ProductTesting.uk.com and why you should avoid them


David

David is the owner and main author of Artiss.co.uk.

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  1. gary farrar says:

    I got this one in my inbox from the same product testing it reads>

    “Gary, You have been selected to test and keep the iPhone 4S.”

    So i did all the filling in 15mins worth of saying no no no no no, 2 mins after my inbox add 3 emails from them ( in my spam folder).
    But to read the heading> Gary, “You have been selected to test and keep the iPhone 4S.” one would say that you have got one and just need to fill in your details and hay presto, But no, this kind of email are missleading and should be stoped, although i will be contacting them and asking when will you be sending my iphone 4s??, but to all other readers STAY CLEAR OF EMAILS SAYING POSSIBLE WINNER OF ” ” has your inbox may get filled up with spam emails that you do not want.
    I allso get about 7 to 10 a week emails saying i have wone the lotery £1.0000.00, or your email was selected as a winner of” ” And the list goes on and on, But to summit up if you did not enter then you cannot winn.
    Thanks for reading
    gary

  2. Shaz says:

    Thank you for your insightful post – I have had two emails from this company regarding a free iPhone4. I was in two minds, thought “maybe it’s a legitimate site as it has a co.uk ending” but also thought no-one gives anything away for free, there is always a catch.

    I am naturally dubious about any emails that ask me to click on them and promise to give away expensive items like this, so I did a google search and this site was one of those that came up.

    Now I know to delete the emails and not to bother. Thank you!

  3. Simon says:

    Cheers for this. i did exactly the same as Shaz. i was unsure if I might have entered a competition, especially as they misspelt my name in thesame way that i give to some sites.

  4. Rob says:

    Anyone thought of complaining to either the Information Commissioner’s Office or the ASA? I’m a little rusty on this, but I know that email marketing has to be OPT IN, and you have to have the clear opportunity to opt out. Also if you opt out and they continue to market to you that’s a breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) 2003.

    I found this blog as a result of receiving one of their emails which seemed too good to be true. Thanks for the article as it confirms that it is!

  5. Nick says:

    HI,

    I was wondering, you mention that you are sent stuff from companies and agencies to trial already. How would I get in contact with these legitimate testing companies?

    Nick

    • David Artiss says:

      Companies are happy to send samples for review assuming you have a good quality site that is already demonstrating appropriate review content. You can either approach companies directly or PR companies. Or wait and they’ll soon contact you once your site gets recognised.

      When I first created this site I was reliant on my own products – once readership and interested grew I was approached by a company directly. The best thing to do is to make yourself open to PR news release, etc, and blog about these. Make sure those companies know what you’re doing and show an interest. From that product reviews should occur.

      There’s no golden answer to this and, I’ll admit, the direct approach to companies has rarely worked for me.

  6. sheridan says:

    Thank you for this web site David.

    I like the others above received an email and was very tempted but thought, wait a minute, so i did a search for reviews on the company and ‘voila!’

    I get enough SPAM to last a lifetime, I just want the ‘phone’ if they’re offering it!

    Oh well.

    Keep up the good work and thank you all for your comments!

  7. Rob Hibbert says:

    Hi all.

    I’m here to state that producttesting.uk.com is a completely genuine company. I too thought it wasn’t genuine but then I was selected to receive a new iPad to test and review and then keep ( I am typing on it for this!!)

    Just to confirm I do not work for them and am a genuine reviewer. Check out my pic and review on their Facebook page if you don’t believe me.

    I must have submitted 10+ questionnaire responses before I was selected. I also checked no to every offer as I didn’t want to receive cold calls and to date I haven’t received any!

    You just have to keep trying I’m afraid.

    • David Artiss says:

      Rob,

      I have no doubt that they do indeed send these products out to a few select people. I’ve never questioned this. My entire article was about them spamming me, without request, by hiding it deep within their T&Cs.

      David.

    • Jason Judge says:

      I’ve seen the “review”, and it looks more like an advert for Product testing than a review for the iPad. The review is poorly written, and has no useful substance, but is at pains to point out – several times – that Product Testing is not a scam honest.

