"Wanna buy some speakers?" Ever been approached by dodgy guys in a white van?

TheBoingoBandit

Novice Member
Ever been approached by dodgy guys in a white van trying to sell you some speakers?


I remember in the mid-nineties when What Hi-Fi used to have this problem as an almost monthly news story. You would be stopped in the street with the story that they were delivering speakers but they had been given one pair too many and would you like to buy them at a knockdown price. They often had a familiar sounding name but were usually car speakers in a cheapo cabinetand worth nothing.

I was once approached in Notting Hill by a couple of guys who tried to feed me this bull*****. I laughed that I knew what their con was and told them to go away.

I had to laugh again when I once read an interview with a z-list celebrity who said that her best ever bargain was a pair of speakers sold out the back of a white van. She said they sounded great. :rolleyes:




A few weeks back, a foreigner in a car stopped me and I presumed a lost tourist. But no, he showed me a picture of a camcorder he was trying to sell. I just walked away.

An amusing sign I've seen recently in a window of a Tottenham Court Road store warns people not to buy laptops from people in the street or they may end up with laptop case full of of potatoes! :D
 
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Dr Diversity

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TheBoingoBandit said:
An amusing sign I've seen recently in a window of a Tottenham Court Road store warns people not to buy laptops from people in the street or they may end up with laptop case full of of potatoes! :D
My laptop is full of chips
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Age old con, can't believe they're still trying it!
 

partyweb

Novice Member
Every time I stop at a motorway service station I get a man in usually a fancy bmw drive up asking if I want to buy a cheap watch that is stock for their exhibition. They always show some fancy one in a box and ask for £20

The fast car so they can drive away quickly before you open the empty box that they really give you. :suicide:
 

andyr300

Active Member
ive had the same two guys in an old white renault (i think was renault,maybe citroen) with foreign number plates offer to sell me a laptop whilst i was just walkin along the road TWICE!

once in manor house (north london) and once near mornington crecent (camden)!! i couldnt believe it the second time
 

juniper

Active Member
partyweb said:
Every time I stop at a motorway service station I get a man in usually a fancy bmw drive up asking if I want to buy a cheap watch that is stock for their exhibition. They always show some fancy one in a box and ask for £20

The fast car so they can drive away quickly before you open the empty box that they really give you. :suicide:
I've seen the same guy I believe - was it by any chance at Cherwell Valley on the M40??
 

PoochJD

Well-known Member
HI,

I've been approached about three times:

First time, was if I wanted to by "cheap" watches, out of the back of this guy's car boot. Said no thanks, because I didn't like to dress-up in Chav-wear! Reported the swine to the police, complete with his description, his number plate and vehicle description, and description of the some of the contents he had in his car boot. He got caught, red-handed. Currently doing a prison sentence! :clap: :rotfl:

Second time, was aproached by two men in university, wanting a laptop. The box they give you, with the suppposed laptop, is actually just a container with bricks, or canned-drinks in it. When I said I'd consider buying one off of them, but only if I could have their demonstration model, they politely declined my offer, saying I wasn't the kind of "customer" they were looking for.

Third time: another seller of stolen watches. Just said no. Couldn't be arsed to think-up of an excuse, and walked past him. :D


Pooch
 

TheBoingoBandit

Novice Member
I was walking down London's Park Lane last year when an Asian with a strong accent stopped me (look, I thought it was another lost tourist OK?!). He told me he was a sudent studying fortune telling. Then while talking very fast he asked me to think of a girl I'd like to marry's name etc etc then 'miraculously' showing me a piece of paper with these intials on.

I was trying to get away but he kept going on. Eventually the nice guy act stopped and he told me I would need to give him some paper notes to get good luck. Just to get rid of him and get back to work, I gave him a fiver. He started getting angry because I had nothing else. Then would only let me go (yeah, right) because I would owe him the rest next time I saw him. I let him have the fiver and stormed off angry that I had been ripped off.


A few weeks later I saw him in Bond Street. He smiled at me and said "hello, my friend". I just muttered "I'm not your friend" and walked off.





