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  • I dunno. I've always wondered about those warranties. That was kind of helpful.
  • Salespeople are overly pushy this year. The boy and I went to the mall yesterday. I have this thing with one of my sisters where we send each other crazy cards and try to win who has the most ridiculous one, so we went into Hallmark. Two people were trying to sell me on God knows what, explaining these crazy schemes that had explanation sheets, even. But then we went into more stores that had sheets like that - their deals were so confusing, they had hand-outs and people were forced to explain them to customers just browsing.

    My best experience was the "as seen on TV" store, where I found an honestly perfect gift for my friend in the gift friend's gift exchange. Dude was pissed at me for disturbing his Chinese food lunch trying to pay for it.

    The worst was jewelry stores, as the boy was simply trying to gauge my tastes, and the sales people literally would have crawled up one or both of our asses to make a sale, even after we said "no thanks, just looking".
  • serpent_sky: Salespeople are overly pushy this year


    Amen, Saturday me and the apprentice went to a new music store that opened in a nearby town, they were advertising Rogue mandolins (cheap Chinese A style mando) for 39 bucks, even after I explained to the saleslady that I was just buying it to show my padawan how to do a set up on a mando and after she was done practicing I was planning on using it to show her how to do surgery on it the saleslady still insisted I needed the store warranty on it "just in case something happens to it" well considering that I am going to rip the back off, break the bracing, have a first year woodworker remove and try to replace the neck (among other things) I do believe the warranty will be good and voided before the week is out....
  • If I win the Powerball, I'm going to start a real Institute for Obvious Studies and try to hire Rick. Then the fun will start.
  • serpent_sky: Salespeople are overly pushy this year.


    I concur.

    Every time I stopped at Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, World Market, and PetsMart they were all pushing either service plans and/or rewards/credit/tracking cards.

    No thank you.
  • A Ric Romero headline linked to an article by . . . Ric Romero? Unpossible!

    /FTA: "The one possible exception to the "no extended warranty rule" is when buying a laptop computer. "
    //Yep - I have found these useful on more than one occasion
  • Pribar: I do believe the warranty will be good and voided before the week is out....


    I had a store clerk on auto-pilot ask if I wanted the extended warranty on some microwave popcorn and batteries. She laughed at herself at least once she realized how stupid that would be.
  • coco ebert: I dunno. I've always wondered about those warranties. That was kind of helpful.


    I used to sell them at both EB Games and Circuit City, and at least back in those days they were actually sometimes good to have - I swapped out a PS2 and an Xbox under those. At EB they were fairly reasonably priced though, good for two years, and the salespeople (me) got a small commission as well. The Circuit City ones were not as good a deal, but I did get a hard drive replaced under one. The secret was always always ALWAYS keep your paperwork, and if possible the packaging which I am just compulsive about anyway.

    About the time CC and other retailers started getting super pushy about them, was about the time it became a lot more scam and a lot less protection.
  • ladyfortuna: I used to sell them at both EB Games and Circuit City


    Speaking of which, what happens to your extended warranty when the retailer you bought it from goes out of business?
  • I actually had to tell someone to fark off and leave me alone. I had to physically run from that person and consequently left the store without buying what I had intended. Kept following me and hounding me.
  • Here's one of my favorites, "No shiat, Sherlock"
  • I just got finished buying a new car. Nearly walked out of the dealership at the finance office because they were rabidly hard-selling their third-party warranty/service plan to me. Jesus Christ, just take "no" for an answer.
  • Allen Peacock? Is Ric just making this stuff up?
  • While the factors that go into buying the extended warranty/replacement plan/whatever need to be carefully considered every time, I don't agree with the "always say no" mentality towards them.

    Stores making profit off the plans =! bad idea to buy them

    That's as dumb as saying always say no to buying headphones because the stores profit.

    If it's an item that's prone to breaking and breaking in a manner that's covered by the plan, and it's expensive enough to merit buying the signficantly cheaper plan, why not?

    /saved many a dollar on headphones at Best Buy
    //coverage plan included everything except really overt physical abuse
  • Goto radio shack where they Warranty a 99 cent Wire for 99 cents..

