Hard Lesson: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Usually Is

If you’re a gearhead, you’ve likely seen the way cool 1950 Chevy 3100 Toolbox that has been all over the interwebs and social media. We actually published an article about it here on ChevyHardcore. The unique toolbox is not for everyone; just the price could change your mind. On top of that, it takes up a bit of real estate in your garage. A true man cave is almost a prerequisite for a toolbox of these proportions.

The Chevy toolbox was a creation from the minds at Mancravez, and though it is highly desired by many, it is also a big chunk of change at $5,000-$9,000 for a completed unit. After all, it is a full size 1950 Chevrolet 3100 truck frontend with all-new sheetmetal, full-size wheels/tires, and a host of options that best most 1970s muscle cars. But the infatuation didn’t quite match desire when it came to purchasing one of these toolboxes, and Mancravez has since moved on to other things.

To think that someone is advertising this box for such a small price should be a major red flag, tools not included, of course!

Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped scammers from picking up where Mancravez left off, and they’ve been offering the “all-steel toolbox” for a fraction of the actual cost, sometimes going as low as $39.95! Of course, these sites are also listing it as having a regular price of about $250-$500, which most of us would still balk at.

Scams like this work, though, and only because people continue falling for it. If the scam didn’t net some bank for those perpetrating it, they would move onto something else. But thus far, several emails have poured in, many admitting they thought it was too good to be true, some asking when to expect their shipment, and one rather angry young man spouting obscenities and making threats because he purchased two of them and is out $200. It seems once the actual product arrives—a plastic fishing-tackle box—victims scour the internet for a source to blame for their faux purchase. That’s when they find us—or, as it is, the author of any article about said toolbox—and attempt to recoup their losses in some fashion.

This is what people are receiving in place of the full size, "all-steel" toolbox. What could you really expect for $89.99? Not this, for sure. These are probably worth about $8.99 - if that.

You would have to agree, being taken for a ride like this is a difficult pill to swallow. But the sting burns a little deeper than just a cheap plastic box. On top of being duped, the unsuspecting consumer also just provided a scammer with their credit card info and address, which you might expect will be used elsewhere without consent. Now it’s time to call the bank and report the card stolen.

Some of the many lies being told, and there are several different sites trying to pawn off the real toolbox. They get your money, your CC number, and your anger. You get something you wouldn’t give away – most end up in the trash.

It seems many well-meaning people had thought it would be a great gift for a father, boyfriend, husband, or significant other, while some thought they had discovered a mistake in pricing and purchased two of them. Most of us would agree, there’s no way this toolbox would be available for purchase for $89.99, let alone $259.99. Trust us, we’ve been trying to get our friends at Mancravez to send us one for the past few years—we even offered them a half-dozen plastic tackle boxes in exchange, but they won’t bite.

About the author

Michael Harding

Michael is a Power Automedia contributor and automotive enthusiast who doesn’t discriminate. Although Mopar is in his blood, he loves any car that looks great and drives even faster.
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