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axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Collateral Damage posted:

We have a similar system in Sweden, where each household owning a TV has to pay a yearly fee to finance public service broadcast.

They stopped using detector vans because unlike CRTs, LCDs don't leak RF noise that can be easily detected. It used to be you could get a guy come knocking and asking if you have a TV (and trying to peep into your house to see if they could see one) but nowadays they just send passive aggressive letters. I've never heard of anyone trying to turn it into a scam though.

The public service corporation tried to bend the interpretation of the law a few years ago to include computers and smartphones as well, by arguing that since you can watch public service TV on the web, any device capable of accessing the web should be licensed. Unfortunately for them the law says "...any device intended to receive broadcast..." and they failed to argue that the intended function of a computer is to receive broadcast TV.

I actually got visited by a TV licence inspector in 2015!

I live in Stockholm, Sweden. Hadn't owned a regular TV set for years, and stopped paying the license since you don't need one for computers or smartphones.

You don't have to let them in or answer any questions, so I just told him that I didn't have a TV and he went away.

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axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Google something like "[MLM name] scam" and all the top hits are YouTube videos of some poor loser going "Is AmeriHerb a scam? Noo! I'm on my way to being a brazillionaire! Just sign up with me and you will be one too!"

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Lisa needs an auditing!

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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NPR’s Planet Money had an episode a while ago about someone who had tried to start a company that sold cars with real non-barganing price tags, like any other store. He was met with massive pushback and lawsuits from the auto sales industry until he gave up.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/03/14/290241292/episode-435-why-buying-a-car-is-so-awful

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Wicked Them Beats posted:

Increase the price to $5,000 and throw in a picture of a spaceship and I'm on board.

Lowtax still not coming through on his promise

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Tunicate posted:

Its 2008 all over again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f9oJikx0-I

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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bamhand posted:

I keep getting calls about medical grade braces. Is that such a large demographic that it's worth robo calling over?

As soon as you hang up you get another robocall about a dental plan.

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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I think there was a thread here a loong time ago by someone who was involved in that cult/scam org that drives teenagers around in vans and make them go door-to-door selling books.

Sounds familiar to anyone?

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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hyperhazard posted:

I got your back: My Girlfriend Has Joined A Money Cult


Part of the OP, in case you don't have archives (sorry for the wall of text) :

Thanks

Wow, that thread was from June 2007, and I regged in May that year. Has got to be one of the first threads I followed

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axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

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Tubgoat posted:

Cryonics

There's a great segment on an old episode of This American Life about the early days of Cryongenics and what a disaster it was. It involved cryogenic containers opened up like sardine cans, accidental thawing, and running out of money and liquid nitrogen.

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/354/mistakes-were-made/act-one-7

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