Tuesday, February 17, 2009
"[H]ow could anyone compete with a magical powder with remarkable powers to alter brain chemistry and hormones?"
Due to all the speculation and rumors flying around about why Andrew Lessman decided to pull all his weight management products from HSN after the debut of Sensa, he's started his own little blog. I think Andrew's just trying to be cool like Queen Bea. :-)
First and foremost, Andrew wants it to be very, very clear that he has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Sensa. Nothing, people! I still don't know why he's worried about the association. No one is confused. It's ok, Andrew. Calm down.
He isn't leaving HSN even though they aren't particularly happy about him pulling some of his product.
He didn't pull his products because they are unsafe. He says that there are no safety or recall issues with his products.
He also didn't pull the weightloss products because they weren't selling or had a high return rate. On the contrary, he said that his last Today's Special of Secure Meal Replacements had record-breaking sales.
Andrew doesn't think that Sensa is unsafe, which was one of the rumors going around that actually worried me a bit. However, he does have three major problems with the product: 1) misleading claims (i.e. you can eat whatever you want and still lose tons of weight!); 2) even though Sensa claims to be clinically proven, his "research department has been unable to find a single published, peer-reviewed clinical study showing weightloss resulting from Sensa or any of its ingredients"; 3) the low cost of the bulk of the ingredients verses the relative high cost of the product.
Andrew has also been introduced to the infamous "poof" police (welcome to the club!):
"For now, I will remain restrained in sharing my thoughts about Sensa, but it is unfortunate that many of you who have eloquently shared critical thoughts about Sensa on the HSN Forums have been “poofed” and your postings have disappeared, which makes for some very unbalanced commentary and which has only underscored the need for me to respond."
Don't fret, Andrew. You aren't alone. The "poof" police are notorious on both the HSN and the QVC forums for making posts disappear indiscriminately. Anything and everything seems to fall under the old "community standards" rules except obvious violations and nasty trolls, which stick around and fester forever.
"Exiting the weightloss category at HSN is a huge economic loss to my company; however, my conscience can now rest easy as a result."
If you have any concerns, I recomend that you read Andrew Lessman's blog on his Procaps website for yourself.