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Old 06-28-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
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Offered a Home Theater system while stuck in traffic

Today I was driving down Grand River Ave. In downtown East Lansing. There was a bit more traffic than normal, maybe because of the ambulance that came through. Anyhow, as I was stopped at a light, two guys in a van liked my car, then asked me if I wanted a home theater system, it was valued at $7000.

I told them no.

The driver asked me "Why?"

I said "Gee, because it's too good to be true?"

They said "Oh we're not stealing them, we work for a distributor"

I said "That's ok"

They said "Sometimes these good things do happen"

Then they turned down a side street and I didn't see them again.

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Old 06-28-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/...aker_scams.htm
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:05 PM   #3
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Totally sounds like a scam.

+1 for saying no.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:08 PM   #4
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i used to see guys doin that all the time, i got a set off them one time, i wanna say i paid around half what they wanted, they were called kirsch or something like that, got home and half the speakers didnt work
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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yep, probably 'hot'.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:10 PM   #6
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Ya, right - they're not stealing them - but they're trying to sell them in traffic.. Good for you - Just Say No...
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:12 PM   #7
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No way man, sounds legit.

By the way, I'm a Nigerian prince and I'd like to transfer 3.6 million dollars into your bank account...
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:23 PM   #8
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Its an old sales tactic. Google "white van scam". Been happening for years and years. They just sell junk. It not stolen or anything, just junk.
+1. These types of speakers and home theaters pop up on Craigslist all the time. I love when they take a picture of the box and on the box's packaging it will say something like "$3995 MSRP" near the SKU, like any legitimate speaker manufacturer puts the MSRP on their products' packaging. It's basically the dollar store of speakers. Buyer beware.

Out of curiosity I just looked at the local Craigslist and lo-and-behold here is exactly the kind of junk people will try to sell you...
http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/ele/1812269567.html

Hope this helps someone next time a "too good to be true" opportunity arises.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:35 PM   #9
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THEY didn't steal it. Someone else did. They're just selling it! lol
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:45 PM   #10
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That's the first I've heard of it. Makes me wish I could have gotten their license plate.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:58 PM   #11
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It's possible it's not stolen. There are scams out there where some overseas manufacturers make a product that so closely resembles an original item that it's almost impossible to tell the difference. You think you're getting a Bose system and you end up with a replica. Then something breaks and you call Bose looking for a warranty and they tell you it's not one of their products based on the serial numbers and sku numbers... Seen it before with car audio stuff too...SCAM!
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:11 PM   #12
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no dude they will follow you home and try to steal your car...break out the shotty haha
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:15 PM   #13
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Having taken the reports before and having these fools try to do this to me, it's nothing more than a simple scam. They tell you they work for a distributor, they are over stocked, their boss told them to get rid of them at cheap, bla bla bla...

They get the gullible person to withdraw cash from the ATM, no CC receipt where you can file a claim, etc...and then sell you working stuff that looks good, but is in reality CRAP. It will work for a few months and then all of it will crap out.

I know people who bought the stuff. I have handled the stuff. They tried on me. It's a simple scam that people do. The best thing they can be arrested/cited for is a city ordinance violation for selling the items w/out a permit. That's about it.

Good for you for not falling for it. Many others do and it's not a cool thing.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:36 PM   #14
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Good thing saying no. They couldve stole it... And they probably did. They were probably trying to sell it to cover their tracks..
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #15
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That's one old scam. Been going down for years!
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:34 PM   #16
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No way man, sounds legit.

By the way, I'm a Nigerian prince and I'd like to transfer 3.6 million dollars into your bank account...
I'll PM you my routing number...



I remember back in the day I and my g/f were approached by some dude's in a white van...of course they offered me a home theatre system. At least it was in a public place...
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No way man, sounds legit.

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Old 06-28-2010, 11:48 PM   #18
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+1. These types of speakers and home theaters pop up on Craigslist all the time. I love when they take a picture of the box and on the box's packaging it will say something like "$3995 MSRP" near the SKU, like any legitimate speaker manufacturer puts the MSRP on their products' packaging. It's basically the dollar store of speakers. Buyer beware.

Out of curiosity I just looked at the local Craigslist and lo-and-behold here is exactly the kind of junk people will try to sell you...
http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/ele/1812269567.html

Hope this helps someone next time a "too good to be true" opportunity arises.

I like how that one is compatible with "BluStream" technology LOL
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:52 PM   #19
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this was on the news the other day up here & it wasnt the system was stolen it was the fact that they werent even speakers lol,

look up the Wahldorf Home Theater scam
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:30 AM   #21
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Oh by the way I need a boob job can you loan me 100K to get it done?????? I will pay you back when i get my life insurance
Sorry I prefer real ones.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:10 PM   #22
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Like already said its not stolen stuff, just crap.

They visit those wholesale houses that sell garbage stuff for dirt cheap, then pedal it out of the van like some places do steaks n shrimps.

Been offered crap before but never bought, a friend did once and the $600 speakers he bought for $300 sell on ebay for around $100.

Its all very cheap knock off brand stuff,

The same stuff you find at those big arena shows that come to town all the time.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:34 PM   #23
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LMAO

These guys usually troll parking lots, never heard of them pitching in traffic
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These guys ALWAYS drive off as fast as possible after you tell them no. The white vans have approached me in walmart parking lots.

They are always in a "happy" mood. It's like HEY MAN look at this! like you just won the lottery. better buy it fast while you can!
And they SNEAK up on you while you are putting your groceries away. you think you are about to get robbed or kidnapped. Great way to start off the convo.

And INDEED it was a home theater system.

Being approached by a completely unmarked white van with random guys in it. The way they approached me I am sure someone has shot them by now because it looks like they are about to rob you.
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