Auc­tion rip-off

July 1993

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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, in­clud­ing grand­fa­ther clocks and au­dio and vis­ual equip­ment, 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.

Other buy­ers have also crit­i­cised the sale and maintain that they were ripped off with over-priced items, many of which turned out to be faulty.

A man’s name and an Athlone tele­phone num­ber were left at the ho­tel with the book­ing but re­peated calls to the num­ber failed to get a re­ply.

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