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Canned Dark

Postby Cygnus_X1 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:29 am

One of my favourite scams, though this example is from 1991 and seems to almost acknowledge that it is a scam...

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Hawaiian- ... B0031Y9KSU

The original scam was, I think, in 1972...when an enterprising person did actually sell 'canned dark' from an eclipse at $10 a time to quite a few customers.
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:46 am

Lemme guess, you were one of them. :-P
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby octopus1 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:52 am

I will buy 10 of those, right now!
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:18 am

octopus1 wrote:I will buy 10 of those, right now!

Could I interest you in some organic! dehydrated water?
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby octopus1 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:31 am

scrmbldggs wrote:
octopus1 wrote:I will buy 10 of those, right now!

Could I interest you in some organic dehydrated water?


Yes, you can! I'll soon be coming into some money. I have recently aided a Nigerian Prince who had some financial difficulties.

That's the 8th one this month! Ka-Ching... :P
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:38 am

octopus1 wrote:
scrmbldggs wrote:
octopus1 wrote:I will buy 10 of those, right now!

Could I interest you in some organic dehydrated water?


Yes, you can! I'll soon be coming into some money. I have recently aided a Nigerian Prince who had some financial difficulties.

That's the 8th one this month! Ka-Ching... :P

Oh my. You're the King-Ka-Ching! I (personally) will immediately compile a very special (only for our very special customers ;) ) selection of items for your perusal I'm sure will be of great interest to such a wealthy wise customer as you!!!

Please accept this certificate for a two week, all expenses paid!!!, VV (Venusian Vacation) as a little token of our appreciation for trusting us with the fulfillment of your needs.
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby JO 753 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:59 am

If a device that illuminates can be called a lite, a device that abzorbz lite coud be called a dark. So thats wut I call thoze black survailence hemisferez on the ceilingz uv storez.
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby Rob Lister » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:00 am

I think it is a pretty cool novelty. I see no reason to call it a scam.

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:40 am

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Re: Canned Dark

Postby JO 753 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:17 am

The scam iz that the can iz full uv air, so its only 50% dark at best. They didnt bother to vacuum pack it.
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby octopus1 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:43 am

scrmbldggs wrote:
octopus1 wrote:
scrmbldggs wrote:
octopus1 wrote:I will buy 10 of those, right now!

Could I interest you in some organic dehydrated water?


Yes, you can! I'll soon be coming into some money. I have recently aided a Nigerian Prince who had some financial difficulties.

That's the 8th one this month! Ka-Ching... :P

Oh my. You're the King-Ka-Ching! I (personally) will immediately compile a very special (only for our very special customers ;) ) selection of items for your perusal I'm sure will be of great interest to such a wealthy wise customer as you!!!

Please accept this certificate for a two week, all expenses paid!!!, VV (Venusian Vacation) as a little token of our appreciation for trusting us with the fulfillment of your needs.


And you can verify that the brochure image is a valid representation of the actual resort?

Last time I went to Mars, the little green men were nowhere to be seen! Talk about poor service... :P
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby Cygnus_X1 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:06 am

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Image


But surely the very best way to cover a scam is to disguise it as a joke. People will then think they are being clever in buying into the scam.
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby Pop Haydn » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:43 am

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Re: Canned Dark

Postby Cygnus_X1 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:10 am

Pop Haydn wrote:Image



Has it been anywhere near a snake ?
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Re: Canned Dark

Postby octopus1 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:05 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QuSuKcrAeU

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Re: Canned Dark

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:06 am

Cygnus_X1 wrote:But surely the very best way to cover a scam is to disguise it as a joke. People will then think they are being clever in buying into the scam.

It was quite forthrightly a joke, the cans were in with all the other kitsch. It was just a souvenir.

Polka dot paint, on the other hand...
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