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(The Consumerist)   There' an article here, but the real fun is seeing the Best Buy CEO looks EXACTLY like I expected him to   (consumerist.com) divider line 116
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2012-01-17 10:44:34 AM  
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2012-01-17 10:44:51 AM  
less weasely and more fat cat than I expected
 
2012-01-17 10:46:22 AM  
static1.consumerist.com

My God. He ate the most interesting man in the world.
 
2012-01-17 10:46:33 AM  
I was expecting him to look like a computer dork, not the human equivalent of Fat Cat from Rescue Rangers.
 
2012-01-17 10:46:36 AM  

loonatic112358: less weasely and more fat cat than I expected


Yeah, I expected more nerdy, for some reason.
 
2012-01-17 10:48:30 AM  
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2012-01-17 10:49:23 AM  
That's not how I expected him to look like. I was expecting more

www.fundinguniverse.com
 
2012-01-17 10:49:23 AM  
Diabetus?
 
2012-01-17 10:49:30 AM  
The ConsumerisOM NOM NOM NOM
 
2012-01-17 10:50:12 AM  
He's also a dumbass. If you're thin-skinned, you don't take negative remarks well. You have to be thick-skinned in order to deal with criticism.

Funny thing, I could call him a fathead or a skinnyhead and still be calling him a tard.
 
2012-01-17 10:51:45 AM  
They certainly picked the worst picture. To be fair:

mn.iabc.com
static5.businessinsider.com
www.bloomberg.com
 
2012-01-17 10:52:56 AM  

theorellior: He's also a dumbass. If you're thin-skinned, you don't take negative remarks well. You have to be thick-skinned in order to deal with criticism.

Funny thing, I could call him a fathead or a skinnyhead and still be calling him a tard.


You seem angry for some reason.
 
2012-01-17 10:53:33 AM  

theorellior: He's also a dumbass. If you're thin-skinned, you don't take negative remarks well. You have to be thick-skinned in order to deal with criticism.

Funny thing, I could call him a fathead or a skinnyhead and still be calling him a tard.


Glad to see that I am not the only one who found his command of the English language to be on-par with the technical acumen of the average member of the Geek Squad.
 
2012-01-17 10:53:39 AM  
You have to be thin skinned? Really? I guess that means you handle criticism poorly and fly off the handle at the slightest provocation?
 
2012-01-17 10:54:13 AM  
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\hot like Lois
 
2012-01-17 10:55:01 AM  

mcreadyblue: theorellior: He's also a dumbass. If you're thin-skinned, you don't take negative remarks well. You have to be thick-skinned in order to deal with criticism.

Funny thing, I could call him a fathead or a skinnyhead and still be calling him a tard.

You seem angry for some reason.


More frustrated that this guy doesn't see what's wrong with selling something for 2-3 times what you can expect to pay at, say, Target's website (To use a competitor who has to collects taxes online as an example.).
 
2012-01-17 10:55:20 AM  
FTA: ""You have to be thin-skinned,"

I don't know whether this is a cry for help because of the man's physical condition, or whether he's a moron... you don't want to be thin-skinned when someone makes a criticism of how you do things. You want to be able to take the criticism and be objective about it. That's called having a thick skin about things.

It could be a minor misstatement, but past experience with them from a corporate standpoint (i.e., not as a customer) is that they're nothing short of moronic when it comes to reading the signs directly in front of them.
 
2012-01-17 10:56:04 AM  
static1.consumerist.com
www.geschiedenis24.nl
 
2012-01-17 10:57:13 AM  
He looks like he needs a cowboy hat.
 
2012-01-17 10:57:23 AM  

CheatCommando:

Glad to see that I am not the only one who found his command of the English language to be on-par with the technical acumen of the average member of the Geek Squad.


LOL! I think most of us have jumped on that one (judging by the # of comments). Sadly, it's a great example of some of the acumen one should come to expect from them.
 
