Insider Scoop: Wellness On Amazon
Date 8th Sep 2021
Wellness on Amazon
Wellgrade is a featured 5-star Amazon seller offering “1,000,000,0000 MG of natural hemp extract” in a 4-ounce jar. However, with a simple calculation check, we know that 1 billion milligrams convert to 2,204.62 pounds of product. How did they possibly defy the laws of weight and fit more content than its supporting container?
We know that instant gratification won’t always leave us with the best afterward feeling. A clear example of this is when one finds themselves drawn in by Amazon’s low cost and next-day delivery of pseudo wellness products.
Frankly, over at Neurogan we are appalled at the poor and inconsistent regulatory methods of Amazon. Its low barrier of entry, or perhaps, crooked partnerships, has allowed polluted snake oil to enter its top-ranking product pages even with its red flag health claims and discrepant formulations.
Here’s what else we think you should know.
Amazon kills small businesses
While hundreds of thousands of dream-inspired mom and pop shops closed during the pandemic, Amazon reported $8.1 billion in profits, more than doubling in the last year (New York Times). Not to mention, we’ve all seen the near extinction of bookstores over the years.
Amazon sells dangerous ingredients
FDA recently found dangerous hidden drugs in many Amazon products listed as “Amazon ‘s Choice” & “Best Sellers” (Consumer Reports).
Neurogan participated in its own investigations and found high levels of heavy metals and pesticides in many of the Amazon-listed dietary supplements and superfood products. When confronted, Amazon ignored the allegations and failed to pull these listings from the web. Learn more here.
Amazon's selling pool is rigged
While domestic Amazon sellers face ongoing obstacles and freezes to their accounts, reports have declared that China constitutes 75% of active seller origin in the top four core Amazon markets- US, UK, Germany, and Japan (Market Place Pulse).
Amazon has over 13 million fake reviews
Federal Trade Commission warns of Amazon’s after multiple investigations lead to the reveal of fake review scams originating in China (Microsoft News).
We want to leave you with the reminder to always look for the truth, beyond convenient or popular means. And to hopefully remind you that out there are small businesses who still care about integrity.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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