      I’m bombarded with crap from this website, have never opted in, and there is no visible way to opt out. That breaks the law, and in that respect alone, makes it pretty much a scam in my books.

      • Rob says:

        Sorry Jason, I didnt know you were related to Shakespeare.

        I guess I’m not as experienced as you in writing online blogs etc as I have better things to do with my time than prattle on to other like minded people like yourself who are an insignificant number

        • David Artiss says:

          If you’ve been following their Google+ page you’ll see we are more than “an insignificant number”. It appears that the only people saying nice things about this company, apart from the staff, are the odd 1 or 2 who have actually been chosen to receive products.

          Insulting those choosing to discuss a company that sends out spam, hides behind a T&Cs document and even sends out emails stating that people have won a product when they haven’t, is just rude. What we’re doing certainly isn’t “prattling” and a waste of time, but warnings others of all of the above.

          • Rob says:

            So Its ok for one of your number to insult me then is it?

            Im nothing but a genuine user of producttesting and was merely commenting that they arent a scam website as I had received a product which, according to your sad friend above, abused me for writing a poor review on.

            Sorry for not being a well educated computer geek, i guess ill just have to ask the government whether they still want me to work for them as i’m obviously too thick to hold down the very important job that i do!!

          • David Artiss says:

            “One of my number”. What does that mean?

            Jason never “abused” you – I’d suggest you look the word up. He said the article you wrote wasn’t to a very high standard and I’d back that up – it wasn’t. I think you’re confusing “abuse” with “criticism”.

            However, calling him my “sad friend” and then sarcastic remarks about not being a computer geek, that is insulting.

        • Jason Judge says:

          I don’t know what you are prattling on about, but a poorly written “review” is still a poorly written review. Why are you comparing people to Shakespeare and getting all sarcastic about it? We aren’t.

          The fact that this scam company has chosen what you have written as a review that they use to sell their product, is just confirmation to me that they are really not worth dealing with.

          Don’t take it so personally. They have used you, and now you just have to take the hit. You have been chosen as the fall-guy, and you accepted.

          I’m happy to learn and improve, and I don’t make excuses for what I am not good at. Try it. You never know where it might take you. But please don’t expect the world to owe you pat on the back just because your words were used.

          – Jason

          • Janette Thatcher says:

            Ibet robs one of the bots employed by product testing on giving my details to product testing I have been plagued by emails from every company under the sun also cold calls my emails have gone from none existent to at least 20 a day get lost product testing your driving me mad
            .

    • Anit says:

      to be true , i am aslo not Shakespeare, but this stupid website is pissing me off by sending spam emails everyday
      I even notified them and clicked unsubscribe but they keep on sending email

  8. Elke Schluter says:

    Hi ev1

    I only can tell you all who don’t believe that this product testing web site company is a honest and best product testing company I ever had to do with. I got a £100 Asda voucher bot long ago, and you can read my review on FaceBook and on Product testing Blog.
    1 I thought it is a scam too because there are some black sheep on the internet, But again this is a real honest and great company and if you have not been chosen jet to test something it is because there are lots of people who want to get test products. Keep replaying on Face book and you will get a test product in future.

  9. Elke Schluter says:

    Oh ps about spamming, you can still unsubscribe from their emails and I only get emails with test products offers, competition or survey sites where you can really make some money. I find this emails very useful

    • David Artiss says:

      Yes, you can unsubscribe but when they pass your details onto a number of third party companies you’ll potentially be doing a lot of unsubscribing. Indeed, I wasn’t talking about the emails THEY send.

    • Jason Judge says:

      Err, no you can’t. They still send out spam even when you “unsubscribe”.

  10. Steve Jones says:

    I got promised a test iphone. Spent ages filling in pages of questions. I have now been deluged with spam phone calls, spam texts, and am thinking i may have to change my telephone number.

    They are a bunch of time wasting twats. If I could find them, I would sue them for the trouble I have been caused.

    • David Artiss says:

      As per a previous comment, I have to say I disagree with your initial statement – I thought it was clear that they only had a few to give out to people. However, yes, I then got deluged with spam and that, I think, is the issue. As for your final comment – their details are quite easily available, but I suspect your threat to sue was not serious anyway.

