What’s with sales people? A rant on Lowe’s, Best Buy and DirecTV

I never do “rant” posts, mostly because I get over things pretty quickly, but after some pretty crappy shopping experiences yesterday I just need to get this out. The fact that it’s still bugging me today is pretty rare.

The day as a whole started out pretty well. College graduation for my brother-in-law, lunch with some family then off to run some errands.

The first stop was Lowe’s. We were just running into grab one quick thing for the backyard. We walk in and immediately there is a guy pitching solar. I’m pretty sure it was an outside vendor (can’t remember the name of the company), but he had a prime spot right inside the entrance. He starts his pitch about “Are you interested in solar?” and we continue walking saying “No thanks”. We’re going already turned and heading toward the section we need and he keeps going on with “But it’s free installation!”. My wife yells back “No thank you!” and we keep going. Nothing too big, but the fact that I’d already said “no” and kept going, and kept yelling after us really pissed me off. I already have solar installed, but I don’t owe this guy an explanation. Unfortunately for Lowe’s, it’s their store, and this affected my shopping experience at their store.

The next stop was Best Buy. We’re checking out TVs as we prepare to move to a new house. We’re looking at a couple when a sales guy comes up to ask if we’re looking at TVs. I explain we’re comparing different models and wanted to get a visual. He offers to show us a special deal they’ve got going on. As it turns out, he doesn’t work for Best Buy, but he’s a DirecTV rep. This part actually worked out because I was going to shop for deals on TV packages for the new house anyway. The pitch goes well enough, and we’re going through the paperwork to switch over when we move. The sales rep has to call in to DirecTV to get everything set up. As he’s giving information over the phone, I’ve corrected him 3 or 4 times on things I’ve written down (I know my hand writing isn’t the best in the world but a 2 and a 4 do not look the same).
While we’re waiting another sales guy comes up and asks if we’re doing OK. We say yes, and he explains that we look mad. I try to explain that it’s been a long day and we’re just tired. Which I never should have had to say. The fact that this guy had the balls to come up and say we looked mad is driving me nuts.
I know this doesn’t seem like too big of a deal, but I’m blown away at the crap this guy came up to say. And I realize this was a DirecTV rep, but amazingly I never had a single Best Buy employee say anything to me the entire time I was there. Clearly a great sales team.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for putting up with my ranting. Like I said, I rarely stay upset over things like this, but this all happened yesterday and I’m still really angry over this.

2014 NFL Draft Recap

Another NFL draft has come and gone. I’d say I paid more attention to this year’s draft than I have in several years. I think it was more about the Fresno State ties, waiting to see where Derek Carr and Davante Adams ended up. I can’t recall “top-of-the-draft” prospects out of Fresno State since Ryan Mathews, and the draft in general is such a crapshoot that I can’t get too excited about it.

Nonetheless, here are a couple random thoughts regarding Fresno State and my San Diego Chargers from this year’s draft:

As a Chargers fan I can’t think of a worse place for Derek Carr to go. I always like to root for former Fresno State players, but it’s going to be really hard to root for a Raider.

Same thing with Isaiah Burse being on the Broncos.

I may not know much about a lot of college players, but it was nice to see the Chargers draft positions they needed to fill.

I know I’m obviously biased, but I felt like Isaiah Burse and Marcel Jensen were worth a 7th round pick.

I imagine lots of college football fans think this about players at their school.

The Chargers didn’t get anyone too flashy, but that might be a good thing

I can’t help but wonder at what point the NFL will cross that line and get too much over saturation. More games on more nights, and now the draft spread out over two evenings and a third day. I just feel like eventually people are going to stop caring. It may not be soon, but it will happen.

Only 4 months until the season starts!

My story collection is live!

Last night I did all the finishing touches on my short story collection, including the formatting and actual publishing! I’ve got more details about the actual publishing process over at http://publishingmystory.blogspot.com/

The story collection is now up at Amazon, available on Kindle! It’s only 99 cents, or free to borrow if you’re an Amazon Prime member (If you’re not an Amazon Prime Member and want to join, just click here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/prime/signup/videos?tag=jaimwrit-20)