Dodgy “CBD” oil alert! We test purchased some suspiciously cheap oil on Ebay and guess what our lab test found?
We saw some CBD for sale on Ebay that was suspiciously cheap – advertised as 10ml of Hemp Extract oil, 4500mg content, a snip at £14.95. With free shipping no less. Now they don’t actually say CBD in the product title because this will get their Ebay listing taken down in about 5 minutes because Ebay do not officially permit the sale of CBD products.
However, CBD is for sale on Ebay and sellers get around the content filters by just omitting the word CBD and using terms like “Hemp Extract Oil 4500mg” for example. But everyone knows it’s CBD that’s ostensibly being advertised.
Now any CBD Oil manufacturer would immediately see red flags upon seeing this product at this price – the supposed 4500mg of “Hemp oil extract” content (i.e. one would rightly assume that means 4500mg full spectrum CBD) alone costs more than £14.95 – even when buying in large bulk direct from a hemp farm. Then there’s the cost of the bottle, the carrier oil, labour to fill the bottle, cost of printing the label, Ebay fees, Paypal fees, 1st Class postage, potentially 20% VAT, oh and ideally some profit margin.
Basically in selling a 4500mg oil at £14.95 you would be losing a huge amount of money on each and every sale, even as the manufacturer.
So we already had big suspicions about the product and the way it was advertised, but thought we’d test purchase it and send it off for lab testing to find out for sure.
When the results came back it was still shocking to see, even though expected. There were ZERO cannabinoids in the product, absolutely nothing, zitch, nada. It’s quite simply hemp seed oil – that costs about £15 per litre (15p per 10ml!) to buy in, and nothing else.
Now the seller might turn around and say, “well in fact we’re only selling it as hemp oil, that’s what it says on the plastic tube we package it in, and in the ingredients on the Ebay listing we state just 100% organic C.Sativa oil”.
But they are obviously intending it to be seen as CBD oil in their Ebay listing for the following reasons:
- What else would the 4500mg in the title refer to? It can’t refer to the gross weight of the “carrier” oil as 10ml of hemp oil weighs just under 10,000mg.
- The claims of “No1 for Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress” are clearly intended to make people think it’s a CBD oil, just listed in a manner that gets it past the Ebay banned products filters.
- Additionally, (and somewhat amusingly) in the seller’s product blurb, they even rail against and caution against other ebay sellers who they claim are selling fake oils, because those sellers offer 9000mg oil at an impossibly cheap price! (what do they refer to by “9000mg” if not CBD?)
- They claim in the listing that the reason they can undercut other sellers is because they use cheap non-fancy packaging. Right.. so the only reason you can manage to sell something for £14.95 that actually only cost you about 15p, is because you save about 20p by using a plastic tube instead of a glass bottle! It was the 20p wot dun it. I guess all the other vendors who use glass must sell at £15.15!
- Finally, why would anyone pay £14.95 for 10ml of hemp seed oil (organic or otherwise) when genuine carrier oil suppliers are selling 1L (100x as much!) on Ebay and Amazon for about the very same price – the answer is simply because they’ve been tricked into thinking it’s got 4500mg of CBD in it.
Here is the lab report, with screenshots of the Ebay listing and a photo of the product as it arrived.
And finally the lab test report. Note “ Tags: Fake CBDFraudulent CBDWe saw some CBD for sale on Ebay that was suspiciously cheap – advertised as 10ml of Hemp Extract oil, 4500mg content, a snip at £14.95. With free shipping no
Being aware of CBD scams on Amazon and eBay
In the UK it is so easy to purchase CBD Oil. It is not illegal, so why wouldn’t it be? CBD Oil is mentioned a lot more than it used to be. From entrepreneurs, sportspersons, working parents and even young teenagers, there are constantly new products being added to shop shelves. However, it is online purchasing that you need to be wary of.
Although mainly successful for most, it has unfortunately opened up a whole new world for scammers.
For now, we are going to concentrate on two of the largest online selling platforms, Amazon and eBay.
What are Amazon and eBay’s rules on selling CBD Oil?
Both platforms have a strict ‘no CBD’ policy in place. Although they work in different ways, and their policies vary, they both allow third-party sellers to list an item on their site. However, the seller is supposed to comply with the set rules. If they do not agree or comply, the item will be removed.
On Amazon.co.uk, any type of CBD product is completely prohibited.
Their terms state the following;
- Listings for products containing cannabidiol (CBD), including but not limited to:
- Full-spectrum hemp oil
- Rich hemp oil
- Products specifying they contain CBD
On eBay, the following applies:
- Narcotics, steroids, and other controlled substances (as classified by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 UK)
- For Ireland: Narcotics, steroids, and other controlled substances (as classified by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, 1984 and 2015, and the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010)
The end result is that it encourages scammers to list products that appear to contain CBD. These products will be very convincing to buyers, especially for those who have never tried a genuine CBD product before. They have nothing to compare it to.
The prices are very similar. Furthermore, they express that they contain the same amount of CBD in mg. However, they will sometimes only contain hemp oil.
How do CBD scams work on eBay or Amazon?
Like most platforms that sell products, a buyer will search for a specific item. In this instance, you will probably search for CBD oil. You are likely to see a list of the products referring to themselves as ‘hemp oil extract’, or in some cases, ‘hemp extract oil’.
The prices they are listed at would lead you to believe they are genuine CBD products, but in fact, that is not always the case. It is unlikely the products will contain any CBD at all.
The result of this means the seller will believe they are getting a £30 / £40 bottle of CBD oil, when in fact, they are receiving a product a lot lower in value, sometimes as low as £1.
What does a CBD oil scam look like on Amazon or eBay?
We have discussed how a scam can appear to be genuine to most. With this in mind, there are certain listings you should look out for.
Read the description thoroughly before purchasing. If it does not state that it contains CBD, you should avoid going ahead.
Even if it does include CBD in the description, they may not specify the volume. And let’s face it! The label won’t always represent the correct measures.
In conclusion, we recommend sourcing your CBD oil from a reputable company. Always do your research first? If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the seller direct. If they are not prepared to discuss it with you, this is another warning sign.
If you have any questions about CBD oil, we will happily speak with you on the phone and assist in any way we can.In the UK it is so easy to purchase CBD Oil. It is not illegal, so why wouldn’t it be? CBD Oil is mentioned a lot more than it used to be. ]]>