      David.

  11. John says:

    Thanks David – Gmail put their “you have been selected test and keep the new iPhone 4S” email straight into my spam folder, but like others I wondered if it might be genuine. Your article confirms that Gmail has the right idea. Cheers.

    • John says:

      BTW it was them who left out the ‘to’ in “… selected test …” in the email; I just copied/pasted it. Not a good start.

  12. C Stanley says:

    Thank you so much. Your information has been invaluable. I received the email from producttesting today and normally I delete all of these type of messages, but just for one minute, I considered opening it up (I view all emails through “view message source” and never open them if I don’t know who they are because of all the dogdy emails out there.

  13. Ben Hanvey says:

    I received the ‘Ice cream sandwich’ one today. 5 times. So I emailed the info@ address they provided and told them to stop. I then received the email a 6th time, as if they were mocking me.

    I have their postal address. I think I’m going to go over there with all my junk mail, kebab menus and assorted household, paper based garbage (including an old binbag) and drop it all over reception…

    Anyone coming?

    Follow me – Twitter @thehanvinator

    • gary farrar says:

      I will, and take my bin bags as i got loads from them saying the same, please let me know when you are going?

  14. Webbins says:

    I too have just received the Galaxy SIII ‘specifically chosen’ email, despite having never registered with producttesting.uk.com. Suspecting it to be too good to be true, a quick Google search brought me here.

    The concensus is to steer clear then? I’ve only just got a Lumia 800 so the attraction is not for a new phone but everybody loves free shiny shiny!

  15. John Simpson says:

    This company is bordering on the criminal with their dubious activities. if they were based in the USA, the directors would be facing up to 25 years each in jail! Unfortunately we are a little weak in the UK when it comes to protecting innocent people from scum like these :(

    Don’t be tempted by their ads, actually Gmail does filter out their emails and places them automatically in the spam bin where they belong. If you are being spammed by them as a result of registering there seems to be very little that you can do, only wait for some new legislation to jail these cyber bandits!

  16. Karin Schnabel says:

    Is there an option to change your e-mail address in their database? if yes, put their own e-mail address in it, they won’t be able to unsubscribe themselves!

  17. Happi says:

    Be extremely careful with the third parties. Cold calling is defined as someone who has no prior relationship calling you. Agreeing to contact with bla bla group and associates defines a relationship and so they are allowed to call you.
    No point arguing with the 6 pounds per hour agent, they unaware of the laws and have some mananger breathing down their neck.

  18. Rob says:

    At first sight looked genuine but as usual I googled the name and…Thanks for the warning.

  19. Amy says:

    Avoid producttesting-uk-com like the plague

  20. Christine says:

    hello. I am so worried. I never answer these emails, but thought I would try and get a good phone for my grand daughter (I am 68). what did worry me and I should have stopped there and then, was the fact I could not open their privacy policy and terms. I then returned their email asking why, but that oo bounced back.
    Foolishly I did complete the ever ending survey putting no to everything, but straight away got two texts which I deleted immediately for fear of being charge or whatever.
    So I will watch my emails too and delete accordingly. They will get fed up in the end surely.
    thank you for all your advice, I wish I had read your site before committing myself.

  21. Ben Stuart says:

    Hi, thanks for this article. I have begun product testing.co.uk research and been watching them closely for a consumer piece on my blog, and Googled around to see if others have had any troubles with them. I do think that they appear to be part of a long line of companies, that whilst maybe not quite classed as a scam, are very misleading and not very proper with their way of acting, service wise. I and many of your readers maybe too, fed up with receiving emails where in the itle it say you have one this or that, you will be given this, ect only for it to be a disappointing piece of marketing trickery. Ill keep watching and researching this company, but their are defiantly somethings misleading about them, and if you sign up to that free £20 offer, it just signs you up to a cashback site, where it deposits £20 into your account, but you need about £100 to be able to cashout-hardly a free twenty quid!

