Best wishes to all the Aussies there with their extreme weather.
A recent trip I made to Radioshack to get a USB cable (it was a lovely trip, incredibly helpful people) reminded me of an awful trip to Circuit City (CC), and if they treated other people the way they did me, I can see why they went out of business. Yes, there was a Best Buy in the area (the only other electronics store in the area), but they were overly expensive and known as Best Try even then.
This was going back, er, well, almost 13-14 years now and still a lot of snobbishness towards women with tech. The encounter made me so hopping mad that it still stands out in my memory and probably a contribution towards why I prefer online shopping these days.
I'd been saving up to build a new machine and CC was having this massive sale on assorted computer parts. After going through their ad, I saw that I could build myself what I wanted easily, made a list, circled the various parts of the ad I wanted and went off. Mom came along since she wanted to get herself a new TV and they had one on sale that looked good to her.
Once we got to the store we split up and agreed on where to meet at a certain time since neither of us had cellphones then.
I'm going happily on my way getting what I was looking for until I hit the video cards. The one I wanted was out of stock, so I figured I'd take a look to see what else they had until I could find a salesperson to check the back for me. I'm about halfway through the aisle when a salesman shows up and asks if he can help. So I ask about the video card I was looking for.
His response in the most condescending tone imaginable, "Are you sure you want a video card, little girl?"
Now, this wasn't the first time a guy treated me like this, but it was the most obnoxious so I just sputtered at him in shock. He notices the stuff in my cart and asks, "Oh, do you have someone else with you like your father and boyfriend?"
Now I'm just incredibly angry, and I know my response is not eHell approved and I know better now, but at the time...
Well, I smacked the circular into his chest and said, "I'm not a little girl, I don't need anyone else to tell me what to do with a computer and your store just lost a couple thousand dollars worth of sales because of you."
I angrily stomped off in search of mom to tell her that we're leaving now and she isn't to spend her money in this place. Well, she was stomping angrily in search of me because some jerk tried to sell her some antiquated piece of garbage that was priced way higher than it should have been.
When I got home, I ranted and raved about the treatment I received to some friends online and that is when I got introduced to Newegg. They didn't have any TVs at the time, otherwise mom would've gotten her stuff there too.
I don't go t any other stores since finding Newegg unless there's some sort of mishap and I need something replaced right now