Where’s My Piece of the Mail Fraud Settlement?

Recently I wrote Remembering the Mark Eden Bust Developer about a device that I’d purchased back in the late 1970s. Curious as to whether the product was still on the market, and whether it had actually benefitted women, I went searching for news and discovered that it had become embroiled in a mail fraud case back in the day.

The mail fraud case against the Mark Eden Bust Developer company was settled for $1.1 million dollars, and according to an article in the Los Angeles Times on February 17, 1985 entitled “Mail-Fraud Charges Dogged Feathers” by Nancy Rivera, the money was awarded to the United States Postal Service, who’d been the ones to bring the suit.

I got wondering about the whole mail fraud thing in general. The Post Office goes after a company for false advertising under the heading of mail fraud, and sues the company. If the Post Office wins, they get lotsa money.

Although $1.1 million doesn’t really sound like that much when you pit one giant company against the government, keep in mind that this happened almost 30 years ago when gas was 50 cents a gallon and you could rent a one bedroom apartment for $80 a month.

What’s bugging me about this whole scenario is that I’m the one who purchased the Mark Eden Bust Developer, which did not add one iota to my bustline. I completely, totally, and utterly fell for the ads that pictured women with big, beautiful bosoms showing off deep cleavage, like I could really sport one of those bosoms if I used the Mark Eden exercise device.

The Post Office didn’t buy the fraudulently advertised product, I did! So why the heck is the Post Office the one raking in the million-plus bucks from the Mark Eden company, and no doubt millions or billions more from other companies via similar mail fraud lawsuits?

How does the government rate to be putting this money into their pockets? Presuming that my name came up during the lawsuit, which it surely did if the Mark Eden Bust Developer company had to pony up accounting and mail records, why didn’t I get any of this money? After all, I was the one emotionally devastated by the failure of the product to enhance my womanhood. Yet the government got rich off of me being defrauded?

Does anybody else see the flaw in this logic?

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    3 Responses to Where’s My Piece of the Mail Fraud Settlement?

    1. IRIS V. CAMPBELL says:

      DEAR SIR, IM CLAIMING THE SETTLEMENT FOR FRAUD MAIL AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE REIMBURSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. FIRST, LOTTERY AT POWERBALL,ARIZONA AT $587 AT 2 TICKETS AT DEC. 01,2012. ALSO, MEGA TICKETS AT $587AT 2 TICKETS,5M AT DEC.01,2012. THEN PEPSI BILLION SWEEPS AT DEC.01,2012 PRINTED 3 COPIES DECISION PRINT OUT 1 BILLION DOLLARS INSTALLMENT AT 40 YEARS. IT PRINTED. STILL WAITING FOR SETTLEMENT FROM COKE REWARDS TOO. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE MY MAIL CORRECTED. NEVER RECEIVED CHECKS FROM UNEMPLOYMENT FOR 25 YEARS TOO. THANKS, RESPOND SOON . IRIS V. CAMPBELL

    2. Carolyn says:

      I got one of their second versions….a whole other animal. I did the exercises faithfully and I DID gain inches. Went from a 38 to a 41. The trick, tho, is that it doesn’t add fleshly inches…it merely picks up the sag and puts it back where it belongs. So, adding inches to the bustline was true, but nobody bothered to explain the added inches.

      I wish I could find one again….one of the handles broke on my old one so I tossed it. But I still have the booklet in case I’d ever come across the machine again…

      • myrna says:

        A friend (may she rest in peace) had it sent to me on the mail by Mark Eden. I did not even know there was such a thing. It was in 1976. I did not really mind being flat-chested but some people get to comment like I look disgusting.
        It was expensive considering that I could not have afforded to buy one myself so, I followed the instructions. It did work! I read somewhere about isometric exercises to develop muscles. The bust developer must have worked on the same principles. I showed it to another who looked like she could use it but she never returned it. However even without the contraption I am able to do the exercises and get the effect I want. I feel sorry for the Feathers. Those who failed to benefit may have failed to follow the instructions.

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