  22. amy says:

    i signed up asked me for mt mobile number i was in 2 minds but decided to put it down half way through answering the questions i got 2 text witch i didnt sign upto? will i be charged?

  23. nev knight says:

    go on sign up and put in the phone number of a ppi firm

  24. Deansy says:

    Just out of interest, I googled the ‘Product Testing UK’ address post-code (ME14 5PP) and it came up as a ‘Conference and Banqueting’ business -

    http://www.turkeymill.com/conferences/location

    The business is called ‘TURKEY MILL’ – after reading this blog it looks like that’s a very apt name !

    • Ashley Bland says:

      Turkey mill is a very small and quite exclusive “industrial estate/office space” there is more than one business there, I grew up in maidstone and anyone renting office space there is minted, the sad thing is I know a paul knapp in maidstone that works in marketing, I’m hoping its not the same one!!

  25. Deb G says:

    Thanks for this. I’m always super skeptical about these kind of things, which is why I checked it out first. Glad I did. I get enough spam texts and emails as it is, without them being added to by these guys!A

  26. Mark S says:

    Like many previous comments I have just had an email promising me a MacBook Air after 7 days testing I can keep …….. So obviously I’m gonna sign up straight away……… NOT.
    And having googled the company I too found this blog as the first on the results page so cheers Dave
    Like the idea of posting a PPI companies details though , get your own back LOL

    • mark eales says:

      Hi guys, only recently came across your site and have to say that I seem to have found a lively conversation to stumble upon. Surly the basic question to ask is why? That is why would companies want to give out items as well established such as iPhones and Mac Books. These are not new products to the market that require product testing or reviewing. I am sure that one or two “lucky” people will receive an item, to keep the site legal. But the truth I am sure is that this is just a company looking for contact details for 3rd parties to the follow up on for future sales. The purchasing of contact databases is expensive, far cheaper to give away the odd phone. This way they not only get cheap contact information, but they can also sell the information on as well.

  27. Louis says:

    This firm is not listed in the Company House database. This should immediately alert one to something being amiss.

    Spamming is illegal and companies have been prosecuted. If you feel strongly about it, complain to the Information Commissioner’s office. If enough people do so, maybe action will be taken.

    I am glad that I came across this blog. I was being offered £70 worth of free Sainsbury petrol and that immediately jumped out at me as being too good to be true. No established company will give things away like this to all and sundry.

    I was perfectly right in deciding to carry out independent research.

  28. Jon says:

    I’ve read all the above with interest, as am currently enjoying making these scammers lives as “interesting” as possible. Anyway, after a little research I have found the following:-

    ProductTesting.uk.com is a website address used as a trading style of

    Submission Technology Limited, Registered in England No. 4456811
    © 2003 – 2013 Submission Technology Limited.
    All rights reserved. Registered under the Data Protection Act. Registration No. PZ7981900

    T +44 (0)20 7183 1653
    F +44 (0)16 2275 3358

    http://www.submissiontechnology.co.uk/

    Their website says

    About us

    We were founded in 2003 when we launched GreasyPalm.co.uk, the first cashback incentive site in the UK. Since then we never looked back and the company has developed an extensive portfolio of web properties that generate hundreds of thousands of leads and tens of millions of retail sales each month.

    Our office which is based in Kent is where we house specialist staff with over 50 years of collective Internet Marketing experience. We are ready to unleash our knowledge with our expert technical team who turn ideas into reality and our exemplary customer support team is always available to help.

    Our technology is new, it’s fresh and at the forefront of innovation! So if you’re an established brand with big budgets or a start up company exploring new ways to develop your business, we are positioned to deliver the results you require.

    Now – when you consider they have 38 staff listed and 50 collective years of internet marketing, even taking out those not involved in marketing say half – then that is still not a massively experienced team……I’ve got over 25 years experience in my field on my own!!!!

    It also appears that they made an application to voluntarily wind up the business last September which they then revoked 10 days later…….were they on the verge of bankruptcy?, and received additional funding at the last minute…..mind you – they only have a called up share capital of £4.00 …… that means there are still 96 ordinary shares of £1.00 each still available…..

