The entire presentation begins with a lie. There are no "local dealers" and there is no "over stock" situation at some local store (the tried and true pitch). The retail value is ficticious. $2900.00? Walk into any decent A/V specialty store with a $3000.00 budget and see what your money really buys. Quite possibly the negotiated price represents a value but then you're into the fraudulent representation of the product's performance. 1000 + watts? Hardly. H T Specialist is even a fraud...he's probably an employee...one of the guys driving the vans. They even call local stores and make inquiries about the product. Keep in mind this has been going on since the 80's...every spring and summer...just a different name brand every year.
The question is...is it really a scam? At the proclaimed retail value it certainly would be but at a negotiated price of $200.00 it's competitive with the average home theater in a box except...no support structure, no service, no nothing. If it breaks, you throw it in the trash can.
The people actually selling the product are violating Federal Trade Laws when they make the fraudulent power claim. Especially if they use the power rating in their sales presentation. I suspect a complaint to your state's department of revenue for sales and use tax evasion would might discourage them from infesting your town. All that cash? Hmmm.
Some of these guys are pretty good sales people...think about it...they sell a cheap, unknown product with no support out of a van and they manage to get otherwise intelligent people to go straight to an ATM and withdraw hard earned money to buy what essentially is a sub-par home theater in a box wrapped in a fraudulent representation of quality.
I guess they sit around every night laughing about their conquests. God forbid they actually believe the product they sell is actually anything more than what I've already said it is.
But alas...PT Barnum was right.