Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The old bait and switch

There was an ad in this weeks paper for a laptop at circuit city that, after mail in rebate, cost 399.00. Nat needs a new laptop, or rather I do since mine is a work company laptop and I'm leaving the company and Nat is still working for them, be that as it may we went to the store to buy the computer.

We get their and the sales guy says they don't the computer on display, but they have it in stock. There is one similar we can look at if we like, which we do. Then they bring out the box, and tell us that they added an extra 30.00 to the price because they optimized it. Which meant they set it up and deleted all the junk programs so it starts up faster. They do this with all these laptops because their main customers are college students who just want to leave the store and boot up. Nat asked if they do that at all Circuit City's or just this one, and the guy said they do it everywhere.

I'm sure that's very nice of them, but I don't know why they don't give me the option, especially since the ad didn't mention this.

It seemed pretty shady to me, but the price was still good so we bought it.


At 4:14 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

If they do that at all the stores, why do they add 30 bucks to the cost of the laptop? Or, if they do it for the computers at every store, why not just tack on $30 to the price and not tell you? Did the sale include that extra 30?


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