Friday, October 06, 2006

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My Top 5 Tips for shopping at Best Buy

So I bought new digital camera this week. When I was buying this Camera – I was reminded of the DRAMA it takes to buy electronics. Now, obviously being a ‘computer dork’ I’d say I’m a bit more tech-savy than the average person, so I pretty much ignore all sales associates. But, what I revisited after searching electronic stores for this one camera is how awful an experience of buying something as simple as a digital camera can be.

First place I went, none other than the infamous Best Buy. Now being a former Best Buy employee (college job), I’d say I’m semi-loyal to this store, but I do have beef with NOT THE STORE, but the PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE. I admire the prices, selection, and the company in general (because of their success and growth). What I don’t admire is the people that are hired to work there that just confuse the crap out of everyone. I know for a fact when talking to employees, about 90% of the people that work there do not know what they are doing/saying. Best Buy has such a high turnover it’s hard to find technical people who can talk and are willing to sell electronics. So they get the next best thing, people who aren’t technical, but can talk/sell.

What frustrates me is that when I walk into a Best Buy, for once I just wish I could put the entire store on pause – walk up to each customer and give them the real information they need to know. Obviously, that’s an ideal scenario – the retail world would never work that way. Without making this rant too in depth, I’d like to at least provide this quick advice when going to a best buy:

1.)If you really have a technical question about a product and need advice (i.e. you need more information than is what is written on the price tag of the product) ask for the supervisor or “soup” for that department. Like I said, 90% of the people that work there don’t know real information about the products and how they work – your chances are a lot great when your talking to the supervisor. As I’ve seen when I worked there, they go through a lot more training than the average 16-year-old employee who just reads off the display tag and bullsh*ts the rest.

2.)If your purchasing something over $1,000, demand 10% off. Best Buy employees always say they can’t negotiate the price, but they can – ask for the supervisor and justify your case. Only the “soup” or General Manager can give you the 10% off, so don’t waste your time talking to Johnny 16-year-old. The best way to sell them on giving you 10%, tell them you’ll put it on a Best Buy Credit card. The store gets ‘points’ for Best Buy card purchases and activations – so it almost always works.

3.)Do your homework before you go into the store. A. Read up on the products and products it competes with online using manufactures websites. B. Use Amazon.com and read the personal reviews of products and personal opinions. C. Ask your friends who have the products what they like and don’t like about it. If you do those three things, your more than likely know more information than the sales associate at Best Buy. If you get a chance to make then look bad by correcting them when they rattle off a 'stat' thats incorrect, do it -- it's fun. :)

4.)Only buy service plans for following: TV’s, Computers, DVD players, Appliances, and Speakers. Services plans for everything else is a waste of money. For the most part, service plans for everything else is bunk. Trust me, when I work there as a technician – those are what I saw come in broken the most. Some may say you should buy them for Video Game Consoles – this is totally bogus. Almost always, Best Buy does not honor service plans for Game Consoles. Ask anyone.

5.)Make sure to check other stores and ADs before and after you buy products. If there is a cheaper price somewhere, and you can bring in proof – they’ll match it, or even beat it by 10%.

Why is this picture with Ron Jeremy priceless?

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Most people think about sex when driving a car

Over a million motorists think about sex rather than the road ahead and millions more who don't indulge in intimate thoughts are worrying about work or thinking about their families, a survey said on Thursday.

Research from car insurer More Than found one in five drivers admit to concentrating behind the wheel less than 75 percent of the time, with 1.2 million thinking mostly about sex.

And sex wasn't the only non-traffic thoughts motorists have. For 3.2 million drivers work was the main focus and for 2 million more it was family issues that dominated.

The study also revealed drivers' hates. Topping the list were tailgaters (28 percent), lane hoggers (20 percent) and drivers who cut in (11 percent). Other road users who drove too fast and those who drove too slowly were also rated on 11 percent. Article here.

Walking in the city with scuba gear on? WTF?

Dude wrecks SUV into tree because of spider

A Levant man told police he lost control of his 2003 Lincoln Navigator after he was startled by a spider on Wednesday morning.

James Lee, 28, was trying to get out of the SUV when it smashed into a tree. He walked away with a bloody nose caused by the air bag.

But, it could've been worse. At least it wasn't the new Volvo XC90 he won in a contest. Last month, Lee was one of 11 people from across the country to win a new vehicle from McDonald's, the Bangor Daily News reported. After finishing a Big Mac extra value meal, he got the winning game piece for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" game. Article here.


Two things: 1.)People actually win those dumb games (ie Monopoly) at McDonalds? 2.)A new Volvo XC90 costs around $46k, a new Lincoln Navigator costs $55k. That being said, I’d be really pissed that I wrecked my Navigator I paid for, regardless of the new Volvo I just won.

You'd think they would at least go to Target

PetPeek, the dog window for your fence!

The PetPeek™ window can easily make that possible. The PetPeek™ window is a durable, clear, hard plastic dome 9.5 inches in diameter, with a black trim-ring and all necessary hardware for easy do-it-yourself installation into your wooden fence. It is an attractive addition to your fence.

Each PetPeek™ window $29.98 plus S&H.
Click here to buy one.

