Why unbox at home?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by makinao, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    Why is it that so many people in this board wait until they get home to unbox their store-bought new unit, then complain about the inconvenience of dragging themselves back to the store because of some minor issue?

    I've always inspected my purchases in the store. I always have sales people get me a new unit from the storeroom, and unseal the box for my inspection when I've already initiated the payment. My regular Apple reseller always gives me a chance to sit down and go through the whole setup process (initial startup, registration, software installation, etc). This also gives me enough time to inspect the unit for cosmetic flaws and potential hardware/software problems. The sales and tech people gladly assist me, and I've never felt like they just wanted to shove me out the door as soon as I paid.

    So I can't understand people who complain that they are spending a lot of money on things and demand a cosmetically micron-perfect product, but don't take the time to inspect them properly at the point of sale.
  2. WillEH macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Maybe they don't want to open it in the store? I see no reason to open it up in store, you'd expect a big company like Apple to have products you can take home and not worry about if it's broken or not even before you've opened it...
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Are there really that many?
    Can you provide some statistical analysis?
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    because we have a live and don't want to waste our time in an apple store unpacking a gadget and look for stuck pixels?

    also we assume that most of the units are fine and the chance to have a bad one is less than 3%.

    seriously, I drive by an apple store or best buy on my commute, pick up what I need and rush home or to work. I simply don't want to miss a work meeting or miss a gym workout with friends. I buy the darn thing and unpack it later when I have time. sometimes a even few days later.
  5. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    That is where the cold beer is kept :cool:
  6. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    So i don't look like a freak at the store.
    I don't know. :confused: Most people just don't tend to do that.
  7. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    because it can be a hassle to rebox the device so that something doesn't happen when we driving/walking/busing back to our homes. That is why I dont- I don't want to have to repack it in a rush or on the street.
  8. TigerBabe macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2010
    LOL my thought but to each is own I guess...
  9. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Because some of us order BTO and it never goes to the store.
  10. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    I like to explore new devices on my own time. When I upgraded my iPhone I opted to unbox and setup at home. If there's a issue (although rare) I'll take it back...no biggie.
  11. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Why unbox at home?

    Because it's the most practical way :)
  12. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Probably for the same reason I take my new clothes home in a bag and I don't walk out of a shop wearing my new shoes.

    But seriously, because my computers are tools that help me earn an income and so setting them up at my workplace is far more convenient.

    I do not buy them to impress others and they are not objects of desire for showing off.
    I don't mind if the home button is 0.25mm to the left of where it should be or the Mac Pro's got a miniscule scratch on its bottom.

    As long as it works I am happy.
  13. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Because taking something back to the shop is not difficult for me. Besides I buy all my Apple products online from either Amazon or their own online store.

    I've never had to take a product back.

    Even if I did inspect an Apple product, where would I unpack it? All my nearest Apple Stores, all the ones I've ever visited have been completely packed. How could I guarantee that nobody had taken any parts from it? Or that I hadn't dropped anything?
  14. scottgroovez macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    Can you imagine if everyone did that? I imagine most people expect a new product to be perfect. It's annoying having to return stuff, but I'd rather save time and inspect it at home, rather than having to inspect everything thing I buy in the shop.
  15. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I make big purchases at places with 30 day no hassle return policies. Also I know that the likelihood of a faulty product is close to zero, which is why I skip warranties too.

    Also I don't expect a product to be perfect. I'll scratch it myself within a month anyways. Though I never have bought something with a stuck pixel. I have had only one LCD ever develop one and I rarely ever noticed it.
  16. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    US Apple Stores recently starting doing that for all customers (if the customer wants to) ... it's a free service called "Personal Setup".

    It's also the reason why they dropped their restock fee.
  17. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Speak for yourself.:p I used to do that when I was younger, I would wear the new pair out of the store.

    For me the fun in getting new goodies is getting home, opening the box, enjoying the new electronics smell and plugging it in while skipping all of the directions. Unboxing at the store kinda seems like a douchie thing to do.
  18. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    For a large part of this site's demographic, an un-boxing is like masturbating. Do you masturbate in the store?
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    For me, its like any other product I buy.

    Basically, it goes like this
    step 1. walk into a store
    Step 2. Buy what I need
    step 3. Go home
    step 4. open said purchase items.

    This actually works for laptops, toasters, and toothpaste. :cool:
  20. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Really? :confused: Is removing shrink wrap so complex that you require the aid of a professional to do it for you?
  21. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    At first I thought you had written:
  22. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I take it home to unbox it because I am NOT one of THOSE people like the OP seems to be. Also unlike people on these boards who complain I am fine with a scratch here and there. The things are meant to be used. Small things to not bother me. Dead pixels depending on twere they are can annoying the crap out of me.

    I also know if things do not fail in the first 30 days chances are they are not going to fail for 5 years. For example Hard drives. They either fail very early on or somewhere past the 5 years mark.
  23. KompleX macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2008
    Downey, CA
  24. dontworry macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2010
    I just bought a new slim PS3 to replace my launch 60 and waited to get home and take a shower so I could enjoy unpacking everything and take it all in. The iphone 4 was opened at ATT when it came in and the 3g stuck in the box before I got out the door.

    I think it all depends on the person.:)
  25. dontworry macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2010
    What about chocolate milk? I can't make it home without cracking the milk open.

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