An electronics store (Fry’s Electronics) that normally doesn’t carry anything better than Creative Labs and Turtle Beach cards got them in for some reason. They’re selling it for $49 (which is great), and the 1212m for $199 (which is normal). I noticed it right as the store was closing, and I can’t remember if that was a sale or not. I hope it’s still that price when I go back.
If you don’t have a Fry’s in your area, they’re something in between what you’d expect from an electronics store and a big Costco-like warehouse. They buy in massive quantities, pinch pennies in the weirdest places, and come out with some really cheap prices and some really obnoxiously commissioned unhappy employees…
Aside from the usual suspects…
Cashiers? On commission to ring you up. Watch as they pretend to be doing paperwork, passing up customers, until they see something expensive in line.
People at the door who check if you’re stealing anything? On commission.
People who handle returns? One some weird inverted commission. If, somehow, they can open their arms wide enough to fill the space opened-up by the lax return policy, and not actually return as much stuff, they make more money.
People who give passwords for people who handle returns (and happen to be the same guys at the door)? On commission. The more mistakes the return guys make, the closer they are to getting fired, and the more money these guys make!
The SUPERVISORS of the cashiers? They’re on commission based on different variables related to their department. Some, for example, get commission based on schedule coverage of employees. So if it’s really snowy, or there’s a traffic accident, they lose money. If they convince you to come to work even though your car broke, your aunt died, and you were just buried alive, they don’t lose money.
The STORE MANAGER is on a sort of commission, too. If he or she can keep the cost of the store down enough, he or she gets a MASSIVE bonus. Watch as the store manager has the lights turned down low enough that nobody can hardly see, covers holes in the wall with posters tilted at a 45 degree angle, etc.
Can you guess where I once worked?
END WARNING: RANT!