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Geeking on a Friday night...

So what did I do on my Friday? Did I do what any normal-ish 20-something would do and go out partying with friends etc...? Nope. Did I go out to the movies, or to dinner with some cute girl? Nope. I called up Dave and we hit CompUSA's 6 hour sale. I returned the 60 Gb hard drive that I bought earlier this week ($109.99) and picked up an 175 Gb HD that'll end up costing $99.99 after mail in rebates. One small catch though, it's POS (CompUSA speak for Product Out of Stock). Fortunately they have a nifty pre-pay option whereby you can buy the item in question during the sale and then get it when their next shipment comes in. Kinda cool. Also thanks to some perseverance and eavesdropping [*], we found the 22Mps Wireless router that CompUSA was selling for $29.99 (regularly prices $129.99). Suddenly I don't have to wire my house for network access. Very groovy. New toy to play with :). It's a tad pricey to front that cash while I wait for the rebates, but I just couldn't pass up those deals. I still remember when my first hard drive cost $400.00 for a 40 Megabyte unit. I remember wondering what I could possibly fill a 40Mb hard drive with. If I remember correctly with this new purchase, I should have something on the order of 500 Gb of drive space on all my machines. Now that's scary.

After geeking out at CompUSA for a while we came out here so that I could plot and scheme all the nifty things I could do with a wireless network in my house. Then it was Penn & Teller: Bullshit on Showtime followed by Bill Mahr's new HBO show (title of which eludes me), some headline news and VI. All in all a good evening. Now I'm going to crash and tomorrow I think I'll probably work on the backyard a bit. I'd like to try and make some progress in putting up the forms for the new driveway.... Fun fun fun.

Gah. I'm having much trouble staying awake now. Sheesh, I am getting old. It's not even 1:30 and it is sooooo past my bedtime. Must make time to ramble in the near future....

[*] - I almost didn't find this nifty toy. I asked at the help desk and the guy there claimed that it came up as POS on the computer. I was annoyed but I kept browsing the store (because hey, I actually like wandering around CompUSA ;). While browsing I heard another sales guy tell a customer that the box he was holding was one of the sale units. Dave and I did the quick glance and careful meandering towards the guy who was reading the box. He put it down and walked away and we were on it like a pair of starved Chihuahuas on a chicken wing. I waffled a bit about getting it, but it's just such a cool toy that I had to get it. So yeah, I was tempted to walk by and wave the router at the guy who told me they were sold out. I'm curious as to how his computer showed them as being sold out while there were two on the floor (at least) and mine came up just fine when I went to pay for it. Oh well. The new toy is here and in it's new home. Tomorrow evening I'll probably take a stab at making it work. Won't be able to totally set it up nicely until I get a wireless NIC for some of the machines. Heh, more toys to buy ;)


yeah, the box wasn't very well laid out. It took me a decent while to find that one little spot where it said that it was 802.11b compliant and 22Mbps.

Still though, I figure someone walked up to the register, had it ring up at $80.00, said forget about it and left it there, but it should have still been in the system. Assuming that the computers are hooked up in any sort of logical way, if they have real time updates of merchandise in the store, you would think that it wouldn't be thrown off by someone deciding not to buy it at the last minute.

I can understand situations where they're like "Oh yeah, we have 4 left.... but I can't find them" that's annoying but a little easier to figure (they're hiding somewhere in the store), but it seems unlikely that the computer would list them as sold out when there are at least two floating around the store. What might have happened is that he knew that there were a few being held back for employees so maybe it had been: Qty 100 at 6pm and by the time we were there it was down to 7 and he thought they were out but in fact they were only holding onto 5 or something like that.

Inside Dave's little world...

Having worked retail, I can almost guarantee that this is what happened: The guy that said they have no more. He probably just scanned the shelf and thought "Empty shelf = no more" then turned and tells customer "Um, no, there's no more" and then in head goes on to mock the customer, "You stupid idiot. Are there any on the shelf? No, so we must be out. Get here earlier next time tightwad."

His quick assessment was probably based on the idea that he doesn't want to stay late so he was feeling lazy. He didn't feel like jumping on the computer to actually check. He'll go to the computer, type random crap ("Enhance...enchance" hehe) and say "We're out." I've seen it done...I've done it myself. :-P Most retail stores have company policies violting holding/hiding merchandise, so it's not as likely.

"This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers." --Randal Graves Clerks hehehe the employee's mantra :oP

In an effort to make myself clear...

violting <<==can you figure what the hell I was trying to say because I just re-read my post and I have no frickin' clue LOL! I mummbled/bumbled my typing LOL!

I think I meant to say "against" or something to that effect...i honestly can't tell! LOL!