Scam: Scammer drove by as I was parking and said, "This may sound strange, but do you want a brand new home theater system? I was here to renew my business license (which he showed me) and I've got these home theater systems and projectors with screens that I picked up at the airport and was delivering to the city of charlotte and it turns out they sent too many! I own a home theater store in Mooresville called Custom Audio. Anyway, I have these high-end systems that we didn't pay for and I don't want to take them back to the store because I know my ex-brother in law will want them and he isn't paying his child support, so I don't want him to get them." He showed me the back of his Xterra, which was full of boxes of systems. He had a folder of information including the business license he claimed to just have picked up.
I asked what he wanted for them and he said that he wanted as much as he could get for them, he just didn't want to take them back. He seemed anxious and in a hurry.
It turns out that the merchandise is far below the specifications marked on the box, just enough to make them work for a few days to fool a consumer. There is very little information about the brand company, and the website is very vague and simple, again, just enough to fool an impulsive consumer like myself. Mr. Weddington must be fully aware of the quality, as he undoubtedly purchased the merchandise for less than $100 per unit.
I am shocked/impressed to say that when we called him he actually picked up the phone. I told him that I knew we had been scammed and he proceeded to deny it all. When I asked him is all of his claims were false and if this equipment proved not to be what he represented would he refund me my money he would not give me a straight answer back. He wanted me to submit a warranty claim but the product registration card itself is ridiculous with several typos and contradications.
The company listed on the box is Crystal Hybrid Dynamics http://crystalhybriddynamics.com/,
which is actually owned by:
Hi-Tech Pro Electronics, Inc.
P.O. Box 6644
Alhambra, CA 91802 US
Dave Chuang CEO
HI-TECH PRO ELECTRONICS, INC.
14910 E. Nelson Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91744
Tel. (626) 575-1010
Fax (626) 855-1010
Cell (626) 475-1010
Apparently, a string of similar scam cases involve products under the name Wahldorf. In response to some negative feedback on a scam forum, Mr. Chuang wrote the following, clearly indicating to dealers that his products are still effective in scamming operations: I just wanted to let you know that we have a new line under Crystal Home Theater. Crystal has no negativity online so that way when youre in the middle of it and they research online, they wont find any negativity about Crystal.
You can check out the products online at www.crystalhometheater.com. I hope to hear from you soon. It also appears that Mr. Chuang supplies to scamming operations throught the country, and possibly beyond.