When accused ripoff artists attack…

Posted on March 23, 2008. Filed under: Web and Tech | Tags: , , , , , |

Today’s wow of the day.

This week, NECN did an investigative story on a Cape Cod businessman who runs the site “I Sold Grandma’s Stuff.com”. Bottom line, a lot of people seem to think Joe Perkins, the owner of the company, has preyed on them, helping them sell their estates and then keeping the cash. As the story shows, he has a long history of ripoff accusations, and investigators would love to catch him.

It’s a great story – but it gets better with this added twist. What did Joe Perkins do on his website after the story aired?

He added this line to his website:

For seventeen years we have provided hundreds of clients with our
service which was featured on New England Cable News.

Cohones, no? Share this post and the link to the NECN story with as many people as possible. Awareness in these kinds of situations is a good thing, no?


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That’s funny. That’s like a child rapist posting on his resume:


Boston Globe: 12 articles
NECN: 10 stories, 4 live shots
Boston Herald: 23 stories
Numerous freelance articles, blog entries and radio discussion shows.

The whole thing really is amazing. This guy has done business with us for quite a while. He donates useable furniture to help the homeless veterans,& has lots of happy customers who I have met. We clean the trash out of a lot of these houses for them and others after these companies sell the better things. He must have had one pissed off person after him. I have learned from this that I will call all my customers after I finish the job and make sure they are ok.

Well, I guess the time has finally come to address the so -called news article on New England Cable News. I first discovered thier intention to run an expose style story when they showed up at a friends house to knock on the door and pretend that they could not find me. Instead of picking up a phone and calling me on the phone number I have had for 10 years. Maybe they could have sent me an email at my well known, well advertised email address, or sent me a letter at the address I have had for 20+ years, but they were intent on getting that 60 minutes style surprise sound bite, by sticking a microphone in my face. They showed up unannounced with camera rolling at the warehouse (which is only storage), my own house, and even at my first wife’s house! Finally they called and were given an interview.
Then they interviewed people who did not like my service, but did they ask the real questions about the good things I did for them. No. They put a clip from one lady who I did not do business with. She said her legacy was “raped” She is right: the executor of that estate insisted that she sell off everything. He even wanted her to stay in the house while all her inherited things were sold. He finally agreed to have her stay in a hotel. At the end of the sale when the house was strewn with leftover unsaleable stuff, I told him it would be traumatic for her to see the mess. He brought her in anyway and did not even want me to refer him to the dumprun people. This was a very successful, well promoted, and well run sale.
But here’s my favorite part of this woman’s story: The executor apparently lied to this woman and her children by telling them that some friend or relative had offered to buy the clock in the house, but I had refused to sell it. He claimed I sold it to someone else for less. Who’s kidding who here? I get paid commission! I would have willingly sold the clock for the higher price, but his story was just that. a nonsensical story. In negotiations with the family attorney it was shown that this man told other false stories to the attorney and the family. Here’s what really happened to the clock: The highest offer made by anyone at the sale was $500.00 The clock was Scottish, did not work, was partially refinished (very bad for any antique item), was missing the finials and was not saleable here in the USA. In an effort to get the best price for the estate, I called a friend in England, who sells at the North England sales (near Scotland) and convinced him to buy the clock for $1200.00 and sell it where it would be saleable. I paid the estate for the clock, but later the English buyer backed out of the deal and stuck me with the clock. I was finally able to sell the clock to a local attorney for $650.00 The bottom line here is: I lost money on the deal and still, the family thinks I’m a bad guy.
The so-called undercover pictures taken at one sale where quite a joke. NECN went behind this house and photographed the sheds full of trash. Think about it. If I agreed to sell that trash on commission, I am either crazy or should be praised forever for helping these people unload that mess. The truth of this story is that I had originally refused to work with these people. They (especially the wife) were totally unreasonable and put all the “good” stuff in the other house, not for sale. after being begged to do this sale, and promised that the wife “would not be a problem” I finally agreed. These people had the nerve to think that I would pay for the trash removal after the sale! This is a classic example of trying my best to help someone who would never be happy no matter what.
Have you seen those political ads where they show the opponent in slow motion while talking about him? This is a technique used by advertising people to make the target person look silly and to villify that person. If NECN was actually a real news reporting station, why did they do this to me. Why didn’t they show anyone else in slow motion?
Why didn’t they ask Mr. Mckinnon to tell the story of the Teddy Bear?
Here’s the real story: this man called me because, like many others he wanted as much money as possible from this estate, so much so that he had his brother bring back some dishes to the house because they might be valuable. He, by the way had not been to that house or seen his parent for many years. They had considered having a yard sale and would have sold the ragged Teddy Bear for $1.00 or might have thrown it away. I sold it for hundreds of dollars. He should be recommending me to everyone he meets.
The semantics (use of language & phrases) used in the article where pretty interesting. After talking to my attorney, I realized that they had made some correct remarks, but totally out of context and totally in an obvious effort to be missunderstood. For example: they said ” he has been in and out of bankruptcy court” Actually that is correct. I walked into Bankruptcy court, attended the proceeding and then walked out. Thier phrase was crafted to create the illusion that I went there regularly. I went to one hearing, and by the way, what’s wrong with declaring bankruptcy. After all, my truck had been repossessed, my credit cards were overlimit and in default and I was evicted from my business location. The poor creditors who suffered where citicorp, American express, GMAC and other financial institutions. I paid the consigners FIRST at the expense of my own credit and assets. I did the RIGHT thing.
Another phrase they flagrantly and distortingly used was: ” he is facing dozens of lawsuits” Actually, I’m not facing them, the phrase was based on the claim that I have been sued two dozen times in my entire life! WOW, how bad is that, forty years of occasionally being sued. Why didn’t they say: He only has one pending suit against him and he is the plaintiff in four suits against people who beat Joe Perkins out of money. Why has poor Joe had some trouble paying a few people on time? Maybe it’s because he is owed thousands of dollars by defendants whom he is suing and having trouble collecting from.
NECN of course, had to mention the deal I made with the Government twenty seven years ago. Does this mean anything today? Was thier reporter alive twenty seven years ago? Quite obviously it makes thier other distorted statements seem more credible.
But, alas I must admit, I am not a detail man. In fact it took a while for me to realize that many of these sales are not even worth doing. The sales mentioned in this article should not have been accepted by me in the first place. I actually lost money trying to get this stuff sold for these people. But they weren’t satisfied anyway. So what’s the point? I am at the age where I want to retire. I started helping people liquidate thier contents eighteen years ago. I was inspired to provide this service after I arranged the sale of my late fathers stuff. I had sold the stuff at auction and was quite amazed when people paid big prices for baseball cards. I would have sold them at a yard sale for a few dollars. I actually have mostly happy customers, many of whom refer me to others. I remember one guy who had me sell his deceased wife’s antique shop contents. When he died, his son hired me because dad had spoke so highly of me. One lady was amazed when I sold two old shades found in her cellar for hundreds of dollars. I could go on and on but now the whole thing isn’t worth doing.

I wanted to note Joe Perkins himself commenting here – a viewpoint certainly worthy of posting here, so thank you for the comment. Also, an editor’s note: Joe, I did trim the bottom of your post, but only to remove the initial e-mail you received that sparked your response. I’ll be sure to forward your comment to the NECN people, as well.

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