Three HT editors don their consumer personas to find out how much the average mass-market salesperson really knows about today's most popular technologies.
You've heard us say time and time again that the specialty retailer is the place to shop if you want personalized attention from a truly knowledgeable sales staff. Still, many of you insist on wiling away the hours at a mass-market retailer conveniently located in a strip mall near you. We can't really blame you. Convenience is a precious commodity in today's world. The question is, can you get a little knowledge and sound advice to accompany that convenience, or are you being led astray? We loaded up three of our editors with an arsenal of questions and sent them off to the Big Three retailers: Best Buy, Circuit City, and relative newcomer Ultimate Electronics. Their mission: Bring us back the goods and the not-so-goods from their buying experience.
What did you miss at this year's Home Entertainment Show?The Word Is Out Does the saying "A good time was had by all" sound slightly cliché? I don't care. We really did have a fabulous time at the Home Entertainment 2002 show in New York City late last May. By "we," I don't just mean we magazine folk, as we definitely weren't alone. There were about 15,000 readers of Home Theater and our sister publications—Home Theater Buyer's Guide, Stereophile, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, and Audio Video Interiors—in attendance. Everyone was looking for the latest and greatest home theater gear to purchase in the year ahead.