Everything About Crazy Eddie Was Completely Insane

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If you lived in the New England area during the '70s and '80s, chances are you recall those ridiculous commercials for Crazy Eddie electronics stores. Even if you don't, they are pretty damn amusing to watch.

Yeah, that's pretty insane all right—and they did this shit twice a year:

Notice that Crazy Eddie spokesman Jerry Carroll was somewhat less insane in the late '70s. He didn't truly fly off the handle until the '80s:

Crazy Eddie started in Brooklyn in 1971, but eventually went down in a way that was as dramatic as their commercials. In 1986, co-founder Eddie Antar abruptly cashed in millions of dollars worth of stock and resigned from the company. In 1987 he was charged with several crimes related to fraudulent business practices, leading him to flee the country for his native Israel in 1990. However, his exile only lasted until '93 when he returned to the US to stand trial. Eventually, he spent several years in prison for his crimes. Looking back on it now, these commercials should have been the first sign that something wasn't right.

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born.


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Burton Posey

Eddie Antar and Crazy Eddie's was featured on the Canadian TV Show, Masterminds. I live in SE USA so I know they still show it here. It's a really great breakdown of how this guy easily, at times, deceived so many people

I want to say I remember the documentary saying these guys were skimming over 3 out of every 5 dollars in money they had coming in.

He even paid his cousin to go to school so he could train to be on the inside of the inspections done on Crazy Eddie's places so nothing got revealed.