Would you pay $4,000 for a hypoallergenic cat? One reader did and he’s still waiting for his cat, or a refund, from the Allerca corporation. Allerca founder Simon Brodie garnered lots of press a few years ago after he claimed to be able to sell genetically engineered cats that wouldn’t trigger any allergies, a designer pussy called “Ashera.” Our reader isn’t alone, you can find a slew of complaints online from people who say they’ve that they’ve forked over thousands of dollars to Allerca, and never gotten a hypoallergenic cat, or a refund.
One complaint among over 270 comments on one blog says that it took them two and a half years to get a cat, and when they did, it wasn’t hypoallergenic at all. It was just a cat, and a sick one at that.
Some sites have probed Brodie’s background and allege a history of fraud. When the Sand Diego Union Tribune investigated they found lots of skeptics, that Brodie had a history of failed companies, had been evicted from the Allerca headquarters (where he also lived), and that he owed ex-employees thousands, but no hypoallergenic cats. Also, that he had ripped off the photos from another photographer. When questioned, Brodie had lots of excuses, but again, zero hypoallergenic cats.