Priceless...cell phone kiosk

skubish

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Feb 2, 2005
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So there is a new Apple Store in my local mall. Right outside the Apple Store is one of those cell phone kiosk. The people at this kiosk are real pushy and annoying.

Well I was going to the Apple Store the other day and passed by this kiosk the metrosexual guy trying to be all casual and ask me what cell phone I had.
I just pointed to the big model iPhone on the wall and his jaw dropped. "Oh", was all he could muster.

Priceless

I hope he gets that comment all day long.
 

bcavanau

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Oct 25, 2006
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I like doing this too, especially when Sprint called to ask how they could get me back as a customer...

They didn't have a chance...lol
 

javaGuru

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Jul 15, 2007
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This was definitely a priceless moment. The people that work at those kiosk can definitely be pushy and rude. :)
 

MarkMS

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Aug 30, 2006
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That was hilarious. I have yet to have an encounter with a phone sales person.

Can't wait to whip my iPhone out as soon as one of those Mall kiosk guys asks me if I want a new plan/phone with 2 free accessories. :p
 

ejrizo

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Jun 26, 2007
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LOL I had a similar experience where no word were exchanged. I was walking at victoria gardens (big outdoor shopping center at Ontario California) as I was about to cross the Helio booth I seen the salesman start approching me as I received a call and so I go to pick up my phone he takes a quick glance and does one of those 180's and kinda gets that nevermind look on his face. Funny thing was my friend calling me has a helio ocean so I was laughing about it as I was telling him.
 

yotaguy

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I really hate those cell phone kiosk guys. I used to work at a best buy that was near but not attached to a mall and I would have to walk through the mall to go to the food court. I would do this 2-4 times a week and EVERY time some idiot would ask me to buy a cell phone. I started out nice but than eventually just told them to shut the f up and leave me alone on my lunch break...
 

ATT*mark

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Aug 4, 2007
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haha thats funny . i get it every time i go into the mall. this last time i had walked out of a store right in front of a verizon agent kiosk. i happen to be on my phone, this girl looks right at me and says wow thats a big phone how about something smaller?? so i hang up with my friend and say, "gee you know your right i really should throw away my iphone for a F*@#!ng e815, you have me SOLD!!!" she looked at me real funny with a pause so i asked her to sell me a phone(i work for AT&T and nothing brings me more pleasure than to screw with mall kiosk cell phone agents). she started to stutter and offer me i think the 8830 blackberry. as i started to smirk she asked if she was wasting her time , i said yep not only do i work for AT&T, i love the service over verizon(had verizon before i worked for AT&T and hated it) but i just wanted to see your sales pitch , and you suck..... then i walked away. maybe ill go bait myself in the mall tonite just to screw with them , walk with my iphone out....
 

erandall38

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Jun 24, 2007
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This has happened twice to me in our local mall in Temecula, CA.

First time (forget the carrier) The guys just said " oh how do you like it?" "Wish I had one"

Second time (Sprint) The guys asked me to take it out so he could see me use it and I let him mess around with some of the apps. After about 10 min he said " Shoot get out of here before I get in trouble"
 

Amblinman

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haha thats funny . i get it every time i go into the mall. this last time i had walked out of a store right in front of a verizon agent kiosk. i happen to be on my phone, this girl looks right at me and says wow thats a big phone how about something smaller?? so i hang up with my friend and say, "gee you know your right i really should throw away my iphone for a F*@#!ng e815, you have me SOLD!!!" she looked at me real funny with a pause so i asked her to sell me a phone(i work for AT&T and nothing brings me more pleasure than to screw with mall kiosk cell phone agents). she started to stutter and offer me i think the 8830 blackberry. as i started to smirk she asked if she was wasting her time , i said yep not only do i work for AT&T, i love the service over verizon(had verizon before i worked for AT&T and hated it) but i just wanted to see your sales pitch , and you suck..... then i walked away. maybe ill go bait myself in the mall tonite just to screw with them , walk with my iphone out....
The people that work at these kiosks are the worst. Usually it's just a bunch of 16 year olds. I would never buy anything, even a f*cking case, from one of those things.
 

Radam

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Dec 3, 2006
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They are really pushy at my mall. I was walking by with my girlfriend and the Guy was like "hey i got a question, what cell phone service do you have?"

Me- "At&t"
Him-"Oh Im Sorry"
Me- I wip out my Iphone out of my Pocket and flash it to the guy and say "I'm Not!"
And he just stood there like a dumb ass.

And when we walked by again, he started to talk, and they remembered me and said "Oh....Nevermind"


People are so stupid.
 

Rooskibar03

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Feb 5, 2007
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Not only are they rude SOB's have you noticed they are stacked on top of each other? How many places do you really need to sell phones from, really.

Why do you need a T-Mobile store and 16 kiosks in the same mall?
 

desenso

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May 25, 2005
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haha thats funny . i get it every time i go into the mall. this last time i had walked out of a store right in front of a verizon agent kiosk. i happen to be on my phone, this girl looks right at me and says wow thats a big phone how about something smaller?? so i hang up with my friend and say, "gee you know your right i really should throw away my iphone for a F*@#!ng e815, you have me SOLD!!!" she looked at me real funny with a pause so i asked her to sell me a phone(i work for AT&T and nothing brings me more pleasure than to screw with mall kiosk cell phone agents). she started to stutter and offer me i think the 8830 blackberry. as i started to smirk she asked if she was wasting her time , i said yep not only do i work for AT&T, i love the service over verizon(had verizon before i worked for AT&T and hated it) but i just wanted to see your sales pitch , and you suck..... then i walked away. maybe ill go bait myself in the mall tonite just to screw with them , walk with my iphone out....
There's fanboy smug, and then there's offensive a**hole. If you really do this, then you cross the line.
 

