Microsoft to Intercept Apple Store patrons at The Door!

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by ayzee, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. ayzee macrumors 6502a

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    I was just happily walking to my local apple store at Birmingham bullring, and to my surprise microsoft have set up a whopping big stall right outside, how rude! Apparantly they are looking for people to film to be apart of their "I'm a pc commercials" and marketing. I said no thanks.
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    I'm quite surprised how aggressive microsoft are getting, even here in the uk. Microsoft seem to be admitting that the apple brand is really growing in strength. But it just seems a little desperate to me.



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  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    I love how the lady is eagle-eyeing the competition. She's just watching people walk in and out of the Apple Store.

    I would probably go along with it though, if only to help her keep her job. Its not her fault for the location Micro$oft picked.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Its not rude, it's called freedom. So what if they do this. You thnk Apple wouldn't do it themselves in a heartbeat? They did start the whole "I'm a mac I'm a pc" bs.
     
  4. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping the staff at the Apple store go and sign up to be in a Microsoft advert :D
     
  5. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Dumb. If they want to recruit PC users, they picked the wrong place. It's like trying to recruit fat people (for a new slimming-product advert) outside a salad-bar.

    Unless they're just trying to be obnoxious?
     
  6. dejo Moderator

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    Just oblige them.

    "Lights. Camera. Action."

    "I'm a PC, and I'm also a Mac. I, too, can run Vis--buzz, I mean Windows."
     
  7. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Indeed. Freedom to shoot yourself in the foot! :)

    Maybe "rude" isn't the right word. "Ill considered", perhaps? Politicians know all about that ;)

    Anyway, it's nice to see Apple getting some traction in the UK. I lived in the UK many years ago. If you wanted to buy Apple back then, you had to drive miles to a tatty warehouse in some god-forsaken "industrial estate". No car meant no Apple! I've recently visited a couple of the new UK stores and the change is breathtaking. Don't know why it took so long.
     
  8. redgeie macrumors newbie

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    you can actually see me right outside the pc booth in that picture, (blond guy with back facing camera), the PC girls banned me from going in and saying "i'm a pc, and i break down every two minutes"
     
  9. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Not too sure if the location is intentional. It's a location where all temporary pitches of this size go. Quite often you'll see a car or a stall giving away free stuff from this location. There is another larger area to do the same, but I guess in terms of footfall this is probably the best (as it's the entrance most people use - Identified by a large bull).
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    The impression I get from that is that Microsoft looks pathetic next to Apple.

    Imagine someone who doesn't know the computer market walks through the Bullring and sees that.
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  11. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Same here. It's not like it's a computer expo, and they DO have the freedom to do it as long as they aren't being disruptive to the stores sales, but... it makes Microsoft look more pathetic (IMO) than does Apple in the "Im a mac/Im a PC" ads. Not that I'm saying Apple makes themselves look pathetic with those ads, I find them humorous, in fact my wife watching them started asking questions and from that, wanted one so I got her her MB so those ads DO work. The "Im a PC - and I look like I haven't showered since I lost my job and been living off the street" ads just made several PC users I know laugh at them.

    Actually to me it makes them look like major vultures.
     
  12. chagla macrumors 6502a

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    i'm sorry if you had difficulty operating a pc. it's actually very easy. my 9 year old cousin is operating one and it does not break every two minutes.
     
  13. derryquinn macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft to Intercept Apple Store patrons at The Door!

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    [Via Gimodo | http://gizmodo.com/5072542/microsoft-parks-im-a-pc-recording-kiosks-outside-apple-stores ]

    Here's a pic from a store in England:
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    I think this is taking it too far, and simply tacky and cheap. It's not like Microsoft need more marketshare and have to take it from Apple...That's what I don't understand.
     
  14. CBGFilms macrumors regular

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    AGHH!!! THAT ANNOYS ME SO MUCH!

    I hate it how Microsoft has to be so spiteful about it!! That I'm a PC crap is stupid, I mean Macs are PCs ALSO! PERSONAL COMPUTERS!!!
     
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    Yes, I can't believe they would respond to a negative advertising campaign (albeit a good one)...with... positive advertising. I'm aghast. Shocked and dismayed, really. Next thing you know, they'll be planting flowers and sitting in circles singing songs.

    P.S. In case you haven't been to Earth recently, the "I'm a PC" (as opposed to a Mac) thing came from Apple. :confused::confused:

    Putting it right in the doorway is tacky. But calling the advertising campaign spiteful in ostensible support of Apple is hypocritical. And nonsensical.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    LOL I'm waiting for this to backfire. I really doubt anyone that has intent to go into the apple store is really willing to be persuaded by some folks at a kiosk. If anything they'd end up chasing ME INTO the apple store just to get away from them. :p
     
  18. derryquinn macrumors 6502

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    Also I just noticed, it says "Life without walls" on the wall of the kiosk :D

    As many have said, if there's no walls, why do we need windows...but that kiosk has walls, and no windows, except one big opening with no door...sounds like quite the security flaw...

    Maybe they should change Windows 7 to Big Gaping Hole 7
     
  19. derryquinn macrumors 6502

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    Woops...

    Well wouldn't ya know, the story comes from our very own forum member ayzee

    Continue Discussion at his thread over at his (or her) thread
     
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I don't know how this goes over in the UK, but I suspect if it was tried in the States that Apple would complain to the mall management about the placement. Microsoft can make the case for their products any way they like, but I think a line is crossed when a kiosk is set up right in front of the door of a retailer which says, in effect "don't go in there."
     
  21. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    This just shows me that MS has to try anything to turn things around.
     
  22. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

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    I think Apple should organize a cake sale next to the MS booth.
     
  23. Floris macrumors 68020

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    lol,
    you just know steve jobs killed someone today over this. :apple:
     
  24. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I think it is worse that Apple has bought up all the ad space around the Mag Mile store in Chicago. I mean after leaving the Apple store I don't want to look at a bus stop with the oozing iPods.
     
  25. derryquinn macrumors 6502

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    Epic.
     

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