• Report: #77577

Complaint Review: Audiofile

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  • Submitted: Tue, January 20, 2004
  • Updated: Sun, September 05, 2004

  • Reported By:San Diego California
Audiofile
San Diego, California U.S.A.

Audiofile Speaker Ripoff in the parking lot San Diego California

*Consumer Suggestion: Avoiding all rip-offs phone/mail/etc.

*Consumer Comment: dear editor

*Consumer Comment: dear editor

*Consumer Comment: dear editor

*Consumer Comment: dear editor

*Consumer Comment: I saw them again!!! in San Diego

*Consumer Comment: I saw them again!!! in San Diego

*Consumer Comment: I saw them again!!! in San Diego

*Consumer Comment: I saw them again!!! in San Diego

*Consumer Comment: It happened to me too...Balboa and Genesee San Diego

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Same story about two guys with overstock from a delivery. They said a guy was going to give them $600 with an out-of-state check, but they wouldn't take it. If they didn't get rid of it, then the boss would just take it home. Gave me a ride to the bank for a cash advance. They had a receipt showing only one system, but said they had two in the stock. Claimed they were going to be late. Bastards.

Joel
San Diego, California
U.S.A.

*EDitor's Comment: Rip-off Report confirms contact info salesman misrepresentation ripoff

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Avoiding all rip-offs phone/mail/etc.

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

I'm sending this in response to "the big speaker con" as it's known. This nonsense has been going on for years. Personally, I haven't seen it in southern Ca. for a while now. Basically, you are conned into buying a set of big speakers from the back of a van or truck. They are supposed to be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You get to buy them for whatever you can get out of your bank. Maybe $400 or $500. After the seller is long gone, you realize that the speakers are actually worth maybe $50, tops. It's a nice wood box with a tiny speaker inside. The sellers do this same act everyday. Week in and week out.

There is a way to avoid this and most all rip-offs. When you are approached, simply say that you have no money. You are out of work. On welfare. Dead broke. Ask them if they would like to buy something from you. As soon as a scammer figures out that he can't make a dime off you, he will leave so fast your head will spin.

The problem is that most victims think that they will be getting a great deal. Only later do they realize how foolish they were. Rule #1: A great deal never has to come to you. Anyone who really is offering a great deal could sit back and let the buyers come to them. Imagine gas for 30 cents a gallon. The line would be around the block. The seller wouldn't need to put people in vans to try to sell cheap gas.

So, you need to automatically say that you have no money. No matter what the deal is. Is somebody trying to sell you a new car for $500? Sorry, pal, I don't have any money. What about a diamond ring for just $200? Same answer, I don't even have $2 to give you. I don't even listen to the whole deal.

My mouth is already moving and I'm telling the con artist that I won't get a welfare check until the end of the month. I can't be conned. I don't even listen to the deal. I would turn down a new car, or a new stereo, or a new computer before the guy even finished the pitch. I automatically turn everything down. Yes, someday I may lose out on a great deal. But, it's far more likely that I'll keep my hard-earned money out of the pockets of a con artist.

So, there's my tip to all the victims out there. This works the same way on the phone. No matter what you are selling, I can't afford it. I got no money. Live and learn.
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#2 Consumer Comment

dear editor

AUTHOR: Todd - (U.S.A.)

you need to change this ripoff add as it comes up balboa balboa is an insurance company in california not into speakers or audiofile stolen goods etc also balboa is a street name not and insurance company poss someone is tring to pull a fast on on you to devert their att from the real issue
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#3 Consumer Comment

dear editor

AUTHOR: Todd - (U.S.A.)

you need to change this ripoff add as it comes up balboa balboa is an insurance company in california not into speakers or audiofile stolen goods etc also balboa is a street name not and insurance company poss someone is tring to pull a fast on on you to devert their att from the real issue
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#4 Consumer Comment

dear editor

AUTHOR: Todd - (U.S.A.)

you need to change this ripoff add as it comes up balboa balboa is an insurance company in california not into speakers or audiofile stolen goods etc also balboa is a street name not and insurance company poss someone is tring to pull a fast on on you to devert their att from the real issue
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#5 Consumer Comment

dear editor

AUTHOR: Todd - (U.S.A.)

you need to change this ripoff add as it comes up balboa balboa is an insurance company in california not into speakers or audiofile stolen goods etc also balboa is a street name not and insurance company poss someone is tring to pull a fast on on you to devert their att from the real issue
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#6 Consumer Comment

I saw them again!!! in San Diego

AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

Well, today I saw them again at a different location while I was going to the supermarket. I chased after them and they sped off. I got their license plate this time. They were driving a cream colored Cadillac Escalade, Nevada plate number 115-PCB. I plan to call the local police and hopefully get these guys pulled over. I saw them twice in 3 days. Let me know if any lawsuits are filed.
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#7 Consumer Comment

I saw them again!!! in San Diego

AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

Well, today I saw them again at a different location while I was going to the supermarket. I chased after them and they sped off. I got their license plate this time. They were driving a cream colored Cadillac Escalade, Nevada plate number 115-PCB. I plan to call the local police and hopefully get these guys pulled over. I saw them twice in 3 days. Let me know if any lawsuits are filed.
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#8 Consumer Comment

I saw them again!!! in San Diego

AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

Well, today I saw them again at a different location while I was going to the supermarket. I chased after them and they sped off. I got their license plate this time. They were driving a cream colored Cadillac Escalade, Nevada plate number 115-PCB. I plan to call the local police and hopefully get these guys pulled over. I saw them twice in 3 days. Let me know if any lawsuits are filed.
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#9 Consumer Comment

I saw them again!!! in San Diego

AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

Well, today I saw them again at a different location while I was going to the supermarket. I chased after them and they sped off. I got their license plate this time. They were driving a cream colored Cadillac Escalade, Nevada plate number 115-PCB. I plan to call the local police and hopefully get these guys pulled over. I saw them twice in 3 days. Let me know if any lawsuits are filed.
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#10 Consumer Comment

It happened to me too...Balboa and Genesee San Diego

AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

Two white guys in a Cadillac Escalade with Nevada plates sold me a pair of these Audiofile 583LR speakers on 2/6/04 at Balboa and Genesee in San Diego. Same old story, late for work, got extra speakers, wanted some money. They put them in my car and were very aggressive. I unloaded them from my car twice and they just wouldn't stop. I don't know why I didn't call the cops. I was actually kinda scared for my safety...I'm just lucky they only got a couple hundred bucks and didn't hurt me or anything. Let me know where this happened to other people in San Diego and if it was the same couple of guys. They looked like chodes and both wore sunglasses and their clothes were very trendy. I guess i leared a good life lesson here and will be much more assertive in the future. Hope this doesn't happen to too many other people.
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