    Oh – and by the way, their direct e-mail addresses are in the format – firstname@submissiontechnologies.co.uk, which may be useful if people are still getting scammed.

    FYI – I came across these people by messing about with a Facebook scam page https://www.facebook.com/CandyCrushSagaRewardsProgram again promising free lives for candy crush (no I do not play it, but got fed up with my timeline getting filled up with people sharing this page willy nilly in desperate hope, and getting nothing……I’m now banned from commenting on the page……Interestingly the launch page URL’s you are asked to click as part of the signup process are registered in Russia or Albania. producttesting.uk.com isn’t though:-
    Domain ID:CNIC-DO832202
    Domain Name:PRODUCTTESTING.UK.COM
    Created On:2012-01-18T10:10:28.0Z
    Last Updated On:2013-02-19T18:13:25.0Z

    Domain name:
    submissiontechnology.co.uk

    Registrant:
    Submission Technology Ltd

    Registrant type:
    Unknown

    Registrant’s address:
    41 Bourne Road
    Bexley
    Kent
    DA5 1LW
    United Kingdom

    Registrar:
    Webfusion Ltd t/a 123-reg [Tag = 123-REG]
    URL: http://www.123-reg.co.uk

    Relevant dates:
    Registered on: 08-Jul-2002
    Expiry date: 08-Jul-2014
    Last updated: 08-Jul-2012

    Registration status:
    Registered until expiry date.

    Name servers:
    ns1.submissiontechnology.co.uk 209.85.31.2
    ns2.submissiontechnology.co.uk 209.85.31.12

    WHOIS lookup made at 08:13:48 19-Jun-2013
    Expiration Date:2014-01-18T23:59:59.0Z
    Status:OK
    Registrant ID:MNT12321778726
    Registrant Name:Identity Protection Service
    Registrant Organization:Identity Protect Limited
    Registrant Street1:PO Box 795
    Registrant City:Godalming
    Registrant State/Province:Surrey
    Registrant Postal Code:GU7 9GA
    Registrant Country:GB
    Registrant Phone: +44.1483307527
    Registrant FAX:+44.1483304031
    Registrant Email:email@identity-protect.org

    registered thru 123reg.co.uk (who I’ve used in the past)

    Sorry for the length – but I’m off to send Paul Knapp and Neil Durrant some e-mails now …….

  29. Jojo says:

    Thank you for taking the time out to write this post. After googling when I saw this “offer” in my inbox I realised just why I have been receiving so many cold calling calls in the last year or so..

  30. Ash says:

    Phew! Thank goodness for this article, REALLY glad I decided to search for this company before signing up to them. Sounds like I’ve had a bit of a lucky escape – can you believe this site is being advertised on a student offers website?

  31. Mac says:

    Hi,

    I’d like to echo jojo and Ash’s comments above.
    I always do research on offers that look to good to be true because the vast majority of the time they are but this is the first time one of my searches has pulled up this site.
    I had my suspicions about product testing uk which turned out to be warranted from most sites I use. It appears the surveys people get are cleverly written so that it is easy to miss certain fields and therefore accept to opt in to mailing from third parties.
    Keep up the good work David. The good people on the net need people like you to help them stay out of trouble. :)

    • David says:

      Thanks Mac. I will report on injustices wherever I see them ;)

      And, as an update, I’m still receiving emails from the company to this day, even after the promises of removal from their email list.

  32. Ziana says:

    Thanks for your post. You just saved me from this spam.
    Luckily during registering I got suspicious why they want me to select some companies that “might interest me”. Then I typed in their website and the word “scam” in google and you came up! I closed their site immediately, hopefully they didn’t record my details if my registration was not finished!

    • Rhonda says:

      I was on the first page to register with them when I remembered my ‘golden rule’ … Google any company I don’t know before I give them my information. So I googled ‘Scam ProductTesting.co.uk’ and you popped up! Sorry to hear about your experience, but I closed the page before pressing the ‘send’ button.

      There are legitimate mystery shopper companies though.

