Saturday, March 03, 2007

Of corporate greed and stupidity

Best Buy has admitted to maintaining a fake version of its website for internal use at its stores. This is part of a scam where Best Buy lists cheap prices online and invites customers to come to the store to take advantage of them. When the customer gets there, a dirtbag salesman loads up the fake website and shows them that the price has "gone up" while the customer was driving over to the store and offers to sell the item for the new price.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered the investigation into Best Buy's practices on Feb. 9 after my column disclosed the website and showed how employees at two Connecticut stores used it to deny customers a $150 discount on a computer advertised on

Blumenthal said Wednesday that Best Buy has also confirmed to his office the existence of the intranet site, but has so far failed to give clear answers about its purpose and use.

The US Post Office has vowed clocks from 37,000 postal outlets in order to alleviate the problem of people feeling like they're waiting in line for two long. A clockless atmosphere will apparently encourage a state of meditative interest in the workings of the postal service, without distracting with the sense of time's fleeting passage. Consumerist's Meghann Marco nails it:
Um, correct me if I'm wrong here but:

* People carry timepieces.

* The post office is not a casino. People aren't going to lose themselves in the fun and mail more letters than they'd originally intended.

Is this the best they can come up with?


Anonymous N N said...

OMG! The Best Buy story is absolutely true! I've experienced this myself and now i can't believe I let them fool me! I bought a Shuffle and the website at home advertised it for $5 or so less but the salesperson pulled up the website to prove me wrong. I thought my eyes were messing with me. I wish I had enough common sense to go home and log back onto their website to double check.

ARGH!! I'm annoyed that they tricked me!

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