We are publishing this so that you might not fall victim to this sales tactic. As Always... Buyer Beware.
Buyer beware. For decades, smooth talking salespeople have been showing up in parking lots all over the Province (and continent) with the 'deal of a lifetime'. For a variety of convincing reasons (i had some extra gear from an installation, my customer cancelled the order and I have to liquidate the stuff etc), they have a truckload of home stereo speakers, home theatre systems, computers and other "purportedly" high-value electronics for sale that are not easily available for demonstration and evaluation. They tell you the stuff is worth thousands and today is your lucky day... they will let you have it for... as much as they can get you to part with... High pressure sales tactics, urgency, "buy now, we are gone shortly" (and they are... to the next parking lot and sucker) and other sales closing techniques will have you parting with your cash before you come to your senses.
Needless to say, despite what is printed on the box or what 'factory invoice' they choose to show you, the stuff is of low quality and never worth a fraction of what you paid. The labels and brand names are close enough to the major brands that it will seem familiar and when the slick sales guy tells you it is worth $2000 and you can have it for $400, many people put their good sense on hold and go for the 'deal'.
You are willingly parting with your cash and getting something in return. There is no warranty, no refund option, no return policy and no way to track down the sales people once they flee the parking lot and ultimately move on to the next community.
The latest crew to visit Midland drive a rented white GMC Yukon SUV. The are selling 'Alumen a-700' LCD home theatre projectors, screen and home theatre amps/speakers. The boxes are pretty, color printed and include warnings that they are intended for 'Professional Use Only'.... wow.... "professional home theatre gear".
If you spend your money on this stuff and buy from some stranger's truck in the parking lot of your local mall or outlet store, you are going to lose. What's worse, is sometimes the stuff is stolen or counterfeit (purporting to be a real brand). Whoever gets caught with it last loses... just like counterfeit money.
Is it dishonest? Without a doubt. They are trespassing on private property (I can assure you the business who owns the parking lot is not allowing them on there to peddle their wares) , selling without a permit, not paying taxes, not submitting any taxes they charge you) and this whole thing boils down to 'buyer beware'. If it seems too good to be true... it is.
Sadly... Just because you overpay for something does not make the transaction a fraud. Just because a good deal turns out to be a bad deal does not make it fraud.
When a salesman misrepresents a product, you can try to return it or use the civil courts for a remedy (lawsuit / small claims). Good luck finding them in this case. If they were selling 'snake oil' or a magic anti-aging potion, you would be skeptical. Don't let the fact that these are electronics numb your common sense. The profits from selling a home theater, screen and projector for $1000 that cost them $100 from some importer is what motivates this kind of sale. Greed is greed and both sides of the transaction are eager to make a deal and make/save money without a second thought.
All you have to do is use your smartphone and google the make and model of the 'deal' and read the posts on the internet from people who were burned before you.
Please share this with your friends and save your money for something of real value rather than turning it willingly over to out-of-town sales pros who 'hit and run' from one community to another.
We should note that this same merchandise is sold on auction and classified sites with equally slick 'crazy deal' messages... But the guys in the truck full of equipment should be an immediate tip-off.
Wikipedia has this and more to say...
"The typical white van speaker scam involves one to three individuals, who are usually casually dressed or wearing uniforms. They drive an SUV, minivan or a commercial vehicle (usually a white commercial van, which may be rented inexpensively) that often displays a company logo. To find suitable targets, the van operators set up their con in moderately-trafficked areas, such as parking lots, gas stations, colleges, or large apartment complexes. Alternatively, they may target people driving expensive cars and wave them down. The marks (victims) are usually affluent, young people, college students, or others thought to have large amounts of disposable income. "