CrApple Store Blog down again.

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by ClassicII, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. ClassicII macrumors 6502

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    I really got a kick out of this former apple retail employee's blog.

    crapplestore.blogspot.com


    Looks like it has been taken down again, probably by apples lawyers... :mad:
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm no fanboy, but that blog never really jived with me. His angry rants were just that angry rants
     
  3. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    It`s good for a quick giggle but I never take it seriously.
     
  4. cecil444 macrumors newbie

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    Some of the posts on the CrAppleStore were rather petty, but most of the criticism--from an insider perspective--was spot on. Most of us former Apple employees share the same feelings. The company has an attractive aura, but pull back the curtain a bit and it's no different from any other big money corporation, focused on profit often at the expense of its own people.
     
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Apple's retail stores are doing very, very well.

    Problems aren't serious enough to affect Apple's bottom line. People continue to work in their stores and for the organization as a whole. Where's the mass exodus? Where are the plummeting retail store profit numbers? Where are the labour board complaints? Fact is, Apple's retail store experience for consumers is second to none in the industry. #1 in customer service for so many years now I've lost count. Not really a sign of unhappy employees who can't wait to leave, now is it?

    There really aren't any. Just internet forum BS from what are likely chronic job-hoppers. A lot of people who bother posting are just posting rants and complaints. It's pretty safe to assume they're in the minority.

    People who like to work and succeed will work and succeed in even the most cutthroat of industries. Assume those who stay on with Apple fit that mould. If you can't take the heat and can't play the game then get out of the organization and cry on internet forums about how unfair and greedy corporations are. Pretty pathetic. The failures will always cry and moan.

    Anyway that blog was just retarded. If you're going to troll then do it effectively. Problem is, that Apple has made it quite difficult for people to troll against them and come off looking legit. They've been doing great for years now and the usual trolls are having to reach further and further into the realm of absurdity.

    Simple solution: ignore personal experiences and isolated anecdotal opinion when it comes to these things. They don't amount to anything. Instead, look at the yearly "how Apple is doing" reports that come in - quarterly reports, consumer satisfaction ratings, you name it. They tend to give you the big picture. #1 in customer satisfaction just doesn't fit with lousy employee morale. Disgruntled employees leave their mark on customers. When it comes to Apple, we have yet to see this in terms of any appreciable numbers.

    Cheers.
     
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    And above me we see the other end of the stick. :p

    I thought the blog rather childish to be honest. I don't like my job at times. I don't go writing a blog about it. Some of his posts were amusing, but the majority were just dire.
     
  7. SevenInchScrew macrumors 6502a

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    It is pretty scary, really. I just can't see how someone can so endlessly defend and praise a company like that, unless they are being paid to do so. It just doesn't make sense to me otherwise.
     
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Have you ever worked in retail? The posts on crapple weren't anything compared to what a lot of us have had to deal with in other big retail stores. It really made the people posting look like petty whiners honestly.
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    It is LTD. The true Apple Fanboy here. many of us ingore him because he adds nothing to anything threads and takes things off topic with what I have felt is nothing more than being an Apple Troll.

    Back to the post on crapple I find it sad that the sight was taken down. It was often times worth a good laugh to read. Really nothing posted on the blog was any different than same BS that goes on in any retail shop.
    Apple Crapple did was show that Apple retail is the same crap that we see on other retail shops. I laugh when I read post about people dreaming at working at an Apple store because lets face it they are in for a rude awakening when they find out it is just another retail store that has to deal with mindless idiots that come walking in that want the newest product that Apple makes them think they need.
     
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    I also found it a bit immature ... I only read bits of it once, then never went back
     
  11. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    You deal with everything that was in that blog every single day you work there and let me know how you feel after it. Anyone who confirms this stuff is just smart enough to have never gotten sucked into believing Apple retail is such a great place to work. I worked for Apple retail for nearly three years and in multiple stores, they're all the same. The people who come in there have a huge sense of entitlement, the management is completely unreasonable who expect miracle solutions in three minutes and most of the other people you worked with where fairly brain dead.
     
  12. SevenInchScrew macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I have worked retail, but my post had nothing to do with the Crapple website.
    I know, but I mean, it can't be real, can it? That has to be a joke account. And if a joke account, it is pretty amazing. If real, though, then it is amazingly sad.
     
  13. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Try it is a real account. If you go threw several other Apple boards you will find LTD saying the same stuff. If you read threw enough of his post you will find that it is a pretty real account.
     
