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"Hey buddy, come take a look at what I've got in the back of my van..."

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by PaulDF, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. PaulDF

    PaulDF Second Unit

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    "I was supposed to deliver these speakers, but they ACCIDENTALLY loaded an extra set. I just want to get rid of them so I'll sell them to you cheap!!"
    Anyone heard this line before? I have, more than once. But that was before I really had a clue about audio equipment. So whats the real story behind these guys? And no, I never bought any! [​IMG]
     
  2. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    I've been approached TWICE by these people in front of the Best Buy on Arden in Sacramento- the first time I mis-heard the guy and thought he was just going to GIVE them to me, I said no thanks when he actually wanted money [​IMG] The second time I just said "Hmm, there seem to be a lot of speakers finding their way into vans around here!"
     
  3. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    Search for White Van speakers in the speaker forum. This is a very common scam and is well documented on the net and other places. A little while back some guys from Home Theater Magazine were approached by these people and did a review of the speakers.
     
  4. Jeff Peake

    Jeff Peake Supporting Actor

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    I was approached at a Best Buy near Hartfort, CT a few weeks ago by the white van guys. It was a bunch of teenagers in the van with "extra" speakers they had to sell.


     
  5. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    They also did a news story on them here not too long ago

    No, they don't review well. They are totally cheapo speakers. The manufacturer sets the SRP extremely high, so it's not fraud, HOWEVER most of these people do NOT have a business license.
     
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    Malcolm R Executive Producer

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    The real question is....are they better than Bose? [​IMG]
     
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    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    Scott beat me to it. Yes, the magazine noted that there was no crossover network, and that the individual drivers were unworthy of used kitty litter.

    I've been approached by van-driving "speaker salesmen" on at least three occasions.
     
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    Bill Slack Supporting Actor

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    I got the same thing before. I thought it was only in the movies...!
     
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    A guy on another board I read ripped off the rip-off artists, loaded the speakers in his truck and drove away [​IMG]
    I don't know why, but I just laugh my ass off every time I think of that.
     
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    Felipe S Stunt Coordinator

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    It's funny how it happens EXACTLY how they say it happens. for me it was:
    - 2 guys
    - white van
    - guy says "they gave us an extra pair by mistake"
    - guy says "here look at the receipt, they're brand new"
    - guy stops van and says "come and take a look at them"
    [​IMG]
     
  12. PaulDF

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    Okay, so its a common happening then. I didn't realize just how common it was! Wow, interesting. Thanks guys.
     
  13. Philip_G

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    You know. As common as the white van guys are, I'm surprised some people haven't mugged them, I mean come on, you KNOW they're carrying large amounts of cash.. not to condone this behavior, but it is surprising..
     
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    Does anyone know why they always have WHITE vans? They never seem to use vans of any other color.
     
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    MikeH1 Screenwriter

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    A few weeks ago I was approached and I said to the guy "oh, the old white van thing!" He smirked and said nope its a green van. So it was. They had a half dozen pairs of speakers in the back (I think they were called Digital audio or something) and he handed me the spec sheet. I glanced over it and laughed. MRSP $2800.00 but they can be yours for $400.00! I told them I was an informed consumer and knew of their little scam. Buddy jumped right back in the green mini-van after hearing this and they drove off, but didn't go too far. After all, many people can be had at the world's largest shopping mall [​IMG]
     

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