Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Only slightly off-topic:
I went to Staples yesterday to pick up some printer ink. Passing by the laptop display I heard this conversation between an elderly man and the fairly young Staples salesperson. The words may not be exact but here's the gist of it:
Salesman: Can I help you find something?
Customer: Just looking for a Chromebook.
Customer: I need another computer for email and bills and my daughter suggested it. She has one.
Salesman: She uses a Chromebook? For what? *laughs again*
Customer: What do you think I should get?
Salesman: Personally I like Apple laptops.
Customer: Where are those?
Salesman: We don't carry them here. Some people think they're too expensive but if you can afford it that's what I think you should get.
Customer: Do you have anything here? I don't really want to spend a lot.
This is where I stuck my nose in:
Me: What do you want to do besides email?
Customer: That's mostly it. I pay bills and my wife uses it for recipes, pictures of the grandkids. Look at stuff for the house, medical stuff. Not a lot Shopping maybe.
Salesman: We have a basic laptop over here for less than $400, It might work. It's a Windows machine so it's slow but if you don't do much it's a good price.
Me: Why not a Chromebook? It costs less than that.
Salesman: *snickers* It doesn't do anything.
Me: Really? What doesn't it do?
Salesman: *makes believe he's looking at one of the computers as an excuse to look away*
I don't really know. I've never used one myself. I've just heard about them. (Now he turning red)
Me: I think it will work for everything he said he needs it for. All his email and bills, shopping, keeping up with the kids pictures, editing pictures to send back, listening to music, research medical stuff. . . It's more secure, virus-proof as your Mac, always up to date, doesn't get hot so it won't burn his lap. Pretty much anything he'd do with the $400 laptop except the Chromebook is faster, doesn't cost as much, and easier. Anyway, sorry for butting in.
Salesman: *nervous laugh*
Well anything is better than Windows.
This is where I walked away. I hope the customer did too before being misled any more by a supposedly trained computer salesman. No wonder Staples and stores like it are failing.