A friend of mine just got sucked into this scam with a "$5999.99 MSRP" projector. I joined AVS just to give my two cents and provide a heads-up. It is, without a doubt, a "White Van" scam. The scammers, as I understand it, were in a BMW (which subtly says, "these are types of people who can afford such high value equipment"), and they were apparently loitering in a Wells Fargo or BofA parking lot (easy access to ATM) in a southern California beach city. Reading online, I see many people fall victim to these scams outside of Home Depots (approached in the parking lot).
I was once approached for "high quality" speakers outside a mini mall in the San Diego area when I was in the service by two dudes, literally, in a white van. If I remember correctly, they claimed to have Polk Audio speakers and asked if I needed any speakers. I knew right away from their sight and smell and demeanor they were shysters, so I lied right back. I told them I already had Bose speakers and did not need any speakers regardless of the ridiculously low price. They had the nerve to ask what kind, as though they thought I was lying! Well, I was, but I thought, "really? You're going to keep pitching after the game is over?" This was over 10 years ago. I am VERY leery of pressure sales and ALWAYS suspect foul play. I am very hard to pressure into buying something on the spot at a too-good-to-be-true price. I learned this lesson after only $10 on a ticket scam in San Francisco. Fool me once.
In any case, my friend happened to be in the market for a projector, but wasn't actively looking because he couldn't really afford it and didn't really need it. His first reaction was suspicion that the items were "hot," but the scammers were very convincing about their business license (apparently they had a forged license or some such other documentation, I'm not sure). They gave some well-used pitch about some contracting job or other, and they had an overstock on equipment, and the boss just wanted them gone as the units were not needed, etc. etc. etc. The pressure sell was that they needed to go soon, or they would just find a way to take them home for themselves (though I'm assuming this was somehow "not allowed" by their fictitious boss, so really, you're doing them a favor for lifting the item/s from their hands). Initial offer was high, around $1000 as I understand. When he stated he didn't have that kind of cash, he offered $100. They balked at that, and asked how much he had. He had around $260, which they were slow to accept (they gotta stay in character, after all). My friend felt satisfied that he did his due diligence if the item did turn out to be stolen. Well, it's not stolen (as far as we know); it's just sh8 quality.
The brand, "Marquee Digital Labs," should be an instant red flag. Who's ever heard of them? Certainly not me, and they couldn't possibly be top of the line, $6K equipment with an unknown name like that. He brought the projector home, showed me, and we started to set it up. The screen flashed, but never came to a steady on. It would strobe very slowly, giving a brief, quick flash of the picture before going dark again. At first we thought it might have been the connection. When I hit the internet to troubleshoot, I started seeing all the tell-tale signs. No customer support. No physical location. No-name brand from an unknown company--only selling one product, the one you just got scammed into getting on the spot. The model number is given as MD-1000LED-3D. We got the projector to output sound from a camera video, which was fairly loud. So we knew some of the electronics worked. We believe it might be able to be fixed (probably some badly done soldering welds and/or cheap internal parts). I'm certain it's probably not 3D, as it claims (though it came with 2 pair of 3D polarized glasses). Also came with a 72" projector screen, which looks cheaply made, but did pull out and retract correctly. It measured about 70" viewable (diagonal), with about a 1" black border. It's probably not HD, either.
The address listed on the product is 4195 Chino Hills Parkway, #456. Real address, but business does not match (and/or is shut down). No phone number. Fake website pitching the product. Not only that, but numerous typos on the packaging (under closer inspection). For instance, Texas Snstruments. I'm pretty sure if this was a Texas Instruments product, they probably know enough to know how to spell their own damn name. Numerous other typos and then this one: LED --> Light Emitting Display (not Diode). Does that mean incandescent? Who knows?
Be careful, and as always, caveat emptor.
Or, learn your lesson from this and consider it money well spent (as long as you never have to learn the lesson over again). Good luck!