Big-TDI-Guy

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Jan 11, 2007
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I truly wish my life was simple enough to be upset over what people work at Kiosks.

Of all things I could give a @($* about, that is about the bottom of my list.

What pills does your doctor have you on, and can I have some?
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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I agree that it's a silly thing to be bothered by.

Still, sometimes I'm at the mall, wearing a shirt and corporate badge of the manufacturer who employs me, talking on one of their phones, and still they ask me. It amuses me to no end.

"Yes, I'd like to buy a phone and plan from you even though I very clearly work for a cell phone manufacturer."
 

Kamera RAWr

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Pretty much all those cell phone kiosk people are pushy and the like. I was at Alderwood Mall in Western Washington when I was hassled by the guys at the T-Mobile kiosk. When they asked about my phone I said that I had an "iPhone" and one said "Oh, you have an iPhone?" in a disgusted tone of voice... then he told me "Everyone's now talking about the Wing, the Wing..." I looked it up on the internet at home... not a special phone by any means. They can get their commision from some other guy :p
 

opticalserenity

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As much as I don't like pushy sales people (whether it be cell kiosks, perfume sales, etc) I also understand WHY they do what they do.

I bet very few people here work on a commission only pay structure. Give them a break, especially if they are actually 16 years old.

If someone is willing to work, then more power to them. I simply say no thanks or pull out my iPhone and smile and say thanks and walk off. More times than not I've had them say "Wow can I see that!?" And I happily show them if I have the time.

We like nicer things, we should take the high road and act that way too. I hope that everyone here has at some point been treated poorly, and therefore knows how to treat others.

They may be pushy, even rude, but their paycheck depends on it. Right, Wrong, or indifferent, it's the way they buy food.
 

synth3tik

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Oct 11, 2006
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I was walking by an AT&T store downtown the other day and a lady working there saw my ear buds and approuched me "I see you have an iPod, what phone are you using?" I just grabbed the ear buds to show her the mic. So then she was just like "Oh, so you are already in the know"

not as great as the OPs experience, but worth a mention.
 

plumbingandtech

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Jun 20, 2007
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As much as I don't like pushy sales people (whether it be cell kiosks, perfume sales, etc) I also understand WHY they do what they do.

I bet very few people here work on a commission only pay structure. Give them a break, especially if they are actually 16 years old.

If someone is willing to work, then more power to them. I simply say no thanks or pull out my iPhone and smile and say thanks and walk off. More times than not I've had them say "Wow can I see that!?" And I happily show them if I have the time.

We like nicer things, we should take the high road and act that way too. I hope that everyone here has at some point been treated poorly, and therefore knows how to treat others.

They may be pushy, even rude, but their paycheck depends on it. Right, Wrong, or indifferent, it's the way they buy food.
I worked commission once and was not pushy or rude. I was also the top salesman in my region.

Pushy and rude is laziness and a lack of respect on their part.
 

grafikat

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I got hit up by one of those kiosks. Fella asked what phone I had, showed him my phoneon their network and the fella says, I bet I can get you better service! HELLO? did you not see the logo on the phone??


Bah!
 

Lixivial

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When they're pushy I think it's best just to leave them well enough alone. They're just trying to bring home the bacon like everyone else. If enough people ignore them, they'll fail and have to find a more suitable career or revise their method.

Anyroad, I've only been asked once, to which I politely said, "I'm sufficiently serviced by my current provider. The service is bought and paid at a reasonable rate. The moment that changes, I'll contact you to see if you can service me for a cheaper rate." It's strange, too, because the girl who asked me was dressed "business casual," and that's putting it mildly...

Still, sometimes I'm at the mall, wearing a shirt and corporate badge of the manufacturer who employs me, talking on one of their phones, and still they ask me. It amuses me to no end.
You sly dog. You work for Apple?! According to my research of news trends, they're predominantly a cell phone manufacturer with some small inroads in computers and media devices. But you're also a moderator here? As Stephen Colbert would say, "Hey, semicolon: comma or period, pick a side. We're at war." :D
 

ATT*mark

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Aug 4, 2007
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There's fanboy smug, and then there's offensive a**hole. If you really do this, then you cross the line.
how did i cross the line? it has nothing to do the fact i own an iphone . i just hate being bothered by mall kiosks. not to mention i love seeing how the competition sells phones....
 

TurboSC

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Aug 4, 2007
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hahaha that's awesome..

yea I remember the day iPhone was on sale and there was a Helio store a few blocks down... needless to say, they were dead and they looked pretty sad.
 

ATT*mark

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Aug 4, 2007
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I worked commission once and was not pushy or rude. I was also the top salesman in my region.

Pushy and rude is laziness and a lack of respect on their part.
i agree. i dont ever sell something to somebody who doesnt want it .all it means is a chargeback down the line. i make commission and i am never pushy . if somebody wants to think about i give them my card , 9 times out of 10 they call me because of the customer service i gave them. but mall sales are different . you dont have a storefront for people to see and walk in . but you are shooting yourself in the foot by even applying to work there . my closest mall for example . there are 3 mobile solutions kiosks in the mall , tmobile, 2 cingular and verizon. then there are independent tmobile, 2 cingular ,verizon and sprint kiosks....then there are verizon , sprint and tmobile stores..... this only a 2 story mall its not that big and you have a total of 3 tmobile, 3 verizon , 4 cingular(there were 5 but the cor store closed) and 2 sprint sellers in one mall.... that is insane. thats why i get bothered because i have to hear the smug "ready for a new cell phone buddy?" 4 times before i get to the store i want , then 4 more on the top level its ridiculous.....