackywoo bullshit at Huffington and worse the further out you get in either extreme. But they’re smaller, less lucrative targets.

Lots of little publications out there serve narrower, more focused true believers.
Each of them attracts a plethora of advertising aimed at finding people easily fooled by inflated claims and bogus promises.

The advertisers know damn well what populations they’re aiming for.

There are more scammers advertising in conservative publications because those subscribers have more money, they’re older, and more trusting perhaps.

That’s one reason it’s hard sometimes to convince people they’re being scammed.
The ads are in the publications that tell them what they believe is right — and the ads tell them to believe the ads.

Frustrating, when you want to tell people they can do a whole lot better than that.

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It’s “bright enough to blind even a bear.”.

It also has drawn my attention, so based on that, can we assume it is much brighter than Fenix PD35? :bigsmile:

Black Bear + Strobe = Mad Bear

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wow a light you can often buy for $5 or less peddled to the uneducated for $75.
as for campaign data my hosts file and adblock kill that.

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What’s funny is that it was a similar ad that landed me on this forum!! I clicked the bait and then started reading the comments. In the comments someone from this forum was calling them out and posted a link and I followed them back to here. And the rest is history!! Now I spend way too much money on “budget flashlights” LOL

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Skytrooper wrote:
presterjohn wrote:
Sites like Breitbart attract scammers as no offence they know a lot of people with not much in the way of critical thinking ability will see the adds (people like yourself being shaper than the average reader can see through it of course). I have noticed that a lot of those scamming pastors use sites like that to offering blessed water for ‘free’ and stuff like that too.

Today, I noticed a G700 flashlight ad on msn.com. Do you think people who visit msn.com and/or use msn email accounts also have “not much in the way of critical thinking ability”?

Obama has 15% approval among the military and veterans according to CNN.
MSN, Breitbart, the far left Democratic Underground, and others (all) show this ad for a flashlight that claims to be a military flashlight.

I was Airborne also, these lefties are politicizing this thread.

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The only thing that bugs me is that their site is in blog format, giving a bad name to us outdoor bloggers.
You blog outdoors??!!?? How do you keep the rain off your keyboard?? Party

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

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And — read carefully now — no offense meant to people with conservative political beliefs. I see credulous people at the edges all around the political circle being scammed by crap advertisers.

Seriously. We here agree we can disagree about politics, religion, hair styles and um I forget what else is on the list …

We can all try to take down the crap advertisers—wherever we see them.

We all care about good, budget, honest flashlights. So let’s stand together where and when we can.
Knowing we have common ground here is a good thing.

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Yeah, we invented snake oil Smile

Hey, don’t knock it… none of my snakes squeak any more and they slither soooo smoothly across the ground.

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hank wrote:
The original “Chinese snake oil has real health benefits.

I prefer Three Penis Wine.

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I wonder if it’s better than the “world’s brightest flashlight”

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brad wrote:
Skytrooper wrote:
presterjohn wrote:
Sites like Breitbart attract scammers as no offence they know a lot of people with not much in the way of critical thinking ability will see the adds (people like yourself being shaper than the average reader can see through it of course). I have noticed that a lot of those scamming pastors use sites like that to offering blessed water for ‘free’ and stuff like that too.

Today, I noticed a G700 flashlight ad on msn.com. Do you think people who visit msn.com and/or use msn email accounts also have “not much in the way of critical thinking ability”?

Obama has 15% approval among the military and veterans according to CNN.
MSN, Breitbart, the far left Democratic Underground, and others (all) show this ad for a flashlight that claims to be a military flashlight.

I was Airborne also, these lefties are politicizing this thread.

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Erm, you all do know that ads pop up based on what info they have on you, what links you click on, what you search for and where you have been right?…

I tend to get lots of banggood flashlight ads myself. I’d never been to “democratic underground” or “brietbart” on this computer (or anywhere in a long time), I tried to see what would come up, and when I go there, I dont get those links…I get Jeep ads and Banggood. Whatever either side thought it proves about the other “them”, it has more to do with your unique data they collected…on you Smile

All the above sites do appear to be pretty badly biased sites, light on the facts and heavy on the fluff and guided opinion… Sad

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Dimbo The Blinky wrote:
Racer wrote:
The only thing that bugs me is that their site is in blog format, giving a bad name to us outdoor bloggers.
You blog outdoors??!!?? How do you keep the rain off your keyboard?? Party

I go through a lot of keyboards Sad

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