Crazy Eddie’s ‘Insane’ Commercials

Do you remember Crazy Eddie’s “Insane” commercials?

Crazy Eddie was a chain of retail stores located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, which also sold by telephone. At its height, Crazy Eddie had 43 stores in the chain, and earned more than $300 million in sales.

Crazy Eddie was started during 1971 in Brooklyn, New York by businessmen Eddie Antar and Sam M. Antar as ERS Electronics, named after Eddie, his cousin and partner Ronnie Gindi, and Eddie’s father Sam.

Involved in fraudulent business practices, Eddie Antar resigned from the company in December 1986. Crazy Eddie’s board of directors lost control of the company in November 1987. The entire Antar family was immediately eliminated from the business. The new owners quickly discovered the true extent of the Antar family’s fraud, but were unable to stop Crazy Eddie’s decreasing fortunes. In 1989, the company declared bankruptcy and was liquidated.