Well It's a habit Denis friend
I can't tell you how much I've been saved from rushing to buy from useless or overly expensive services, after researching and asking.
Sorry to hear you were punked. As much as I think that Dale is correct, it still amazes me that I occasionally find people satisfied with their results from such services, and at such prices. I just think that you were unlucky in choosing the service, as apparently they are scam. I have the names of 2 well known services in this domain and people claim they are very good. Don't know if I'm allowed to say the names here. Found a post made by someone asking about such services, in which Stone Evans jumped in, expressed interest in them, asked the guy some questions and said he'll investigate but never came back.
Dale, in your opinion, about how much should a legitimate service charge for 10,000 hits?