Norgle: sibly part time instead of full time. Great job.If you don't want the warrenty, say no. Better yet, stop shopping there. These companies won't close, they'll change their business models to try to adapt. Don't support strategies that you don't think are morally correct. Of course, if they keep doing it, then you didn't make a difference and aren't a special snowflake with the true knowledge of the WARRENTY TRAP *Le Gasp*.Go fark yourselves.OR you know, show some solidarity with your fellow man. Whichever is easier for you.
Endive Wombat: My friend looks at the sales drone and asks him if he likes his job. To which sales drone replies "Yes, a lot...I've been here for over 5 years..." My friend smiles, puts his credit card in his wallet and asks sales drone how it will feel to be fired for losing a $40,000 sale.
Man On Pink Corner: Idiot sales droids only understand one thing -- your willingness to turn around and walk out the door. Sometimes you have to exercise that option to put them in their place and discourage other retailers from adopting the same customer-unfriendly policy.
exvaxman: Three Best Buy stories.1) a customer asked that an office get set up ASAP and damn the cost. Best Buy was closest. $20k+ purchase. The sales droid as I was heading to the cashier kept pushing the damn extended warranties. I told him if he did it one more time I was walking out. He pushed again, I blew up screaming at the person so that the whole store heard that he had just f'd up and blown $20k in sales over the f'ing extended warranties. The manager came running but it was too late.
BMFPitt: Yeah, but they were just as bad 7 years ago when they were making piles of money. The ability to easily price compare in-store was the final nail in the coffin.
BMFPitt: YodaBlues: 3 years ago, my house was foreclosed on and my credit was in the shiatter. Not entirely my fault, bought the house for my parents whom decided that making mortgage payments was beneath them.I would think that the type parents who would have their child co-sign a mortgage and not be interested in making payments, there would be numerous red flags ahead of time.Anywho, I was able to get credit from Best Buy last year to get a big tv, which I've since paid off in full before interest started accruing. I've pretty much just used them to help re-build my credit, but haven't made any purchases from them since.Buying big TVs is not the optimal way of rebuilding credit.
meyerkev: While I don't buy big ticket items there (because of the markup), they're pretty good for "I need a $30 cable now, and not a $2 cable 3 days from now."
clyph: Bad bit in the bit bucket: I remember Radio Shack having a tube tester in the store for any customer to use (not to mention vacuum tubes for sale)One of my fondest childhood memories with my dad was pulling all the tubes from our old TV and going to rat shack to test them. Memory may be playing games with me, but it feels like we had to do that every couple of months. I was actually kind of sad when we finally replaced it with a transistor-based set - it didn't have the cool orange lights coming out the back and you couldn't take it apart.
poot_rootbeer: What kind of prick takes joy in getting some poor cashier fired for doing nothing but what his supervisors tell him to?
sniderman: When your at Best Buy, God help you if you stop to look at a product. The moment you touch it, a blueshirt appears from out of the ether. "Hi, can I help you with that?" "No, I'm just looking."Go to a new aisle, linger too long, a new blueshirt asks if you need help. It's almost comical as there seems to be one blueshirt assigned to each aisle, and each one will lurk in the shadows, waiting for you to stop and look at a product for more than 5 seconds, at which point they swoop in again and again and again.
Mad_Radhu: Weirdly enough, I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite there because Amazon wouldn't have them in stock until after Christmas.
styckx: Farty McPooPants: styckx: This is my favorite place to shop. It's a geeks paradise and the employees actually know what they're talking about.[i.imgur.com image 850x637]Looks like the one in Richardson, TX but with a new paint job. The parking lot layout doesn't look exactly right though. It's been a while.No idea. I just Googled Microscenter..The store I go to is over in Philadelphia. 45 minute ride completely out of my way but never hesitate to take the trip.
Sock Ruh Tease: meyerkev: While I don't buy big ticket items there (because of the markup), they're pretty good for "I need a $30 cable now, and not a $2 cable 3 days from now."The only time I need a $30 cable now is when a Best Buy employee is walking away after telling me a computer is really fast because it has Windows 8 "lots of memory and video power" and a "big processor", and I feel like garroting someone.
