Sun Labs has gone and pissed me off.
If you know me at all, you’re aware that traveling is my favorite thing in this world; so imagine my reaction to hearing that I had just won two free tickets to Hawaii! Yes, Sun Laboratories recently informed me that I had won a free trip to Honolulu after entering in a raffle at the PHAMExpo last month! I freaked out, did a little dance and then read the email a second time around because if it sounds to good to be true, most of the time it is.
In order to obtain my two free plane tickets, I would have to buy at least $199 worth of Sun Lab’s product from their promotional package list, book my flight “60 days in advance, pay airline taxes and purchase hotel accommodations when booking the trip through the travel agent on the voucher.” Naturally, I was a little wary of the fact that I’d have to purchase something in order to “win” tickets, so I did a little Googling to make sure I wasn’t being set up. Sure enough, I found 4 complaints about Sun Labs’ giveaway on on Rip Off Report (Here) and 1 complaint on the Business Consumer Alliance page (Here).
If you’ve been contacted by Sun Laboratories to say that you’ve won a free Hawaii trip ( I know I wasn’t the only winner) here’s what the real deal is: You buy at least $199 worth of Sun Laboratories product. They send you your vouchers for 2 free airline tickets through a specific travel agency. You have to book the trip at least 60 days in advance, pay the taxes yourself and you have to purchase a minimum of 7 nights hotel stay through one of their hotels (the lowest rate being $199 per night!). To me, this is a far cry from “winning” anything, especially since you can save yourself $199 by going to the travel agent’s website directly and signing up for the same deal without buying SunLabs’ products.
I wouldn’t call Sun Laboratories’ Hawaii Giveaway a “scam” per se, but it is definitely shady. It’s a shame because I really love their tanning lotion and I feel bad for them that they have to resort to tricking customers into purchasing their products.