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A sophisticated scam takes place every year on Boston college campuses. The swindle might even happen on other campuses around the country. Men in a plain-colored van drive by pedestrians and ask them if they would like to buy some speakers. These men claim they are delivering some very high quality speakers somewhere in the vicinity, and, unbeknownst to their boss, their vehicle was overstocked with speakers. If the buyer seems interested, the men start showing the potential customer various professional-looking sales advertisements concerning the speakers. They also show used speaker ads from reputable sources such as The Boston Globe and The Want Advertiser, in which someone is selling the speakers for hundreds of dollars.

They say they will sell you these exceptional speakers for a couple hundred bucks because they want to get rid of them quickly. However, they casually add that they will only accept cash since they don't want to be hassled later about the sale. They act very sincere about the quality of their product and even offer to let you listen to the speakers. While you are listening, they will constantly point out the subtleties of the exceptional sound quality that this system is putting out.

Do not buy these speakers! These men are selling an inferior product which costs less than $30 to manufacture. The speaker cones are extremely low quality, the crossover network is either nonexistent or made from the bare minimum of components, and the cabinets are cheaply manufactured from inferior materials. These men make a living from these fraudulent sales.

These men are professional con artists and should be treated as such when they accost you on the street. Write down their license plate number and report it to the police. They are not guilty of thievery, but they are guilty of misrepresentation. Don't be fooled.

Jim Brennan G