‘Davison Inventions’ is a service that promises to help people bring their inventions to life and make them very successful as a result.
But I have to say…this one has all the hallmarks of not living up to its promise.
Firstly because everything on their website looks to be truly professional. Secondly, the sheer volume of testimonials and special features on Davison products that have been available for sale on a variety of shopping channels.
However first impressions can often be deceiving. Delving deeper into the service they provide and the vast array of “quality products” that have been produced and licensed through Davison International exposes the fact that not everything is as it seems.
We were first alerted to Davison purely by chance when one of our visitors reported a problem with an online service with a similar name.
After some extensive investigation, we discovered there appears to be more than one ‘Davison Inventions’ online (more on that in a minute).
The most commonly reported issue associated with this company is the fact that people are being deceived into thinking that Davison will develop their product and market it to a select group of manufacturers.
This does of course come at a cost to the individual, and it can often be substantial.
These are very worrying comments.
You might be wondering if this is just an isolated case where an individual got it wrong, and it is our job at Work From Home Watchdog to investigate such claims and establish the truth.
Not only did we discover many similar complaints, but we also uncovered a Davison lawsuit served by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
You can read the full FTC report here.
During our investigation, we also uncovered something very unusual. A representative of Davison had discovered one of the many public discussions online about the company, and how people believed that they had been scammed out of their money.
Whilst initially coming across as understanding and willing to address any complaints, this person eventually resorted to bad-mouthing individuals and the website they were posting on.
The claim by this individual about the website was that they were making revenue from ads, and individuals should refrain from making complaints on the website because it will only increase their income.
Now whilst it’s more than possible that the website might be earning revenue from ads, it is an established and trusted website, and from experience, I know that the revenue is used to maintain the website.
In my opinion, this was an underhand way for someone claiming to represent Davison to try and reduce the number of complaints made online about this company.
As mentioned earlier, our investigations also lead us to discover that there is possibly more than one instance of Davison online, and you have to question why that is.
If a company is true to its word and reputable, why would it need to re-invent itself? I’ll leave you to decide for yourself. Here are the 2 examples that we found (there could well be more):
Now let’s pay closer attention to the actual products that have been developed and marketed by Davison because that is the core of the business.
We did notice a rather unusual way of describing products that they have created on their website…” have sold in” – see for yourself.
We wondered what this actually means, and we concluded that if the product really was something that worked for the inventor, they would list it as “sold at”, “seen at”, or “buy now”.
“Have sold in” suggests to us that it is no longer available, or at least not via those suppliers. That to us is not a good sign for an inventor with a potential product.
Next, I looked at another product that was featured on QVC and that seemed to do well…or did it?
The Ultimate Breading Station made production and was featured on the show and appeared to be a good product. However, the reviews were very critical of how poor the product was, and strangely enough, this product is no longer available on QVC.
Again, not very encouraging for someone willing to invest in their idea at Davison.
The other side to this Company is that they provide inventors of products the chance to be able to patent, develop and market their products, and once again this is an area of concern.
Many online complaints state that Davison actually patented the product under their name (Davison), which means the originator has no real claim to the product at all because Davison owns the rights.
This is a harsh lesson to learn and if you have a product that you have created/designed, do make sure you patent it yourself first:
For the US – United States Patent and Trademark Office
For the UK – Intellectual Property Office
The above Patent Offices should also be your first port of call if you have any concerns over what is involved before spending your money.
You can also find some great advice on the inventorfraud.com website if you have concerns about a particular company.
Whilst we do not have the authority or power to say that Davison is a scam, we can say that you should definitely proceed with caution.
Do you have any experience with Davison? If so, please leave your comments below.
Neil – WFHW