2012-01-17 11:05:08 AM  
That walrus needs a bucket!
 
2012-01-17 11:06:18 AM  

KarmicDisaster: That walrus needs a bucket BUKKIT!


FTFY
 
2012-01-17 11:06:39 AM  
I don't know why anybody would think the CEO of Best Buy would look like a stereotypical computer geek. Expertise is pretty much the last thing I would ever expect to find at a Best Buy and I'd fully expect the CEO to look like your typical overstuffed beancounter whose only skill is schmoozing people on a golf course.

Also,

We think of ourselves as a showroom for our vendors

Funny, I think of you the same way. You're a convenient place to go to look at and touch things I'll eventually buy online from a more reputable company offering a better price later.
 
2012-01-17 11:08:44 AM  

Splinshints: Funny, I think of you the same way. You're a convenient place to go to look at and touch things I'll eventually buy online from a more reputable company offering a better price later.


lounge.moviecodec.com
 
2012-01-17 11:09:47 AM  

Splinshints: I don't know why anybody would think the CEO of Best Buy would look like a stereotypical computer geek. Expertise is pretty much the last thing I would ever expect to find at a Best Buy and I'd fully expect the CEO to look like your typical overstuffed beancounter whose only skill is schmoozing people on a golf course..


Yeah this right here. The funnest part is: succeed or fail - he's ok and he looks like he knows it. He'll still make millions by failing thanks to CEO perks even as he slowly costs thousands of his employees their jobs.
 
2012-01-17 11:12:19 AM  

Khellendros: They certainly picked the worst picture. To be fair:

[mn.iabc.com image 305x424]
[static5.businessinsider.com image 400x300]
[www.bloomberg.com image 356x499]



He looks like Matt Millen. I bet he sounds like Matt Millen. He is also Matt Millen-esque in his management abilities.

/I don't like Best Buy, and the NFL Network giving Matt Millen a job as an analyst makes me very angry.
 
2012-01-17 11:14:38 AM  

hamdingers: Splinshints: I don't know why anybody would think the CEO of Best Buy would look like a stereotypical computer geek. Expertise is pretty much the last thing I would ever expect to find at a Best Buy and I'd fully expect the CEO to look like your typical overstuffed beancounter whose only skill is schmoozing people on a golf course..

Yeah this right here. The funnest part is: succeed or fail - he's ok and he looks like he knows it. He'll still make millions by failing thanks to CEO perks even as he slowly costs thousands of his employees their jobs.


If you don't like it, sell your stock.
 
2012-01-17 11:15:12 AM  
Boy, The Consumerist sure bags on Best Buy a lot... I have no real problems with them. Of course, I don't deal with the Geek Squad and wouldn't buy a computer there either, so I won't get suckered into the 'protection' racket they like to run, but I think their prices are far more competitive than they used to be.

Yeah, I can buy online, but that means that I have to take chances that things won't work the way I want(Universal phone dock for the car), that the great price I get will be eliminated by shipping, or that I will have to wait for it to arrive, and maybe get thrown at my door by UPS. Sometimes I want a brick and mortar store, and I don't want to go to WalMart whenever I can help it because of their "selection"(Actually the lack of one), their lack of quality, and their general business practices. Target? Same thing on selection, and their prices are higher. Costco? They have nice electronics, but it almost all starts in the more expensive range. Fry's Electronics? Yeah, none here, and besides, although they have great prices and probably the BEST selection, they have the absolutely shiattiest customer service in the history of mankind... This leaves Best Buy, since Circuit City went the way of the dodo... Despite what the 'tech gurus' tell you on those little news segments, people STILL want to buy stuff in a physical store sometimes and take it home right there.

I just don't get the hate 'The Consumerist' has for Best Buy, between them and Sears, there are almost no other stories on their site, is it just their way of staying online?
 
2012-01-17 11:15:35 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: [static1.consumerist.com image 300x319]

My God. He ate the most interesting man in the world.


static1.consumerist.com
"I don't always give gifts, but when I do you'd better not open them."
 
