I just had a salesman leave my fire station! He was claiming to be only the "Driver" and was instructed to pick up this equipment in Tucson following a recent Trade Show held there, and claimed that his boss refused to pay for the shipping to send the equipment back as it had fuel and oil in it and the shipping company said it was now a Hazardous Material so they either could not ship it, or would have to pay much more to get them back.
It is interesting to note that he is in a white chevy pickup with a magnetic sign, and wearing a polo shirt that says Titan Industrial on it, with a name tag or ID card hanging from his neck. He has no business cards and carries a cell phone - referring to a call to the "boss" for further instructions.
Anyway, the gist is, he has to unload all of this equipment and needs to drop it with someone that can use it, or find someone that needs it, rather than ship it back to the factory. I am saying to myself, who in their right mind would give this stuff (inventory) up for free and I said, well, we are a fire department, and non-profit, so maybe this is legit, so I allowed him to show me his catalog and brochures and he even demonstrated that the Green Diesel generator started up.
He then points out the rest of the equipment he has to "unload" and cannot ship back. He says his boss will take $5,000 for the Generator and leave me the pressure washer, compressor, trash pump and Yellow (Gas) generator, (both generators have electric start) and seems to be a really good deal. The only problem is, we did not have the money at the moment to make the purchase and when he called his boss for directions and to answer some of my questions about the "weather proof" application of the generator, etc., I began to get overwhelmed with suspiciousness.
I looked at his binder again and noticed that the Trade Show in Tucson was November 22nd, and today it is December 16 - so I ask myself, what has he been doing all this time and he is only in Casa Grande at this point. I began to remember the frozen Steak guys that drive around neighborhoods hawking their Frozen Steaks and Chicken "packages" for seemingly good deals (when was the last time you bought a steak and how much did you pay for it) usually these guys blind you with freebies and your wife has to point out that not only does the meat suck! (hard and gamey) but overpriced! We never live that one down boys.
I dont like the false story that goes with seemingly a good deal. If he had said he was driving around trying to sell the "package" for a good deal and negotiate a price as close to $5,000 as he could, they might do better with more of an HONEST story of what they are really doing here!
I have read the other comments about this company and their sales technique and the "lines" these guys are giving, and it is identical to the other complaints I read about before logging in and posting this complaint. Too bad - also reminds me of the gypseys that go around ripping off the elderly claiming they can repair storm damage or replace roofs, etc. So dishonest, it is really pitiful that they feel they need to lie to try to get their wares sold!!!
Fire Chief Steve
Casa Grande, Arizona