Girls Write Out
Monday, January 02, 2006

Typically, a trip to the electronic superstore is not high on my list of favorite things to do. But I'd been begging for a TV in the bedroom because, as I have mentioned before, the 4 males in our house consistently tune the TV to one of the ESPN channels, while I sit, my eyes glazed over, my mind somewhere far, far away.

So we enter the store, and our eyes are immediately drawn to the sharp, crisp pictures from the flatscreens by the front door. How convenient that they put the really pretty ones up front. As it happens, this is the kind we need due to lack of space, so we choose a nice middle-of-the-road brand.

We work with a salesman who, by all accounts, seems pretty laid-back and good-natured, which is good because pushy sales people make me want to slap someone. When the
salesman mentions in passing that the pictures on their TVs are from a digital source and won’t be quite as crisp on our basic cable, I ask the question.

“What exactly will it look like?” Now, I’m not ultra-fussy about the picture, but I grew up with bunny ears (you young folk, ask your parents) and I’m not eager to go there again.

Like magic, the man flips a switch on the TV and the pretty tropical view turns as fuzzy as a cheap sweater. Oh.

I look at Kevin. “What now?”

The salesman gives us a moment to talk and Kevin says, “I don’t buy it.”

Don’t buy it? The guy flipped a switch, for heaven’s sake, what’s not to buy?

It’s then that I see the advertisements posted everywhere for digital cable service, and I’m getting a picture that’s clearer than ones on the LCD screens. Sheesh, can you trust anybody these days?

We decide to take our chances with the flatscreen and are handed off to salesman #2. This man, of course, wants to help us utilize this high tech TV by making sure we have that sharp, clear picture.

Digital Service for a year with a coupon for $100.00 off?

No thanks.

Installation for $249.00?

No thanks.

A remote control for $149.00? (Guaranteed to work on any electronic equipment in your home!)

No thanks.

Extended Warranty for three years in case our new TV is defective? Purchase the warranty and get 10% off the deluxe remote and 15% off installation!! (Didn’t manufacturers used to stand behind their products for free?)

No thanks.

We leave with exactly what we came for– and I have a feeling not many can say that—although we have picked up a used car lot stench and an irritated smirk from Salesman #2.

An hour later Kevin has the TV installed on the wall, and it’s operating just fine with the free remote that came with the set. Not surprisingly, the picture, while not as slick as the models in the store, doesn’t look anything like fuzzy version the salesman showed us.

I got my bedroom TV, though I may have lost a little innocence along the way. But considering the way many businesses operate these days, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:10 AM  
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At 11:25 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

GOod for you, Denise, for not giving into the "pressures" of sales clerks. I always, always try to remember, those clerks normally make the bulk of their salary on commission, so I try to be understanding.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

What really made me mad is the way the salesperson tried to make the TV picture look terrible when being fed a standard cable signal. That was an outright lie to try and get us to buy their digital service. We wouldn've turned around and walked out, but I'm guessing all the other technical superstores are the same.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I have a flatscreen that I got for my birthday (unlike you I LOVE a trip to Circuit City -- it's like heaven to me). Anyway, we don't have digital, and it's just fine.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ugh! The only thing worse to me is shopping for a new car. And Kristin, I KNOW we disagree there. LOL

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm with you on that stuff, Denise. It's so frustrating to deal with salespeople. Mainly because I never know what to believe and what not to believe. I'm such a sucker. They practically salivate when I walk into the store.

I'll take you with me the next time I go buy a TV, okay?

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Good for Kevin. I would have bought the fuzzy line hook line and sinker.


At 2:01 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Shopping for a new car is my VERY favorite thing. I think it should be done happily and often!!

Bryed won't let me buy any of that warranty stuff, and I'm usually alone and I say, "Can't buy that. My husband thinks it's a ripoff." And I say it until I'm done and outta there.

I will say I can't be trusted in a Circuit City. OUr DVD went out, and I came home with surround sound stereo speakers AND a a DVD (they came together). I had to put it together myself because hubby was not happy, but I did it!

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOLOLOL.....I normally smile at the salesperson, then go ahead and and excuse myself, buying what I want. LOL

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Dang, I can't believe that salesman! Lying, cheating...

Of course, my husband despairs of my buying skills. I will walk into a store, point and say, "I want that one." No haggling, no browsing, no looking for a better deal at another store clear across town. Economy of movement, I say. :)



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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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