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Anyone after a home theatre? Dodgy dealings

By Golden-Alpine 28 January 2010 27

Quite some time ago, a year or so I’m pretty sure there was a story on here I have been unable to locate about some guys selling home theatres out of a van.

The story went along the lines they would pull up next to you at  a bus stop or walking down the road.  They would then ask if you would be interested in a cheap home theatre system.  They would go onto explain they are here to do an install and they have one extra one they don’t need and fully paid for.  They even have paper work to show you.

Today I was at a set of traffic lights and a guy in a white Mercedes van motioned me to wind down my window.  The van had Victorian plates and green P plates and with 2 Aussie flags stuck to the back.  He then went on to ask if I was interested in buying a home theatre.  Straight away I knew what the story was and replied no.  Sure as following a script he told me they had a spare one they could sell off cheap.

Is there a crime here?  Or if people buy off these guys do they deserved to be ripped off?

Be aware folks.  If it’s too good to be true…..

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hairy nosed wombat 2:02 pm 18 Feb 10

They are still going. I was just at the Belconnen markets and two Poms in a Kia van asked me if i wanted to buy a cheap home theatre.

westyonline 4:30 pm 31 Jan 10

does the guy washing your windscreen while you wait for the light to go green have an ABN,or are you going to tell him where to go next time also,If you dont want the gear,DONT BUY IT!!!
if your stupid enough to buy it,you get what you pay for!!REMEMBER people,If Its Too Good To Be True,It Quite Often IS!

H1NG0 11:58 am 31 Jan 10

I never realised each TV was one of a kind. Interesting…

Tooks 11:33 am 31 Jan 10

Maxxiz said :

Tooks said :

Maxxiz said :

Its obviously not legit.. All most likely hot..

And you base this on what?

Because legit businesses dont go around in P plate, unmarked vans signalling for people to wind down their window and sell them sh*t on the side of the road…

I’m not saying they’re a shining beacon for business ethics, but they’re legitimate in the sense they are a registered business selling legally obtained – albeit crap quality – equipment.

But yes, they may very well be breaching the Trade Practices act (or other legislation) and I’d be happy for them to piss off altogether.

Wide Boy Jake 3:03 am 31 Jan 10

Mordd said :

bd84 said :

Wide Boy Jake said :

Actually, some of it would probably be the real deal. Almost a month ago my mother bought a 42″ plasma for her house. It was due to be delivered a few days later. Because our house is a modest one built in 1969 there was no room to place such a large set. I sent her back to the store and she exchanged it for a 32″ LCD which she brought home and I set up within 15 minutes. A few days later the delivery company turned up at our house with the original plasma. We explained what had happened and that we didn’t want the second set. I’m fairly sure that plasma did not return to the shop and that somebody somewhere is now watching that set having not paid for it.

There is just about no chance that it would be the real deal. That’s the same as getting a tv that has “fallen off the back of a truck”.

I’d be taking down the rego, time and location and reporting it to the police through crimestoppers.

I agree bd84, that story is a load of codswallop, stuff like that is most certainly tracked and any delivery driver caught doing something like that would be sacked and charged with theft by their employer.

This story is not “a load of codswallop”. When we refused delivery of the TV the driver said “hmm, I might take it myself”. My mother reported the following day she saw what looked like the same box in the back of a ute that same afternoon when she went shopping. Don’t say the story is a load of codswallop – we were there, you weren’t.

Maxxiz 8:45 pm 30 Jan 10

Tooks said :

Maxxiz said :

Its obviously not legit.. All most likely hot..

And you base this on what?

Because legit businesses dont go around in P plate, unmarked vans signalling for people to wind down their window and sell them sh*t on the side of the road…

H1NG0 5:50 pm 30 Jan 10

Where do they hang out? I’d love to waste their time.

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