Posts Tagged ‘counterfeit’

How To Buy Bike Lights On The Cheap: Get Semi-Counterfeit Off-Brand Front and Rears for $4 Each from Amazon

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

You know what’s poorly designed? Every last bike light paid for and given away by the SFMTA stamped with the SFMTA brand so that you’ll like that SFMTA more better.

You know what’s well designed? These semi-counterfeit light sets from Amazon for $8 each free delivery:

BV Bicycle Light Set, Super Bright 5 LED Headlight and 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release

Oh, they’re sold out now? Sorry. But I just bought four sets like ten days ago. See?

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What I was thinking was that these lights would just pop right in to the “Bike Planet” mounts I already have on the bikes I need to take care of. (Bike Planet isn’t really a name-brand IRL, but it certainly is as far as bike lights are concerned.) And of course, they snap right in on the Bike Planet mounts

The headlight from “BV USA,” in particular, is particularly cheesy / plasticky. But all the lights I just bought work A-OK, as expected.

I totally don’t know what happened to all the Blaze 2-watt headlights I bought for $20-something when Amazon had a super-duper sale, and for that matter, the mostly white Superflash Turbo taillights I also paid $20-something for.

Anyway, the BV lights I just bought work great and they have rubber gaskets to keep out the rain just the way the Planet Bike lights have.

But be my guest if you want to pay mo money.

Oh Wow, Here’s the New $100 Bill – See What It Looks Like, Front and Back, Plus Backlit and Under UV Light – It’s Awesome!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Well, here it is, coming to a drug deal near you, the new $100 bill for 2013 and beyond.

You see, those North Koreans think it’s funny to counterfeit our money and this is the response from the U.S. Treasury.

All right, via  NewMoney.gov, from the front:

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Now, see it lit up from the back:

Here’s it lit with ultraviolet  light:

And here it is from the back:

“April 24, 2013

Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.”

Big Lawsuit Against Costco: Explaining to Tiffany and Co. Why It’s OK for People to Use the Term “Tiffany Setting”

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

What’s this? Tiffany and Company is suing Costco for selling diamonds using the term “Tiffany setting” or something?

“We now know that there are at least hundreds, if not thousands, of Costco members who think they bought a Tiffany engagement ring at Costco, which they didn’t. Costco knew what it was doing when it used the Tiffany trademark to sell rings that had nothing to do with Tiffany. This is not the kind of behavior people expect from a company like Costco and this case will shed a much-needed light on this outrageous behavior,” says Jeffrey Mitchell, a lawyer with Dickstein Shapiro who is representing Tiffany in the case. “The Tiffany brand has been damaged, Costco members have been damaged and Costco has profited from the sale of engagement rings by misrepresenting what they were. We will get to the bottom of what Costco was up to and why, and right a terrible wrong.

I cry foul.

You see, Tiffany, the phrase Tiffany mount and similar, well, that’s a genericized term these days, you know, like champagne.

Check it.

Oh, and Tiffany, Costco marks up the price of its worthless rocks a lot less than you do, right? That’s why Costco will take back any diamonds people bought if they were stupid enough to be confused over this issue.

It’s not like they were selling the rings in little blue boxes, right?

OK, Tiffany, keep on keeping on.

Now I’ve got a little shopping to do:

Kaepernicking is Ten Times Cheaper When You Buy from Bootleggers off the Street Instead of from the 49ers

Monday, January 28th, 2013

At the Justin Herman Plaza official lunchtime 49ers trailer – 150 didgeridoos!?!

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Now here we go, just $15 for a shirt that spells out Kaepernicking  for tout le monde to see.

It’s like a farmer’s market, but for t-shirts – Market Street, USA:

Perhaps all those millionaires at the San Francisco 49ers should lower their prices?

Remember to buy local!

NB: Sorry NFL, but lots of counterfeit stuff now has hologram tags as well. Oh well…c

Sometimes I think sitting on trains

Every stop I get to, I’m clocking that game

Everyone’s a winner now we’re making our fame

Bona fide hustler making my name

SHN “Book of Mormon” Ticket Lottery a Huge Success – The Only Way to Get a Seat Now – Here’s the Video

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Here are the rules of the game.

Here is what the lottery looks like:

I’d say that you’d have had a 10% chance of winning on Preview Night.

Realize that the scalpers and scam artists are going crazy right about now, so paying $29 for a seat what’s worth north of $290 IRL might strike you as a good deal.

