chally4, by nerd herd, you mean Geek Squad right? The BB sales associate I spoke with also specifically told me that none of their Geek Squad workers are the ones doing the calibrating. He said BB contacts a local, outside party to come do the calibration. Either he's telling the truth, he's BS'ing, or it varies store by store.
I do know that when it comes to BB, nothing is consistent. I've gone in the morning to BB and asked the sales rep if they would match Amazon and be denied, only to come back to the same store that night- ask the same question- and be told 'Absolutely'. I went into the BB here one time to get a price match adjustment, the guy denied me, so I came back the next day with my purchase to return it, and the rep wanted to know why I didn't just have them pricematch it. LOL
I find that the guys in the mobile phone departments know more about TVs and computers than the guys working in the TV and computer departments lol. They seem to be the only ones who are really into technology and keep up with the flow of information, while the guys in other departments just seem to be there because its a job.
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