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Hot goods

nerudite

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So today at lunch I was approached by this guy to buy some speakers out of the back of a van. This is the first time this has happened to me since living in Canada. It's fairly common in L.A. (like maybe a few times a year) to get stopped in a parking lot and asked if you want to buy some article. And I'm not talking about candy bars or girl scout cookies...

My dad recently bought some leather jackets from some guy's trunk. I bought a groovy necklace from this hippie who had a little "shop" in the back of his van. Oh yeah, and I bought some knock-off sunglasses from a guy in NY while at the APA conference.

Anyone else ever been offered to buy hot goods from a specious source?
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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When I was at the APA conf. in Seattle, I parked my car to check out Pike's Market. Some woman tried to offer me her hot goods. And by the look of her, I'm sure the heat came from some intense burning, if you know what I mean. I declined. Although I did see two couples in the hotel across form me bumping uglies with the blinds open.
 

el Guapo

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At the Indy 500 back in the mid 80's I saw an huge line of men waiting to get into an RV ( in the Snake Pit) with women dancing on the roof. I always wondered what that was all about. Similar?
 

Dan

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The speakers aren't stolen. They're just crap.

They'll often have some name that sounds obscure and audiophily. Believe it or not, that's how the speakers are marketed; by convincing people that they're stolen, and therefore of a much higher quality than they actually are. You'll pay a couple hundred bucks for them, but in reality they probably cost the "thief" $10 or $20 each.
 

SkeLeton

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They'll often have some name that sounds obscure and audiophily.
Like Teknichs or Pieoneer ;) or fake perfumes like Kalvin Klain or such...

I've seen this kind of rip-offs before... in Iquique there's this Tax free market and it's full of these people selling cheap imitations in the hallways...
 

Cardinal

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SlaveToTheGrind said:
When I was at the APA conf. in Seattle, I parked my car to check out Pike's Market. Some woman tried to offer me her hot goods. And by the look of her, I'm sure the heat came from some intense burning, if you know what I mean. I declined. Although I did see two couples in the hotel across form me bumping uglies with the blinds open.
I got a similar offer just a couple blocks from the market. It was in Portland, though, where I looked out the hotel window and saw the couple across the way going at it.
 

LouisvilleSlugger

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Yeah, that use to happen to me a whole lot back when I lived in Newark, New Joisey! and somewhat in Boston. not too much of that down here in Louisville. Once while traveling up in Wisconsin some buddies of mine bought some not so authentic indian rugs from a guy selling them at a rest stop!!!! come to think of it these buddies I was with put down some decent dough!!!!!
 

Zoning Goddess

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These were probably not "hot" goods, but when my sister started college at Tulane in New Orleans, the whole family drove there to drop her off. Walking thru the French Quarter, some sleaze-bag in the requisite trench coat approached my brother (16 at the time) and opened his coat to reveal a bunch of porno shots for sale, right in front of our parents. Ick.

Speaking of speakers, I do have a pair of vintage (70's) Advent speakers I need to sell. Honest. They're BIG (compared to today's speakers). And real.
 

Jeff

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In Philly stuff falls off the truck all the time. Thats how we got my grandmom her refrigerator.
 

donk

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Let me guess, they where in a white van. Like dan said this is a marketing scam for crap speakers, they look good but sound like crap.

A few from my trips to detroit gold necklaces and watches and my all time favourite kentucky fried chicken.

The bum came up to us when we were waiting for teh bus from Tiger stadium home, looked around(like the cops would care) and then pulled a bucket of chicken out of a napsack and said "you guys look hungry how 'bout a piece of chicken, cheap?"
 

Tom R

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hot

I previously worked at a nearby auto plant. One could get ANYTHING there. One guy I knew sold gallon jugs of West Virginia white lightning and porno flicks out of his trunk. Also, payday night there was often an old small school bus in the parking lot. I never ventured in.

A lot of guys, if they wanted to sell something, would sell raffle tickets on it. Sometimes they would buy it back from the winner an sell it again. Once a guy came through with a picture of a woman sitting on a bed naked from the waist up and a roll of tickets. The prize was the woman for a night, a motel room and a bottle of whiskey. The winner, a young kid, refused the prize.
 

pandersen

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"Hot Goods"

Sounds like more than a few of us have had an experience with stolen speakers.

For me, I once worked for the Niagara Escarpment Commission in Georgetown, Ontario (Canada) and was heading out across the street for lunch one day and was stopped by a guy in a van (he just stopped in traffic) and asked me if I wanted to buy some cool speakers. I didn't even look - just said no and kept on walking!
 

Cardinal

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Re: hot

Tom R said:
A lot of guys, if they wanted to sell something, would sell raffle tickets on it. Sometimes they would buy it back from the winner an sell it again. Once a guy came through with a picture of a woman sitting on a bed naked from the waist up and a roll of tickets. The prize was the woman for a night, a motel room and a bottle of whiskey. The winner, a young kid, refused the prize.
Did any of the women buy tickets? ;)
 

Tom R

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Re: Re: hot

Michael Stumpf said:
Did any of the women buy tickets? ;)
I worked in the body shop and at the time I don't think there were any women working there. There never were many working there.
 

Seabishop

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Ever been harrassed by people offering some sort of service?

I used to drive an old Ford Tempo which was sideswiped by a red car so it had a dent and red paint marks on it. I was driving down a 2 lane main street when a big red Cadillac speeds up beside me on the wrong side of the road. He starts yelling "I can fix that! I can fix that!" I think I just gave him a dirty look and drove away. He followed me down my street so I kept going past my house. We both stop and yell at eachother from inside our cars. He tries to spit on my car and drives away.
 

nerudite

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Seabishop said:
Ever been harrassed by people offering some sort of service?
Only if you count the guys that offer to wash my windshield that curse at me when I say 'no'. But then they pretty much curse either way.
 
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