2012-01-17 11:21:39 AM  
My wife commented that he looks awfully smug sitting there. I countered that while he does look smug, I don't think he's "sitting" as much as he just happened to come to rest in that position, like a beachball would if you rolled it into a room. He could just have easily been upside-down and facing the opposite direction.

Truly a man who looks concerned about the future direction of his company and is willing to make the tough calls to keep his investors and customers happy. As long as it doesn't interfere with lunch. Or second breakfast. Come to think of it, lets blow off the shareholder meeting and go get pizza.
 
2012-01-17 11:22:17 AM  
On the topic of online shopping, Dunn said that when it comes to sites like Amazon that don't collect sales tax in states where they are not legally required to, the CEO said, "I believe there needs to be a level playing field.."

level playing field? Really? business type CEOs making millions want the government to help level the playing field?

ok. Lets start with out of control CEO pay and benefits.
 
2012-01-17 11:22:35 AM  

Mikey1969: I think their prices are far more competitive than they used to be.


There not, though. The same dvd I could get for about $15 at Wal-Mart costs at least $29.99 at Best Buy. (A season of Buffy, for what it's worth.)
 
2012-01-17 11:25:59 AM  

SevenizGud: hamdingers: Splinshints: I don't know why anybody would think the CEO of Best Buy would look like a stereotypical computer geek. Expertise is pretty much the last thing I would ever expect to find at a Best Buy and I'd fully expect the CEO to look like your typical overstuffed beancounter whose only skill is schmoozing people on a golf course..

Yeah this right here. The funnest part is: succeed or fail - he's ok and he looks like he knows it. He'll still make millions by failing thanks to CEO perks even as he slowly costs thousands of his employees their jobs.

If you don't like it, sell your stock.


Not sure if serious but - what I don't like is the impact on the economy of all those people being out of work. Even if you don't care about the lives directly impacted when a huge layoff happens, there is an indirect result that impacts all of us. We may wish this was not the case, but it is. Thousands of people hitting the unemployment line affects YOU in a lot of ways.

Therefore - I would prefer a system where the CEO is properly motivated to do a good job. Under the current system, it doesn't really matter. He gets rich(er) anyway.
 
2012-01-17 11:26:53 AM  
I chuckled the whole article. Thank you subby. +1
 
2012-01-17 11:27:54 AM  
I made you a computer, but I eated it.
 
2012-01-17 11:28:19 AM  
I'd be nice to that guy - you don't really want to wind up frozen in carbonite.
 
2012-01-17 11:30:33 AM  

Hector Remarkable: I'd be nice to that guy - you don't really want to wind up frozen in carbonite.


So what you are saying is that he going to be strangled to death by Carrie Fisher at some point?
 
2012-01-17 11:31:07 AM  
Has anyone posted something about his comment about being thin-skinned yet?
 
2012-01-17 11:32:34 AM  
Yeah just keep telling yourself its the sales tax that makes Amazon better. Nevermind that shipping costs typically meet or exceed what the consumer would have paid in sales tax.
 
2012-01-17 11:34:25 AM  

Khellendros: They certainly picked the worst picture. To be fair:

[mn.iabc.com image 305x424]
[static5.businessinsider.com image 400x300]
[www.bloomberg.com image 356x499]


You can't fool us with that mustache, Ron Perlman. Now get out there and start lobbying for Hellboy 3.
 
2012-01-17 11:46:13 AM  
Bring me Solo and the wookie!
 
2012-01-17 11:47:38 AM  

AcneVulgaris: Bring me Solo and the w a cookie!


FTFY
 
2012-01-17 12:02:07 PM  
He's using $100 gold plated HDMI cable (The 20' one) as a belt.

So fark you all.