  14. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    I'm "Quadra 610" on AppleInsider, and "LTD602" or "LTD*" on MDN. Feel free to drop by and say hi.

    Yes, these posts are real. They're honest, often brutally honest. And they also reflect a lot of uncomfortable realities that a lot of people around here who love to feign objectivity (in order to appear "unbiased" to garner general approval) are unwilling to admit.

    I don't like a lot of tech, and I'll usually tell you why. Frankly, a lot of it just sucks. Some of it is novel, some of it is useful, but you most often find badly designed hardware, or badly designed software, or both. Apple is really the only, and I mean ONLY tech company out there that manages to bring both together under one roof and pull off excellent synergy between the two. And here's the kicker for me: grandma can use it. No learning curve. Your mom can use it. No learning curve. Anyone who thinks this aspect doesn't matter (in the post-PC era, no less) needs their head checked.

    Learning curves, complexity, the need to be "proficient" with tech, the need to be "experienced" with tech - all of this is indicative of downright bad engineering and design, and in a more pedestrian way, smacks of IT geek culture afraid for their jobs and sense of self-worth because they have "special knowledge" of tech that is about to become commonplace.

    Apple's philosophy is the soundest philosophy - it's also my philosophy in terms of how I like to live: cut, cut, cut, and then cut out some more. Then perfect what's left over. Then what you have isn't just tech, it's a great experience. It's not just a tool, it's a part of your lifestyle. It's for everyone, even the technologically illiterate or for those who "don't know computers." This is really the biggest success story of our time: tech that is universally accessible. Joe Average is finally empowered. And he didn't even have to read the ****ing manual.

    Cheers.
     
  15. Alaerian Guest

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    You know, I don't always agree with everything that LTD posts. But, here's the major difference between him and many other people - he doesn't resort to 3rd grade insults like many of you. He is generally well-versed, polite, and thought out. Many of you, if you disagree with him, simply resort to name-calling and childish crap.

    I'd much rather have 10 posters like LTD than 1 of the forum bullies.
     
  16. SevenInchScrew macrumors 6502a

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    Glancing through his post history, I'm inclined to disagree. But that is just my opinion.
    The thought of that horrifies me.
     
  17. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Clearly you have never seen any of *LTD*'s posts when he really gets going. He has attempted humiliate users with previous posts that have turned out to be incorrect or misinformed, uses childish name calling "Bargain Bin Ballmer" is one that springs to mind, and he is totally unreasonable when it comes to accepting when he is blatantly incorrect or what he has said was totally fabricated rubbish.
     
  18. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Retail just plainly sucks.. regardless if its Apple or another company. You have NO FREEDOM, no set schedule, and no weekends off. Retail is a dead end and for those who really believe they have a future with retail, you are sadly mistaken. If you want extreme stress and extreme pressure being a manager, go for it..

    I was there years ago and now I am an admin assistant with a 9-5 schedule and weekends off.
     
  19. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    He has attempted humiliate users with previous posts that have turned out to be incorrect or misinformed,

    This is true. You post something, you're fair game later.

    uses childish name calling "Bargain Bin Ballmer" is one that springs to mind

    Dude, it's Ballmer.

    and he is totally unreasonable when it comes to accepting when he is blatantly incorrect or what he has said was totally fabricated rubbish.

    Except for one thing: Android market share. I didn't count on junky Google beta software catching on so fast.

    Then a little while later I realized what they had done: what every generic box-maker does ---> flood the market with 50+ different models, license to everyone without giving a damn about the User Experience, and then jockey for position in a race to the bottom. Which never ends well. And we're seeing the consequences of that now.I'm sure I don't need to elaborate on what we already know (no profit) and the most recent news (Google re-defining "open" when playtime's over.)

    Yep, I had forgotten the #1 strategy of all tech companies using (inferior) horizontal business models - license out to everyone, cut corners to save money, and push volume.

    (Your *LTD* fetish, however, is quite flattering. Don't you and Roddy Prime have me on ignore?)

    Cheers
     
  20. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Used to, but it one day MacRumours forgot about it, it seems and I haven't bothered adding you again (as it is rather useful to know what the ultimate fanboy thinks).

    Seriously though, what is wrong with non-apple products and why do they deserve this abuse? I've found Android, Windows, RIM, etc to be totally usable, just like iOS and OS X. And so have many others. Which is the opposite you make non-apple products out to be. In fact, I think an Android based phone can actually do more than my iPhone (not that I need or would ever use the features, as I just use my phone as a phone).

    Don't flatter yourself. I enjoy a debate with the unreasoned at times.
     

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