Identify Snake Oil Salesmen

How to identify a snake oil salesman.

The very first thing you want to do is, follow the money! Ask yourself does this person stand to make any money by convincing you that this product works. If you find that the answer is yes it does not mean that they are automatically not trustworthy it just means that it is time to be a little bit more sceptical of their claims. The second thing that you want to ask yourself is, does this person seem to care at all about my long term results. Or do they just want you to give them your money and then never see you

The second thing that you want to ask yourself is, does this person seem to care at all about my long term results. Or do they just want you to give them your money and then never see you again? If you can you will want to look into their background. Does this person have a history of backing snake oil sales? If you find that they do then you will want to keep your distance right away. However, if you find that they have a history of making evidence-based recommendations then they are more likely to be trustworthy in this instance as well.

If you can, ask a 3rd party about the product. Do your own research and find information about the product that is put out by someone who is not tied to it. Someone who does not stand to make any gains if you do buy in.

And finally, if this product seems too good to be true, it probably is! You have to use your own common sense and think about what they are claiming. Are they promising you that if you take this one tiny pill then you will no longer have to exercise or eat right and that you will look like that fitness model on the cover of that magazine with no effort on your part? It is probably not true.

 

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