Story time! Let’s fire up the time machine and take a look at a younger DJ Roodz. I was about 18 or 19, I was playing gigs left and right, and I had a couple extra bucks in my pocket. So, I did what any DJ would do, and I fed my gear addiction: I wanted a complete vinyl setup.
I still had my Numark M6 mixer from my CDJ days, so all I needed was two turntables and a Serato interface. Serato had just announced the supported hardware for their new DJ software. The SL1 wouldn’t be compatible, so people were selling theirs like hotcakes in an effort to trade up. I figured I could get a steal on one and just use the older Scratch Live software.
I found a guy on Facebook willing to let one go for cheap, so two hours later, my two roommates and I hopped in my car and met with the guy at a gas station parking lot. The guy was legit, the transaction was smooth, and we parted ways like ships in the night.
Sounds easy enough, right? Here’s where the story gets interesting.
The next weekend I had planned to meet up with another guy to get my “new” decks. Again, I contacted him on Facebook. He was offering to sell me a pair of turntables for $200. With cases. And needles. And slip mats. And 4 vinyls. What. A. Steal.
I should’ve known it was too good to be true.