Anyone Get Part of the Reebok EasyTone Settlement?

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  1. Ms. I

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    I never had those shoes, but I have a pair of Skechers...I like them a lot...I never expected to lose weight or get a firmer butt however by simply buying a new pair of sneakers...I bought mine when a group of my colleagues started a lunchtime walking group...and I wore those Skechers pretty much EVERY school day, fitness walking for 35-40 minutes...yes, I'd say I toned up some...was it due to just the shoes? No....I put in the work.
     
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    Yeah, I think that people looking for a quick fix should really KNOW better.

    No pair of sneakers is going to do the work for you.

    It's scary sometimes to see what people will fall for.
     
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    I might be wrong, but I think the lawsuit was because they were severely misaligning people's ankles or knees or something, not because people didn't lose weight.
     
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    Arg, ok, I was wrong. Faith in humanity destroyed again...
     
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    I didn't read the whole link, but here's the first paragraph:

    "Reebok International Ltd., a unit of Adidas AG, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that charges that the company’s “toning” shoes do not reshape customers’ bodies as advertised."
     
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    That's what I thought too.

    While I wouldn't be gullible to believe that shoes would make one lose weight or tone up, it was false advertisement. However, I though companies were allowed to make whatever claims they wanted as long as it didn't specify specific illnesses or that it treats cancer?
     
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    That's what I thought too... and I think there is a lawsuit out there about the same thing but I couldn't find it on the first page of a google search soooo...

    I tried running with my Shape-Ups and quickly hurt my hamstring... They change your gate too quickly to use for anything but walking. But if you're really trying to shape-up, why wouldn't you use your shoes for more than walking!?!?!
     
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    I think they word things pretty carefully.

    While I don't know the details of this particular ad campaign, I imagine it was kind of like the old Trident gum commercials: 9/10 dentists surveyed sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum."

    Is that an endorsement of Trident? Nope. Of chewing gum? Nope. But if you're going to chew gum anyway, then chew sugarless. But it sold a heck of a lot of Trident gum because people didn't listen to the exact words.

    Likewise, if the ad campaign had said that these sneakers, combined with a sensible fitness problem, were likely to help you tone, then they probably would have been fine. My guess is that they cut some corners and put too much emphasis on the sneaker and not enough on the fitness program.

    It's probably a very delicate balance between repackaging something so people will buy it and knowing that the only way to get the results you want is to put in the work.
     
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    There are MANY athletic shoes designed for one kind of exercise...try cross trainers for multi-use.
     
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    I just find it ridiculous that Reebok gets in trouble, and yet diet pills, political campaigns, etc. are able to get away with misleading or false advertising. I recognize that the two situations are different, but false marketing really bothers me sometimes!
     
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    oh I get that! I would never buy ballet shoes and expect to be able to go running in them... but if you buy "shape-ups" wouldn't you think you would be able to use them to do anything to "shape-up"?
     
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    This reminds me of another settlement a while back for the Baby Einstein DVDs. It turns out they don't actually make your baby any smarter. Who would have known? ;)
     
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    Oh, but they DID provide beautiful music and a distracting video. My kids happily watched them every day, giving mommy time for a shower in the morning, and half an hour to cook dinner in the evening, to the sounds of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven!!!

    Who needed more than that for $20???
     
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    Caveat emptor.:)
     
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    I was looking through my bank records for another purpose & ran across a deposit regarding this. I never same back with an update. I had gotten $43.72 back in Aug., 2012.

    Anyone else get anything?
     

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