/actually echo the sentiment that CEOs that whine about level playing field and taxation are stupid when they have multi million dollar parachutes. This is probably the only thing about the 99%'s argument and protest that I agree with.
//though if you are crying about having 100k in financial aid owed and unemployed with a fine arts degree, well that's your own damn fault.
 
2012-01-17 12:08:39 PM  

CheatCommando: So what you are saying is that he going to be strangled to death by Carrie Fisher at some point?


Hey, don't knock it. Usually I have to pay good money to have a woman dressed up like that strangle me while I'm naked.
 
2012-01-17 12:11:09 PM  

PizzaJedi81: Mikey1969: I think their prices are far more competitive than they used to be.

There not, though. The same dvd I could get for about $15 at Wal-Mart costs at least $29.99 at Best Buy. (A season of Buffy, for what it's worth.)


Keep in mind that it's documented that WalMart negotiates deals with manufacturers to get lower quality(Therefore lower cost) versions of the same products they sell elsewhere. Probably not the same with DVD's, since a DVD is a DVD, but it's been shown to happen. I've seen it first hand. Also, you can't really be "competitive" with WalMart, that's their tactic, they bleed every possible competitor dry. Unfortunately, I see no rhyme nor reason to DVD prices, when buying Sex and The City for my wife years ago, I would see season 1 cheaper at one place, season 2 cheaper at another, and the one with a cheaper season 2 would have a more expensive season one... Crazy times we live in...

As for price comparison, I just looked at the same TV at both places(Same model # at least), and there was a $9 difference. LG 32" TV $330 at WalMart and $339 @ Best Buy. Not too horrible.
 
2012-01-17 12:13:15 PM  

Mikey1969: Also, you can't really be "competitive" with WalMart, that's their tactic, they bleed every possible competitor dry.


Fair enough...but, keeping with my example, I've seen the same price at Target. Same with most of Target's dvds and Blu-Rays.
 
2012-01-17 12:18:24 PM  
I shop Best Buy on occasion when I don't want to drive the 20 miles to Brandsmart USA or Fry's, and one thing I have noticed is that they have gone with very low light in their stores. I know the TV section is dark pretty mush everywhere (Except Brandsmart USA which looks like a Flea Market inside) but Best Buy is dark through out the store so dark in fact I have trouble reading the boxes. I guess it is supposed to feel more upscale but damn it I would like to read what I am looking to buy.
 
2012-01-17 12:22:48 PM  

PizzaJedi81: Mikey1969: Also, you can't really be "competitive" with WalMart, that's their tactic, they bleed every possible competitor dry.

Fair enough...but, keeping with my example, I've seen the same price at Target. Same with most of Target's dvds and Blu-Rays.


I have to say, although I think Target's prices are high as Hell, their DVD's are pretty well priced. Some very good deals there, even better than the WalMart $5 bin. Target has some smokin' deals on actual new stuff you want to watch...
 
2012-01-17 12:25:09 PM  
Don't let him fool you - best buy is sunk.
 
2012-01-17 12:26:20 PM  

Tom_Slick: I shop Best Buy on occasion when I don't want to drive the 20 miles to Brandsmart USA or Fry's, and one thing I have noticed is that they have gone with very low light in their stores. I know the TV section is dark pretty mush everywhere (Except Brandsmart USA which looks like a Flea Market inside) but Best Buy is dark through out the store so dark in fact I have trouble reading the boxes. I guess it is supposed to feel more upscale but damn it I would like to read what I am looking to buy.


I wonder if that's some decision by a regional manager? I've never been in a Best Buy that was horribly dark, not WalMart bright, but plenty bright, that sounds like a decision by someone with too much power and not enough sense...

So how is the Fry's where you are in regards to customer service? The ones in Phoenix are absolute HELL... You look forever for what you want(Because they have so much, it's hard to nail down the one item you want), and NOBODY helps you at all. Ever. I think it's because they all work on commission. My brother in law worked at the one in Tempe, Az, and even though he was a cashier, he had to work on commission although he had no control over any aspect of the sale except collecting the money.
 
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