Home Theater in a Van

White Van“Hey Boss, want to buy a home theater?” That’s what the man behind the wheel of the white van parked in my local West Side shopping center asked me the other day. I smiled and said “no”, remembering the old days back in the DC area where one or more of these white vans would cruise around my local shopping center, selling speakers.  It was always a white van.

I remember the speaker guys back then saying that their products were “extra inventory”.  At the time, I had also read that, in additional to their questionable provenance, the speakers were really crappy, and would break after a bit of regular use.

Nowadays, we have online retailers competing with brick-and-mortar stores, we have Amazon, we have near-instant research ability to find a good home theater in a box for a reasonable price, possibly with no sales tax.  From our phone.

The white van, however, looks pretty much the same.

3 Replies to “Home Theater in a Van”

  1. Of course there’s not ‘no sales tax’, it’s just that Amazon don’t collect it for you, so you (naturally) declare it on your tax return as a usage tax. Don’t you. :)

  2. It’s been the same for as long as I can remember. “I’m supposed to be delivering these speakers, but I was supposed to get three sets and I actually got five. Look…here’s the paperwork. I gotta get rid of them.”

    Why is it always a windowless white van? Always.

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