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Almost As Bad As Timeshare People

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Jan 28, 2016.

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  1. Breeze147

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    So I'm in the local Best Buy to spend my Christmas gift $25 certificate on a new wireless mouse. I find the one I like and proceed to walk around messing with the new computers and tablets on display.

    Up walks this lady, 40ish, with an official looking badge and lanyard around her neck. She overtly praises my choice in wireless mouse. Here we go, I think, some kind of a survey. I start formulating my brushoff strategy when she launches into this spiel about how she represents Solar City, a partner of Best Buy she assures me, and she is going to save me untold shekels by having solar panels installed on my roof.

    For many reasons, most of them sorry professional experiences, I tell her I am not interested in solar panels. (Okay, 27 people on the Board are now going to declare their love and passion for solar panels). Now she wants to know what I have against solar panels and I proceed to relate, in detail, my bad experience with them from when I was a Navy Planner & Estimator. Undeterred, she continues on. She tells me about the 50 year or $500K warranty being offered. I tell her that roofing warranties are not worth the paper they are printed on. She wants to know how I know that.

    At this point I have had enough and am sorry I ever spoke to her in a civilized tone. She wants to show me literature. I now become Breeze The Prick and tell her I am completely and totally not interested and that all I wanted is my new mouse and to window shop all the new toys. She gets a very sad face, like women get just before they tell you they are withholding sex.

    Finally, defeated, she turns away. Now I just want to pay and leave. I am pissed because I never made it to the TV/Home Theater section.

    WTF???
     
  2. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Just keep walking. Not worth ruining your day, as seems to have happened.
     
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Too many stores are doing things like his.

    Home Depot has a "kitchen refurb specialist" walking around. Lowes or Home Depot sometimes have a HVAC salesperson hitting you up. Sams has a DirectTV guy going after you.

    Leave me alone.
     
  4. Sonya

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    Oh the joys of shopping at Best Buy. Their service has gotten so much worse over the years. I can't even go in there anymore without getting angry about something. My husband wanted a blu-ray for his computer for Christmas and I happened to be near the Best Buy, so I went in. I found the one I wanted, but couldn't determine from the packaging if it came with the cables and mounting brackets I would need to get it installed. It took me 20 minutes to find a person to help me, but he didn't know any more about the product than I did. I asked him if I could open the box and see what was inside and he said "No." He suggested I buy it, take it out to my car in the parking lot and open it there to see if the parts were included. I told him that didn't make sense, since I'd just have to come back in to buy the parts I need. Then he said, "Yeah, uh we don't have those cables in stock and we don't carry the brackets." I literally just stood there staring at the guy for a few minutes. Then I set the blu-ray down on the counter and left the store, vowing never to return. I bought what I needed on Amazon and it was at my house the next day. Problem solved. :)

    Now they have their version of "timeshare pitchmen" working there to sell you services you don't want? Wonderful business decision, Best Buy. :rolleyes2:
     
  5. VegasMediumRoller

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    It won't be long before Best Buy and other brick and mortar specialty stores are obsolete. The timeshare pitchmen are paying BB to be there so BB looks at is as a profit center, even though it drives business away. With Amazon starting to get into same day delivery in bigger cities and researching drones to drop off smaller packages (also same day in many cases), the need for a brick and mortar store to cover the 'right now' purchases will continue to diminish.

    I have also had many a BB punk kid know less than I did about a product I was looking at. I used to go into BB 2-3 times per month. I don't think I have been in a BB more than 2 times in the last 3 years. I just don't see the need anymore.

    Costco also has the DirecTV guy but they aren't too aggressive in my local store. I tell them that we cut the cable almost a year ago and haven't looked back yet. (Best move we every made to drop cable/satellite TV)!!! Saves money so we can take more trips to VEGAS!
     
  6. Nevyn

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    Probably not, because even those who love solar panels hate unsolicited pitches in public or on the phone.

