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xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
Well, my old laptop computer crapped out and I needed a new one immediately - I can't do anything without a computer. So I walk down to Best Buy and pick out a netbook for around $330. I get the saleswoman to take it down, but she doesn't give it to me, instead saying she can't, that she has to personally escort it to the sales counter where I can pick it up. I'm a bit miffed, but whatever.

I get up to the sales counter and tell the guy that's working there I want the Toshiba that the saleswoman just dropped off - he rings me up and it's $40 higher than expected, but I figure it's just due to some sales tax or something. I walk out, drive home, open it up to find that instead of a netbook, I've just bought a fullsize laptop.At any rate, moral of the story - don't let those **** take the computer away from you - keep your eyes on it!

Every time I've ever bought a computer in a store, I've always been allowed to hold onto it and walk it to the sales counter. I was pretty pissed that my order got messed up, but now I've had enough beer and a GOF I was saving, so I'm calmed down and I figure "f*ck it - a computer's a computer". This is almost the same price as the netbook, it's got a bigger screen, and it's about as powerful. So whatever - at least it works, which is more than I can say for my old one.


  • Sucks to hear about the mess up that happened. I agree with you on the fact that you can't carry it up to the front yourself. Unfortunately, that's what today's society has caused. All the theft causes each store to protect themselves and can cause mishaps that otherwise could have been avoided. Hope the new laptop works out for you though.
  • JCizzleJCizzle NYCPosts: 1,912 ✭✭
    Meh, you're right, nothing a beer and a stick can't fix. :)
    Light 'em up.
  • ShotgunJohnShotgunJohn Lakewood WAPosts: 1,545 ✭✭
    Yup the 2 laptops I have purchased from Bestbuy and the camera were both carried to the front for me since they don't trust you.
    My wife and I were at Bestbuy last week and 2 police officers were stationed at the door watching everyone come in an out.
    Unfortunately companies are fearful of theft so we all have to suffer because of the actions of a few.
    Oh well a new computer is always time to celebrate.
  • GoldyGoldy Posts: 1,638 ✭✭
    I had an interesting time recently at Bestbuy. I was buying a camera and a black fellow was also buying a camera from the same sales person. We both decided to buy the camera at about the same time and the woman asked if I had any more shopping to do and when I said no she told me to just take the camera up to the front for checkout. Then she turned to the black guy and said that she needed to run the camera up to the front for security reasons. I was shocked and ashamed that crap like this still happens.
  • zoom6zoomzoom6zoom Posts: 1,214
    Goldy, it can vary depending on the camera. There's a price point above which some items have to be "walked", and others below that price are considered "grab and go". Hopefully that was the case here.
  • docbp87docbp87 Posts: 3,521
    I'll just say that spending $40 more for a full size laptop, rather than a netbook was a good accident. I got a netbook with some credit I had from Dell, and it is the most difficult thing I have ever tried to use. The layout of the keyboard is awkward, it doesn't perform as smoothly as a regular PC, and the saze is actually inhibiting (IMO), since you either have everything shrunken on the screen, or you do a lot of scrolling around to see everything. Bummer that they screwed up, but maybe it will end up being a better piece of equipment!
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    Yeah, it seems everything actually worked out pretty well; I'm liking the full-size, and even though it's not real powerful, it does what I need it to do just fine
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