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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:28 AM
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‘Haunted Collector’ Steals Valuables From Vulnerable People
Edited on Thu Aug-25-11 10:32 AM by salvorhardin
Syfy sinks to a new low by producing and airing a show where people pay an antiques expert to take allegedly haunted antiques off their hands, which he then stashes away in his Paranormal Museum. I wonder what the ultimate dispensation of the items in the museum turns out to be. Are they permanently on display, or does Zaffis sell off some of them to, you know, cover operating expenses like his salary?

Auction, storage and collectors shows are all the rage right now. You can’t hit channel up or down more than five times without hitting a show like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Auction Hunters or a hundred different other knockoffs and imitators. Some of them are good, some ridiculous and a few are less reality and more like a cross between Antiques Roadshow and Jersey Shore – and then there’s ‘Haunted Collector’ on Syfy. John Zaffis visits potentially haunted houses, finds the objects that are causing trouble in each house and takes them to his paranormal museum in New England. Problem is, it doesn’t appear that Zaffis actually pays for these items. Is Syfy airing a television show where a man with some knowledge of antiques is taking valuable items from scared dupes?

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And what does he charge for this amazing service?

We do not charge for conducting an investigation. We will ask for travel reimbursement, which can include gas, airline tickets, phone and tolls. We generally travel by car whenever possible to keep the costs to a minimum. Due to the reality that there are always those who can not financially reimburse this amount, the fee will vary on case by case basis.


Wow! What a deal! You fly him and his team to your home, give them some spending cash and give up some of your valuables and he’ll pretend that ghosts and spirits exist and walk around with fake equipment. In one episode, the ‘haunted’ item was an 1870′s european cane gun, which appears to have been worth about $650. But the big money comes from using this paranormal treasure to promote his books, radio show, television show and public appearances. Odds are, John Zaffis is bringing in a pretty decent paycheck when all is said and done.

Link: http://thenewsjunkie.com/2011/06/haunted-collector-stea...


On edit: The headline I used is the headline of the post I linked to. Personally, I don't think this can be called stealing since people are willingly giving him their items. A more accurate word might be "defrauding" or even "scamming".
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:32 AM
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1. The first and only episode I watched was when he absconded with an old typewriter
Edited on Thu Aug-25-11 10:35 AM by myrna minx
and I thought the same thing. He's basically swindling people out of their antiques. What a racket.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:36 AM
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4. It'd be one thing if...
It'd be one thing if SyFy paid his travel expenses, and at least reimbursed people a nominal market value for their items but this just seems wrong. Instead, both Zaffis and SyFy are profiting off other people's fears.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:33 AM
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2. Haunted Pickers. Jeezus, they are really out of ideas. My son watches
the show with the two or three doofus guys who lock themselves in all night in various places, and that program is laughable--"Come on, ghost! Come out here and say something!" But this sounds even worse.
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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 01:10 AM
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8. "Look! The EMF meter is going crazy!"
Maybe because you're holding it right beside a live electrical socket.

:rofl:

I actually saw that happen on one of the ghost-hunter shows. Don't remember which one. There was a female on the show, and she was the one amazed that the EMF meter was actually trying to do exactly what it's designed to do - measure electromagnetism.

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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:33 AM
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3. And exactly how is this different from
rhw "gypsy" fortune tellers who tell you your money is totally tainted, will bring terrible things down upon you and you must give them all of your money to be safe again. When those people get caught they often go to jail.

How gullible some people can be.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:40 AM
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5. a fool and his money...
...and all that.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:48 AM
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6. Please send all your haunted 10s and 20s to FSogol.
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work! :thumbsup:
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 10:55 AM
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7. Is it really any different than people giving money to churches?
I don't think so.
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 01:30 AM
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10. Even Jesus doesn't demand a per diem. :) nt
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 01:29 AM
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9. I mad, bro. >:( nt
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