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Complaint Review: *EPIC* (EPIC SOUND 5.1)

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  • Submitted: Wed, November 12, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, March 02, 2012

  • Reported By:TAMPA Florida
*EPIC* (EPIC SOUND 5.1)
Epicsounds.com Tampa, Florida U.S.A.

*EPIC* (EPIC SOUND 5.1) FAKE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM *EPIC* Tampa Florida

*Consumer Comment: south texas in alamo

*General Comment: it works

*Consumer Comment: they are back at it in minnesota

*Consumer Comment: They have been arrested!

* : Norway Audio Concepts

*Consumer Comment: They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

*Consumer Comment: They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

*Consumer Comment: They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

*Consumer Comment: They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

*Consumer Comment: Why on earth....

*Consumer Comment: I ALSO AM A FOOL

*Consumer Comment: I ALSO AM A FOOL

*Consumer Comment: I ALSO AM A FOOL

*Consumer Comment: I'm mad

*Consumer Comment: I'm an IDIOT and just fell for the same thing today-HOUSTON, TX

*Consumer Comment: Tempe, Arizona

*Consumer Comment: I was a victim of the same thing in tampa, fl.

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I had just pulled into a shopping Plaza and was going to make a payment on my T.V. at Buddy's, and a gentlemen in a Red Chevy Colbot, pulled up to me and said You might think I'm crazy but, come over here so I can show you.


The getlemen pulled into a parking spot and showed my this surround sound system. He said he had just installed the excact same kind on a job, for a lady of total of 3,000 dollars w/installation, and this one was an extra that got sent by accident. He then showed me the box, where it said MSRP 1,999.00 and said I'll give you a really good deal, but I have to hurry because he was in his bosses car and had to get it back to him and if the extra stereo from his previous job was in the car the boss would keep it.


So I called my fiance and asked him if he wanted me to buy it. I put him on the phone with the guy and he was telling him everything about it. Titanium speakers, all the wires, subwoofer that bangs louder than any Target, Circut City or Best Buy system out there..ya he was a really good sales men. They differed over the price for alittle bit, he told my fiance, "I could get $500.00 if I had more time but I gotta get my bosses car back to him". So he said how about, 200.00 and my fiance said I'll give ya $150.00, the gentleman said come on can ya do alittle better than that so they finially agreed upon $180.00, and he put it in the trunk of my car.

Haha.. Now get this, I only had a Debit card on me.. this guy drove me to a Circle K, that would only let me draw $100.00 out so I told him to take me to my Bank, a few blocks up, where he waited in the car while I withdrew the money. He then drove me back to Shopping Plaza, I got out of the car and he drove off.

Later on that night, my fiance had got home from work and was going to hook it up. Well, when he pulled the "Subwoofer" out of the box.. sand fell out of the bottom of it. My fiance said that was to make it Feel like there was some serious weight going on. But that wasn't the case. He also looked at the speakers were nothing but shinny plastic. Ewww that Hurt and it Hurt BAD!! It was a big SCAM, what can we do about it?

Tiffany
TAMPA, Florida
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/12/2008 07:54 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/EPIC-EPIC-SOUND-51/Tampa-Florida-33615/EPIC-EPIC-SOUND-51-FAKE-SURROUND-SOUND-SYSTEM-EPIC-Tampa-Florida-390700. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

south texas in alamo

AUTHOR: anthony - (United States of America)

i was pumping gas in south texas and this white guy and mexican approached me offering a 3d projecter with a screen says msrp was 3997.99 showed me on the box then he says he has 3 epic surround sound systems worth 2997.99 says its made in the usa not in china and say he would let it go for 500 i started to bring it down just a bit and finally came around to 100 then he said ima show u wat ur gonna buy opened it up and put in my truck during the negotiations i googled it quick and had seen how many peopled have gotten scammed with this thing so i tell him u know wat im not gonna take it take it off my truck and he was like wat i just opened it and showed it to u and i already put it in the back of ur truck then i told him if u dont take it off im going to so he took it off and split all mad lol either way im reading everyone elses blog about this and im glad i didnt spend 100 on some phony product
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#2 General Comment

it works

AUTHOR: lonewolfdarider - (United States of America)

I don't know what good sound , sounds like but my system works just fine. I felted fishy about the situation but still purchase it. when I got home I goggled it and found this site. I was so mad but found that it worked just fine for me. I still contacted the police. I hope they get the single guy I met off the streets.
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#3 Consumer Comment

they are back at it in minnesota

AUTHOR: jay - (United States of America)

i just fell for the same scam in albert lea mn at the trails truck stop....i watched a man pay 600 bucks for this sound system.... then was approched to buy also i said i wont pay 600 he says make an offer.... i said 250 knowing he would say no...but it backfired he said deal and loaded it into my car before i even gave him cash.....then i said i didnt have 250 and he says well its already in your truck... so then i ask for proof that it isnt stolen and he produced a fed ex packing list with all this information where he got it from and even a instalation reciept from town....he had an open box and showed me the sub woofer....so i went back to my truck opened the box he put in there and it was the same stuff.....so i thought man this is legit.....so i gave him the 250 and the white van drove away... his name was craig fisher .... he wanted me to write a check to him and that who he told me to write it out to....i kinda had a feeling i was getting taken but i guess i am too trusting
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#4 Consumer Comment

They have been arrested!

