Originally Posted by PPFee
First let me say that i don't agree with the "tactics" here. That being said, there is blame in both sides. I agree you aren't stupid, surely. The problem i have is yes they push activations for obvious reasons, they're going to sell the devices regardless they'd rather sell it to someone who will get their numbers up. You simply gave in and agreed that you would take the post-paid plan in order to secure your LTE iPad, if you want to stop the behavior, don't cave like that. Im not saying i agree with the motives but its reality nonetheless. that being said, you do have an option, you simply say no. When they say you have to get a plan or get a wi-fi version, either take the wi-fi version or decide its worth it to argue and tell them they have no right to demand you activate a plan at which point they WILL cave and give you the device only. As far as the credit check, yes they are in fact making sure that there are no balances owed, but this is only for POST PAID accounts. No credit check takes place for prepaid accounts. Everyone should make a mental note if you are expecting a pre-paid account then don't give your SSN, there is no need for it. My main point is just stick up for yourself and your rights as a consumer depending on your situation, and most importantly know every detail of a situation before you go into it.
Oh I asure you I didn't cave on the post paid account issue (I have an ipad1 so know how it should work). I watched them like a hawk as they entered my preffered data plan (no data plan) and would have laughed at an activation fee. It was just the credit check portion I didn't fight.
As I've posted else where, while waiting in line I heard several lies which I called them on (it was stated the 4G model cost $230 more than the WiFi model and it better to buy a hotspot, and the only data planned offered for the 4G was $50). I had others in line laughing because I kept telling the guys to go back in and check their facts and math. Maybe the whole "activation" was my punishment, don't know or care. I also watched several people walk out the door with their 4G models without having to put up with the BS I did. Credit check and an hour wasted was really all they got on me.
I do like Best Buy, and will continue to shop there. Like most on this site, I'm informed enough to not be taken, my concern is for those who are not.