March 14th, 2009

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Bought a couple of PS3 games yesterday at the GameCrazy near my work. Jesus fucking christ I am sick of the "add-on" business model - car dealers want to pitch you on an "undercoating", electronics stores want to push their "protection plan", game stores want you to buy a fucking hint book - shit gets OLD. Odds are good, if you are forcing your salespeople to push it hard during every point-of-sale transaction, I DON'T FUCKING WANT IT.

Anyway. It was worse at this GameCrazy than it usually is most places - this kid with the half-shaved, half-long-and-dyed head like an 80's punk rocker was pitching the hint book, the CD scratch protection plan, the pre-order for the next game, AND the mvp member blah blah blah club with EVERY. SINGLE. TRANSACTION.

So I got up there, made some chit-chat about the demo video of Bloody Roar they were playing (old, shitty fighting game - imagine if Tekken had been conceived by a bunch of furries, and you'd pretty much have Bloody Roar) while he's ringing me up (and asking for my phone number - christ I hate that. STOP DOING THAT, retail, it's fucking invasive!). And then he starts in on the four different pitches, and I'm like no, the ONLY thing I want are those two games, no add-ons. He starts in on the second pitch. No, no, no. The third pitch. Nope nope nope. And he actually gets PISSED OFF. He says "You aren't even going to let me finish? That's pretty rude man."

Now don't get me wrong - I understand that employees HAVE to ask you all this crap. I know about mystery shoppers, I know that managers watch store video, blah blah blah - which is why I am SMILING when I say no, no, no. For christ's sake dude, it's not like I am dehumanizing you, I started that pointless convo about Bloody Roar prior to all this right? It's not even like there is some awesomeness in your pitches that I maybe JUST NEED TO GIVE A CHANCE and suddenly HOLY SHIT I TOTALLY WANT THAT, because guess what, there was a line! I heard EVERY SINGLE ONE of those fucking pitches when you delivered them to the LAST guy!

Anyway, I'm not going back to that place again. GameStop is shitty too, but at least they hold it down to only one or two pitches per transaction, and their clerks have been a lot more livable since they instituted the mandatory one-hot-chick-behind-the-counter-per-shift rule a year or two ago. For some reason, the presence of the hot chick calms down the uber-dorks who normally man the store - they don't fawn all over you and try to be your friend constantly when Hot Chick is in the store... even though they don't fall all over Hot Chick either. Weird.


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[User Picture] From: clme
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 06:17 pm
Would you like fries with your fries?

Then, mayhaps, you could eat fries while you're eating fries!

From: pfilosophi
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 06:56 pm
At first, I thought this was going to be a rant about how giant the size of fries was at 5 Guys :P

From: pagannate
Date: March 15th, 2009 - 10:02 pm
hehe glad to see I am not the only one.. I think I eat a lot, but even I think 1 serving of fries can feed 4 college aged kids.. Which says a lot.. I went there for lunch at work and I was the only one not to order fries and they all looked like I was nuts... Then I mooched off of everyone elses to my hearts content and we still threw away over half a bag FILLED with fries... No person should EVER eat that many french fries.

[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 07:06 pm
Serves you right for shopping offline

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: March 15th, 2009 - 04:28 am
boy, amazon got their hooks in you deeep

[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 07:34 pm
Heh, I totally relate. The last time, on Pitch#2 I smiled and said, "Not even a chance." The pitches stopped.

If you think gaming is bad, you should try bridal. I went to David's bridal to look at dresses and they actually DO NOT LET YOU TRY ON DRESSES UNLESS YOU GIVE THEM ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO. Granted, I could do what I do with the retail game and hand out fake info but I thought it was bullshit. I don't agree with how they capitalize on a girl's BIG DAY and make a huge industry out of it by pressuring people in a vulnerable moment. I don't believe in a 10k wedding day. And I knew the MANDATORY info was so they could batter me with all their promotions and partners. I was like Christ, I'm asking you to spend several hundred dollars or more on a dress and you tell me no, not if I don't sign up to 1,000 sales pitches first?

So I went to a small bridal store, found a dress that was no longer in production but happened to fit me perfectly. Originally $1100, I got it for $189.

I know bridal stuff is not a man's fav subject but I think it epitomizes the retail games. Instead of "do you want fries with that" it's "do you want diamonds with that?"

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 07:42 pm
Funerals are almost worse. My Dad is buried in a $4000 casket, and that was one of the less expensive ones.

[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: March 15th, 2009 - 08:03 pm
My god, that's horrendous... but not surprising. Hunh. I hate that bull of taking advantage of emotional people. That's why I told my loved ones just have me cremated, or whatever's cheapest. If you want to spend money, throw a party and laugh at all the dumb shit I've done in life!!!

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 07:40 pm
What Laurel said. No contending with counter candy that way.

[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: March 14th, 2009 - 09:50 pm
I might have canceled the transaction and told the guy to go crash headfirst into a fucking AIDS tree.

Honestly, god damn fuck shopping offline like herbaliser said. Human interaction ruins everything. Can you please shut the fuck up and just give me god damn receipt so I can on with my life? I don't want your horse shit, I don't care about the weather and I'm not your fucking friend. Stop talking. Die. Die in a fire.

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