Skeptics get Power Balance to admit their wristband product doesn’t work

The Australian Skeptics have been fighting to expose the Power Balance scam for some time now. Power Balance are rubber wristbands with little hologram on them that are marketed with all sorts of vague claims like improving the wearers’ balance, strength, flexibility, etc.  But no longer:

As of today the manufacturers will no longer be making those claims, after a ruling proved them to be unsubstantiated. What follows is a press release from the ACCC explaining further, but it’s worth pointing out that without the work of the Australian Skeptics in demonstrating the falsehood of Power Balance’s claims this ruling would never have happened. So, once again – excellent work, guys!

Misleading advertising claims about the alleged benefits of Power Balance wristbands and pendants have been withdrawn by the manufacturer after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission intervention.

As a result consumers will be offered a refund if they feel they have been misled and Power Balance has agreed not to supply any more products that are misleadingly labelled.

“Suppliers of these types of products must ensure that they are not claiming supposed benefits when there is no supportive scientific evidence,” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said today.

Power Balance has admitted that there is no credible scientific basis for the claims and therefore no reasonable grounds for making representations about the benefits of the product. Power Balance has acknowledged that its conduct may have contravened the misleading and deceptive conduct section of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Another great victory for science and reason!

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3 Responses to Skeptics get Power Balance to admit their wristband product doesn’t work

  1. D. Berei says:

    I gave these as Xmas Presents, and my big kids tried the balance thing on each other and it worked!!! Maybe it is wrong for the manufacturer to claim that they give balance, but on the other hand it may have given some people more guts and glory to try something they haven’t achieved success at. Stop blowing the whistle on somebody else’s hopes and dreams…

    • mjr256 says:

      A scam is a scam. It has in fact given no one more guts or glory; if anything they gave it to themselves and are falsely attributing it to a worthless bracelet. But if you want some real hopes and dreams, I have some magic beans I can sell you.

  2. John says:

    Hi,

    I am with a law firm that is investigating Power Balance and its advertising claims. If you own a Power Balance bracelet, necklace, or other accessory, and want to learn more about our investigation, please visit our website at http://www.GirardGibbs.com/PowerBalance.asp or give me a call toll-free at (866) 981-4800. You can also reach me by email at jwh@GirardGibbs.com.

    Thanks,

    John

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