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9y, 2m agoFound 9 years, 2 months ago
This saturday and sunday PC World in Watford are trying to clear out some old model laptops. Ex-display mostly. Speaking to one of the staff it seems they are taking about £50 off most of them. Plus abuse their PC Performance, tell them you'll take it if they give you a discount then cancel it when you get home. That trick works on all their Laptops and Desktops, it got me an extra £30 off.

This is NOT company wide as far as I know just in the Watford branch.
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£50 off exdisplay, not a deal at all.

Think how many people have proded the screens, finger marks, scratches. The amount of hours they are on running daily.
I was a sales advisor in PC World years back and the discount is pants. Ex display means the box has been emptied. Sales advisors take the bits to repair others so you don't get the software/cables etc. They don't do a good selection of laptops anyway, better try somewhere else. The coverplan is a scam also. Sales advisors are under pressure to sell it and it forms a part of their daily target. Like 70% sales 30% coverplan. If people are not going to buy, the scam they run is the sales advisor will pretend he has to go and check stock etc.They then go to the manager and say 'hey this guy is not wanting our coverplan' the salesman comes back and a minute later the manager arrives at the bit where they process the orders and check its all in stock. The manager pretends he just making sure everything is fine and he'll ask the target customer if they got everything they wanted. He will then enquire if they took the coverplan knowing fine well they did not. When they say no he asks them why and tries to hard sell. Its called a double barrel cause both the manager and sales advisor are trying to ram the customer. Normal routine for dead hard customers is offer 5 years for the price of 3. Basically if the pc is going to blow up in that time walk away. PC's don't hardly ever break down, the normal problem is software. And they don't like folk cancelling coverplan. They normally tell you to hang on while the customer services guy calls the manager to ask you why and try and convince you to keep it. I know this is long but it might help some folk.
Normal routine for dead hard customers is offer 5 years for the price of 3.

what do you mean 5 years for the price of 3? its a monthly thing. I was told by a sales girl that it is not a contract a you can just use it to get a discount go home and cancel it. none of this double barreled selling from my experience. Maybe it changes from branch to branch I don't know.
I got scammed by pc world with cover plan. They've been taking money out of my account without my consent. They wont show me a signed contract where i said they could take this money out. They told me they would contact me back by the end of the day. Did they hell. One person says they will do it, and they don't. It's loads of ****. Only £2 a month but it's the principal. i don't believe in insurance. If it breaks it gives me and excuse to buy a new one :$ kinda silly but it's just hassle imo. hehe.
none of this double barreled selling from my experience. Maybe it changes from branch to branch I don't know.

Arkrank was talking about "years ago". It used to be common practice in stores to "double-barrel" when warranties were paid for upfront, not now when you can spread the cost or pay a rolling monthly cost. I remember myself working in a team of 5, YES 5, trying to sell a warranty at the end of a Saturday to a guy who was buying a camcorder. He was having none of it I can tell ya, and we missed the percentage target for the day because of it. Back then it was all about percentages.

I went into a Comet store the other day and saw that an old mate was working there. I bought something and he tries to sell me the warranty. I politely declined and then started chatting to him about the job. He told me that he only needed to get 2.5% in warranties on what he sold. Back in my day (and probably Arkrank's too) it was closer to 10% if not more for each individual salesman, and hence the lengths we used to go to to get the warranty on products.

Nowadays its easier as both a buyer and as a seller. NORMALLY if you take the warranty, there is some kind of discount. The easiest thing to do if you dont actually want the warranty is to take it, on the basis that it is a monthly plan, you can cancel it at any time, and that you either get a discount or something thrown in too. Every retailer has a percentage they can work to with regards to discounts, even the big guys like PC World and Comet. It's just about knowing how they work and hunting out a decent salesman. It pays to do some homework I feel.

Warranties are funny things. I personally take them out on all large items, but ONLY if i can get them at a substantial discount.

I took warranties out on all my kitchen appliances for example. The dishwasher has been repaired 3 or 4 times, the firdge freezer twice (and I have managed to claim £250 of food on the warranty too both times). By paying out £100 origianally (covering my Fridge Freezer, Cooker, Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer) my I have managed to save well over £800 in the repairs, spare parts and food that I would have had to have replaced. On top of this I also have another 2 years remaining knowing that I will not have to find the extra to buy a new appliance or pay for an engineer.

In todays costly society it gives me piece of mind, that it will be guarantted to last me 5 years. NO appliance, and I mean NO appliance will guarantee you that it will work for 5 years without failure.

I would not pay full price for a warranty, and normally dont have to, as having working for several electrical retailers over the years you get to know when and how to go about getting the discount you want :)
what do you mean 5 years for the price of 3? its a monthly thing. .

You have a choice either pay monthly or in a lumpsum, the monthly options adds hundreds over the pay monthly option

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