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Future Shop

I have not had a working iPod in over a year and a half, and even when I had one, it was still the first generation iPod Mini series that I bought refurbished off eBay. My burned CD collection goes back to about the year 2000, and most of them are fairly scratched up to an unplayable state due to being shoved into a CD wallet uncaringly. I am tired of skipping music, time for that to change.

I did my research and went to Future Shop. They had exactly what I was looking for – An 8gb Silver Nano. What is more, it was reduced in price by about $10 than everyone else, which was a pretty awesome and unexpected. I was approached by an associate named Marielle, who asked if I needed any help. After knowing what I wanted, she immediately went to get to the key to open the display case. She explained the warranty packages available without being forceful in the least and I was in and out of the store in probably less than 5 minutes.

The incentive for Future Shop associates to be more friendly, forward and helpful is that they make commission on their sales, but even with that in mind, I have never had a negative experience at Future Shop. Being a technologically inclined kinda guy, I usually know what I am looking for, but even so, the associates are pretty much always on the ball with trying to assist you and not being pushy about it.

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9 Responses to “Future Shop”

  1. July 20th, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Nadine says:

    Marielle assisted me as well,
    and didnt make me feel like a n00b
    unlike a very corporate corporation beside Canadian Tire.
    i’m just saying.
    Also my pal Brandon (half-asian-ninja/gaming consultant)
    at Future Shop
    will help you find video games to slay effortlessly.

  2. July 20th, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Vaughn says:

    I’ve definitely got the pushy attitude before at Future Shop.

    I went in there one time, got what I needed, and started brisk-fully walking to the counter. STOP RIGHT THERE! The sales associate hinted at stopping me dead in my tracks. Let me clear up that he didn’t actually say those words, but he said, “Are you going to buy those things?”, in which I replied, “Yes”. He said “Oh, well let me ring those up for you.” Taking them from my hands and walking in the opposite direction.

    Obviously I understand why this happened and the sales pressure mixed with the need for bonus money for the individual, it’s understandable, and I gladly let him take the sale. I don’t mind making some extra cash for somebody at their job as long as it doesn’t cost me anything.

  3. July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Dusty says:

    I feel like whenever I go to places and don’t want to engage in the slightest conversation with people I get bombarded by different salespeople. Then when I go somewhere actually needing help nobody cares about me.

    About the guy who took us back to the middle of the store to bring in the order, I would assume the cashiers don’t make commission so there should be some better system or more well-known system for the commission workers to ring in, like, every sale. (Although it would make sense that they’re not supposed to ring in every sale)

  4. July 21st, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    aehiilrs says:

    If you want pushy with a heaping helping of bullshit, go ask about cables.

  5. July 21st, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    RascalKing403 says:

    Always had goofy greasy haired high school dudes try to shill me every time I go in. I always do my research before I go into Futureshop and pick out exactly what I want. And I’m tired of hearing about the online survey everytime i buy something.

  6. July 21st, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Sean says:

    I forgot to mention in the post how not everything at Future Shop earns the same commission, so in regards to Von’s reply, someone might have been more eager to ring in his order if they noticed it was worth more for commission, whereas if someone just grabs a game off the shelf, that probably doesn’t earn them anything more.

    About the online survey, I actually filled the one I got out, which was the first time I have ever done that. I was mostly encouraged in doing it by hearing that 10 or 15 people had won $500 gift certificates at the Medicine Hat store.

    When I worked at Staples, I never told people about the online survey when it would print out (random printouts), because overall people don’t seem to care, and I never heard of anyone from Medicine Hat winning anything for Staples surveys.

  7. July 26th, 2009 at 3:37 AM

    Anna M. Bond says:

    IPod is an indispensable thing. I have an IPod, I love it. I recommend buying IPod, you will not regret it.

  8. November 19th, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    John says:

    so basically i was called in for an interview at future shop and then i had an interview with some guy and then the same day i had an interview with the General Manger but did not get hired on the spot. SO my question is do they hire on the spot or do they call back later. Also how many people do they hire for Back to school.

  9. November 19th, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Sean says:

    I don’t think they would hire on the spot; not many places do. When I got hired at Staples, I interviewed with one manager, then the General Manager, then got a call back.

    I doubt Future Shop hires as many people for Back-to-School as a more broad store might. Staples, for instance, does computers, notebooks, pencils and pens, agendas, calendars, etc. while Future Shop primarily only does computers, electronics and entertainment.

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