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Jan 09, 2017 08:30 |  #1

When I was a local store buying some new gear, I couldn't help but listen in on the sales people talking to customers and laugh. Although the guy serving me knows what he's doing, his work colleague clearly didn't.

His colleague was shohttps://photography-on-the.net …orumdisplay.php​?f=13#wing a customer a 5D4 then an 80D and letting him test both cameras. When they were switching bodies for him to try, he asked if they could put the 24-70 on the 80D and the consultant replied "no that's a full frame lens, it won't work on that body". I looked at my friend and he just shook his head and we both laughed.

Has anyone else heard anything funny/cringeworthy from sales people in camera or general electronics stores?


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Jan 09, 2017 09:07 |  #2

I remember a few years ago I was thinking about getting a Mac and so I visited the local Apple store. The young “genius” in the store came over to me and began to regal the all the wondrous virtues of a Mac to me and how I could synchronise the music on it with an iPod.
“I don’t have an iPod,” I said.
He looked at me rather perplexed and asked, “Oh, how do you listen to music then?”
“Well,” I said, “I have a gramophone, but it’s a bit of a bugger trying to get hold of the wax cylinders these days.”
He just stood there gobsmacked.


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Jan 09, 2017 09:24 |  #3

You don't have an iPod?

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Jan 09, 2017 09:33 |  #4

I love pretending I know nothing about cameras whenever I am in one of these big box stores (like Best Buy). I'll purposely ask more advanced questions just to test the poor fools.

One time I was listening to a conversation between a young kid and an elderly couple looking to buy a camera for vacation. It was obvious this kid knew nothing and I could see the husband starting to get aggravated. I introduced myself and offered to help. The look of relief on this kid's face was priceless. I ended spending about 20 minutes with the couple and they walked away with a nice little portable and durable camera. It was a good feeling.


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Jan 09, 2017 19:36 |  #5

-Duck- wrote in post #18238673 (external link)
I love pretending I know nothing about cameras whenever I am in one of these big box stores (like Best Buy). I'll purposely ask more advanced questions just to test the poor fools.

One time I was listening to a conversation between a young kid and an elderly couple looking to buy a camera for vacation. It was obvious this kid knew nothing and I could see the husband starting to get aggravated. I introduced myself and offered to help. The look of relief on this kid's face was priceless. I ended spending about 20 minutes with the couple and they walked away with a nice little portable and durable camera. It was a good feeling.

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Jan 10, 2017 05:15 |  #6

"Cringeworthy/Funny Things You've Heard Camera Sales People Say?"

Nikon is a good camera.


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Jan 10, 2017 05:52 |  #7

A sales person pointing to the USB socket when asked which cameras had a PC socket. I still have a need to trigger flash by a wired connection. This was not long after the 60D came out, and it seemed that manufacturers were falling over themselves to drop them. It got to the point of what you can plug a flash into a camera with a cable?

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Jan 10, 2017 09:03 |  #8

-Duck- wrote in post #18238673 (external link)
I'll purposely ask more advanced questions just to test the poor fools.

...why? needing an ego boost?

Duck- wrote in post #18238673 (external link)
It was obvious this kid knew nothing

It was a good feeling.

im sure it was a good feeling making the "kid" feel inferior. poor guy just trying to earn an honest buck with the "limited" training he was provided!!!




  
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Jan 10, 2017 09:13 |  #9

ONE30 wrote in post #18239811 (external link)
im sure it was a good feeling making the "kid" feel inferior. poor guy just trying to earn an honest buck with the "limited" training he was provided!!!

I don't know about you, but when I am given training on something which I know is limited, I sure try and advance my knowledge to become better at whatever it is I have been trained on. This over a 10+ year span in retail sales, sometimes part time and other times full time.

Anyway, the only one I can remember is when I bought a monopod at a local shop for my new to me 1Dx and 150-600 lens. I had also planned on picking up a 300 2.8 from a guy selling one local. Anyway I looked at the instructions and saw the monopod was rated at 10 pounds load. I took it back and the guy was like oh, your stuff is within the limits. I asked if he was willing to risk $10k worth of equipment on his word. After some changes in facial expressions, he finally did the refund.




  
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Jan 10, 2017 09:38 |  #10

mikeinctown wrote in post #18239818 (external link)
I sure try and advance my knowledge to become better at whatever it is I have been trained on

...this is true and couldn't agree with you more but not everyone thinks this way - that's why we will always have minimum wage earners.




  
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Jan 10, 2017 10:22 |  #11

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im sure it was a good feeling making the "kid" feel inferior. poor guy just trying to earn an honest buck with the "limited" training he was provided!!!

