I wake up at 5:20 in the morning to my wife’s alarm. I often stumble into the living room and turn on the TV, finding myself staring at whatever station it was on the evening before.
Increasingly, what I’m greeted with at this time is innuendo-laden commercials for a product called ExtenZe. ExtenZe is advertised with a fake talk show called “Sex Talk”, starring a set of boobs and hair named Bridgetta Tomarchio and some guy (let’s face it, only his mother cares who he is). The commercial is essentially an extended wink-wink/nudge-nudge, telling you that ExtenZe has been clinically proven to “increase the size of a certain part of the male anatomy.” They never tell you exactly what part that will be, but after extensive watching of the same last 10 minutes of the commercial every morning, I’m guessing it’s not the wallet.
ExtenZe is another in a (forgive me) long line of products advertised to increase the size of a man’s penis. With the loosening of basic cable’s self imposed restrictions, advertisements for such products have taken over the airwaves. I don’t truly understand how any sober man would call up some operator to tell her that he needs ExtenZe because he’s endowed like a ladybug, but apparently business is good.
WHAT DOES EXTENZE CLAIM?
ExtenZe appears to be marketed as an all-natural Viagra substitute that increases blood flow to a man’s penis. The product is supposed to be given a bit of credibility by pointing to the endorsement of Samuel Stein MD., a doctor that undoubtedly receives compensation, and possibly 24 hour body guard support for his endorsement. The EztenZe website claims that ExtenZe will:
- Enlarge your penis and erection.
- Give you harder, more frequent erections.
- Give you more intense orgasms.
- Make your erections last longer.
- Makes getting an erection easier and more reliable.
- Enhance desire, power, pleasure and performance.
- Overall sex life improvement and penile sensitivity.
DOES EXTENZE WORK?
Searching the vast expanses of the Interweb, it is surprisingly (forgive me again) hard to find negative reviews of ExtenZe that aren’t actually shills for some other herbal supplement.
The product receives a two star rating on Amazon.com with three people saying it works great, and two people giving it one star, saying it doesn’t work at all.
Blogger Dave Zdyrko, in an admittedly drunken state, decided to order and scientifically test the stuff. His conclusion is “I’ve seen enough – or maybe not enough – to call Extenze an epic failure”, stating he saw less than 1/4 of an inch of growth, which could be coincidence and not the results of the product.
A few posters on InfomercialScams.com have indicated that product doesn’t work for them, but perhaps the excitement in their groin was tempered by the tremendous hit to the wallet, which brings us to………
IS EXTENZE’S PARENT COMPANY ON THE UP AND UP?
A common thread among InfomercialScams.com and ComplaintsBoard.com is that ExtenZe’s parent company, Biotab Nutriceuticals, is essentially using the “Free” trial for ExtenZe so that they can charge your card a monthly fee for ExtenZe.. The company sends the free trial portion, but then immediately starts charging the purchaser for monthly supplies. The company apparently also makes it very difficult to cancel the product, with reports of people having difficulty finding anyone to speak to that can cancel their order or get them a refund.
Biotab Nutriceuticals has been given an F by the Better Business Bureau for their business practices. The BBB notes, “(a)ccording to their advertising, the company charges some $5.95 for shipping and handling for a “Free 7 day trial offer” supply. Respondents are required to pay a shipping and handling fee of $5.95 to take advantage of the “free” trial, and are asked for credit card numbers to cover the charge. Failure to cancel will result in a charge of $46.90 on their credit card, and a of their product, to be shipped on monthly basis until cancellation occurs.” The company has 411 complaints filed against them to date, with over 140 unanswered by Biotab Nutriceuticals.
While the ExtenZe pills may have some limited impact on your man parts, there aren’t many legitimate endorsements of the product online. Even if ExtenZe does work, it is important to ask yourself if providing yourself an ego boost is worth allowing a company rated “F” by the BBB to drain your bank account. ExtenZe may be advertised as enhancing a certain part of the male anatomy, but the company’s business practices sound more like a giant kick in the crotch.