OK here's the deal: the first time I saw a picture of Pharrell wearing a white (gasp!) G-Shock, I knew I had to have one. I've been rockin' Shocks for many years- they're prevalent in the military community - so I already loved them. I'm not blingy, but I love all things white (sneakers, watches, belts, clothing), so when I saw it I immediately really wanted to track one down. I've been so busy over the past couple years that I never spent the time... but I've continually desired a white Shock. So now I'm getting one.
Now, I'm not stupid- I'm not going to pay 4 or 5 bills for BAPE G. But I'll happily go to the Casio website and pay <$100 for a common white model. So what, it's missing a few logos here and there. However, I do like the BAPE colorway, so I figured I would look.
Well, I track down this ad on Craigslist- some kid claiming to have one. So I asked for a few detailed pics if he still had it, and that I will buy it if he produces them. For $100 (haha, I know) I figured, "What the hell. Worth a shot in the dark", right? So low and behold, he replies, sends pictures, and says he has not one but TWO for sale. At first glance I'm like "ah hell yes", as I see gold gorillas on the box. He even includes a piece of paper with his email server in the pics so I know he didn't steal the images off of the internet.
Well, I have a closer look and realize that they are indeed fake. Just for clarity, I will post them up so people can agree with me.
#1 The logo looks gold! Ahh, but it must just be the lighting because you'll see in the following pics that it's not. (strike 1)
#2 The cardboard corner inserts in the box (at both ends of the watch band) fit poorly and are not flush with the box. (strike 2)
#3 Brown tag looks off in color. (strike 3)
#4 The "Bathing Ape" text on the band is too low (strike 4)
#5 ...and the text is incorrect (strike 5)
#6 ...and the sets of indentions on the band are missing. (strike 6)
#7 The "P" indicating P.M. is located too far to the left for it to be a real G. (strike 7)
#8 There's no 'Casio' printed on the casing and the serial number is clearly bogus and not imprinted. (strike 8)
#9 There's no black plastic 'frame' under the case, as there is with an authentic product. (strike 9)
(I'm [email protected]#%!ng Roger Clemens, 'cause I just struck this dude out three times. Anyways, you get the idea.)
Well, at first I'm like "oh, well... what did I really expect for a hundred bucks...". However, I then re-read this and decided to be pissed:
"Here are some more pictures with my name next to it. You sent me two emails so just to let you know, I am the only one of craigslist selling these. They are very hard to find. Let me know if you have anymorequestions. I have two more left."
Then I realized this punk goes to the College of New Jersey by looking at his email address, and 2 + 2 = 4: I go to their online directory and after 2 minutes, bam- there he is... Jason Chao. Lookie what I found:
What. An. Idiot.
So now here is what I was about to send him:
"Trying to sell fake ....? Too bad... Maybe the university president at The College of New Jersey would like to know he has a student of his community selling illegal merchandise on the internet to the unsuspecting..."
But now I'm thinking of just straight-up emailing their Board of Trustees.
Should I bust this JV scam artist?