And I'm sure you don't get frustrated when you expect a certain amount of knowledge from a sales person? I know I do. I expect my mechanic to understand engines, I expect my barber to understand how to cut hair and I definitely expect my accountant to understand tax law. Why wouldn't I expect a camera sales person to understand the cameras he's selling? If for anything else I hope that the salesperson goes back to look up the information I asked about so he is able to help someone else. It's not always about superiority. Thanks for trolling.


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Jan 10, 2017 14:30 |  #12

ONE30 wrote in post #18239811 (external link)
im sure it was a good feeling making the "kid" feel inferior. poor guy just trying to earn an honest buck with the "limited" training he was provided!!!

I'm pretty certain he meant that it felt good to take his time to help a couple who otherwise wouldn't wouldn't have had any. It's that very feeling that makes an employee good at their job, unfortunately we're losing that sense of work satisfaction these days.

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I don't know about you, but when I am given training on something which I know is limited, I sure try and advance my knowledge to become better at whatever it is I have been trained on. This over a 10+ year span in retail sales, sometimes part time and other times full time. .

This.

ONE30 wrote in post #18239833 (external link)
...this is true and couldn't agree with you more but not everyone thinks this way - that's why we will always have minimum wage earners.

Yes, but we shouldn't make excuses for and defend those types of employees, we should encourage them to better themselves and thus better society.

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And I'm sure you don't get frustrated when you expect a certain amount of knowledge from a sales person? I know I do. I expect my mechanic to understand engines, I expect my barber to understand how to cut hair and I definitely expect my accountant to understand tax law. Why wouldn't I expect a camera sales person to understand the cameras he's selling? If for anything else I hope that the salesperson goes back to look up the information I asked about so he is able to help someone else. It's not always about superiority. Thanks for trolling.

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Jan 10, 2017 15:08 |  #13

"This one has more megapixels; it's better" (Rebel something or other compared to a new at the time Nikon D700)
"This one is bigger, it's a better camera...you know, like the PRO's use" (Another T3i being compared to NEX-7)
"Would you like to add the warranty? Canon won't fix issues, only if it's wrong when you first buy it"
"Ummm, I don't know..."
And then there was the time a young woman was in BB apparently getting into photography, had a budget and wanted a "good camera that'd last her a while"; BB sales guy pushed a T5i (already old at this point, they must've been trying to clear inventory, but they were still as expensive as the T6 was :/ ) with a bunch of crap in a "kit" (tabletop tripod, bag, lens cleaner cloths, filter kit, etc) for slightly more than a 70D on sale would've cost her. Tried to interject as politely as I could but she made it clear she wanted nothing to do with some strange man, must've thought I was trying to flirt lol. In the end my friend and I watched her buy the T5i, the useless accessory kit, the extra 70-300mm, and a BB extended warranty. Probably coulda got the 70D, and at the very least a 24mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.8, if not a 24-105 for just a little more. But oh well...




  
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Jan 10, 2017 15:21 |  #14

-Duck- wrote in post #18239871 (external link)
I know I do.

Thanks for trolling.

...I sure hope that you don't have a place where you are where you can get your taxes and hair done while waiting to get your car serviced! these people you mentioned are certified and specially trained, unlike these big box(bestbuy)store employees.

I'm going to ASSume that your primary intention for walking in the camera section of bestbuy was not to buy a camera but to simply engage with an associate to prove to them that you have a certain amount of knowledge over them.

you proved my assumption correct by getting in between the customers and the "kid" - that's cringe worthy!

it's ok though, as long as you felt great walking out the store!




  
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Jan 10, 2017 15:35 |  #15

ONE30 wrote in post #18240231 (external link)
...I sure hope that you don't have a place where you are where you can get your taxes and hair done while waiting to get your car serviced! these people you mentioned are certified and specially trained, unlike these big box(bestbuy)store employees.

Yes, and salespeople get trained and some are even certified in specific equipment they have to sell. If nothing else than the basic points of the merchandise they are asked to sell. But your point is...?

ONE30 wrote in post #18240231 (external link)
I'm going to ASSume that your primary intention for walking in the camera section of bestbuy was not to buy a camera but to simply engage with an associate to prove to them that you have a certain amount of knowledge over them.

you proved my assumption correct by getting in between the customers and the "kid" - that's cringe worthy!

Your ASSumption is incorrect, but you already knew this by highlighting what ASSuming does. So your point was...?

ONE30 wrote in post #18240231 (external link)
it's ok though, as long as you felt great walking out the store!

The couple were more than thrilled for my help and I got a good feeling for helping, so yes, I felt REALLY great. And your point of this was...?

Oh, wait, it states it in your tagline!!! Thanks for your input.


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