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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. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      I work at BBY sure hope I get one lol
    1. TT KH's Avatar
      TT KH -
      Sweet
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      So in order for this to pay off, this would mean that the new knowledge of the product by employees would have to collectively lead to them selling over 200,000 more than they normally would. I can't see that being the case. These things pretty much sell themselves as it is.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Guess I better put in an application for best buy...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I cant see this happening
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Also, this made me feel like my ****** job is now far inferior to certain other ****** jobs. Nice.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Hopefully not the dummy iPad 2...
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Not true. Why would they buy iPad spend money and give it fot for free. If Apple is not doing it I hardly believe Bestbuy will.

      For*
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      i think its false. thats alot of ipads thats alot of money and i dont think giving every sales floor associate a free ipad 2 is worth it. someone that works in tvs gets a free ipad to learn about the ipad cause all hes gonna be an expert in is TVs??? doesnt make any sense to me. i could understand giving just computers/apple/ geek squad associates ipads but still thats alot of money. that must be a real generous business. i think its ********....otherwise i better put in an app for best buy then quit
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Maybe there not giving away the iPad But to a few of them on the floor so every associate can get a hold to it.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      To Me it makes No difference since Most people whom have the iPad v1 already know about the iPad2. Not to mention the New iOS that's coming 4.3. So I'm not sure why they would do this considering that are aware of how too use one and I'm pretty sure someone has seen n iPad before.
    1. brianmarocco's Avatar
      brianmarocco -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      So in order for this to pay off, this would mean that the new knowledge of the product by employees would have to collectively lead to them selling over 200,000 more than they normally would. I can't see that being the case. These things pretty much sell themselves as it is.
      I agree 100%
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Another crap messany article. Other sites are saying this will be an in-store carry around device. Not a free take home iPad.
    1. bluesummer's Avatar
      bluesummer -
      Essany, your articles are always painful to read and full of bs. I suggest you to retake some English classes because you have by far the most wordiness writing I've ever seen!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Yeah I don't see this happening and I don't think really make money off of iPad sales they make money off accessories and their warranty program
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Maybe they will give employees to use iPads to help aid sales.. but definitley not give them each an iPad... that makes low business sense... When i go to Best Buy my mind is already set on what to get... i don't rely on employees info because mainly they just want to get you to buy anything...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluesummer View Post
      Essany, your articles are always painful to read and full of bs. I suggest you to retake some English classes because you have by far the most wordiness writing I've ever seen!
      How about posting something useful instead of complaining?

      I doubt this will happen although it would be sweet.


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    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      I can see this happening to BB employees who have worked for over a year there... or maybe longer.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluesummer View Post
      Essany, your articles are always painful to read and full of bs. I suggest you to retake some English classes because you have by far the most wordiness writing I've ever seen!
      Wow really???

      D0ubt this will happen, most likely a hands on device in the store.
    1. frankydan100's Avatar
      frankydan100 -
      Sure hope Essany doesn't get paid for writing this Tosh!