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Old 11-22-2013, 03:49 PM   #18821
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I bought a cheap ASUS laptop. it really sucks.

they designed the space bar so it only works if you press it dead center...
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:53 PM   #18822
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thanks brain, that helps a ton to know lol



What'd you expect, their keyboards are made where HP keyboards are made.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #18823
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Me, at Best Buy, purchasing anew Netgear wi-fi / router thingy.

Employee at checkout: "Would you like to protect your purchase with a 3 year extended protection plan?"

Me: "You mean this router which has the words Lifetime Warranty clearly printed on the front of the box in large, brightly-colored letters?"


An open letter to retail associates:
Dear high-school dropout, while I am sympathetic to the fact that various forces in life have conspired to place you on the port-side of the Bell Curve and deprive you of even the most basic formal education, there are certain fundamental principles central to the "how to not look like a ******* retard" game which you might benefit from familiarizing yourself with.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:05 AM   #18824
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Me, at Best Buy, purchasing anew Netgear wi-fi / router thingy.

Employee at checkout: "Would you like to protect your purchase with a 3 year extended protection plan?"

Me: "You mean this router which has the words Lifetime Warranty clearly printed on the front of the box in large, brightly-colored letters?"


An open letter to retail associates:
Dear high-school dropout, while I am sympathetic to the fact that various forces in life have conspired to place you on the port-side of the Bell Curve and deprive you of even the most basic formal education, there are certain fundamental principles central to the "how to not look like a ******* retard" game which you might benefit from familiarizing yourself with.
In all honesty don't be mad at the sales guy for asking if you wanted the warranty on the router. It is management making him ask, he knows no one is going to buy the warranty, but you get talked to when you don't sell the. I worked at CompUSA back in 05 in the networking section. Every week I would get a talk about why I was not selling warranties. Management could not understand why I was not selling warranties while the guys in the TV and computer sections were selling tons. That is part of the reason why I quit the job.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:18 AM   #18825
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I had a friend who worked at Circuit Shitty who said the same thing. In fact, he added that the bulk of the profits on many of the items they sold were from the warranty sales on those items, rather than the wholesale>retail markup on the items themselves.

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Old 11-23-2013, 12:46 AM   #18826
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I totally get the concept that the sale of extended warranties is a major profit center for big-box stores operating on razor-thin margins in competition against online vendors.

And I totally understand that whether one is compensated on commission or not, there is tremendous pressure placed upon the staff to up-sell the customer on said warranties.

I'm simply pointing out the fact that attempting to sell an extended warranty for a product which has the words Lifetime Warranty clearly printed on the front of the box in large, brightly-colored letters seems to me to cross some kind of boundary between being an ordinary retail drone and being an actual drooling moron.

This would be like a new-car salesman attempting to sell me the optional Scotchgard interior fabric treatment on a vehicle which, according to the large sign standing next to it in the dealer's showroom, has an interior upholstered in 100% pure teflon.

There are some things that you just don't do.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #18827
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Me, at Best Buy, purchasing anew Netgear wi-fi / router thingy.

Employee at checkout: "Would you like to protect your purchase with a 3 year extended protection plan?"

Me: "You mean this router which has the words Lifetime Warranty clearly printed on the front of the box in large, brightly-colored letters?"


An open letter to retail associates:
Dear high-school dropout, while I am sympathetic to the fact that various forces in life have conspired to place you on the port-side of the Bell Curve and deprive you of even the most basic formal education, there are certain fundamental principles central to the "how to not look like a ******* retard" game which you might benefit from familiarizing yourself with.
Joe, those words will definitely fall on deaf ears.
Here, let me translate that to plain English for you:

Don't be an idiot. You know who you are.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:22 AM   #18828
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Me, at Best Buy, purchasing anew Netgear wi-fi / router thingy.

Employee at checkout: "Would you like to protect your purchase with a 3 year extended protection plan?"

Me: "You mean this router which has the words Lifetime Warranty clearly printed on the front of the box in large, brightly-colored letters?"
What if the factory warranty only covers "manufacturer's defects" but the optional extended warranty covers damn near anything, including spilling a large volume of Cuba Libre all over it?
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #18829
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What if the factory warranty only covers "manufacturer's defects" but the optional extended warranty covers damn near anything, including spilling a large volume of Cuba Libre all over it?
You know, I just had an idea.

Some of those in-store extended warranties do, in fact, cover damn near every form of stupidity known to man, including dropping the product into an active volcano.

I'm tempted to go to a store and buy a brand new expensive iThing (whatever the latest, most expensive thing Apple makes), and, having very carefully screened the fine print, purchase the extended coverage plan for it.

A week later, I would then return to the store carrying a 5 gallon bucket filled with hardened concrete and rebar. I would claim to have accidentally dropped the iThing into the concrete and not noticed until after it had hardened.

Both the original iThing and the replacement iThing would then be sold on e-Bay, new in the original, unopened packaging, for around 70% of retail cost

Instant 40% profit (minus the cost of a bucket of concrete and an extended warranty.)

I wonder how many times you can exercise that option before getting blackballed?
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:46 AM   #18830
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But Joe, that would be dishonest.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:47 AM   #18831
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Also hilarious when properly documented.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:18 PM   #18832
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I would buy an Ithing in a bucket of concrete as a furniture piece... just saying.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #18833
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Could work! Until the warehouse at Best Buy starts filling up.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #18834
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Does one have any experience with recent 3D printers?

I may need to get one to prototype stuff. I don't need different colors, a single color will do.

Reliability is key, and from what I've been reading, none of the <$3k offerings are any good.
Rev, buy the most expensive 3D printer you can find.
Use it to "print" the same exact printer you just bought.
Return the original printer for a refund.
Profit.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #18835
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To bang the co-workers wife, or not to bang the co-workers wife.....That, is the question.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #18836
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To bang the co-workers wife, or not to bang the co-workers wife.....That, is the question.
How about be a grown *** man and not, instead of being a douche and doing so.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #18837
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To bang the co-workers wife, or not to bang the co-workers wife.....That, is the question.
Never **** where you eat. Banging *anybody's* wife is stupid, banging the wife of a guy you know is fucked up. If there's so little ***** in your life that you have to take that kind then you're just not trying.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:45 PM   #18838
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"Never dip in the company ink."
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #18839
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Is co-worker a douche? If yes, bang. Is co-worker a good guy? If Yes, don't bang, but maybe try and give him a heads up if he seems like the kind of guy that can take the news and not be defensive.

Or, and this is 99.999997% of the time the best choice: Stay away, very far away.
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How about be a grown *** man and not, instead of being a douche and doing so.
But he's into it.
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