Ah, that makes more sense

A while back, two people tried to “give away” a home theater system to me in the middle of traffic. The too-good-to-be-true sense went off, and I brushed them off. Ever since then though, I’ve wondered what their angle was. Did they want to kill me? Dip me in batter and fry me? Rob me? I had no idea.

I just ran across this article today that explains the whole scam. Apparently it’s quite common for two people, usually in a white van, to try to sell or give away (and then request a donation) incredibly poor quality audio equipment. It’s one of those things that’s not illegal, just a good way to lose money.

I feel better. Not only do I now know what they were up to, I passed that test. (even though a small part of me really wanted to know what sort of euqipment they were giving away. 🙂

  1. I got a really poor “5.1” system from Wal-Mart for like $35. Discovered that, though shown nowhere on the box, it merely mixed a stereo input to the center, fronts, sub, and surrounds. So I did what any self-respecting nerd would do: opened it up, found the six-channel volume control chip via a datasheet search, and installed my own jacks tapping directly into circuit board traces for the six channels. Hooked it up to my sound card, and now it actually works in true 5.1! 😉

  2. Wow, that is nerd massive.

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