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Old April 30 2013, 10:44 PM   #31
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

I think this thread has lost its original porpoise.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:57 PM   #32
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

^ What, have you haddock enough already?
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Old April 30 2013, 11:04 PM   #33
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

Cod it get any worse with the puns?
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Old April 30 2013, 11:05 PM   #34
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

^ Better than downloading prawn all night.
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Old April 30 2013, 11:17 PM   #35
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Re: Shad Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

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I would certainly be calling the authorities on this. I think it's a 'good thing' that you checked. In the future, perhaps your company - as policy - 'will check all items before shrink wrapping to ensure no items are damaged before being sealed'.
Exactly This.
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Old April 30 2013, 11:30 PM   #36
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Old May 1 2013, 04:07 AM   #37
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

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Cod it get any worse with the puns?
No point in carping about it.
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Old May 1 2013, 09:18 PM   #38
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

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She probably has a booth at a flea market. I used to see that kind of fly-by-night stuff happen all the time there.
That's one possibility. Another is that they are either selling them at a used game/dvd store, or they are returning them to a place like Wal-Mart.

There was quite a big scam going on at the Wal-Marts in this area about two years ago. Scammers were buying games, game systems, and other electronics, taking everything out of the packaging, then adding blank cd/dvd discs (for the games) or styrofoam and rocks (for the game systems), getting them shrink-wrapped, and returning them with the receipts. Since they had paid cash up front, they got cash back - and still had the merchandise. One of the locations had lost more than $10,000 through the scam before it hit the news.

I've heard of other scams where people post on places like Craigslist, using a dummy email address, meet up in person (never using a phone), and pocket the money. The buyer thinks they are getting something brand new, and only finds out they've been scammed much later.
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Old May 1 2013, 11:44 PM   #39
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

Places like Wal-Mart make it easy for these people, especially if it's "still shrink-wrapped".

I worked at Home Depot a long time ago. One day, someone had returned a weed-wacker, in the original box.

They checked it out when they were putting it back on the shelf and found a broomstick with a bottle on the end. Right weight and weight distribution.

Stupid, low paid people at the returns counter really make it easy.

I also remember getting literally the same 2 or 3 expensive electrical testers back a few times a month. Drug addicts kept stealing them & them returning them for a full refund, obviously without a receipt. The management figured it was easier to just give them the money than, I don't know, having them arrested.
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Old May 3 2013, 02:09 AM   #40
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Re: Shad Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

Pondwater wrote: View Post
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I would certainly be calling the authorities on this. I think it's a 'good thing' that you checked. In the future, perhaps your company - as policy - 'will check all items before shrink wrapping to ensure no items are damaged before being sealed'.
Exactly This.
I agree, we should absolutely be checking the contents of things we're wrapping for people. We're already incredibly careful about the things we ship, so we should be just as vigilant about our other services.

As far as contacting the authorities goes, I think my manager dropped the ball on that one. I sent her a detailed email about the whole thing and left said email as a printed copy with the order. I was off the next day and when I came back in she called me out for the good catch but more or less seemed to shrug it off.
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Old May 3 2013, 07:11 AM   #41
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

In a different forum I participate in, someone relayed an experience that was rather baffling...

A wealthy Japanese man came to the UK to purchase a very rare camera that was new-in-box. Completely sealed. Because it was such a rare collectible, he would not break the seal. Instead, he went to a local hospital and had the camera box x-rayed... the cost of which was well more than half the cost of the camera. The x-ray photo did indeed reveal the camera was there and the correct model, so the purchase was completed. However... due to the sensitive nature of the internal digital components, the x-ray would surely have damaged the camera and rendered it unusable. Of course, there is no way someone would know that unless they tried to use the camera. But again, nobody would be likely to use it when it was a "mint in box" example. Weird irony. It's broken, yet still valued far more than an even better quality camera just because it's rare.

To me, that's just utterly ridiculous. That's the bizarre collector mentality for you. And such mentality will undoubtedly be easily suckered by this kind of shrink wrap scam. There's too many people out there that don't understand what true value is. Like two people who get into a bidding war on eBay over an item, sending the price above what it would normally go for... rather than someone giving up and going for the next one at a cheaper, reasonable price, they go at it... dueling like two wild animals over a carcass.
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Old May 3 2013, 09:18 AM   #42
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Re: Shady Shrink-wrapping Shenanigans.

That sound like...Schrodinger's Camera. It's worthless and priceless at the same time.
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