Apple Shopping

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FrogTastic, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. FrogTastic macrumors regular

    FrogTastic

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    Ive never purchased anything from :apple: directly in store, so I thought I would give it a try.

    So i decided to go grab an iPad2 last week. Called the Regent Street :apple: store to confirm stock, jumped into a cab and headed there.

    Walked into the store, asked the first :apple: Sales person for a white iPad 2 32GB wifi. To which she answer - " We only have wifi". I answered - "I want wifi". "go stand in that Q and someone will help you".

    Got into the Q, made to the front - "White iPad 2 32GB wifi please". To which the :apple: cashier answered - " We only have wifi". I answered - "I want wifi". "Go upstairs and someone will help you".

    Headed upstairs, asked the first free :apple: staff memeber -" Could I have a white iPad 2 32GB wifi". Replied - " We only have wifi". I answered - "I want wifi". "Go stand in that Q and someone will help you!"

    Headed to the Q, literally in the middle of the floor. Finally got to the front of the Q, after having to listen to 3 Apple Staff member discussing their lives and loves with eachother for 5 minutes, infront of the Q of 10 people waiting. "White iPad 2 32GB Wifi please" - I asked. :apple: Guy - " We only have wifi". I answered - "I want wifi".

    So after 45 minutes of getting messed around, staff clearly too involved with having their blue tee's and how cool they are. I got my iPad 2. Its not like the store was crazy and they dont have enough staff. I just wonder, why is it so difficult to buy something from :apple: direct and why they hiring kids than clearly dont give a crap.

    Ive been a Mac user for quite sometime now, but doubt Ill visit an :apple: store again.
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    It's not like that everywhere. I've bought from the Kingston store several times and they've always been very helpful and attentive (despite usually being very busy).
     
  3. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    Weird. Have had nothing but quick, friendly, and efficient service in both the Regent St. and Covent Garden stores.
    :eek:
     
  4. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    I had a bit of a disappointment with staff at the Somerset (Detroit area) store where they wasted my time trying to prove I had dunked my iPod Touch in liquid. I wound up getting a replacement through AppleCare over the phone. I had to do without my device for days while I waited for shipping. Then I had to go out in the rain to pick it up at a fedex depot because I wasn't willing to go online and waive the signature and nobody could sit at the house all day waiting for the delivery.

    As for shopping at the Somerset store, I tend to avoid the place because it's always crazy crowded. When I do shop there, I find I get decent service. I picked up my Macbook there, several Mac Minis there, my son's Macbook Pro there, my iPad there and my iPhone 4 there. I was impressed with the service on all those occasions but I did make an effort to time my most of visits so they weren't during peak hours or right after a new Apple product announcement. The exception to avoiding crowds was when I picked up my iPad on 4/3/2010 after waiting in line. I got there shortly before the store opened and was on my way with my 16GB wifi iPad about 30 minutes later. I was impressed that all my contacts, etc were on the iPad before I left the store (via MobileMe).

    The other day I noticed 64 GB 3G iPad 2's just sitting there in a local Target store but the lower priced models were all sold out. Around here you can get an iPad 2 if you're willing to buy the more expensive models.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

    Consultant

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    That's absolutely not how it's done at most stores.

    At the Apple Store here, they got a person with tickets with model on it. You get a ticket.
     
  6. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    Interesting. I never noticed the tickets at Somerset. Perhaps that's because I tend to shy away on the busier days.
     

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