Avoiding White Van Speaker Scams

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When is a deal not a deal?

Con men have a scam for just about everything these days. Unfortunately for the less-informed audio consumer, these shameless crooks have penetrated the speaker business in the form of a con that has come to be known as a "White Van Speaker" scam; in reference to the typical color of the vehicles from which these people sell low-quality speakers at prices that seem low.

Their prices really are exorbitant, considering the low quality of the speakers. If the increasing number of people getting scammed by this across America is any indication, the white van speaker scam is well on its way to becoming one of the most successful scams to be run regularly off the street, ever.

You need not contribute to the success of this scam. If you're truly a lover of fine audio equipment that you can get at fair prices, it is essential to take some time to learn how to spot the scam - after all, it's not always a van from where cheap speakers come.

However, it is just as important to learn how to spot a genuine deal. After all, great deals from quality non-big-brand speaker companies do exist, so it’s not good when this particular scam makes people too cynical to believe otherwise.


1. Run Away. First, the sight of a white van approaching while you're walking down the street or on your way to your car in a parking lot should be your cue to run in the opposite direction!

Kidding aside, a white van is the typical vehicle of choice for these scammers mainly because that very color conveys legitimacy, as if it really belongs to real company. Some even go to the extent of painting on a company logo on its side to make them look more official.

However, many scammers have also been using vehicles of other types and color these days, so you also have to be on the lookout for more than just a white van cruising parking lots, large apartment complexes, gas stations, colleges and other moderately trafficked areas for potential scores.

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