Originally Posted by Scooby
Sooooooo..... you bought a stolen smoker? It was less than half the regular price (red flag) ,the dude sells "brand new" out of his house (nothing odd there), and you clearly had misgivings about buying it but did anyway. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good deal but I think you know that's what this deal was.
No!!! There's no proof that it / they are stolen. Not half price either. $650 vs. $1000 He had SO much other stuff that would obviously have serial numbers that could be tracked. He advertises on Craigslist and has buyers come to his house. IF....IF he does sell stolen stuff, he's the dumbest criminal I know and would have obviously been caught by now. I saw his adds for other stuff and Wranglers like I bought back when I first started looking. He'd have been shut down by now if that were the case. Detectives would be checking CL for stolen items IMMEDIATELY if that many were missing. He would have Had to been found it by now, if he was dealing all in stolen goods. Just too obvious with his setup.
He did not tell me where he gets them but said, " I trade and sell all kinds of stuff ". " I buy all sorts of things to sell or trade". It wasn't just his house. He had stuff piled all outside his big garage and in the yard. Clearly visible!!
It's very possible he has a deal with Academy or other locations to buy up units that are damaged or haven't sold for a long time. Some of the smokers had missing parts / grates. He'll make a grate to sell with it. The one I bought, the handle that goes around the stack is bent slightly.
Fact is, I even mentioned while there, that I'm a cop. Just to see how he'd react to what I said. It didn't seem to bother him. He just kept talking about how he used to sell 2-3 grills / smokers a day and for some reason business had slowed. My price of $650 was not his normal price. He said he used to get $800-850 for the Brazos.
Either way. If I thought there was something really fishy going on, I would not have made the deal. My job isn't worth getting a $350 discount.
Oh!! Plus, the Brazos is discontinued I think also. That may be why he had them new.
Either way...If I were to be contacted about this guy and stolen good, I'd be the FIRST to dime him out and give mine back, as well as help get him locked up!! It's what I do for a living.
Edited by Big Swole - 10/16/16 at 7:22pm