Got a Benjamin to Burn? Target Will Set Up Your Game Console for $99

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atomaweapon

Guys just because all of us here can build pc's from scratch doesn't mean the rest of the world is completely tech competent. Yeah a relatively tech "competent" person could get this done, get signed up, etc there are some people who either just don't have the time, don't want to mess with it, or can run into issues getting a ps3 or xbox on their networks.

There's no reason for half of you to sound like a bunch of uptight dicks about it. If anything, for us tech savvy people it can be something to do for a client and even undercharge and make money.

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Tele1972

Counter-point...... 

While $100 is hard to swallow.....there are a ton of people who simply don't know how to do it or just don't want to and would rather pay someone, just like you all do when you get your car serviced, or a plumber in to fix your taps etc.......it doesn't make people stupid.

 

 

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ready4war

Give me $100 and I will break your wii for you!!!!!! :)

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ready4war

How about $100 bucks and ill call Sam Fisher to Stalk and kill you!!

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Norf

As any one who's worked in tec support for more than 10 minutes can tell you there are people out there who have trouble plugging in a phone, let alone a device with two plus cables connected to it that requires your to change software settings.

Also $100 isn't really that much to get a vaguely competent person to travel to your house spend five minutes setting up the Xbox and 25 minutes answering your asinine questions and then drive back again, (probably around an hours work in total).

So in short if your want remain in the dark about technology, the service industry will provide you ample opportunity to do so at your expense.

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MeTo

The guy working at Mc donald's will love that he makes $7.25 an hour. It takes as much know how to flip burgers as it does to hook up a console.

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I Jedi

I completely agree that there are people, as we all know them in our lives, which are tech. illiterate. My point being is that rather than pay someone to setup your system, you should spend the time to learn how to do it yourself. It'll give you much more insight into how your system works, save you money, and be a lot more gratifying at the end.

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Bilbert

also if you have to move your console you need to know your power cable from you HDMI cable.

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Norf

I agree they should, but they don't, and I guess that's my point.

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MeTo

Shame $99 just to get them in the door. then they will try to sell you a $99 HDMI cable. Then a $99 wireless router. Wow you have spent more to hookup then you did to buy the console.

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I Jedi

I am starting a new business where I charge $50 to show you how to turn on and off your PC, and an extra $10 just to show you how to login.

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winmaster

For an extra 50 bucks, I'll kick you in the balls for spending that much money on setting up your console.

 

The wires are fucking color coded. 

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JonnyNYK

This is utter bullshit. I don't know how anybody can take advantage of people like this with a clear conscience. ESPECIALLY on things that you don't even need to be there for. There's detailed instructions on how to do these console setups anyways in the box. If you really wanted to help your customers, you scumbags ever hear of a pamplet?

I work as a Systems Analyst in a Boston BioTech company and COULD NEVER do this to anybody because its so underhanded. It's taking advantage of people who don't know all that much about technology and their just looking for some sincere help.

 Geek Squad pulls this shit. They tried screwing one of my friends back in NY and when I came back in town, I made the manager sound like a complete idiot in front of his employees. He attempted to scam my friend out of $65 to back up his data onto a disc to do a "BIOS update". Anybody who knows computers KNOWS BIOS won't corrupt your data. I looked online and found there is NO BIOS update for his board under Dell's site nor the manaufacturer's site. When he got the computer back, all they did was reformat his drive, broke his optical drive and handed the computer back to him to later find the issue was still there. Geek Squad is chock full of idiots and wannabes. I feel so bad for the people who walk in there.

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evolution76

Hey, i am sure you can find a youtube video or google how to do it.   

 

 

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p309

I am an IT tech in a small mining town,and get a lot of side work-- I've been asked to set up the wireless portion of an Xbox 360 setup before. The folks didn't even know that they needed a wireless router, or bridge, thanks to Microsoft's less than intuitive setup, and poor instructions. This was all for a little kid, and his parents were clueless, so no one is "retarded", or to blame in a situation like this, I think.

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Scapegoat

I am ashamed to admit I work at Target, and I totally believe this.  And with the beyond hopeless crowd that frequently visits me in Electronics, there are plenty who would take this service up.  I hope they don't ask me to sell this service....

 But since I have people who ask me what High-Definition is, complain about a movie being only Widescreen, ask if these headphones will work in an iPod, etcetera... I am not surprised by this.  But it does tell me that all hope is lost :P

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tmyboy

I've actually charged people for doing this. Seriously. I've done about 3 or 4 PC repairs were the person says "Hey, what do you know about Nintendo Wii's? Can you hook that up too?" One person actually paid me to teach them how to play Guitar Hero after setting up their Wii. In addition to game systems, but I've also had people ask me to put their iPod Touches and iPhones on their home networks too.

The thought of me using a service like this makes my skin crawl. But I know first hand that there are people who will jump all over this.

 

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VdubLife

Seeing as how BestBuy's Geeksquad is still alive and (surprisingly) doing well, it was only a matter of time before other stores started their own adaptation.  As long as you've got the people out there with little or no knowledge of the "complicated" (Component Cables/ HDMI/ Optical Out) cabling, they will get people to purchase this service... I mean if Geeksquad can charge my friend $600 bucks for an external drive and labor to copy his My Documents folder onto the external drive, they can probably also sell a Ketchup Ice Cream Bar to a lady wearing white gloves on a hot sunday afternoon before church.

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P--Pav

For an additional 15% they also help you setup the payment of the service

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Bilbert

Good one.

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aviaggio

If you're not smart enough to set up the console you shouldn't be allowed to buy one. End of story.

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knexkid

I'll do it for $50! Oh what the heck...$20! Damn even $10 to set up a console sounds good to me!

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m1k3_flrs

This is F*ck1ng retarded, when you buy a gaming console the first thing you want to do is tear apart the box and connect the console yourself.
Im gonna let my cousin know about this... Best Buy ripped him off with a couple of benjamins for setting up his PC, Im sure he wouldn't mind paying 100 bucks more for someone to set up his next gaming console.

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snapple00

If you can't do the simple task of setting it up, how will one play games?

Some games are way more complex than plugging in things, not to mention navigating to the game itself.

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DBsantos77

I was about to go nuts until I remembered that to get my Xbox Live service working, I had to set up the NAT firewall or some DMZ crap on my router, that can potentially be trouble for sorry to say it but a "noobie" installer.

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Bilbert

I've always wanted Target to set up my game CONSOE

 

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that is all.

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Ashton2091

Now, I'm sure there are at least a few people who will need something like this done, (as far as the network setup side of it).  But not for a $99.  Most will prob or should just get their next door neighboor to do it.  Target seen a way quick way to make a buck and went for it.  That's awfully "Best Buy" of you Target.

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nekollx

 it's definitly a needed service, but the price is hard to swolllow. I mean you guys know me, or at least have a idea. But my own brother, who i live with, ended up instaling a fake AV on my laptop that took me all night to remove. He's used my laptop for over a year and knows what AV i use and yet he still got suckered into a fake.

 

People need services like this, just not at 99.99

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BroadSide

Just when I thought it couldn't get any more retarded than the Ion Itype...

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