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#294188 - 02/27/10 12:45 PM I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy
FordPrefect Offline
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I went into my local Best Buy yesterday just to browse at the large screen TVs. The salesman I met was unusually agressive for a BB, almost as if he was on commission, which they are not. It was the sort of performance one would expect at FS where the 14 year olds are on commission.

He kept pushing me towards a Panasonic Plasma and actually started giving me a lot of reasons why I would not want a LCD/LED. And this was a $1699 plasma and the LCDs were over $2,000 This was the first time I had ever heard a BB salesperson actually trash talk products they sell.

Along with this I have noticed very aggressive advertising and pricing regarding Plasma TVs.

Anyone else experienced this?

Any chance that pending energy conservation legislation is going to leave manufactureres with a lot of Plasmas that may be difficult to sell?

California http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/11/18/terms.said.to.effectively.kill.plasma.tvs.in.ca/

Europe

Ontario

and a last thought.....

Based on his actions I am assuming that TV prices right now are very good as my salesmeister kept trying to push the 'total solution" for me. It includes not only the TV, but:
- Video Cables
- Audio Cables
- Universal Remote including setup
- TV installation, wall mount or stand
- TV Calibration
- Clean power filter
- and the ever popular extended warranty
....at this point it was pretty hard not to break out in laughter but using the "self control" shown here on the forums allowed me to temporarily act like a mature adult.

pretty obvious where the real profit comes from.

So all in all I am left wondering why I am seeing this push on plasma.

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#294195 - 02/27/10 01:58 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: FordPrefect]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Wayne I had to stop by the Sprint store on the way home from work yesterday and during the 30 minute wait I stepped into the Best Buy next door and was blown away with the aggressiveness of the sales people. I started out in the TVs and one particular chucklehead followed me every step from there to the PCs and then on to the camera department ... I couldn't take it no longer and had to leave, went to Michael's Crafts next door and luckily he didn't follow me there.

On a side note Michael's was OK, I never realized the neat little stuff in there. \:\)
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#294198 - 02/27/10 02:06 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: RickF]
CV Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11702
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
We have a Michaels next to our Best Buy, too. Maybe they're strategically placing themselves as a safe haven for people who are afraid of heights and aggressive salespeople.

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#294207 - 02/27/10 02:20 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: CV]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Their strategy worked Charles, now that I've finally been into a Michael's after all of these years of going into the BB next door and viewing the rather nice looking lot of ladies that seems to be attracted to that particular craft store will have me making more trips to Michael's in the future.

You know, for crafts and things like that ... the selection of yarns is unbelievable.
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#294218 - 02/27/10 02:36 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: RickF]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Actually, it was a Michael's employee dressed up as a BB 'associate' steering potential customers into the store. \:D
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#294220 - 02/27/10 02:37 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: Adrian]
Ken.C Offline
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My wife's calling you on the yarn selection, Rick.
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#294225 - 02/27/10 02:59 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: Ken.C]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
I think it was yarn.

\:D
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#294266 - 02/27/10 06:07 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: RickF]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
I picked up a 32" LCD at BB a couple of days ago, and it was fine. No pressure regarding cables, extended warranty or anything else. As a matter of fact, I plan on going back for three more in the next couple of days!
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#294268 - 02/27/10 06:28 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: MarkSJohnson]
CV Offline
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Oh, no! They got you!

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#294274 - 02/27/10 07:29 PM Re: I just got "FutureShopped" at BestBuy [Re: CV]
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Registered: 12/13/09
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Funniest thread in a while guys.

Ya'll keeps me laughing!!!
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