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

Published: September 25, 2009 09:23 pm      print this story  


TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Two arrested for selling stereos

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Town police arrested two men Thursday for peddling without a permit after they were found selling stereos out of a van.

A resident called just before 3 p.m. to complain that he had been approached by two men who told him they had surplus speakers and other stereo equipment for sale. When questioned by police, Nicholas M. Monaco and Brandon S. Pearce said they work for a company called Epic Sound, buying equipment from a man named Joe on Long Island and reselling it.

The men produced a receipt for the equipment they had, but the company name on the document was Audio and Video Co. The van they were driving was registered to a third company, American Audio Wholesale.

Well, Joe owns a whole bunch of the same kind of companies, Pearce said when asked about the discrepancy.

When questioned apart, both men provided different answers about the nature of their business. Pearce said he and Monaco were co-owners and they buy equipment from Joe. Monaco said the pair only works for Joe.

A search on the Internet led investigators to multiple reports of sales being conducted under the name Epic Sound under similar pretenses. Often those purchasing the items arrived home only to find that the equipment was fake.

The men were released on $100 bail each.

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Norway Audio Concepts

AUTHOR: Alex - (USA)

Hey everyone,

I am in the same boat. I feel taken advantage of and stupid. Mostly because I have never fallen for one of these things and consider myself savy in electronics. Within the Valparaiso, Indiana area there was a green Ford SUV (Ford Explorer) with 3 young men. One went by the name of Don.

Similar story to all the above cases, had a bunch left over from a project, tons of paperwork from their 'business', certified amounts of how much they paid from Fedex, etc.... The system had MSRP of 2999.00 on the box and same as all the paperwork.

Went to the ATM, pulled out 500 and handed it over to them. They wanted beers, etc.. if I ever see them in return. Said the whole ebay thing, yatta yatta. I feel very frustrated that I didn't pull out my phone and do a quick Google search on the company that manufactured these things. I never heard of the name before and was immediately weary, but since the box had the price and the paperwork all lined up, I felt compelled.

Now I am down 500 bucks and I have a garbage audio system. I mean, it works, and functions, but worth no more than 150 bucks.

Wish there was something I could do, however all I CAN do is do a whois search on the domain name and complain to the original people.

Item Purchased:
Model R9

Company:
Norway Audio Concepts from P.O. Box 35239 Elmwood Park, IL 60707-0239

Website Registered to:
www.norwayaudio.com
Nick Marato
106 Marquette 
Poplar Grove, IL 60105
1.8475168871
nickfivestaraw@comcast.net

Things I observed:
*There is nothing on Google from this manufacture
*The domain name was only 3 months old (registered)
*The website was garbage
*This was a very expensive system, I thought it was from another country because I never heard of the name before.

I hope mine and others' ignorance will provide some information in the near future for others.
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#6 Consumer Comment

They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

AUTHOR: Ronny G - (U.S.A.)

Same thing. But the system did work..it just didn't sound good. He though he was getting a deal because of the MSRP on the box (idiot) and could sell it on ebay and make money. No one sells anything worth buying out of the trunk of their car in a parking lot..but then again I grew up in NYC so I don't trust anyone.
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#7 Consumer Comment

They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

AUTHOR: Ronny G - (U.S.A.)

Same thing. But the system did work..it just didn't sound good. He though he was getting a deal because of the MSRP on the box (idiot) and could sell it on ebay and make money. No one sells anything worth buying out of the trunk of their car in a parking lot..but then again I grew up in NYC so I don't trust anyone.
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#8 Consumer Comment

They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

AUTHOR: Ronny G - (U.S.A.)

Same thing. But the system did work..it just didn't sound good. He though he was getting a deal because of the MSRP on the box (idiot) and could sell it on ebay and make money. No one sells anything worth buying out of the trunk of their car in a parking lot..but then again I grew up in NYC so I don't trust anyone.
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#9 Consumer Comment

They got a friend of mine too who is also a big dope.

AUTHOR: Ronny G - (U.S.A.)

Same thing. But the system did work..it just didn't sound good. He though he was getting a deal because of the MSRP on the box (idiot) and could sell it on ebay and make money. No one sells anything worth buying out of the trunk of their car in a parking lot..but then again I grew up in NYC so I don't trust anyone.
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#10 Consumer Comment

Why on earth....

AUTHOR: ReactorCore - (Canada)

Would anyone buy a high end product out of the back of an SUV, in a parking lot??

Come on, people... It reeks of all the stereotypes of the shifty "salesman" who sells you something "that fell off the back of the truck" or the huckster who walks the street selling sets of "quality" butcher's knives for $50 out of a duffel bag he's carrying.

