It's been confirmed that you might be able to get a refund or get your money back on Illusion Mage/3D Magix Pro purchases through your bank or payment gateway
so it's imperative that you follow the steps below, and where/if necessary, point them (the banks etc.) to this topic so they can confirm the refund request/reversal event against the facts presented here. However, and as mentioned below, it's important to understand that getting a refund on the Illusion Mage scam may be dependant on how your bank works, not all of which have the same refund policies in place. So check with them to make sure
If you've found yourself at the receiving end of the Illusion Mage, 3DMagix, 3D Magix Pro or whatever else '"Seth Avery" decides to call this 'product' and want your money back, there are a couple of things you can do to properly seek remedy against the payment. Note that these may vary depending on your geographical location so, although Mr Avery states clearly there is a 60 day refund policy, if you're in the UK making a purchase, your 'right' to expect what you paid for is protected under a 14 day return/refund Statutory Right (this has to be a legitimate grievance by the way, faulty goods, goods not as described and so on.. it's not normally binding where you simply change your mind after purchase - remedy in those situations are at the discretion of the seller, not the buyer).
- First... Make sure you submit a support/customer ticket with ClickBank and/or the various sites running the scams so your request is officially logged, this is important. You should receive and automated email reply of such.
- Second... Contact your bank, if you used a Credit, Debit Card or other bank based payment. Or PayPal and issue a charge-back or refund request making sure to state that you didn't receive what you paid for, goods were not as described and/or they may in fact be distributing 'illegal' copyrighted material or other statements to the affect that it's made clear the product is entirely different to what you were expecting (software updates excluding)
It's then just a question of seeing what response you garner from the Banks, unfortunately there's not too much more consumers can do beyond this. If the Bank or your payment gateway doesn't cancel or issue a charge-back on the transaction then you'll have to consider the money lost.
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Yep, that's right, 3DMagix and Illusion Mage are out-and-out scams. Although the 3DMagix scam is from 2009 and relatively old (read up on this here), it appears the 'owner' of that one, a guy by the name of "Seth Avery" if the Illusion Mage web site (illusionmage.com) is to be believed, is behind this latest version; essentially Blender 3D re-packaged together with some ripped PDFs and other stolen community authored material. And forget about support, unless you regard tutorials and a web site based FAQ as support *rolleyes*.
Although the GNU/GPL license does allow you to re-sell and re-package Blender and associated materials from the Blender web site, Foundation and Institute, you're effectively obliged to clearly state the origination of the material you're selling. Not doing that, or obfuscating the fact, is not only misleading, but could be considered 'fraud' where money is involved, i.e. the deliberate intent to misinform customers so as to trick them into purchasing (bait and switch?). This is what the owner did with 3DMagix (before it got pulled) and is currently doing with Illusion Mage. And although Blender is mentioned on the site, it's not clearly stated that it's a third party application that's being bundling under GPL as part of Illusion Mage (just what is Illusion Mage then if not the 3D application?). The other material in the package is also likely included without the original authors knowledge, or remuneration for that matter.
This time around however, there's an extra dimension to the story, and that's the article spam that's flooded the Internet.
Messrs Avery has taken it upon himself to write and submit biased and self-serving reviews of his products to various article syndication web sites that get picked up and posted to other sites (it's why you can't find any actual support or complaints about the package and products because they're simply drowned out by the article spam he's posted). A lot of it AdSpam, web sites set up for link back and traffic revenue generation from Google Adverts which are placed on these pulled articles. And more often than not, articles don't undergo any vetting before being published (these web sites all carry 'disclaimers' for this very reason) along with an affiliate link that earns the good sir income every time one is clicked.
He's been exceptionally busy for the last couple of months in fact, submitting 'fake' reviews and articles to all manner of junk review sites; posting links and fake comments to others saying how good the product is; even posting fake anti-scam articles on anti-scam web sites to deliberately trick those looking for imformation about this scam into thinking it's not and buying into it. It's a win-win; he gets sales from the product, and income from Advert and affiliate traffic. Trouble is, it's all done fraudulantly.
So... If you purchased this 'package' (get in touch as we'd love to get your personal take on this scam), delete it and issue a refund or charge back through PayPal or whatever medium you used to buy into the con; you'll not see that cash again if you don't. If you see a video on YouTube or an article on the web, flag it or comment to reveal the scam and get the articles and information pulled.
Other names under which the scam may be found - "IllusionMage", "IllusionMage 3D", "Illusion Mage 3D", "IllusionMage3D", "Illusion Mage scam", "Illusionmage scam", "Illusion Mage 3D scam"