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12-10-2012, 11:28 PM #21
12-10-2012, 11:44 PM #22
12-10-2012, 11:57 PM #23
Since you can't get it home before it has been activated in store it is absolutely enforceable and that's "the rest of the story", sorry.
BTW, not trying to be a smart@$$ just having fun with a little turn of words...
Last edited by kyphur; 12-11-2012 at 12:03 AM.
12-11-2012, 12:10 AM #24
12-11-2012, 12:14 AM #25
12-11-2012, 12:21 AM #26
But comparing Apples to Apples - the Apple Stores let you buy in store and activate at home.
There has to be some salesman kickback for activating in store at Best Buy. There's a reason why Best Buy is requiring a trip to the store - other than just a chance to offer good customer service. There's some 'other' reason.
Also not trying to be a smarta** on this end either.. But it doesn't add up. I'm pretty sure AT&T and Verizon also require the same thing when in store - but that makes more sense to me for some reason. Best Buy is not a carrier store but a 'broker' of many carriers.
12-11-2012, 12:54 AM #27
The reasons are truly related to providing the best customer service possible to the greatest number of customers. Imagine how many customers would be disappointed if all of BBYM's iPhone 5 inventory was shipped to private homes instead of available in store. A lot of iPhone users are buying their first iDevice (for many it's even their first smartphone), they want the "Walk Out Working" service provided at BBYM. It's the same for GSP (Geek Squad Protection) on iPhones, it costs more that AppleCare+ but also provides more service with no limit on claims for accidental damage, no deductible, rapid exchange, and free loaner phone (with a deposit of course) not to mention with about 1,100 Best Buy stores many more people live close to a BBY than an Apple Store.
As you've said BBYM's business model just isn't for everyone but it does appeal to large enough crowd to keep them going strong.
12-12-2012, 04:12 AM #28
Nice price with a good features Phone.