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  • Rumor: All Best Buy Sales Associates Getting Free iPad 2


    Although this story came as a surprise to my contacts on the sales floor of a Best Buy retail outlet, a new report from Forbes claims that all floor sales associates may soon find a sweet present at work with their name on it - a new iPad 2. Why? Although the company didn't do this (nationwide, at least) for the release of the first-generation iPad, it's thought that Best Buy wants its sales team to be well-acquainted with the product and effectively sell units of the refreshed tablet in an expedient fashion.

    If Best Buy goes through with the free iPad 2 program, the effort would be part of the company's Connected Store initiative, which effectively aims to achieve the previously stated goal - to make sales associates more familiar or "connected" with hot new products. Best Buy tried this approach in limited fashion last year, giving away a variety of gadgets to sales associates. It isn't yet clear what - if anything - Best Buy learned from the program or if its worth expanding.

    Of course, if the sources speaking to Forbes are correct, Best Buy must feel that there's adequate incentive to pushing the iPad 2 to all of its on-floor sales reps. Naturally, however, that reality would represent quite a costly undertaking in and of itself. Best Buy is presently believed to have close to 200,000 employees nationwide, although it isn't clear what portion of that number consists of eligible on-floor sales reps.

    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: All Best Buy Sales Associates Getting Free iPad 2 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. the_mia_team's Avatar
      the_mia_team -
      i work at best buy in pittsburgh and this would be sweet, I talked to my manager about it and he heard that it may be true and they are for us to take home not only just use in store. Don't know if its 100% true but my manager also said he thinks only the sales associates that are apple certified and took all the trainings qualify which I am an ASP
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by the_mia_team View Post
      i work at best buy in pittsburgh and this would be sweet, I talked to my manager about it and he heard that it may be true and they are for us to take home not only just use in store. Don't know if its 100% true but my manager also said he thinks only the sales associates that are apple certified and took all the trainings qualify which I am an ASP
      Well if it does happen, it'll be a nice little kick-back from Best Buy!

      I just don't see it happening. They would have to start giving cameras to photo people, washers/dryers to appliance people, TVs to home entertainment people, stereos to audio people, etc...

      It would cause a crap-storm of jealousy, and compromise employee productivity/loyalty.


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      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      I'm tired of people criticizing our writers. It's almost as annoying as seeing these "winners" who say they're 1st. Yet there's no prize for being first in a forum. So, maybe they /aren't/ winners.

      I wish the Mods would remove this kind of trash just as they now do for being "1st".

      Messany has a lot of writings in which are just rumors..... Some people like that kind of stuff. Some people however like only factual stuff.... But as everyone has previously stated, if you don't like it, don't read it.

      If it weren't for Messany, we'd have a lot more complaints about lack of news. So read it if you like his articles, or read something else. It's not a tough decision. JMO.
      Exactly my friend, exactly! I understand if you don't like the articles or the writer, you're entitled to your opinion, but the complaining just gets old as well as gets you nowhere. So its pointless and just rude to the writer of the article.

      Try some constructive criticism in a nice manner and see what happens. I'm sure the writers would like that.
    1. the_mia_team's Avatar
      the_mia_team -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Well if it does happen, it'll be a nice little kick-back from Best Buy!

      I just don't see it happening. They would have to start giving cameras to photo people, washers/dryers to appliance people, TVs to home entertainment people, stereos to audio people, etc...

      It would cause a crap-storm of jealousy, and compromise employee productivity/loyalty.


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      not true, i mean theres no confirmation we are getting them but this is coming from apple that they want us to receive them to better gain the employees knowledge on their products in order to sell them more effectively. SO in theory cameras, dishwashers, etcs would not be givin to other departments unless canon, sony, lg, etc etc wanted to offer their products to the sale associates. This isn't best buy directly giving employees free ipads but yet APPLE wanting best buy to.
    1. D to the M's Avatar
      D to the M -
      So what's the verdict? Dis anyone get them or myth?
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by the_mia_team View Post
      not true, i mean theres no confirmation we are getting them but this is coming from apple that they want us to receive them to better gain the employees knowledge on their products in order to sell them more effectively. SO in theory cameras, dishwashers, etcs would not be givin to other departments unless canon, sony, lg, etc etc wanted to offer their products to the sale associates. This isn't best buy directly giving employees free ipads but yet APPLE wanting best buy to.
      That may be true, and Apple may have offered to pay for it.

      That doesn't change the fact that employees from other departments would be jealous as heck, and it would affect employee performance.

      I haven't heard much about this since, so it may not have even happened.


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    1. hdblue's Avatar
      hdblue -
      Quote Originally Posted by the_mia_team View Post
      not true, i mean theres no confirmation we are getting them but this is coming from apple that they want us to receive them to better gain the employees knowledge on their products in order to sell them more effectively. SO in theory cameras, dishwashers, etcs would not be givin to other departments unless canon, sony, lg, etc etc wanted to offer their products to the sale associates. This isn't best buy directly giving employees free ipads but yet APPLE wanting best buy to.
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