    If this happened to me, I would at minimum have talked to the person at the checkout about it and related how offputting it was so they could relate it up the chain. If she caught me in the wrong mood, I might have even asked for a manager, asked him if these people were really associated with best buy, and intimated that if I can expect pitches like this in their stores, I won't be back.

    Oh, the joys of people so annoying you feel no compunction of being rude to them. As a vegas vet, I took great enjoyment on this trip of not breaking stride, making eye contact, or even acknowledging hearing a single nightclubs/strip clubs/timeshare pitch. The first time you encounter it someplace unexpected though, you get the momentary shock before realizing that this is actually happening.
     
  7. lithium78

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    There are people at my local warehouse store who do the same thing (and I already have solar panels). They are positioned right near the exit, so they can harass everyone waiting in line to go through security to leave the store with their purchases. It sucks.
     
  8. Sonya

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    We don't get the solar pitchmen at our local Costco, I wonder why. *Looks outside at dark and drippy skies* Oh. I live in a place where the sun doesn't shine for 6 months of the year. :haha:
     
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    Just bought a tv for my living room at best buy.

    Saw the ad but am working long hours this week and cant make it to the store.

    Bought it from their website for the sale price with free 2 day shipping.
    saved $50 over the same tv at amazon.

    Not always a bad place to shop.

    I just tell the home improvement people i live in an apartment. That ends it without argument.
     
  10. ExVegasLocal

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    Since all salespeople are trained to overcome objections, I just tell them that I already have (insert product here) and that I'm all set. 99% of the time, it's a complete lie. Goes something like this. "Sir, have you heard about our solar panels?" "Why yes, I just had them installed." End of conversation.
     
  11. ken2v

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    Costco seems to have great constraints on its various vendors.
     
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    I can't seem to get from the cab to the curb without some little jerk on my back.........--Pretenders
     
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    Yup, Best Buy is going downhill because many people just go online to pick up their things. Probably only a matter of time before they start to close. We had a circuit city, compusa and other stores that are no longer in business. heck, even radio shack is closing some of their stores, the problem is that the old radio shack with individual electronic items are no longer in demand, unlike 20 or 30 years ago people aren't putting together their own things or trying to fix their electronic items, easier to just buy a new one.

    Wish that they would stay in business, my golf rangefinder broke - one of the wires leading to the battery attachment came off so I need to find a way to reattach it back.

    I think that Best Buy is probably getting $$ from these vendors to help keep them in business but they don't regulate or put restraints on the hard sell (although they should).

    I like to visit Fry's when I go to vegas because they still have a lot of electronic stuff along with a lot of other stuff.


    As for the hard sell people, I usually will just say "not interested" and walk away and won't respond to the person after that. They usually get the message and walk away.
     
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    The last time I was in Best Buy (last summer) to buy a new TV, I never saw these vendors. The BB nearest me closed a couple of years ago, along with the Sears store across the street. The Target store down the street closed more recently. The nearest Radio Shack store closed, too (last year, I think).
     
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    Yes, most Radio Shacks are closed. They had been struggling for a long time. And I also agree that we are more of a 'throw it away and replace it' as opposed to a 'fix it' society.
     
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    I for one would be sad to see Best Buy go the way of the Dodo Bird, Circuit City and Blockbuster.
    There is something about looking at all the Tech and getting Hands-on before buying off Amazon! :rolleyes2:
    Going to Sears and Walmart just aren't the same. Especially Walmart. It REALLY scares the hell out of me!
     
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    At the airport at Las Vegas just a few days ago there was a woman walking around just before you enter the TSA line asking people if they use Travelocity. She had a badge and a clipboard. I guess she was just conducting a survey. But the last thing you want at the end of a Las Vegas trip.
     
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    Bring back the good old days of the faux Tibetan monks playing tambourines and bells and begging for money.
     
  19. makikiboy

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    you reminded me of that movie "airplane" where Robert Stack had to go through the monks.
     
  20. Rush

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    I thought the same thing!


     
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