Although I do feel really sorry for you all, once you step back and look at the whole set up, you really have to kind of laugh... Look, next time when and if this happens to you, look at the thing as if you're a third person, passing on the street observing the transaction. Would you laugh at yourself for being gullible? Would you shake your head at yourself for being suckered?

Go with that gut instinct in the vein that "if it's too good to be true, it is".
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#11 Consumer Comment

I ALSO AM A FOOL

AUTHOR: Mark The Idiot - (U.S.A.)

I WAS JUST RIPPED OFF AT A WEGMANS IN ROCHESTER NY BY TOO IDIOTS USING THE SAME SCAM ....WHEN I FINISH TYPING THIS IM TAKING THIS CRAP TO A DUMPSTER. 220 OUT THE WINDOW.... WHAT AN IDIOT I AM ..... NEVER AGAIN!!!!

IF I HAPPEN TO RUN INTO THEM AGAIN I WILL DO MORE THAN BUY THEM A BEER .....CALL IT SUCKER PUNCHES FOR BOTH
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#12 Consumer Comment

I ALSO AM A FOOL

AUTHOR: Mark The Idiot - (U.S.A.)

I WAS JUST RIPPED OFF AT A WEGMANS IN ROCHESTER NY BY TOO IDIOTS USING THE SAME SCAM ....WHEN I FINISH TYPING THIS IM TAKING THIS CRAP TO A DUMPSTER. 220 OUT THE WINDOW.... WHAT AN IDIOT I AM ..... NEVER AGAIN!!!!

IF I HAPPEN TO RUN INTO THEM AGAIN I WILL DO MORE THAN BUY THEM A BEER .....CALL IT SUCKER PUNCHES FOR BOTH
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#13 Consumer Comment

I ALSO AM A FOOL

AUTHOR: Mark The Idiot - (U.S.A.)

I WAS JUST RIPPED OFF AT A WEGMANS IN ROCHESTER NY BY TOO IDIOTS USING THE SAME SCAM ....WHEN I FINISH TYPING THIS IM TAKING THIS CRAP TO A DUMPSTER. 220 OUT THE WINDOW.... WHAT AN IDIOT I AM ..... NEVER AGAIN!!!!

IF I HAPPEN TO RUN INTO THEM AGAIN I WILL DO MORE THAN BUY THEM A BEER .....CALL IT SUCKER PUNCHES FOR BOTH
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#14 Consumer Comment

I'm mad

AUTHOR: African Diva - (U.S.A.)

I live in Greensboro, NC
I'm so mad because my father and ijust bought one of those stupid systems for $160
i have the guys license plate# && I remember what both guys looked like!
We are going to report this to the poliece Right Now!
:-(
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#15 Consumer Comment

I'm an IDIOT and just fell for the same thing today-HOUSTON, TX

AUTHOR: No Name - (U.S.A.)

I'm still speechless and mad at myself
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#16 Consumer Comment

Tempe, Arizona

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

These guys are apparently making their living getting around in Arizona now. A customer of where I work had the system in their car and were more then willing to give it to me, a generous gesture I thought since things have gone topsy turvry lately at home.

Get home, open the box and after one look at the manual I see that it's a fake. There were no e-mails, addresses, information or anything else. I immediately got on the computer, looked it up and this was the first site that came up.

Sadly there are people trying to sell it on the internet and I'm afraid someone will fall for it.

This is most definitely a fake system and not one part of it is usable... unless someone just wants it to sit in their house and look cool.
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#17 Consumer Comment

I was a victim of the same thing in tampa, fl.

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

I was pulling out of the parking lot for my place of employment. I pulled up to take a right on a main road, traffic was backed up beyond my exit. The car that was blocking my exit yelled and asked if I wanted a free home theatre, naturally, home theatre? free? Whats this guy up to

We pull into the next parking lot and he tells me that hes on a delivery making a run with these 1999.99 MSRP home theatre speakers. He opens up the back of his red SUV and shows me that he has about 5 of them in which he got 2 extra in a delivery of the lot of them. He tells me that hes off to deliver the rest of them now and that he needs to get rid of them or they'll take the extra.

As proof that he's on a delivery, he showed me a fedex package with the amount of the delivery printed on a sheet of paper taped onto the package. The paper included the license plate of the car, the name of the drivers, location to where they were deliverying, it looked incredibly legitimate.

He told me that he was going to try to sell them on ebay if he can hide one away for 1000$, and if I was going to do the same, at least wait a week so he doesnt have competition.

After some talking, he opens up the completely "factory" sealed box, shows me the speakers, and walks me to the nearest ATM to pull out 100 dollars. I give him 200 dollars, in order to build more rapport with me, he also tells me that if I ever see him around, i should can just buy him some beers as well since the price he was asking was so cheap.

The second I get back to work, I did some research and immediately realized what I had done.



I'm a college student. I don't have a lot of money lying around. I'm trying my best to buy christmas presents for my entire family for the first time in years. then this happens. I wrote down the license plate number and have the cell phone number of the man who sold it to me. Chris was the con artist, randy was the driver.


Tiffany, please call me at 813 951 1324 and tell me the end result of what happened with the product. I would love to see if we can somehow get this resolved.
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