ZeroPly: styckx: This is my favorite place to shop. It's a geeks paradise and the employees actually know what they're talking about.[i.imgur.com image 850x637]Micro Center is not even in the same league as Best Buy. I bought a graphics card there while putting together a new Linux desktop this year. When discussing it with the sales guy I mentioned that some of the lower end cards made for business 2D applications had better 2D benchmarks than the 3D nVidia cards with 2GB memory and so on. He was very interested in what specific scores I went by, and how to compare across platforms. When I bought an SSD as part of putting that system together, he knew enough to warn me to google TRIM. It's mildly disconcerting to have the sales guy know as much as you do when you've been putting together systems since the 486 days.Best Buy on the other hand? I was looking at a Nikon D5100, and one of the sales people came over and assured me that that was the same model professional photographers used...
Jon iz teh kewl: nobody really uses it as an "Amazon.com" showroom. like looking at a box of a video card is really gonna affect your purchase of it??
styckx: This is my favorite place to shop. It's a geeks paradise and the employees actually know what they're talking about.[i.imgur.com image 850x637]
valkore: styckx: This is my favorite place to shop. It's a geeks paradise and the employees actually know what they're talking about.True. It's like the mainstream retail store experience has gone full circle. CompUSA(ss) and Circuit City used to be stocked with knowledgable staff that actually gave a crap. Then came Best Buy with their lower retail prices but at the expense of finding somebody who could actually help you, but you could get help from Circuit City and then buy the same product from Best Buy. Then came Amazon and NewEgg that put Best Buy in the unfortunate position of being nothing but a showroom for online purchases; ah the sweet taste of justice. Then came MicroCenter that is somehow able to provide helpful service and low enough prices where you actually want to buy from them.And then there's Fry's, which has always ruled, and Radio Shack, which has always sucked (since 1990).
styckx: SageC: It'll be nice to have some big empty blue buildings to help the big empty red ones blend in better.[msbmedia.georgetown.edu image 300x300]I used to work for that place.. I know exactly why they went under.. They killed commission, then hired the former Best Buy big shot and tried making Circuit City into Best Buy City. God I still remember their half assed (which is saying a lot) version of geek squad called firedog.So yeah, when they killed commission every employee stayed and basically didn't give a single fark that day until the place went under.. I credit the employees. They were pissed and sunk the ship.
GBB: Mad_Radhu: Weirdly enough, I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite there because Amazon wouldn't have them in stock until after Christmas.You realize Amazon is playing the perfect joke on everyone by naming this thing as close to "paperweight" as possible, right? I mean, the whole pitch in Marketing was, "Just wait until you hear people saying things like, 'I just bought a PaperWhate!', and 'I'm getting my kids PaperWhates for Christmas.'"
desertfool: I do order books from Amazon, but I also like the serendipity of wandering through a bookstore, looking in the bargain bins, finding something that I didn't know was there.
YodaBlues: It is if it's to establish new credit. It don't matter what you use the credit for, just that you establish credit and keep your monthly income-to-debt below 15% (which I did).But I guess should've asked you first. Even though I've seen my credit score jump 100 points in a year by establishing new credit and paying down/off old debts, I'm sure you could've given me some pointers. Now all my debts are paid off, and my credit score is just below 700. Unfortunately, it'll stay there until the foreclosure comes off and/or my income increases.Please, continue to tell me how to re-build credit.
ROBO-Jesus: Forbes had a great article on Best Buy a while ago (link).The problem is not just people using it as a showroom to buy online. The problem is that Best Buy is an all-around awful shopping experience, with a service mentality that sees its customers as cows to be milked.
RandomRandom: I get a lot of questions from family and friends about new tech purchases. Whatever I recommend, I typically amend the recommendation with a "Don't get it at Best Buy".Best Buy is beyond suck. The hard sell for a 3rd party warranty, the disrespect of having to go through a loss prevention bag-check 5 steps after leaving the register. The horrible, terrible returns policy. Opening and loading crapware onto most of their computers. Higher prices on their in-store website than their online site. Oh yeah, and their prices are higher, but that's just the topper. They do have to pay rent. It's not the main reason to avoid the place.
SageC: It'll be nice to have some big empty blue buildings to help the big empty red ones blend in better.[msbmedia.georgetown.edu image 300x300]
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