Money-Back Guarantee for Intangible Products

carpewebcarpeweb subscriber Posts: 1
edited March 2008 in Sales
I`m in the planning stage for some products that would be delivered via standard reports -- probably PDF documents available for download or distributed by email.
I think that a money-back guarantee would enhance my value proposition, but I`m not sure how I will ensure that I don`t give money back to customers who actually are just trying to get my product for free.  For one product, I have an idea for a 30-day grace period, during which I could probably learn whether or not they actually "consumed" the material in my report.  For other products, I`m not so sure.
What experience have you had with money-back guarantees?
If your experience was with intangible products like information, how do you guard against this potential problem?


  • DaleKingDaleKing subscriber Posts: 141
    Go ahead and guarantee your products. If you have quality products, you really don`t have to worry about issuing refunds. On average, less than 1% of consumers ever request a refund. Offering a guarantee will also increase your sales, because it will give consumers greater confidence in your products.
    That being said, if your products are garbage, you can expect to recive a barrage of refund requests. And your business reputation will be mud. Always give people good value for their money.
    Dale King
    DKing3/17/2008 1:26 PM
  • Badger82Badger82 subscriber Posts: 0
    I agree with Craig and Dale. The upside far outstrips the few who will try to game you. I can`t emphasize enough that your stuff has to be "worth it" or you will get disgruntled returns and your name can turn to trash very quickly.
  • SkipAndersonSkipAnderson subscriber Posts: 1
    I agree with everyone else, too. There will always be some people who will take advantage of a money-back guarantee just to get something for free. But the idea is that your sales will be far higher with a money-back guarantee than without, so you are able to absorb the cost of those refunds.
    Best of luck!
  • carpewebcarpeweb subscriber Posts: 1
    Thanks for the perspective, everyone.  I just needed some perspective, since I`ve never made this kind of offer before.
    Thanks again,
  • menappimenappi subscriber Posts: 2
    If you have quality goods then it can`t hurt. This reminds me of my products guarantee. Although it is supposed to be funny..if i am ever contacted for a refund then i will honor it. To this date though, zero people have inquired about one. 
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