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Lots of offices have 'secret santa' arrangements, or maybe you're the kind of person who just loves to give out interesting, and hopefully cheap, widgets for Xmas gifts to friends/co-workers like I do. This year, I decided Chromecasts were the way to go: introduce tech to folks stuck in an i-everything world, not need much after-gift support, etc. etc. So I walk into Bestbuy, head to the TV section and easily locate Roku, WDTV, Sony streamers. I look and look. No Chromecasts. I ask a blueshirt...he knows what it is, but doesn't know where it is. He asks another blueshirt..he doesn't know what it is. He asks another blueshirt, who 'knows' what it is (but doesn't really) and says it's over in comuters ' because it's actually a flashdrive". 'Oh..okay' I said, trying my best to hide my rolling eyes and avoiding the nagging pressure to set him straight..I occasionally have focus. I walked to computer and still could fine them. Asked another blueshirt, 'oh they're in front of the back service desk' as she points. I walk over and continue to search. FINALLY, I find a Google display, that looks like a faux wood locked cabinet, see-through glass with Chromecasts hanging inside a few inches off the floor. Pathetic. I wait another 12 minutes while someone finds a key to unlock the cabinet. Ultimately, someone never seen screaches over the walkie-talkie to my anxious blueshirt that no keys can be found. I sigh aloud. A blueshirt overhears the 'commotion' while checking out someone's new laptop at the service desk beside us, and pipes up...'you know, I think there may be a few hanging near the Chromebooks...low and behold, I find 4 Chromecasts hanging in small locked plastic cases right next to the HP 14 Chromebook. The service desk can sell them to me, but I must have them unlocked at the front, while the laptop buyer can walk right out the door. Unbelievable. Took a half hour, in a Bestbuy that literally had a dozen customers, at least 2:1 blueshirt to customer ratio, to buy a cheap device hidden and locked down tighter than Fort Knox. Lesson: Xmas shopping sucks...unless you go Amazon. Cheers, and Merry Xmas!
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Be sure to put that in your customer feedback. That store is majorly slacking. I'm pretty sure Google puts good money into having those displays there. Also, Chromecasts should be in both the Computer and the TV/Audio/Home Theater departments.
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Be sure to put that in your customer feedback. That store is majorly slacking. I'm pretty sure Google puts good money into having those displays there. Also, Chromecasts should be in both the Computer and the TV/Audio/Home Theater departments.
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The Packaging is so small that I suppose they were flying off the shelf but not being paid for! LOL
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Be sure to put that in your customer feedback. That store is majorly slacking. I'm pretty sure Google puts good money into having those displays there. Also, Chromecasts should be in both the Computer and the TV/Audio/Home Theater departments.
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The last BestBuy that I found a huge amount of them at they were on a free standing shelve display in the middle of a large open floor area in no real department. It was a new store and very big.
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The last BestBuy that I found a huge amount of them at they were on a free standing shelve display in the middle of a large open floor area in no real department. It was a new store and very big.
Yeah, I visited one that had all the new stuff - Microsoft wall-o-stuff, Samsung Experience, a Google wood theme endcap near the front of the store and a Google wood theme mini-pavilion in the computer area. The overall store design seems to be moving toward more islands rather than aisles.
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Yeah, I visited one that had all the new stuff - Microsoft wall-o-stuff, Samsung Experience, a Google wood theme endcap near the front of the store and a Google wood theme mini-pavilion in the computer area. The overall store design seems to be moving toward more islands rather than aisles.
This particular store also had two cash registers right in the computer department.
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