Originally Posted by Star56
Pick a Best Buy...any one close to you. Go in and head for the HDTV section. Now listen as the blue shirts spout endless nonsense, incorrect information and then literally brow beat people into buying Monster cables/Power Conditioners and useless service contracts.
I am not using hyperbole. I can literally experience this 7 days a week at my local BB. Last week I listen to a blue shirt tell a guy that buying an expensive flat panel is useless if he doesn't also have clean power...thus the need for the Monster unit. The poor guy was bewildered by the incoherant rant about the panel...then he gets hammered by the clean power nonsense. Next came the need for the service contract. I walked up, rudely interrupted and asked the blue shirt if he had any peer reviewed references from scientific journals that demonstrate the need for power conditioners. He became clearly flustered and then I hit him with the business week article on the fact that 85% of BB's operating profit was derived from the service contracts. The customer began smiling as I asked about the data on visual perception and 1080i vs 1080p. Are you, I asked the blue shirt, familiar with any of this information? The blue shirt then smiled and asked me what I did for a living.
I told him...he shook his head and muttered something like "you know a lot about this stuff" and walked away. The customer thanked me, said he was skeptical of the hard sell Mr. BB was hitting him with and that he enjoyed my exchange with the BB salesman.
BB and CC are interested in selling "attachments". In fact the manager pushes them to sell "attachments". The HDTV's are simply a tool to sell the real profit makers.
Component cables cannot carry real HD signals ( I heard this one from a CC salesman)
You must use HD tapes in your HD camcorder. Regular DV tapes will not work ( I have received 100% wrong answers when I put this issue to approx 7 different BB/CC salespeople.)
Better quality DVD blanks provide better color and resolution than cheap blanks (BB salesman).
Electronic stabilization uses electricity to shift your eye back and forth but optical stabilization uses light to keep your eyeball steady ( I heard this one about two weeks ago from a gum smacking BB salesgirl).
The list goes on and on and on......idiots, thug wannabees, high school dropouts, dopes, morons, girls who would be better dancing with a pole than at an electronic store. This is what BB and CC has become in the retail marketplace.