News Who remembers Crazy Eddie? RIP

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    Eddie Antar, Who Started The Crazy Eddie Chain With 'Insane!' Prices, Dies At 68
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    In 1993, Eddie Antar, founder of the Crazy Eddie electronics store chain, is led in handcuffs after being extradited from Israel. Thousands of the chain's commercials starred pitchman Jerry Carroll, who touted prices as "insane."

    Danield Hulshizer /AP
    If you ever saw a Crazy Eddie commercial, then you know the electronics retail giant's prices were "insane!"

    At its height, the chain had 43 stores in four states. Eddie Antar started the chain in 1969 with a store in Brooklyn, N.Y. The chain's growth was helped by the introduction of the VCR.

    In 1984, the chain went public. Stockholders took over the company during a revolt in 1987, and shortly after that it was discovered that $45 million in merchandise was missing.

    At the same time, federal prosecutors had been building a fraud case against Antar, charging that he had defrauded shareholders through stock manipulation, according to The New York Times.

    In 1990, Antar fled to Israel after being indicted on securities fraud and insider trading.

    Three years later, he was extradited back to the U.S. and found guilty of racketeering and stock fraud, which was overturned on appeal in 1995.

    He eventually served seven years in prison after a pleading guilty in a plea bargain to one charge of racketeering conspiracy.

    Antar died on Saturday, but a cause of death was not disclosed. He was 68.

    Although Antar was the man behind Crazy Eddie, he was not the pitchman who appeared in its commercials.

    For more than 13 years, Jerry Carroll, a radio DJ, was the man who starred in thousands of Crazy Eddie radio and TV ads.

    Carroll's fast-talking, shout-at-you style made those commercials memorable.

    The ads always ended the same way, with Crazy Eddie prices being touted as "in-SAAAANE!"
     
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    al pacinos baby Well-Known Member

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    He was crazy. Christmas sales in July.
     
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    His prices were in...sane
     
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    Man, this some bullshit. I was ready to pour one out thinking he was Crazy Ramil's brother.
     
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    ilovebacon Well-Known Member VIP

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    Crazy Deadie :eek:
     
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    Walygatr Well-Known Member

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    Eddie Sitzel. 7th grade. Would walk around the halls and lift girls dresses over their heads. Till the guys with the butterfly nets came and hauled him away anyways.
     
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    You're kidding.

    I must be thinking of a different Crazy Eddie. The one I knew would probably be 128 by now.

     
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    I always preferred Crazy Frank's...

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    Hugh Blowmont Just be funny

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    Another scheister Jew who fucked his investors.
     
  11. doughhead63

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    Me too :hw:
     
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    I'm gonna miss that crazy bastard.
     
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    thats a high quality arrest photo. with the snowflakes, the facial expressions, the old school outfits. Looks like a Pacino movie.
     
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    tecate PACOIMA!!!

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    maybe he sucked tainted dick along with al arkett:p
     
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    Here in L.A. we have Crazy Gideon.

    watch til the end :jj:
     
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    I had a friend who worked at the one in Woodbridge nj. He let me in on their price haggling secret. Below each item was a list price, say $400. Below that was a "stock number". The lowest allowable price was half the stock number in between the 9s. Stock number: 95509, meaning $225. I'm so glad I shared that with you guys. I'll sleep better tonight.
     
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    Wouldn't that be $275.00?
     
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    Yes. I'm a moron.
     
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    I'm really sorry. I always thought the guy in the commercial WAS Crazy Eddie.

    The fine folks here educated me. He was nothing more than a crazy pitchman.

    You learn something new every day.
     
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