This time of year it's really common to find delivery notices on your front door... saying a shipment is being held for you.
But don't believe this one.
This little, green card directs you to call a Naples, Florida company offering an amazing jewelry offer. A pearl necklace reportedly valued at 50-dollars is yours for just six-dollars and 95-cents... the cost of shipping and handling.
The phone recording says, "You have been selected to receive a genuine, freshwater, cultured pearl necklace that is beautifully accented with a half point genuine diamond. It hangs elegantly from an 18 inch gold-tone chain."
To see if we got a good deal , we took the necklace to a jeweler who's been around 25 years.
Luisa Graff couldn't believe what she saw under the microscope.
Luisa says, "It's cracked, it's broken and it's brand new. You haven't even worn it. We just took it out of the container, so the fact that you get it and it's broken..."
"...But material-wise you probably have a dollar worth of material in here."
Luisa says under the scope you can see the necklace is covered in glue, but it does have small, freshwater pearls and it does indeed have a tiny diamond. But she emphasizes it's not worth fifty dollars.
She showed us her freshwater pearl items valued around the same price which were set by a jeweler, and are backed by a quality guarantee.
Later, I called the company, Consumer Clearinghouse Distributors and was told I could get another necklace, but not my money back.
The Better Business Bureau tells me the president of the company, Michael Connors is also listed as president of several other companies. One called Free Medicine Direct, had 32 consumer complaints with action taken against it by the Attorneys General of Missouri and Illinois.
Bottom line... you get what you pay for. So before you buy something sight unseen, no matter what the price, do a little research on the company.
You work too hard for your money to buy something that breaks when you get it.
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