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Display Model from Best Buy Question

RAGEo2 587 268 June 10, 2011 at 08:29 PM
So I went to Best buy and they had the Lenovo for 349 that was posted a few days back. They where out but did have the display. I asked to purchase it and got 5%off the price,
Odd I thought it used to be 10% but some Pissy lady got their a few minutes after me and she wanted it also. So I couldn't negotiate on price.

The computer guy took the laptop to the geek squad to get it checked out. So we went to check out some cameras for about an hour. the sales associate came back and he rang up the computer and we where all set.

Sort of, no laptop. the sales guy said that they had to remove the bestbuy demo program and that it was late and it may be till tomorrow. BTW it was only 6pm, so I told him I didn't care since I would be installing WIN7 Ultimate since it was going to Mexico and I needed spanish. He said he would go speak to the manager and sure enough he came back and said no.

he said the Demo program disables the cdrom and blah blah blah so you can't take it home. I told him that it was BS, I just finished my WIN7 class last semester and had my A+ Cert. he said he didn't know but that they would call me tomorrow when it is ready.

I paid for it so technically it is mine and I want my laptop but fine I will pick it up tomorrow.

So, my guess is that they sold my laptop to the pissy lady and are having mine shipped form another local BB. I say this because I heard another sales guy tell the lady that they could have it shipped if she wanted.

Anyone have any idea how long it takes to remove the Best Buy Demo program form a display PC?

And do you guys think that my lappy got sold to the pissy lady?




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I can't/won't surmise what's going on behind the scenes there but I will mention that if you buy used/floor model/refurb items then the double warranty service offered by most credit cards is usually not in effect. Assuming you used a CC I thought I'd bring this up.

Either way, enjoy the new lappy.
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I think you shouldn't have gone to BB.
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It should take as long as it takes to reinstall windows. I would think the bb stuff is only software base, there is no way they make custom bios for every laptop they sell. At the most I bet they have boot devices set to hard drive only and then install the program in windows. I mean there is no physical way to disable the cd rom boot except bios. I would make sure the bios is not locked when you get it incase they set the password to prevent people from messing with it in the store.
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If the lady paid for extended warranty, AV install and whatever else they try to sell you, then she got your laptop Smilie
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IMO it's just not worth to get th display model even with sale price and 5% discount. Some display models (especially the popular ones) are so heavily "tested" by the customers that their conditions are worse than the refurbish ones. If BB treats those models as new (same warranty and return policy) I suppose it's OK otherwise I would wait for the next deal.
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I would make sure you get the full warranty for a new laptop. Last time I played around with a laptop at BB, I could easily get to the Windows desktop, so their program has to be software that loads on boot. Simple enough to uninstall it and boot to Windows. So, either they gave yours to the other lady or they did not want to mess with it that evening, yet it should not take long to do.
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should of told them you will bring it back tomorrow if you can't figure it out (removing their crap) - as it's YOUR laptop, you should be leaving with it
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Thanks for the advice guys. you guys and gals make great points. That is true , I worked @ BB before and now they will bend over for those dam warranty plans. The floor gets no comission but the their stupid Sup's do.

Thanks guys!!!!!
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If your going to buy a display model, go to, I just bought a $2500 UN46C7000WFXZA for $600, most of their stuff is 50-85% off for floor models, only thing is, you can buy online, but ONLY in store pickup. But if you have a friend that drives cross country...,...
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