    EVERYTHING in radioshack can be warrantied, however I actually admit its a good idea - I bought some stereo cables for my guitar, my dog chewed em up, that dollar got me a new one free.
  • I owned a Sears Hometown Store in Canada and these were a major push for the company. I personally think that they are a great idea especially seeing most of the major companies offer some kind of in store credit for the full price of the warranty if you never have to use it. I bought all new appliances in the last couple years and have extended warranties on all of them. Usually Sears and the other major companies offer a free three year warranty at least twice per year.
  • My coworker once worked at Best Buy. He said that he would get written up if he sold a computer without going through a 9-step deal that promoted the warranty.

    Once, a man asked him to skip the sales pitch, and he had to tell him that he had to do it or he would get fired.

    He said he was once encouraged to "un-sell" the computer if the warranty wasn't purchased.
  • jdamaral: //coverage plan included everything except really overt physical abuse


    So, as long as you masturbated covertly, all was good?
  • I think there may be a psychological benefit to having accidental coverage on something like an electronics item. If you don't have coverage, you may be worried/overly concerned with how you handle the item; you might drop it, break it, etc. And just knowing you're covered for a few years is reassuring, even if you never end up using it.

    If you have the coverage, you can be more relaxed with it perhaps even that lack of physical tension in your muscles when handling the product may cause less incidents such as clumsiness/dropping it.
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    Seriously? There are people who didn't know this? It's selling AIR, people. Like insurance.

    I used to work at RadioShack and you get a small commission for selling extended warranties. If the clerk's being pushy about buying it, now you know why.
  • If you buy an extended warranty, you are a moron. If you sell extended warranties because you honestly think they are a good idea you are a moron (I fully understand that people often have to work in crappy jobs where they are forced to sell them--this doesn't necessarily include you). Save your personal anecdote about the time it saved you some money, or how you've seen them save people "tons" of money before: it's all lies, self-delusion, or pure idiocy.
  • MrEricSir: ladyfortuna: I used to sell them at both EB Games and Circuit City

    Speaking of which, what happens to your extended warranty when the retailer you bought it from goes out of business?


    You are SOL unfortunately.
  • Hyppy: I just got finished buying a new car. Nearly walked out of the dealership at the finance office because they were rabidly hard-selling their third-party warranty/service plan to me. Jesus Christ, just take "no" for an answer.


    Wanna piss off the finance officer? Tell them when they start pushing their garbage that you'll take the works. All of it... with a catch. The total package price will remain the same. If they can lower the price of the vehicle enough to fit in some of those third-party deals, then you'll take as many as you can.

    One of two things will happen: 1. The sales pitch ends and the deal can be finalized. 2. The finance officer implies that you're taking him for a fool if you think that he'd do that because that would be money coming out of their pocket directly to pay for the plans... then you turn the 'fool' bit back on him, and Goto 1.

    I've had it go both ways, but usually they just quit the pitch and finish the deal. Most of them are smart enough to tell where that conversation is headed.
  • phalamir: jdamaral: //coverage plan included everything except really overt physical abuse

    So, as long as you masturbated covertly, all was good?


    Precisely.
  • ElLoco: Hyppy: I just got finished buying a new car. Nearly walked out of the dealership at the finance office because they were rabidly hard-selling their third-party warranty/service plan to me. Jesus Christ, just take "no" for an answer.

    Wanna piss off the finance officer? Tell them when they start pushing their garbage that you'll take the works. All of it... with a catch. The total package price will remain the same. If they can lower the price of the vehicle enough to fit in some of those third-party deals, then you'll take as many as you can.

    One of two things will happen: 1. The sales pitch ends and the deal can be finalized. 2. The finance officer implies that you're taking him for a fool if you think that he'd do that because that would be money coming out of their pocket directly to pay for the plans... then you turn the 'fool' bit back on him, and Goto 1.


    Hmm, that would have been a fun way to go about it. I just simply said "I'm about to walk away from this deal completely," and stood up. They got a lot less pushy after that.
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