    • richard says:

      even if people don’t Google the company it should be clear when its a scam, and that is by the fact it doesn’t let you leave options blank. at least by UK law an individual has the right to not answer a question, as soon as you try that there it claims all answer are necessary which is total bull. the only must answer questions are those that make key defining points or values in a database.

  33. Cathy says:

    They now advertise their “opportunities” on job sites with the title:
    Part Time Testers Wanted – Become A Part Time Mystery Shopper‎

    Under the too good to be true principle, I searched the internet and found this thread. Thank god I did!

  34. Tony says:

    Paul Knapp…. mmmm
    This name seems to appear quite a lot on loads of scams across the web… paidoffers.co.uk being one of a list of many, this guy should be put in prison.

  35. oops says:

    Yeah that was very silly of me not to research them first. I’m usually not this dumb.

    Luckily I gave them a disposable email address (I’m not completely stupid) but I also gave them my real postal address and mobile number :/
    I stopped when it started getting fishy – “answer these questions, all of which are offers we want to sign you up for”, HMMMMMM – and haven’t submitted the full thing or confirmed my email address. But I’m guessing it’s too late now in terms of getting postal and phone spam? Not good.

  36. Darran says:

    Thanks ladies and gents, I was about to ‘look’ into their latest offer “Wanted: Mystery Shoppers For Tesco Stores” when I noticed this blog, on a well known search engine. You have saved me from a lot of headaches and heartache due to spam and unwanted texts suffered in the past. All I can say is glad I took time to read this first.

    Thanks

  37. Linda says:

    Like Darran, I was just about to look into the mystery shoppers for Tesco, but being a ” doubting Thomas” I decided to scroll down the page, saw this site and am very glad I read all your comments. Will not be following this up, although I would like to be a Mystery Shopper or Product Tester. Any suggestions? Thanks for alerting us.

    • Louis says:

      I was a mystery shopper many years ago. I can tell you that it’s a lot of hard work for very little pay. It’s really not worth it. If you really want to go ahead, see whether the company I used still exists (Bare Associates – a foreign firm), as they were reliable and professional, despite paying a pittance. You have to have a good attention for detail and a high standard of literacy, as well as some negotiating skills.

  38. I the same Rob a few received a ipad mini to review and keep..

    Yes you do have a few junk mail but if you put that it goes to your junk box its okay but really it don’t take 2 mins to just delete the message and you got a ipad mini at the end so I don’t mind having a few emails lol http://www.product.uk.com is a 100% genuine!!

    • David says:

      I assume you received an iPad then? It’s odd how that the only positive reviews come from the 0.01% of people who actually got one. If you read my article you’ll know I’ve never doubted that some people do receive them – that’s never been in doubt. The issue here is that even if you state you don’t want to receive offers from these companies you still get it. That’s not on. And probably not legal.

      Also, I’d like you to read the email that was quoted and tell me whether that should be allowed – it clearly states “you have been selected test and keep the new iPhone 4S”. Wouldn’t that to anybody with an IQ above zero, suggest that you WILL get one? Except you don’t. Or rather, most won’t. A company CANNOT make statements like that.

      So, yes, I’m glad you get an iPad. I’m glad you’re enjoying your new found love of spam. The rest of us, though, don’t like being deceived.

  39. How do you get by the mobile phone issue? I e-mailed them with no response. It won’t let me register for anything without a mobile phone and all I have is a cell phone.

    • David says:

      A mobile number is the same as your cell phone number. Do they accept people from outside the UK, though?

      • I don’t know. They accepted my supplication so I would think that they would. Can’t get them to answer me back. Have texted them several times. I was a product tester for several years and really want to start doing it again. Do you know of any other sites that offer product testing that follow thru with their offers? This has been a real disappointment to me.

  1. March 28, 2014

    […] My original post, where I revealed the truth behind ProductTesting.uk.com, has become one of the most read articles on my site and has garnered a huge amount of feedback. What’s certainly true is that the only people with something positive to say are those who’ve actually received a product to review. I always knew that they would actually be giving out products – what is clear is the methods use to confuse people into thinking they’re guaranteed to get one in exchange for signing up to a lot of spam email. Spam email, it should be noted, that is difficult to stop. […]

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