Best Buy’s shopping experience is the worst
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
10 May 2016
Try to figure out the logic, I dare ya
Just yesterday I was reminded — once again — that Best Buy is one of the most flawed stores in the retail market. Not to mention, one of my least favorite.
Which is a terrible shame because I am about the biggest tech geek around and, if the shopping experience wasn’t so annoying, I would frequent it much more. As it is, Best Buy just doesn’t understand what its customers want — to explore and not to be constantly “sold to.”
It would be nice if, for once, I could visit the only electronic store in my hometown and not be haggled to join the Rewards Program or to get insurance on an item that cost $20. Really, is that too much to ask?
In fact, you can’t even check out from the registers without being ensnared in some type of Best Buy hoopla.
Best Buy tricks you
On my way home from work yesterday, I stopped by Best Buy for a new phone case. I found one I liked and, what’s more, I managed to avoid three or four floor workers wanting to help me. One of my few wins at the store.
But that all tanked when I went to pay for my case. The gent in front of me took about five minutes to check out. What’s more, he complained to the cashier about needing to fill out his e-mail address and that he just wanted to get his “batteries”and go.
Next was my turn to pay. Immediately I understood why the guy in front of me was annoyed. There was screen after screen displayed on the credit card reader. Options were pre-selected for me, which I rushed through because there was a line of people behind me. I left with my case, which should have made me happy, but I was dissatisfied with my shopping experience and felt duped by the system.
I am not alone in thinking that Best Buy has very annoying practices. So annoying that it has turned me off as a customer.
The process has overtaken the experience at Best Buy. Until that gets fixed, it’s lost this gear hound for good.
Walmart Uber Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 23 August 2017 Walmart Uber vs. Amazon Whole Foods? The doubling of the number of cities for the Walmart Uber pilot partnership, in which Uber delivers groceries, demonstrates Walmart isn’t taking Amazon lightly. This...
Deny Climate Change Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 22 August 2016 Rethinking Climate Change Is everything in this world today political? Why is climate change a political issue? It is time that we realized that our political bent may very well blind all of us....
Soderbergh Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 21 August 2017 Soderbergh, Logan Lucky and the changing movie If you’re a film director of a certain reputation, take heart in the business decisions made by Steven Soderbergh and his newest release, Logan Lucky. The...