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Best Buy UK Grand Opening at Thurrock

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After discovering Best Buy were selling Logitech Harmony 1100 remote controls at 70% off (£99 down from £380) I decided to get up early and battle the horde of fellow bargain hunters. Peter and I arrived about 6:45 AM, 15 minutes before opening, and the queue wasn’t too bad, lots of people, but I expected worse. What many didn’t realise was that in order to secure some of the ‘Grand Opening Deals’, you had to be given a flyer for that product. It was no good going in, looking for the deal, and then buying it, that would be too easy. Instead you had to be lucky enough to find a blue and yellow clad Best Buy employee with the flyer you needed. This was not explained while queuing before opening. They had less than 100 of the Logitech remotes, so they went instantly – by 7:01 AM they were gone, with many of the very first to enter the store picking up several, no doubt for a quick profit via Ebay. They had a few other good deals, but these will be gone this morning, which kind of makes a mockery of the whole ‘Grand Opening Deals 30th April – 3rd May’ – what the hell is going to be so grand about it come tomorrow when all the deals are gone? Perhaps they will be offering face painting and balloons.

As for the store itself, it’s just like Currys only with lot’s of super friendly Americans on staff – white teeth, tanned skin. Don’t be fooled though, it’s still no better in terms of tech advise. I asked the guy demoing the projectors whether he had any DLP or LCD projectors in addition to the D-ILA on demo. He looked puzzled and quickly admitted that he didn’t know much about projectors. Lot’s of staff pushing dodgy overpriced HDMI cables, warning potential buyers that buying a cheaper one will make the picture look like crap. Sigh. They were keen to push LCD and LED, and not the superior plasma sets. “Geek Squad” my arse. The only true geek I spotted was the Best Buy employee who picked up on my Tyrell Corporation Blade Runner T-shirt from lastexittonowhere. The first person to cotton on since buying it – no one’s going to figure out my Omni Consumer Products (OCP) T-shirt (from RoboCop, if your not geek enough).

There were lots of photographers and film crews capturing the madness, and I leave you with some exclusive footage taken just moments before opening.

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