Bray People

Auc­tion­rip-off

Oc­to­ber 1993

- Business · Shopping

A GROUP of con artists cheated lo­cal peo­ple out of their money when they hit Wicklow town last week.

Bar­gain hunters who flocked to a lo­cal ho­tel in large num­bers for a one-off sale were duped into buy­ing in­fe­rior good at in­flated prices.

The sale, billed as an ‘elec­tri­cal whole­sale dis­play’, was ad­ver­tised in a lo­cal leaflet drop to homes all over Wicklow but few of the spe­cial pur­chases promised were avail­able on the day.

And many of the goods which went on sale turned out to be over-priced and faulty. One man said he was fu­ri­ous af­ter buy­ing a cam­era for £60 which was barely worth £40. To add to his trou­bles, he found that the cam­era didn’t have a flash and he had to pur­chase one for an ad­di­tional £20.

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