This is a new flavor of the same flashlight scam which mutates almost every single day. It’s easy to spot because they use phrases like “controversial military technology” and “bright enough to blind a bear” and “flying off the shelves” among others.
The AlimiTact X700 scam is in good company with the StrykeLight x2000, T2000, Shadowhawk X800, Illumitact G700, Lightstrike 360 and others. It’s the same scam, put out by the same people, who make the same ridiculous claims, and mutate the scam to stay one step ahead of the few bloggers who care enough about reporting on this. Most major media outlets show their ads, and none of them seem to care because they make money too from the ads.
The scam basically goes like this: get you, the customer, to pay $75 for a $6 cheap. Chinese flashlight you can get from Amazon, eBay or even direct from China. Anyone who knows flashlights knows that this is a scam. But many people don’t know, and that’s what I’m doing here. This is a blog about doing gear reviews such as flashlight reviews. And I never intended to turn this into a sounding board for scams. But it’s just disgusting to watch this scam mutate and suck more people in.
Many of the different scam ads use different variations of this same photo. Usually with different colors emanating from the “flashlight” in the photo. Some of the newer scams use photos of known flashlight brands such as Nitecore and Thrunite. Only to get you to order the same $6 flashlight they’ve been selling all along.
They’ve been toning down the “blogs” these ads link to, but all the buzz words are still there. Like “Navy SEAL” and “Military” and others. They only mix it up slightly from scam to scam.
I’m skeptical about the claims above that all these media outlets have featured this product. Which itself is just one of the many flavors of the same scam. That anyone in the media could easily find out if they cared about due diligence. But sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me if some if these media companies fell for the scam themselves. Since most of their collective moral compasses point straight to money.
If you want to gain actual knowledge of flashlights, there are communities out there such as the Budget Light Forum and I also wrote an article. Understanding LED Flashlights as a starting point that readers can use to get a feel for the landscape.
One thing I am hearing from people falling for the scam is that many of them never receive anything for their money. Which isn’t too surprising. The best I can tell, if you live in many of the countries targeted in the scam. They figure there’s no way it would come back to them, so they just take your money.