What gifts, big or small, are you hoping to find under your tree this year?
Sponsored by Best Buy.
a) it’s not even Thanksgiving, so let’s not go crazy for Christmas just yet.b) it’s crass to talk about what you WANT, Christmastime is a season of GIVING.And then I noticed the little blue underlined font… this question sponsored by Best Buy.So what I want for Chirstmas is for Best Buy to actually stock what they claim they carry!I’m sorry, that probably doesn’t make much sense. Please rewind nearly a whole year to New Year’s Eve and my good pal Roomie was in town. The Beloved and I had been thinking about replacing our TV, but hadn’t gotten around to it – and Roomie’s a gadget guy, so we thought of running out to Best Buy before the party commenced and get a TV.We’d done our homework — we knew we wanted in terms of size, finish and brand reliability. When we arrived at Best Buy, there were lots of TVs several models that fit the bill and the prices seemed pretty good. Roomie and I were excited, and were approached by young, nerd sales guy.YNSG: Do you need any help?Me: Yes. Do you have <fill in make and model number>?YNSG: Let me check…. mmmm…sorry, looks like there aren’t any more.Me: Oh, too bad. What about <fill in different make and model number>?YNSG: Let me check…. mmmm…sorry, looks like there aren’t any more of those, either.Me: Really?YNSG: I’m afraid so.Me: Okay, how about <next one>?YNSG: Errrr… doesn’t look like it. That model’s been discontinued. I think that’s true for the second one as well.Me: Discontinued? Oh, so will you sell me the floor model on the wall?YNSG: No, we’re not allowed to do that.Me: Really?YNSG: <shifting> No, I’m afraid not.Me: Okay, so let me get this straight. You will never have inventory of either of these TVs again.YNSG: <looking uncomfortable> Errr…correct.Me: And you won’t sell the floor models – you know, the ones right there with pricetags on them?YNSG: Uhhh….no, we won’t.Me: So… why do you still keep them on display?YNSG: <brightening> Oh! That’s so we have a full wall of TVs in the store!And THAT is why Best Buy is dead to me. It was honestly like being in a reenactment of the Monty Python Cheese Shop skit. And the kid had no clue as to why I was annoyed.