iPod Bait-And-Switch Thefts Rock Wal-Mart

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Crime is ugly. But it’s hard not to crack a smile at an enterprising thief who bought iPods, then returned the packages weighted down with rocks.

The thief took the empty Apple boxes back and exchanged them for four Zunes at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Nebraska.

Police believe the culprit used heat to reseal the plastic packaging. The iPods were put back on shelves, a customer who bought the iPod box without the MP3 device alerted the store.

Authorities warned that other stores in the area may have been hit by the same bait-and-switch scam.

Photo used under Creative Commons license, thanks to Dan Taylor on Flickr

Via Sioux City Journal

20 responses to “iPod Bait-And-Switch Thefts Rock Wal-Mart”

  1. cyxodus says:

    This reminds me of why Toys ‘R’ Us stopped taking video game returns in the late 80’s or early 90’s. From what I was told, people would pop open the NES cartridges and swap out an old game for the game they just bought. Then they would return the game.

    Amazing how things repeat themselves.

  2. Daddy or Chips? says:

    They exchanged them for four Zunes.

    For real?

  3. andrew says:

    could you imagine opening up your ipod touch box and finding rocks… lol

  4. Steve says:

    Now I can go to Wal-Mart, pick up and iPod touch, empty the box, fill it full of rocks, then tell them that I got one of those stollen iPods but I’ll really have the one I got out of the box. What a clever little trick I can use now! (Just kidding)

  5. Bill says:

    Guys were pulling up to cars in Philly, claiming to get two sets of expensive speakers at the dock instead of one set, so they would ask if you want to buy them for $50 – $100, but they were actually speakers cases filled with rocks, not speakers.

  6. bud says:

    I bought a printer this way once from CompUSA, which someone had replaced with a How to Cut Hair video.

    Scammers take advantage of the post holiday Returns Rush, and stores do not second guess the customer -lest they lose them-, although they have reshrink wrapped something bogus to rip off the store again.

    The scam is as old as Shrink wrap, which is why there are other ways to package items these days. This is what led to the invention of the blister pak.

    Of course, once you have bought your rocks, or how to cut hair video that you thought was something else, YOU get to try to return the item they stupidlly resold.

  7. E says:

    Better then buying an iPod Touch, opening it up, and finding a Zune inside…

  8. Jake says:

    What’s the difference between a 30MB Zune and a rock?

  9. jonk.. says:

    ya, wait till they try to sell those Zunes on ebay… they’ll get about as much as selling a rock….

  10. phoenix says:

    Yeah, have to go with everyone who understands that a Zune may not have been a great investment. Should have gone with replacement iPods instead.