As a Prepper who do you trust?
I was looking into joining a prepper group because of a class that I wanted to take. It was a fairly well-known group but I decided to take a look at who was running it.
The man who runs the group also just happened to own a survival supply store.
The only problem is that there were only a handful of reviews for his store and all of them were terrible. Being overcharged on products they purchased because of a computer glitch in checkout.
To make it worse, the classes that I wanted to take had reviews that basically said that money was taken and classes had been canceled. These people made the accusations that all of their phone calls for refunds had never been returned.
It made me think. Who can preppers trust?
It seems like everyone wants a piece of this market. Most sites I have gone to mainly publish articles like, “10 best survival knives.” Or “15 things you need in your bug out bag.”
Seems a little too much like infomercials to me.
Perhaps you think that the people that make the food that you will eat to survive during the apocalypse would be a good source to trust.
However, if you would think that Wise Food Storage the company that supplies a lot of preppers long term food items would be someone to trust, think again.
Not only are they the Defendant in a class action lawsuit, which I found out about first from Atlas Survival Shelters. But they are also trying to dump their product quickly.
To make matters worse close to a million (correction: 99,000+) people have had their information handed over to the Government. That is a pretty big deal for some preppers.
Are they repentant? It doesn’t sound like they are.
“Wise expects discovery will show that Plaintiffs have not actually consumed any of the products they purchased and, therefore, have suffered no injury in fact whatsoever, but instead merely exchanged one form of property (money) for another (food).”
In fact, as I looked around the internet, there seemed to be massive surge in deals with Wise food products ( not the potato chip company who also seem to be having some trouble at the moment).
On their own website there appears to be a 50% off sale.
Could it perhaps be that this is because they are allowed to sell off their inventory as part of the proceedings? I don’t know, I’m not an attorney. What I do know is that it is alleged, that the amount of calories provided by a daily serving is less than the amount of calories that a person at Aushwitz recieved on a daily basis.
Not only health but minds as well is affected.The democratization of the publishing industry by Amazon has allowed a proliferation of terrible books on “How to Survive an Apocalypse.”
It is quite easy for someone to publish a book to Amazon or on their website for 5 to 10 dollars and offer up a basically useless book to people.
I have purchased a few books that had somehow gained great reviews but were essentially thrown into the trash after reading them.
I will be reviewing books, among other things and tell you what I personally think the value of these books really is. Until then, buyer beware.
At the end of the day, it is up to the individual to make their own decisions. But listen to what is being said and do your own research on it as well.
Especially when it comes to matters that could affect your life and that of your families.
There are some really good people out there but there are also those that would like nothing more than to take advantage of you.
The funny part is that a week or two later, Ron said on his youtube channel, that he had recieved a phone call from Wise Foods. That they had explained that the portions were only a few hundred calories.
Did they threaten him with a lawsuit? Or did they make him an offer he couldn’t refuse as a business man? He seemed to be a little unsettled as he offered his viewers a 5% off deal if they used his link to go buy the food items.
One of our interviewers attempted to contact Ron to not only discuss this but to run an article on his bunker business. After initially stating that he was willing to do the interview our phone call was met by a voice mail box that wasn’t set up and an unanswered text.
Another youtuber discussed how the portions were not meant to feed anyone for a long period of time, citing that it was written on the packaging exactly how many calories were in each package of food. He postulated that every company has this stated on the food containers and it was therefore an acceptable practice.
At the same time, is it really so cut and dry? I have dehydrated emergency food and on the container it specifies how long a person can expect to be able to survive while using this product. It gives the caloric value both on the main “Bucket” as well as on the individual containers.
The difference is that I purchased mine through a well known outdoor supply store, one that is geared towards serious mountaineering and outdoor style adventures. I know that when I make this dehydrated food, it doesn’t look like ruined oatmeal and is filling and energizing.
One of the major competitors ran a study to determine how much air was present within the containers. It found that the level was mid level compared to it’s own product as well as other manufacturers.
Now, I don’t expect that a company will advertise it’s own short-comings, what I do expect is for a company to work on improving it’s product. Especially when that product has life and death consequences.
People don’t buy long term food storage because they think it tastes great. They buy it because they expect it to be there when they need it and that it will actually nourish them.
As far as “survivalist” or “prepper” youtube channels are concerned, I have since stopped watching them as a source of any real information. If I need to read the fine print of every product that is being recommended, then what is the point of listening?
I can do the research myself and probably find better products, one that isn’t made in Mexico or China. One that is set to a higher standard and is used by serious enthusiasts.