My local Apple store is so boring!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwl017, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. dwl017 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2007
    Murder Capitol DC
    I was in the mall this afternoon and decided to stop in the Apple store, for starters I was visually bored to death how sterile and white! very little product yet there were 15 Apple sales people all just standing around with bright red shirts on.

    There was absolutely nothing in the store that yelled out to my visual senses buy me! this is just a personal observation.

    * The store was in Bethesda Maryland located in the Westfield Mall.
  2. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    your very lucky to even have a apple store.
    the closest one to me is 400 miles away.:rolleyes::cool:
  3. Mactropolis macrumors newbie


    Nov 24, 2007
    I'm with you there iTeen...

    Just be glad you have an Apple Store close to you dwl017!
  4. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    I'd take a boring Apple Store over no Apple Store any day. The closest one to me is about 5 hours flight away.
  5. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    That's odd. The one here is always bright and full of fun products, and there are always tons of people in the store keeping the sales staff busy. Is yours a newer apple store?
  6. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    :confused: Seattle is a 3 hour drive from Richmond
  7. cmac101 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    The Big Easy
    Same here:(
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Odd that it was "boring". I was at Apple yesterday twice. The first time there were about 12 people in the store and more red shirts than I care to recall. The second time it was packed and too hot to even stand in line. Today I came back and it was fairly empty but I found it utterly cute that this little old lady was sitting at the iMac bar researching distance education. It really says something about a store that will allow people to use their systems like that. I dislike it when the store is busy and I'm trying to buy a new machine, but if they're not busy then why not?!
  9. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
    To the OP, I hear ya. Sometimes my local Apple Store is pretty deserted, but by no means is it boring. I love going in there and using their computers to remotely log on to my Dell at home. lol. Most of the employees know and like me there so they know that I'll remove anything I put on there.

    Today I went in there at around 1PM and it was P A C K E D! It was the busiest I'd seen it in months (I know it's that time of year, but still). I live in Danbury, CT, which isn't too too far from the 5th Ave NYC store. I really don't want to imagine how crowded that store was this weekend, let alone Friday. Phew! I was at the 5th Ave store opening and it was f*cking packed!

    Anyhow, give it another chance. Give them your feedback. They should listen if they're not dumb.
  10. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Agreed. I don't even know where the nearest Apple Store is...
  11. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    Haha I guess I meant the nearest Canadian store. I can't buy anything over $25 in Seattle without paying duties/taxes when I come back.
  12. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I think the closest apple store to me is Japan.........

    I went with a friend to the Melbourne Apple reseller (Flinders Street for those who know) and the saleswoman was absolutely hopeless.

    Among her other misinformations, the iMac RAM is so hard to replace that you have to bring it in for them to do it and the Core2Extreme is 'exactly' the same as a quad core. I was silently beating my head the whole time.

    Then the store manager proceeded to explain why 5GB RAM in a Mac Pro is worse than 4GB RAM.

    Be thankful you have people who actually know what they're talking about (i hope)

    P.S. why do you go looking for kicks at your apple store?
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It is only boring until the colorful customer skips in wearing a tutu, pink leotard, and fairy wings saying "Look at me, I float like a butterfly."

    Of course he has to also whack all the Customer Service Reps on the head with his wand at some point...
  14. Mac One macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2007
    I'm in New Zealand and the best I've got is a reseller and a general computer/electronics store. To even look at the Macs at the reseller you've got to ring to see if the 'Mac' guy is there and the computer store is still selling Core Duo MBPs for the same price as the SR ones (which aren't in store).
    If you think the store's boring don't go!!!
  15. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    Louisville, KY just got an Apple store and the depending on where you live in Kentucky the ones in Cincinnati, Knoxville, or Nashville may be closer.

    To the OP, i've seen store both completely dead and packed. Personally I don't like walking into empty stores because I rarely by anything in store and being asked 3-4 times if I need assistance is annoying.
  16. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    Oddly, this thread is starting to remind me of Monty Python's famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch.

    I'm fortunate. I have two Apple Stores within an hour's drive of my home, and another one within two-ish hours of my home.

    But some of you folk are making me wish I could share my good fortune with you. I have yet to figure out the appropriate symlink switch for real-world objects, but if I ever do, I'll map one of "my" Apple stores to a store front which is local to you.
  17. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have 3 rather boring Apple stores within a 45 minute drive. I say boring as in they are all small Mall stores, only one has a presentation area.
  18. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Thank goodness there are many millions of people in Chicago. I have 7 stores within 45 minutes of me, suckas!
  19. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    There is an apple premium reseller at walking distance from where I work. It's also mucho boring. I hope they keep it like that so I'm not tempted to walk in too much. The last time I popped in even leopard seemed boring.
  20. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Southern Colorado

    The closest Apple Store to me is in Boulder! An over 3 hour drive one way! I had a chance to go and visit a month ago. I guess you could say it was boring, but what do you want? The store sells a machine called a computer! And the iPod! Do you want movies blasting and being shown everywhere? Or an atmosphere where a sales person can talk to you and show you Apples Products?

    I sold computers in a store where the computer department was across the TV and Stereo department. Most of the time I could not hear anything a customer was asking me, never mind trying to make a sale!!

    Oh, when I went to the Apple store a sales person did approach me. We discussed the 20 and 24" iMac, we discussed what was included for the price etc., and then he left me alone to play with photoshop! (So no over the top salesman!)
  21. Zephgx macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    The nearest Apple store for me is 15-25 mins away but no traffic going there, problem is, it is packed with people every time i go :mad: (it's in Costa Mesa and i wish they would be done renovating soon, place is too small).

    The next close one is about half an hour to 45min drive (from my house) i think and isnt really packed. Just wished it was alot nearer... :D
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  23. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    The store in Knoxville is probably the closest store then, considerably closer than those in Louisville and Cincinnati, but still a 2+ hour drive :(
  24. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    same as mine in the International Mall Tampa. LOVE IT!,and only 1 hour and 15 away.
  25. BradenL macrumors newbie


    Nov 26, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I actually resigned from being a Mac Specialist last week. I worked at the Yorkdale location in Toronto.

    I really enjoyed working there, but one of the things that always bugged me is that we were shoulder-to-shoulder busy on the weekends. You could barely move.

    It's funny, cause there's a bigger location in Toronto's west side (Sherway Gardens) that's not as nearly as busy.

    That makes a big difference in the atmosphere and your experience in the store.

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