Fleetwood Speaker Systems
Late August 2005. Sydney, Australia. I was approached by two British audio installer men in a white van (from Retro Distrubutors Sydney, an obvioiusly fraudulent company), asking if I wanted a cheap stereo. The story they told me was that the Fleetwood brand floorstanding home audio speakers were "top of the line", and worth $3200 AUD.
The speakers were overstock, and the guys said if they didn't get rid of the speakers before they got back to the office the supplier would take them and they just wanted to offload them to get some money for drinks.
One $560 "cheap" n quick deal later, everything seemed fine, but it wasn't! An aftersales internet search for Fleetwood revealed that this brand was far from the "top of the range" claim that I was spun during sale.
When contacting them the same day they refused a refund, even though they were in the area, let alone the same city. They adivsed me to go through the head office in Victoria. So i tried Retro head office in Victoria, only to find there was some babbling Indian on the other end who was not much help. I faxed them my application for a refund with all relevant info and still nothing happend. Several calls later, still nothing happend.
Why is there no Sydney office even though there are operators in sydney? Seems all a little "too convenient" to me.
These guys know what they are doing is wrong, but they also know they aren't doing anything illegal, and they know the police can't stop them because the goods aren't stolen. There is no law in Australia which governs how much you can pay for any one thing. If they can get $1000 for a pair of speakers worth $100 they have committed no wrong. Just watch them talk their way around anything, and any attempt you have at a refund.
Don't get caught by these bastards! Never let them talk you into anything! Don't stop for them in traffic, don't talk to them, and definetly don't look at or make offers for their products! If you show interest, they will follow you and harrass you for a sale!
These criminal lowlifes must be stopped. Tell everyone you know that Retro Distributors (Australia wide) is a fraudulent company, and that their Fleetwood brand of speakers are very very low quality and not worth anything even remotely close to what they say they are.
Unite against these rip off merchants!