Get lucky!

OMG, You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get Book of Mormon Tickets – Your Last Best Chance? Daily Ticket Lottery

Monday, November 19th, 2012

This is it.

This is the biggest Broadway roadshow to hit town since forever.

Book of Mormon will play at our Curran Theatre from November 27th to December 30th 2012 and then it will be gone.

There is no way that the run of this smash musical comedy will be extended as the BoM crew will start up in Portland the day after New Year’s.

So here’s what you need to know:

1. This thing is going to be huge – everybody’s going to be talking about it. You know, because it’s ”the best musical of this century” per the New York Times ‘n stuff.

2. You want to go to this show whether you know it or not, even if you’re not into Broadway. Yes, Book of Mormon is profane, but it’s also “an atheist’s love letter to religion.”

3. Tickets are beyond sold out. So the scalpers and the scam artists are going to have a field day.

Check it, from the craigslist:

So that’s hundreds of dollars per seat for tickets what originally cost way less than $100.

So here’s what you do, you show up at the box office on Geary two hours early and enter the lottery.

At $29 a ticket for the winners, this is a steal.

If you don’t want to go through this kind of hassle  day after day, then don’t do it because you are not a true fan,  (The  SHN / BoM people are making you jump through hoops for a reason, don’t you know.)

Now I’ll tell you, when they did this for Rent, back in the day, they lotteried away the two front rows for $19 a piece.

Good times.

Of course the angle was sort of ridiculous and you would see things you weren’t meant to see, but this was quite nice for students of the theatre.

(I don’t know which seats lottery winners will get – they might not get to sit right up front.)

So, have at it.

You Can’t Win If Don’t Play.

Our Schools Win Too.*

PRE-SHOW LOTTERY ANNOUNCED! THE BOOK OF MORMON Lottery Ticket Policy:

THE BOOK OF MORMON will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $29 apiece; cash only. This lottery will be held prior to every performance.

Entries will be accepted at the SHN Curran Theatre box office beginning two hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. One and a half hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $29 each.

Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it’s the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, “It’s the funniest musical of all time.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.

For more information please visit www.bookofmormonthemusical.com.

If you come across any website other than shnsf.com claiming to sell THE BOOK OF MORMON tickets for the San Francisco engagement, buyer beware! SHN has no way of validating, or replacing tickets that have been purchased through any website other than shnsf.com. We cannot seat or refund you for an invalidated ticket.

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-746-1799 before purchasing.

*Oh, that’s just a saying – our schools won’t actually win.

World Series Bootleg T-Shirts: Win on Monday, Silkscreen on Tuesday, Sell on Wednesday – Financial District, $10 Each

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Montgomery Street, October 24, 2012:

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Sunday Streets Chinatown a Modified Success – Sunny Skies – Brought to You by PG&E, “City Family”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, there were lots of people out there, so that was good.

On the other hand, this no-cars-allowed “Walking Streets” event was brought to you by PG&E, the company what just blew up eight people a year ago and then lied about the circumstances of that these past 12 months.

I’m still not sure what the point was for this “walking-oriented” Sunday Streets but oh well.

Here’s the beginning, at Bush and Grant “Avenue.” (Note Chiu-bacca and red-shirted handler spreading the word of the mayoral candidacy of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.)

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And the middle, featuring a wealth of counterfeit goods on sale, and T-shirts for $2.88, just like any other day:

And here’s the end, with pretty much all the whimsy I could find today. (In aggravation, a NIMBY group was using this same very block to recruit more NIMBYs.)

That’s it.

Thanks, PG&E, I guess.

The Chinatown-North Beach Walking Street event is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) with additional support from State Farm Insurance. Other Sunday Streets sponsors include Bank of America (Lead Sponsor for the 2011 Sunday Streets Season), AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, Shape Up, The California Endowment, Bi Rite Market, REI, Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, Bike & Roll, Bay City Bikes, and Blazing Saddles, along with in-kind support from the American Red Cross, Bay Area, City CarShare and media sponsors SF Examiner, Clear Channel and Scoutmob.”

