Originally Posted by mr.valchev
Some months ago I read online about a guy here in Bulgaria who was making 200 dollars a day by doing just the same thing you described. He had a couple of homeless tramps seeking for fragrance bottles in the trash containers paying them 1 lev a bottle( approximately 0,8$). He poured alcohol, some essences and a couple of drops from the real fragrances in the bottles, and had a bunch of other guys(not the tramps), walking around the fragrance shops, approaching women( they are easier to deceive) who are about to enter the stores and telling them they are selling the same fragrances at much lower prices. So this guy, using this techniques, had made a little fortune before the police finally arrested him.
OMG! I had half-hoped that I was wrong - that my paranoia was getting the best of me. I find the thief's marketing technique to be extremely savvy, by targeting near a legitimate sales point. It also shows an important lesson about life in general. The criminal's "in" is almost always the same sort of thing - the desire of one of the victims to get something for nothing, or (at least) something for less than they should pay.
I will respectfully disagree with the idea that women are any easier to deceive than men. When I was scammed by a short-change artist in Italy, it was my wife who called the lady on it. The missing large bill was instantly produced and returned. The male of the species (moi) would have walked away in a mixture of self-doubt and embarrassment, while the little lady wasn't about to put up with any crap!
But I think that you may be right in the fact that when the con artist is the opposite sex from the mark, there is a bit less likelihood that the mark will tell the thief to go to hell. I think that's what's going on here.