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Bolibao - The Breast-Plump Pill
Status: Beauty Product Scam
image Chinese women are reportedly flocking to buy Bolibao ('Stay Fit' in English), a pill that, according to its manufacturer, can transfer body fat from a woman's hips to her breasts. Therefore it supposedly slims your hips and boosts your bra size at the same time. It's being heavily marketed on Chinese TV despite the fact that a) it doesn't work, and b) it causes a variety of negative side effects. The brazenness of the scam is pretty remarkable. The Shanghai Daily reports:
A lot of customers were attracted by the advertisements and bought the pills, which cost about 900 yuan (US$113), for one treatment period. But later, hundreds of customers complained to the company because the pills didn't have any effect. A woman, whose alias is Beibei, said she had some acne on her face after using the pills for a month, but her breasts size didn't increase. When she called the company, the salesperson congratulated her and said the acne was a sign that her breasts would soon begin to grow, as a second "growth spurt." The salesperson even persuaded her to buy another box to consolidate the effect. Beibei spent 3,000 yuan in total on the "magic" pills, but it only left her with sore breasts and caused her an internal secretion disorder. Beibei said the models in its advertisements moved her because they had obvious changes after taking the pills. But the study showed that the models were all hired by the company for 30 yuan a day and their images were graphically modified.
The organization Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia further reports that:
The advertising claim is incredible: it will move fat from thighs and stomach to the breasts and thus make them bigger! Unfortunately for consumers who believe this sort of thing, the product does nothing of the sort. In fact, it more likely than not simply leads to vomiting.
You can see an ad (in Chinese) for this stuff here.
Body ManipulationHealth/Medicine
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006

For the average Chinese, 900 Yuan is A LOT of money....
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  06:56 PM
It's sad to see how far desperate women will go.
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  07:24 PM
Desperate women can come to me - I have a special massage technique for it. And I do it for free. Results not guaranteed of course...
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  12:25 PM
You'd think scammers who want to sell worthless pills would at least have the decency to make the pills themselves harmless. You keep reading about cases like this, though where the pills not only don't work (unsurprisingly in this case) but actually make people sick.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Crawford, Texas  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  06:37 PM
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