Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode! - FMVperformance.com : The site for all your Ford Mazda and Volvo needs
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
F1 Driver
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 10,853
Send a message via AIM to FrostyFire Send a message via MSN to FrostyFire
Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

Swiping goes high-tech in bar-code scam.
Police say CU freshman bought big-ticket items cheap after printing his own labels

Boulder - Jonathan Baldino might be off the "nice" list.

Police say Baldino used homemade bar codes to buy electronic gadgets at prices far below any legitimate discount. The 19-year-old is facing three counts of being naughty - one of them a Class 5 felony.

Baldino was detained by Target security Wednesday after he purchased a $150 iPod with a bar-code label of $4.99.

Baldino, a freshman electrical-engineering student at the University of Colorado, told police that he made phony bar codes from real bar codes taken from inexpensive merchandise, then glued those bar codes on to big-ticket items at Target, according to the police report.

Baldino's alleged holiday caper actually worked - once.

On Nov. 16, he downloaded a program called "Barcode Magic" in his dorm room and made a bar code for a CD player that cost $24.99, police said. Then he went shopping - sticking his homemade bar code on a system for using iPods valued at $249.99, police said.

But Baldino's alleged scam was thwarted Wednesday when he returned to Target and was recognized by the store's security specialist, according to police. The specialist watched Baldino check out, discovering that Baldino paid for headphones worth $4.99, while he was walking out with an iPod worth $149.99.

Busted, Baldino begged for a little yuletide forgiveness.

"I will NEVER EVER DO THIS EVER AGAIN and I am once more terribly sorry," Baldino wrote in a statement for police. "Please let me go for I am terribly sorry!!! I'm only a kid! Help me out. I just want to go home. I did this not knowing of the serious penalty that lies behind it. Please! Please! Please!"

Police, however, did not acquiesce. He faces a felony count of forgery and two misdemeanor counts of theft.

"Price switching has been around forever, but this is certainly an advanced form," police spokeswoman Julie Brooks said. "We're seeing a lot more computer involvement in crimes that used to be almost juvenile in nature."

Baldino's bar-code bargains pale in comparison with other national cases. In November, a Reno, Nev., man was arrested for stealing more than $200,000 worth of Legos in a bar-code scam. Baldino is accused of stealing $370 from Target.

Baldino told police he got the idea from a friend in California, where Baldino is from.
"Once Baldino got here at college, he didn't have any money to buy things," officer Don Schuler wrote in the report. "He remembered his friend's idea and did a Google search for 'Barcode Magic."'

According to its website, Barcode Magic allows users to "generate bar codes for home, hobby and retail with our easy to use bar-code software. Simply select a bar-code style and font, enter desired text and numbers, and a bar code is automatically created."

Baldino signed up for the 15-day trial software, according to police. He went to Target to get the bar-code numbers for inexpensive items, then typed the bar-code number into the software on his computer to make his own bar-code sticker.

Baldino told police that he didn't have an accomplice at Target. "He looked for female checkers that he thought did not know enough about electronic items to catch the switch," Schuler wrote in his report.

When police went to Baldino's Sterns West dorm to get his computer, a detective noticed the box for Baldino's printer.

"The code on the box has been covered with a code sticker I recognized as the one the Target employees confiscated that Baldino had self-printed," Schuler wrote.

Baldino could not be reached for comment Thursday. In a follow-up statement to police, he wrote: "I am extremely sad now, and I just want to go to bed," he wrote. "Please let me sleep in my own bed tonight."



Man on man. Why does this seem like a great idea right about now :uhhok: .


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Current Loves: 2007 Mazda RX8 GT with MazdaSpeed. 2008 Suzuki GSXR750 black/orange 2007 Suzuki GSXR750 track bike
Past loves: 2005 Mazda 3 GT sedan with GFX package
FrostyFire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 08:01 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 10,693
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

if he was smart about it he might have gotten away. of corse some one will notice when he buys a new ipod for $5.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Oricle is offline  
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 08:34 PM
F1 Driver
 
danger mouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 13,894
Send a message via AIM to danger mouse
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

yeah what a dumbass. A resonable price would of been like $100-150. You can hardly buy anything electronic for 4.99


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
danger mouse is offline  
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 08:42 PM
F1 Driver
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 6,470
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

"I will NEVER EVER DO THIS EVER AGAIN and I am once more terribly sorry," Baldino wrote in a statement for police. "Please let me go for I am terribly sorry!!! I'm only a kid! Help me out. I just want to go home. I did this not knowing of the serious penalty that lies behind it. Please! Please! Please!"



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
2003.5 Laser Blue MSP #2543

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dmention7 is offline  
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 08:45 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 10,693
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

i bet if he put the price of a 2GB nano on the 4GB box no one would notice.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Oricle is offline  
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-02-2005, 09:27 PM
F1 Driver
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cape Cod Ma
Posts: 2,764
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

4.99 was just being stupid

it was much easier when i was a kid and there was no such thing as bar codes and all you had to do was pull the price sticker off of something cheap and place it on what you wanted for less money


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Apocalypse is offline  
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-03-2005, 08:21 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Glen Burnie, Md
Posts: 3,318
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

at least make it a reasonable price lol make it 99.99 not 4,99 geez

Sherman- 2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Hatch
Lucy- 1996 Mazda Miata

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fanaticalkira is offline  
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-04-2005, 10:49 PM
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: florida
Posts: 2,133
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

yea i could see switching like a low end version w/ a high end version of something, but really most of the new registers display the item name... so buying an ipod w/ a block of cheese barcode wont work at most places.. but i coudl TOTALLY see buying like a 20GB ipod for the 2GB one or w/e...

dam thats tempting
teknochild is offline  
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-04-2005, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
F1 Driver
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 10,853
Send a message via AIM to FrostyFire Send a message via MSN to FrostyFire
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

[quote author=teknochild link=topic=34898.msg499032#msg499032 date=1133754597]
yea i could see switching like a low end version w/ a high end version of something, but really most of the new registers display the item name... so buying an ipod w/ a block of cheese barcode wont work at most places.. but i coudl TOTALLY see buying like a 20GB ipod for the 2GB one or w/e...

dam thats tempting
[/quote]

I agree. And it's so easy to target large department stores with half-brained 15 year old girls.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Current Loves: 2007 Mazda RX8 GT with MazdaSpeed. 2008 Suzuki GSXR750 black/orange 2007 Suzuki GSXR750 track bike
Past loves: 2005 Mazda 3 GT sedan with GFX package
FrostyFire is offline  
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 02:38 AM
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 1,269
Send a message via AIM to -KT- Send a message via MSN to -KT-
Re: Need a discount on an iPod? Just create your own barcode!

[quote author=FrostyFire link=topic=34898.msg499077#msg499077 date=1133757102]
[quote author=teknochild link=topic=34898.msg499032#msg499032 date=1133754597]
yea i could see switching like a low end version w/ a high end version of something, but really most of the new registers display the item name... so buying an ipod w/ a block of cheese barcode wont work at most places.. but i coudl TOTALLY see buying like a 20GB ipod for the 2GB one or w/e...

dam thats tempting
[/quote]

I agree. And it's so easy to target large department stores with half-brained 15 year old girls.
[/quote]

Or 80 year olds that know nothing of technology.

2005 Titanium gray 3s sedan Manual
-KT- is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  FMVperformance.com : The site for all your Ford Mazda and Volvo needs > Misc > Lounge

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the FMVperformance.com : The site for all your Ford Mazda and Volvo needs forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome