So, here I was at Best Buy looking for a $250 Acer Laptop that was posted on WalletPop the other day. After walking up to the laptop section, I saw it right in front of me. I was so excited because it was perfect timing! My father’s birthday was tomorrow and he’d been looking for a cheap netbook or laptop with a webcam. I was kind of afraid that the specs posted on WalletPop wasn’t going to be the same specs when I actually saw it for myself.
I quickly noticed that the price tag had no specs on it. But, I saw the specs on the sticker and noticed it was the one I was looking for. Also, it came with an on-board Webcam. Oh joy! I asked the Best Buy employee for the laptop. The employee responded with “Sorry. We are sold out of those. But we do have optimized ones still.”
I quickly learned what the difference between a regular laptop and an “optimized” one. An “optimized” one has the “awesome” feature of having no bloatware. To have an “optimized” one, you need to pay $39 more. WTF?
Isn’t that backwards? To have NO extra software or trial ware installed costs extra? If they wanted, I could pull the laptop out, hook it up to their wireless hotspot, and install all that bloat crap myself to keep the price tag to $250. But of course they wouldn’t allow me to do it. I complained a little more towards the employee. She talked to her supervisor and came back to offer me a half-off discount on the “optimization fee.”
I agreed to the “deal” just so I can get this present to my father. Ugh. Best Buy, you win, but never again.