Ridiculous scam

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by wayneh, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. wayneh

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    Anyone know what's inside this thing?

    https://www.fuelsharksale.com/Default.aspx

    I'm guessing it's just a pretty blue light. But maybe there's some attempt to do ...something. Is there even the most remote chance this thing does any useful task?
     
  2. R!f@@

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    It's a scam.......
     
  3. Adjuster

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    In my opinion, there is not the chance of a feline inhabitant of the infernal regions that this gadget will do anything at all.

    Except of course light up and give some shark the better part of $30 profit!
     
  4. wayneh

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    I agree there's no chance it actually works, I was just wondering if it did anything other than light up - if there was any claim at all, bogus or not. Technical curiosity, I guess.

    I'm amazed that anyone has the nuts to attempt a fraud of this magnitude with such an unbelievable device.
     
  5. magnet18

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    Buy one and look inside ;)
     
  6. R!f@@

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    Why don't we buy one and show it to the world that it is a scam.
     
  7. wayneh

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    Well, one reason is there's no simple way to share the cost or benefits of doing that. Another reason is that, if the thing actually contains more than just an LED, it could be hard to prove it's not doing anything useful. Proving a negative can be next to impossible. I doubt anyone here wants to actually run mileage tests.
     
  8. SgtWookie

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    It works by making you think that a cop is on your tail with the gumball machines going, so you slow down and drive more carefully.

    Other than that, you have to be wearing hip boots to go on that site.
     
  9. beenthere

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    Well, this goes the way of all ridiculous claims. Most new cars don't have cigarette lighter plugs, and it can hardly do the voltage stabilizer thing plugged into the aux. power outlet.

    Wonder how it talks to the alternator/ECU?
     
  10. R!f@@

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    I don't have a car and this place is too small for those kinda mileage.

    If I were u I would definitely sue the buggers
     
  11. retched

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  12. magnet18

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    I could build one with what I can see from where I sit... but I wont... because it's worthless.

    I might be installing a real cap in my car soon though if I get a Sub, just got my stereo installed :D
    whoever owned this car before me effed up the electrical something fierce, took me 6 hours just to wire in the 4 speakers and 3 power lines :p
    Probably been stolen, since the jacks to the radio/rear speakers/and the entire amp under the pasenger seat had been ripped out... had to pull out the multimeter, soldering iron, and the screwdriver for this one, no amount of schematics in the world would have been able to tell me which wire went where. :mad:
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  13. wayneh

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    Sad. I was hoping at least for some whacky inductor-resonator or something, or maybe a mysterious processor that doesn't actually do anything. But hey, why spend more on components than you need to.
     
  14. tom66

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    I just loved the "blue light tells you it is working." In all probability this causes more fuel usage due to extra weight and power consumption. Also, the comment "saves me 3 to 4 miles per gallon." So the customer is obviously losing mpg, which is more expensive. :p
     
  15. R!f@@

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    What kind of people actually falls for this BS?
     
  16. t06afre

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    In my country we have laws that protect consumers from such nonsense. How is it in the U.S. Is it free enterprise for everyone that will sell something
     
  17. Wendy

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    The Federal Trade Commision (in theory) does protect consumers. I tried to get into their website to report this scam. I gave up, only the government could come up with something so obtuse.
     
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  19. wayneh

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    I managed to make it through their labyrinth and file a complaint. Felt like tossing a pebble in the ocean, just less satisfying.
     
  20. lightingman

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    anything that pulls power from a car will not save fuel. Even a blue led on it's own could add a few gallons of fuel to the cars consumption over the cars lifetime.
     
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