Now while I don't and no-body else should care about me losing five pounds. I do care if he's ripping off vulnerable people such as the elderly - to whom five pounds would mean a lot more (or the threat of bad luck might genuinely scare some of them). [email protected]$tard! :mad:








Also in the early 90s, I fell for one of those auction stores that sell "top brand electronic goods" for knock down bargains. (One has popped again in Oxford Street.)

I paid all my Christmas money my mum had given me for a worthless Amstrad GX4000 games console not intended for PAL use and some fake perfume. Amazingly, I went back the next day and they gave me my money back no quibble. Possibly because I was a kid and they felt sorry for me.

I then went to Notting Hill Gate's infamous Music and Video Exchange and bought myself a second hand Spectrum and a ton of games! Hoo-ray! :clap:
 

shodan

Distinguished Member
Does make me chuckle when I get stopped and they ask me..... ;-)
 

Knyght_byte

Novice Member
I like it when they (speakers from white vanman) stop me, i ask them all sorts of questions and take up lots of their time (assuming i'm not in a hurry myself) then when they say do i want them i say nah, i'm tone deaf and the mrs (who doesnt exist) has an imbalance in the ear and bass makes her fall over...heh

with other street sellers (dodgy ones that is, nothing against market traders etc) i normally ignore them outright......altho i remember back in teh day coming out of Camden station to be offered a plethora of naughty substances to enhance my evening...heh....some would be quite insistent, i remember one who shoved a pill in my hand then said i owed him £15 for it as i'd touched it and he cant sell it to anyone else......told him ok, if he comes down the lock with me to see my mate T who has some money he is welcome to the £15...(T happened to be the Gambian boyfriend of the complimentary massage girl at my work....he also happened to be one of the big yardies in Camden running the lock area for grass...lol.....oh this might make it seem unbelievable, but the girl who did massage? blonde and called Heidi...no word of a lie! :D)....at which point he took the pill back and went on to try it with someone else...LOL

edit: like to point out i used to smoke because it helped my arthritic linked complaints, conventional meds didnt work hard enough without knocking me out for the duration...i dont smoke anymore tho, throat doesnt agree with it...
 

Nobber22

Novice Member
My mate bought a pair of speakers out of the back of a van in Clapham. We used them for years as party speakers on the end of a Sony budget amp. Sounded ok, went very loud and the bass was good if you moved them out of the corners. Cost him about £100 and got some use out of them. :cool:

When I eventually convinced him to buy some B&W 602's as a replacement, he was delighted by the improvement in all areas. He now uses the big old boxes as stands for the 602's. :D :smashin:
 

Steve.EX

Novice Member
There is a dodgy looking van at the end of the estate where my office is based. They seem to specialise in burgers and drinks of all things. Amazingly there appears to be no end of takers for their wears, especially around noon.
Mugs.
 

ush flynn

Novice Member
apart from offering drugs ive had nobody offer me anything like this :( i feel left out! There is one guy up the top of weston street next to london bridge that says excuse me sir" the first time i stopped and thought i could probably help him out with some directions and he told me he hadnt eaten in 2 days and could i spare any thing. I politely said no i couldnt and carried on walking. He said ok have a nice day or words to that effect. Fine

About 3-4 days later he did the same, but i didnt stop. It was still 2 days since he had eaten. So i guess he must have eaten the day after i saw him or so. The next day, he said "excuse me sir i havent eaten in 2 days"i stopped and thought
"Hold on.. 2 days?
but you said that yesterday. So your either lying to me today or you were lying to me yesterday. Either way you have bits of food around your mouth and you have seen me 3 times within a week. You know as well as i do that there is a centre for homeless people just down that road there (pointing) yet you hang around here asking for spare change?"

He actually had nothing to say to me then. Idiot
 

Joe90sDad

Banned
I've had the speaker guys approach me 3 times.

Had a mate who was approached as well and because he was short of cash asked the white van man to follow him to a cashpoint. He ended up driving the guy in circles till he just said "you're taking the p*ss" and buggered off.

Funny thing was, he was seriously looking for a cashpoint and just couldn't find one. Silly sod.

There is a hilarious thread about one guy actually falling for this scam on an American Honda Forum, must try and dig it up.
 

Mr.D

Distinguished Member
If anyone asks you for money or tries to sell you something you should do one thing.

Mug them...not like they will go to the police about it.
 

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