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Above is the bottom line of what Topsy Turvy costs you at $19.99 with one free, ONLY pay shipping and handling seeming to be the profit motivation for these TV products. We saw no option to buy just one to avoid any double shipping (double dipping) cost.
Now let's see if any tomato plants come with the order, since there was no disclaimer on the homepage with all pictures showing the product with a tomato plant growing from under it. The ad says you can get "Up to 30 pounds of tomatoes per plant." It doesn't say you get "Up to 30 pounds of tomatoes per plant you buy locally for your Topsy Turvy."
And you are NOT able to see any receipt page until AFTER you have ordered, at least five other offer pages hitting you first for a mouse click of a "Yes" or "No!"
Looks like they may turn their customers topsy turvy, this looking too much like a scam with your not being able to see the cost before you buy. Also, this site has the first order page I have seen where they ask for your credit card FIRST!
The product arrived without any tomato plants for the price shown, as expected though not noted in the ad. Going to WalMart, I spent about $20 for two plants, plus extra for a large bag of potting soil to add to the holding bags. The plants were easy to install, but it takes two to put the potting soil in. And the top holes around the edge of the top don't match the three steel wires, there isn't much from keeping a heavy wind from blowing them off the top of the bag.
So for about $70 for everything, the tomatoes that were grown didn't even come close to paying for the product. While a cherry tomato plant produced about 100 small tomatoes, a tomato plant in a small garden in our front yard that we didn't expect to grow produced at least six times that many.
And you can't be hanging your Topsy Turvy on a porch, as shown in the ad, unless you like your wooden deck ruined with water dripping out the bottom every time you water.
The rule still holds. If it is too good to be true, it usually is.
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The above is an actual e-mail received in mid October of 2006. While the URL shown in the graphic is not a hot link, DO NOT TYPE IT into your address bar! The Web site developer for this page could have created code enabling a cookie or spyware to be dropped into your computer's hard drive without you even knowing it.
This is why you want to be sure you have active software installed on your computer such as McAfee or Norton's. While we cannot prove this is a phishing ploy with clicking the URL to see the questions asked, it is a perfect example of what one would look like, all information pertaining to a company called KeyBank totally missing.
Also, as mentioned in the Credit Card warning link above the graphic, a company will never, ever ask you for your important credit card information as a data check such as the credit card number, the expiration date, and the three or four digit code found on your card, or even your social security number.
That means you should have already installed 1.) virus protection, 2.) firewall protection, and 3.) spyware protection, where a warning will instantly pop-up on your screen if something was to be added onto your computer's hard drive after clicking on the URL shown.
Also, an interesting note is that AOL (our provider) instantly put up a warning when I accidentally clicked on the URL, advising me that I could be going on an unfriendly phishing expedition and did I want to continue.
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