More retail issues

Well i have been trying for some time now to find a laptop that fits my needs and to actually purchase it. You may have read my post from a few days ago where i had just an issue or two, one with deceptive pricing and the other with unadvertised credit card surcharges.

Well, the same day i visited another retail store and found another potential laptop that i would have bought on the spot if they had one in stock.  It turned out they did not and the sales person told me that they had 4 on order and would be receiving them Thursday.  So Thursday comes around and i visit the store, hmm now they dont have the model on display at all. So i thought maybe they have the boxed ones out the back and sold the display already. No it seems that they were never actually receiving any more and it was a discontinued model.

This leads me to just really question what the motive behind the this sort of tactic is, it sure cannot be to try and sell anything. Because honestly if someone lies about the stock they may be receiving, weather to get you into the store again or not, i just see it as a poor sign about the business. The whole point that more annoys me is that they did not even attempt to sell me another model, either on Sunday when they had no stock on the one i wanted, or yesterday.  If they had even hinted at offering another model at a bit better price to compensate for no stock or poor sales tactics, i would have listened, maybe not purchased but at least considered it.

This brings the total of stores i either wont go back to / who lost a $1500 sale up to 2, and their sales people are probably explaining to the boss they just did not have enough interested customers to make the sales. This is partially one reason why i hesitate to take a try at retail, if nothing more then the potential of poorly performing sales people who totally miss the point.

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