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(Mercury News)   Let's try this again: When the guy in the Wal-Mart parking lot offers you a brand-new 37-inch Sony flat screen television for $100, it's an oven door   (mercurynews.com) divider line 134
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2009-08-11 10:12:44 PM
Akbar the Trappiste Monk: Dude 1: "Hey, what are you watching?"

Dude 2: "Some show about the Holocaust."


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2009-08-11 10:15:15 PM
Why go all the way to Wal-Mart for this, when eBay is only a click away?
 
2009-08-11 10:19:24 PM
MrEricSir: Why go all the way to Wal-Mart for this, when eBay is only a click away?

Plus: Immediate fleecing of the rubes, no paper or electronic trail.

Minus: visual identification
 
2009-08-11 10:35:49 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2009-08-11 10:42:23 PM
LouisZepher: skinink: And for an extra $10 he'll throw in a Digital tv antenna:

...and it doubles as birth control, too.


For fun, walk through a supermarket checkout with a roll of duct tape, a home pregnancy test, and a bundle of wire coat hangers.
 
2009-08-11 10:46:16 PM
burgle23: The Tony Danzas: So this is the new version of the "Seriously dude, they're high quality speakers. And we got extras so we'll sell them to you for only $5)!" scam.

People are so farking stupid.

I am a people.
Got hit with this like 2 years ago, $150 for some cheap crap speakers labeled to be like $2000 with a fancy glossy catalog and a (relatively) believeable website.
Some people gotta learn the hard way.
The sneaky bastage actually gave me his real phone # so i've been intermittently prank calling him for the past 2 years, feel free to join me: 702-426-8555.
I've invited him to shows, pretended to be his mom, the vet with his cat, etc.
/white van scam is a scam, who knew


I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.
 
2009-08-11 10:47:50 PM
I don't see what this guy is complaining about. That oven door has the best picture I've ever seen on a unit like that.
 
2009-08-11 11:13:58 PM
 
2009-08-11 11:26:09 PM
If you can't tell the difference between a real tv and an oven door, you deserve to lose $100.
 
2009-08-11 11:26:15 PM
Anastacya: I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.

Oddly that number hasn't been picked up by Google yet.
 
2009-08-11 11:53:04 PM
That happened to me once. I paid $100 for an oven door but they scammed me and I got a 37-inch flat screen sony.
 
2009-08-12 12:27:01 AM
sapience: Very good deal on a flat-screen (new window)

Like the Toy-yoda....
or a 100 grand..... mmm chocolate...

/with bacon!
//mmmmm
 
2009-08-12 12:35:35 AM
Be fair it came with a remote, you don't get that with many oven doors.
 
2009-08-12 12:39:15 AM
 
2009-08-12 12:55:27 AM
So... their advice is to call the police if you suspect someone is trying to sell you fake merchandise.

And when they caught up to this guy, they didn't arrest him for SELLING FAKE MERCHANDISE!

Quiz: What is the point in calling the police?
 
2009-08-12 12:59:05 AM
I was lucky enough to be a goody-two-shoes when someone offered up a box-o-rocks to me.

Before I knew about the scam, a guy was selling "really great speakers" out of the back of a van waved me down outside my house. *

I took him at his word that they were indeed "really great speakers" because why would some random van driver lie to me. The goody-two-shoes part of me suspected that he'd swiped them and I was not the sort to deal with a criminal element.

Later that evening I heard a warning on the local news that a scam artist was selling boxed bricks.

One bullet dodged.
One lesson learned

* Boxed brick van dude looked a lot like the Fark meme mustard man of old.
 
2009-08-12 01:11:45 AM
blog.juno3.com

Oh Zoidberg, at last you're becoming a crafty consumer! I'll take eight!
 
2009-08-12 01:14:01 AM
This reminds me of this time in the 80's when I was going to buy a nuclear weapon from this guy. The old fart gave me a box of pinball machine parts instead.
 
2009-08-12 01:14:46 AM
A stranger in the Alps: Oh Zoidberg, at last you're becoming a crafty consumer! I'll take eight!

heh.
 
2009-08-12 03:55:49 AM
Grifters and confidence men have this funny ethic. It is ok to part a sucker from his or her money as long as it is based on greed from the mark.

But going to the police is unethical, or at least to be looked down upon with contempt.
 
2009-08-12 04:18:56 AM
So, $100 pays for stealing and decorating an oven door? Hard times, indeed.
 
2009-08-12 06:01:42 AM
How much for the extended warranty?
 
2009-08-12 09:45:08 AM
I bought one of those. It only gets the Food Network, and only when I'm cooking.
 
2009-08-12 09:49:37 AM
burgle23: The Tony Danzas: So this is the new version of the "Seriously dude, they're high quality speakers. And we got extras so we'll sell them to you for only $5)!" scam.

People are so farking stupid.

I am a people.
Got hit with this like 2 years ago, $150 for some cheap crap speakers labeled to be like $2000 with a fancy glossy catalog and a (relatively) believeable website.
Some people gotta learn the hard way.
The sneaky bastage actually gave me his real phone # so i've been intermittently prank calling him for the past 2 years, feel free to join me: 702-426-8555.
I've invited him to shows, pretended to be his mom, the vet with his cat, etc.
/white van scam is a scam, who knew


Enjoy your banhammer.
 
2009-08-12 10:02:59 AM
If a guy is selling it from a van or car,which are pretty much untraceable because liscense plates can be switched, don't buy it
 
2009-08-12 10:23:33 AM
"People will buy the story that people need to make rent and sold their TV on the cheap."fark. I had to read that sentence like 10 times before it made any sense. Jesus farking christ!!

 
2009-08-12 10:38:32 AM
whatshisname: I've had guys offer to sell me speakers in mall parking lots. More than once.
What's that all about?


Google "white van scam", they tend to target males between 25 and 35
 
2009-08-12 10:42:12 AM
Anastacya: I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.

If you video tape it and post it on a series of tubes, definitely not.
 
2009-08-12 11:02:25 AM
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2009-08-12 11:48:42 AM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: The Tony Danzas: Seriously dude, they're high quality speakers. And we got extras so we'll sell them to you for only $5

I had a dude try to pull this once on me in a parking lot. I said, "Can I see them?" He handed me one, and as I looked at it, turning it over in my hands I made sure I put my hand through the speaker cone. "Naaah," I said, "I don't want it. This one's broken," and handed it back and walked away.


And we have been looking for you for years after this incident. You had best park your car in a safer place from now on. That is when you get out of the hospital and saved enough money for a new car...and family.

Signed, the Sopranos
 
2009-08-12 12:52:34 PM
Sounds like Clarence Thomas is busy on his vacation.
 
2009-08-12 01:57:04 PM
msheda: eggi541: $100 for an oven door is not that bad a deal. I recently had to replace the glass on one of the oven doors....$130 for the outer glass. Would love to have a complete door for only $100. Naturally the replacement glass does not match the oven door above it, being a double oven. So I should probably buy yet another outer glass piece in hopes of having a matching set out of three to choose from.

Just exactly how bad of a cook are you?


yeah, I'd like to hear the story about this one, buying an oven door replacement glass isn't like going out to buy a coffee mug cause you broke your last one...
 
2009-08-12 02:08:57 PM
The local NYC TV news mentioned this a few years ago, but their take was "Oven Doors Stolen".

And yes, to be sold to the unwary.
 
2009-08-12 11:16:51 PM
If I ever run into one of these asshats in the local mall lot I am going to put my fist through the oven door. What are they going to do? Call the cops?
 
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