 

  • Ping Pong Tournament 9 to 11:30 (Waverly Place)
  • Activities for kids by Chinatown YMCA 11:30-4 (Waverly Place)
  • Chalk art, Kai Ming Head Start, Experience Corps (Commercial Alley)
  • Art in Kerouac Alley
  • Poetry readings – Grant near Vallejo
  • Freedom from Training Wheels (Grant & Green) and free Valet Bike parking by SFBC (Vallejo & Grant, and Portsmouth Square)
  • Kids arts and crafts by Emerald Tablet & North Beach Merchants (Fresno Alley)
  • Climate Change Education and Department of Environment host kids activities (Fresno Alley)
  • Bike presentation sponsored by The New Wheel (Grant & Vallejo)
  • Magician performance and childrens activities 1400 block Grant – sponsored by Carmel Blue, Schein and Schein
  • Food sampling and cooking demonstrations – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Little Vine
  • Pet area – Grant and Lombard – sponsored by Jeffrey’s Pet Store
  • Clown show – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Macchiarini Design
  • Zumba dance exercise – Coit Tower, 11-1
  • SF Recovery Theater  - Coit Tower 1:15-2
  • Supervisor’s Rock with DND Band at Coit Tower, 2-4

OMG, Are the San Francisco Giants Unloading T-Shirts for $5 at ConocoPhillips 76 Gas Stations All Over Town?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Via Kevin “KevMo” Montgomery‘s always unique and (never deriv-ativeUptown Almanac comes some news that leaves me saying uh oh, now this is getting spooky – why is it that the Giants T-shirts you can buy for just $5 are sold at ConocoPhillips 76 gas stations (and at ConocoPhillips 76 gas stations only) in San Francisco and the Sunset District?

For example, how about these 76 stations at 19th Ave. and Judah and 24th and Valencia and Lombard and Divisadero and Potrero and 17th?

Here’s a shot from Google Maps Street View way out in the West Bay* from a while back…

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So, can anybody check to see if these shirts are the real deal?

Seems as if somebody has a contract to sell these shirts at all these gas stations?

Did shirtmakers way, way, way overestimate demand for Giants merch?

How can they make money selling at just $5?

Is sales tax included?

Is said tax getting forwarded to the Board of Equalization?

What else can you sell at gas stations – can I get in on the taco truck craze and start selling, you know, after I get my own deal with whomever operates these stations?

This is a Grade A Class One Mystery. 

 

And, for your pleasure, here’s a retread post from a few days back:

[Area resident M. has the deets:

"Ha. I live on 19th right across Judah from this. It's totally an ongoing business, it's been there every day, all day since right after the world series last year and I have no idea how they haven't gotten busted just because it's so brazen and regular. I've actually seen a water department truck blocking the 28 bus stop in front of the gas station while the two dudes were shopping for t-shirts and the bus was trying to find a way to pull over and pick people up. It does tend to screw up traffic right there with so many people trying to pull over/pull in, so it's definitely a bit annoying. I have to assume the gas station owner gets a cut or something."]

This sure seems to be a good place to buy Giants shirts for cheap.

Now, I’m talking about the 76 gas station what’s on the east side of 19th Ave. on Judah (and not the carbon copy 76 on the west side of 19th.)

And my buddy showed me a shirt he got there that wasn’t licensed.

And yesterday, they had a sign up what said, “$5 T-Shirts.”

And here’s the scene from early August 2011.

(Is this an ongoing bidness? Does the gas station owner get a piece of this action as well?)

Now I didn’t stop to check things out or nothing, but, well, you tell me if you think I’m jumping to conclusions.

*You know, the Sunset District, but I’ve heard 19th Ave. being described part of the Inner Sunset, the Middle Sunset, and the Outer Sunset so I don’t know…>

Don’t Count Your Money Like Ed Jew – the Danger of Raised Notes

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Look at this video of former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew counting tens of thousands of dollars in front of an FBI-provided video camera.

See? He’s doing it wrong. The correct way is shown at the end of the short video here - the Canada, U.S. and England method. The primary reason for counting dough properly is counterfeit detection. You gots to look at the faces of the dead white males in order to do it right. That’s the system, baby. Maybe in other countries the bills are different enough so that this doesn’t matter, but we’re talking U.S. folding money here.  

What’s that? You can’t see the faces ’cause the money’s all upside-down and backwards? You’ll need to bankface the notes before you start, of course.

Here’s the thing – if you just look at the corners, then you will get taken in by a raised note sooner or later.

This is called an eleven dollar bill cause it’s a one with corners from tens attached.

Count American money the right way and then you’ll get good at it and go superfast.