Dr. John Happel | Feb 12, 2016 | 0
American Laser Skincare-Free Laser Hair Removal Offer
At Happel Laser, we would like to help those who were clients of the bankrupt Pittsburgh American Laser Skincare branch by offering a free treatment. We have never offered laser hair removal contracts. We believe they are unethical.
At Happel Laser, you pay as you go. https://www.happellaser.com/laser-hair-removal-cost/
Why Did American Laser Skincare Go Bankrupt?
Their web site states that an investor backed out. They claim that this final bankruptcy is a result of the economic down turn, which began six years ago.
Unsuspecting people who signed long-term prepaid contracts with American laser are feeling the pain. The doors closed permanently at American Laser on Friday, November 21, 2014 shocking thousands of their customers. Customers at their 135 branches are out thousands of dollars each on prepaid package “deals”.
American Laser rebranded itself as American Laser Skincare when it first declared bankruptcy three years ago.
Because it was a national chain, many people never suspected that they could lose their entire prepaid investment.
The bad news is that there will be no refunds. The management cannot be reached for interviews by numerous consumer protection news agencies.
Why did they push contracts and package “deals”?
It is more profitable for them to sell laser hair removal in packages. If you buy a package, that eliminates you quitting if you are unhappy for any reason.
If it doesn’t work because your hair isn’t dark enough, you still pay for as many as nine treatments. That’s what the contract says that you signed on your initial visit. If you are too sensitive, you still pay for all of the treatments in your package whether or not you complete them. Contracts force you to keep coming back.
As an example, one person was even burned by the laser at a branch office but went to another satellite miles away. He didn’t want to waste the money that he had prepaid.
Why pay for what you don’t need?
Not prepaying reduces your risk in cases like the bankruptcy of American Laser Skincare. Truthfully, you may not need all of the treatments that are pushed in packages by the national chains.
The average treatment cost for a laser hair removal is $235 according to WebMD.com. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-removal/laser-hair-removal
Throwing the different costs from various body parts into complicated package deals muddies the waters. They purposely make it confusing.
What Are Your Options?
What can you do now?
What are your options if you were an American Laser Skin Care customer? Some who paid with a credit card are attempting through their bank to reverse the charges. If you paid with a debit card, you don’t get the same protection.
Some clients are talking about filing a class action lawsuit. Individuals often get little or no benefit because of attorney’s fees. Often there are low settlements. Confusing notices are sent preventing people from understanding how to proceed.
Those take years to resolve. Unfortunately, you will not get much of your money back even if the lawsuit comes to fruition.
The good news is we can help at the Happel Laser & Vein Center. You can get the details by calling our office.
Call us if you were an American Laser Skin Care customer. If you can provide your contract, receipt or proof of purchase, we can provide a free treatment. Call our office for terms. We want to help.
We do not offer contracts. We are a respected local physician’s office specializing in laser hair removal for almost two decades. Our reputation in the community is beyond reproach.
Our pricing is simple. There are no confusing multiple offers thrown into a package “deal”.
At Happel Laser, there are no deceptive front-loaded contracts with hidden fees to cover future “free” touch up treatments. Just the straightforward truth from a local physician’s office that you can trust.
You have nothing to lose and the free first treatment is on us.
So give us a call at 724-969-0600 to find out more. Or shoot us an email here.