You Think *Apple* Employees Are Ignorant...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gathomblipoob, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    My girlfriend I spent a few minutes in her local corporate Verizon store last week. We stood by listening to a sales rep telling a young lady about the iPhone 5. Did you know:

    1. The screen is larger because it has more megapixels?

    2. The back is made of titanium?

    3. The Galaxy S III is faster than the iPhone 5?

    4. The 4S and the 5 both have one gigabyte of RAM?

    5. Video on the 4S in rendered in DVD quality and on the 5 in Blu-Ray quality?

    It boggles the mind.
  2. zeyank macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    That is pretty standard in retail, employees that make minimum wage and no nothing about what they are selling, it makes it even worse when they are on commission.
  3. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    That one made me chuckle, because it makes no sense whatsoever. Could have only been said by a n00b.
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    this. Most "associates" in retail do not make great money $8-$10, so how much do they really even care to know about what they are selling? Granted I would think a sales person at verizon probably makes some commission as well so knowledge is key......or false knowledge :p

    what do they say..."ignorance is not as dangerous as the false belief of knowledge"
  5. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I'm a sales person at a retail store and yes, it happens. Most employees are just trying to get the sale, don't care what it takes. And a little lie here and there won't hurt. :rolleyes:
  6. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    The screen does have more megapixels. To get the mp rating you simply multiply the width by the height. So he's not wrong.
  7. lamenramen macrumors regular

    May 14, 2012
    My new philosophy is to get in and get out with the device and handle everything else online. It's not any better but at least I'm not wasting as much time. Retail stores refer you online and online stores refer you back to retail. Buy your device directly from Apple and go contract-free. It will lower your blood pressure a few points.
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    how noble
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    That's great.
    Hope I never have to deal with anyone like you.:rolleyes:
  10. Gathomblipoob thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Agreed. I don't give reps that much leeway to lie and mislead customers. It's one thing to not know; it's another to make stuff up to avoid admitting ignorance.
  11. maverick22 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
    I worked at VZ Plus store (are those still around?) a few years ago. I was hired as a temp. I didn't have a whole lot of motivation. I needed a job and was there honestly until I could find something else. Well, it seemed as though that location was thought to the public as a "payment store." Everyone basically walked in to make a payment. Those that were wanting to buy something were interested in Fios. Rarely did someone come in to buy a cell phone (oh yeah there was an actual VZ Wireless in the same parking lot of our store).

    So, to shorten, I didn't have a whole lot of motivation selling wireless. I didn't focus much of my short time there learning that. I concentrated on Fios. If someone came in for wireless though I knew enough to get by. If I didn't, I'd ask one of the actual VZ employees who were actually on commission to help. Oh yeah, I was not on commission.

    I go into a lot of stores now knowing that if I'm really interested in buying something, I probably know more about it than the person selling the product. I have taken my personal time to research it and its competition. It's weird that I knew more about phones before/after I worked at VZ and than during that time. I spent all day at a store doing something--didn't want to come home and research more phones.

    Hope this made some sense.
  12. richmds macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2012
    Ah, retail sales the training ground pre-requisite for used car salesman.
  13. qckslvrsiete macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    The one thing I did appreciate during my 1.5 hour buying experience for an iPhone 5 at a Target Mobile kiosk was that the associate admitted up front to not knowing much about the tech of the phone, and didn't try to fake his way through anything.
  14. KittiFatale macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Helsinki, FI
  15. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
  16. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    I've always got free laughs by talking to AT&T and Verizon employees about phones when I"m in the stores. They're ignorant to a comical level. (And I haven't even BOTHERED talking to the people at Best Buy, Target or Wal-Mart!)
  17. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Target Mobile Kiosk?

  18. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Dang that's crazy. I just wish that they gave the iPhone a fair chance in carrier stores
  19. qckslvrsiete macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    More of the computer next to the line of cell phones in the electronics section. I guess it wasn't much of a kiosk.
  20. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    He forgot #6: "I'd rather sell you a Galaxy S3, because I get more commission off of it."

    Chances her, he accurately knows everything there is to know, backwards and forward, about the Droid and galaxy lines in his store, but because Verizon's staffing model is to have their sales people live off commissions, his motivation is how fat his paycheck is gonna be, not what the customer wants. So he'll say whatever for the iPhones, as long as it's not better than anything Android.

    That's why I just buy direct from Apple.
  21. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    These sorts of stories never happen to me. The staff in the shops near me are usually gracious enough to admit they don't know the answer if they don't.
  22. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    Yep. I posted a thread like this yesterday.

    Radio Shack told me there would be NO new iPhones shipped to apple or any other reseller until February.

    And Verizon stubbornly told me the verizon iphone could do simultaneous voice/data.
    I had him "show me". He was quite surprised that it could not. :)

    They key (which you know) is: they are sales people. They very often don't know much about the products they are selling, except maybe the one they own. And I'd bet the Verizon guy I talked to was an Android user.
  23. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    lol. I lost it at this one.
  24. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I want Blu Ray quality on a 4" screen... :eek:

  25. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    None of those things denote arrogance.

    They all however denote a severe lack of knowledge.

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