Top 12 Hot Toys for the 2006 Holidays Season:

Here are some of the toys expected to be top sellers for the 2006 holiday season, according to Toy Wishes, a trade publication.

Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses (Mattel Inc., dolls, $24.99; horse & carriage, $32.99). This playset, which includes a full line of dolls, is inspired by Barbie as star in the latest DVD "Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses." Age 3 and up.

Bratz Forever Diamondz (MGA Entertainment, $29.99 each). Each of the Bratz dolls are outfitted with faux diamonds, and each doll comes with a real diamond pendant that girls can wear themselves. Ages 6 and up.

Butterscotch My Furreal Friends Pony (Hasbro Inc., $299.99). Advanced animatronic technology allows the three-foot pony to come to life with realistic movements. When a child climbs on, the pony, which has a thick plush coat, responds with clip-clop and walking sounds. Ages 4 and up.

Digi Makeover (Radica Games Ltd., $59.99). This high-tech makeover system includes a built-in camera and a touch pad. Tweens can just plug the unit into their TV and snap a picture. Children are now ready to experiment with all kinds of new looks. Ages 8 and up.

Fly Wheels XPV (Jakks-Pacific Inc., $59.99). This lightweight radio-controlled vehicle can take off and land from any hard surface and then soar more than 20 stories into the air. Ages 8 and up.

Kids Tough Digital Camera (Mattel's Fisher-Price, $69.99). This built-in 1.3 inch LCD screen holds up to 60 pictures (expandable with separate memory card) It includes big buttons and easy controls. The camera can be connected by USB to the computer for downloading photos to a PC or Macintosh computer. Ages 3 and up.

Lego Mindstorms NXT (Lego Systems Inc., $249). This robotic kit enables the user to create an even more powerful robot than the original Mindstorms introduced in 1998. Ages 10 and up.

Magtastik (Mega Brands Inc., starter set $29.99; individual sets $5.99 and up). The starter building set, which features big, plastic brightly colored pieces, can be complemented with different kinds of special sets. Ages 3 and up.

Monopoly Here & Now (Hasbro Inc., $29.99). This limited edition of this classic game reflects today's current real estate prices and features iconic properties like Times Square and Rodeo Drive. The railroads have been replaced with airports. Ages 8 and up.

Speed Stacks Stackpack (Play Along Toys, a division of Jakks Pacific Inc., $39.99). This game challenges kids to stack and restack specially designed cups in precise formations. It comes with competition-ready cups, an official StackMat, timer and instructional DVD. Ages 4 and up.

T.M.X. Elmo (Mattel's Fisher-Price, $39.99). In this new version, timed with the 10th anniversary of Tickle Me Elmo, Elmo's squeaky laugh and body movements grow more pronounced with three successive tickles. Ages 18 months and up.

WII (Nintendo, $250). This game console (pronounced "We") uses a unique TV-style remote controller that can be waved around like a tennis racket to manipulate action on the screen. Ages 6 and up.

Check out this new plane, the Airbus A380:

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, four-engined airliner. Commercial flights are scheduled to begin in 2007 after lengthy delays.

Chick-fil-A fans travel for store openings?

Few fast-food customers are as loyal as this patient flock of chicken sandwich lovers. Like the tie-dyed fans of the band Phish, the tropical-shirt-clad horde that follows singer Jimmy Buffett and the RV-driving senior citizens who troop to Branson, Mo., to hear Andy Williams croon, Chick-fil-A has its own dedicated corps of consumers.

The line of people willing to wait through the night outside Chick-fil-A was clear evidence of the incredible marketing power of a finely turned chicken sandwich - and the irresistible draw of a crisp plate of waffle fries. The $26,000 in free food probably didn't hurt much, either.

"There are groupies who travel from one opening to the next," said Jerry Johnston, senior manager of public relations at Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta. "And it's not uncommon to have folks in line who've done these three or four times."
The lucky first 100 in line will get a free coupon good for a free meal every week for the next year - a $260 value. Some came with tents, sleeping bags, lawn furniture and portable generators.

Nothing, apparently, says quality family time like a year's worth of sandwich coupons. Chick-fil-A is a privately held company founded 60 years ago and owns 1,263 restaurants in 37 states. Article here.

Howdy pard-tner! You like my get’ up?

Popular 'slang' words used in the 1920's:

Attaboy - well done!; also Attagirl!

Bee's Knees - An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate

Breezer - an convertible car

Cat's Meow - Something splendid or stylish; similar to bee's knees; The best or greatest, wonderful.

Cheaters - Eyeglasses

Ciggy - cigarette

Dolled up - dressed up

Drugstore Cowboy - a guy that hangs around on a street corner trying to pick up girls

Dumb Dora - a stupid female

Giggle Water - An intoxicating beverage; alcohol

Glad rags - "going out on the town" clothes

Hit on all sixes - to perform 100 per cent; as "hitting on all six cyclinders"

Putting on the Ritz - after the Ritz hotel in Paris; doing something in high style

Spifflicated - Drunk. The same as canned, corked, tanked, primed, scrooched, jazzed, zozzled, plastered, owled, embalmed, lit, potted, ossified or fried to the hat.