Geek Squad Gets Some Sweet New Wheels

Geek Squad Gets Some Sweet New Wheels

Sick and tired of seeing Geek Squadders rolling in those tired old VW Beetles? Then you’re in luck. Ford says they just made a deal to deliver around 1,000 new vans for use by the Best Buy nerd herd. [More]

My Computer Has Vanished Into The Best Buy Black Hole

My Computer Has Vanished Into The Best Buy Black Hole

Rebecca has some sort of Geek Squad protection plan for her computer, so when it needed some fixing, she brought it in for repair. Little did she know when she dropped of her computer that fateful day, that she might never see her PC alive again. [More]

Where Do You Stand On The Geek Squad vs. God Squad Debate?

Where Do You Stand On The Geek Squad vs. God Squad Debate?

For at least two years, a priest in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, had been rolling the streets of his town in a VW Beetle with the words “God Squad” stenciled on its door in a design reminiscent of the logo seen on Best Buy’s Geek Squad vehicles. Now the priest’s car is unadorned after the retail chain got wind of his wheels and issued a cease and desist order. [More]

Geek Squad Will Turn On Your Ebook Device For You For $29.99

Geek Squad Will Turn On Your Ebook Device For You For $29.99

The best way to understand Geek Squad is to realize that they will help you with anything if it means they can charge you a fee. Want batteries in your remote control? Having trouble putting a USB plug into its port? Need to know the time? OPTIMIZE IT WITH GEEK SQUAD. Those are just solid business ideas and not (yet) actual services, but Geek Squad’s real offerings are almost as absurd. For example, Nate from the-digital-reader.com snapped this photo of their newish “eBook Device Setup” service for your Nook or Sony Reader, which promises to turn it on (“provide a functionality check”) and show you how to read (“what to expect when you take the device home”). [More]

7 Things Ex-Geek Squad Employee Wishes Every Computer Novice Knew

7 Things Ex-Geek Squad Employee Wishes Every Computer Novice Knew

Not all Geek Squad technicians are ex-Domino’s delivery guys trying to siphon porn from your computer, some of them actually have a heart. This guy gal does, and it keeps breaking over and over again as he she sees clueless consumers queuing up to pay for service for mundane computer issues they could have prevented with just a teensy bit of know-how. Perhaps that is why she no longer works there. In any event, he she sent us a list of 7 different money-saving tips he she wished every computer owner knew. Most Consumerist readers probably know them, and most Best Buy customers don’t, so send this on to your Aunt Gretchen and lose Geek Squad some business: [More]

This May Be The World's Least Competent Geek Squad Outpost

This May Be The World's Least Competent Geek Squad Outpost

Cyndi writes that she has had her HP computer for just about 20 months, and a two-year extended warranty with Geek Squad along with it. From the very first months that she owned the computer, things have gone wrong with the computer, but things have gone even more terribly wrong with Geek Squad’s repairs. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. [More]

Best Buy: Let Us Install The PS3 Version Of Red Dead Redemption

Best Buy: Let Us Install The PS3 Version Of Red Dead Redemption

Reader IfThenElvis has submitted, for your approval, this photo of Best Buy asking you to let them install a PS3 game. [More]

Now Geek Squad Is Optimizing Girl Scouts

Now Geek Squad Is Optimizing Girl Scouts

We applaud the idea of teaching kids how to use technology more effectively, so we’ll assume that Geek Squad Summer Academy, which teaches Girl Scouts and other youngsters “the basic components of technology through fun, engaging, and informative activities not likely found in a traditional school setting,” is a great program, and not an insidious plot to get them to go home and start optimizing their parents’ computers at the end of the summer. Then again, we bet the margin on those $39.99 tune-ups are better than what the girls make hawking cookies. [More]

Best Buy Salesguy Won't Let You Buy An iPad Without $129 Warranty

Best Buy Salesguy Won't Let You Buy An iPad Without $129 Warranty

Reader Ed says he tried to buy an iPad from Best Buy, only to be told that someone was on the phone buying all of them, and that he could only get one if he bought the “black tie protection
plan” for $129. Ed told them to get lost and instead reported them to Consumerist and Best Buy. [More]

Best Buy Charging For PC Checkups They Already Give For Free

Best Buy Charging For PC Checkups They Already Give For Free

Anon says Best Buy’s $40 a year program going called Ask An Agent is a raw deal. The program lets customers bring in PCs for an annual checkup, and also gives takers 10 percent off of Geek Squad services. Anon says Best Buy checks out all computers for free, no doubt to offer them some spectacular optimization services. [More]

No, Geek Squad, You're Not Allowed To Park In Tow Zone

No, Geek Squad, You're Not Allowed To Park In Tow Zone

Blake shot this horribly fuzzy picture of a Geek Squad car getting towed. Try to accept is as an object of art and mythology rather than photojournalism, reminiscent of the barely intelligible shots of Sasquatch and Nessie. Like those pictures, this one represents a sense that ours is a world of wonder and fancy. [More]

Consumerist Shames Best Buy Into Rebranding Optimization?

Consumerist Shames Best Buy Into Rebranding Optimization?

If you’re even a semi-regular reader of Consumerist, you probably remember back in January when we blew the lid off Best Buy’s overpriced and unnecessary computer “optimization” deal. Well, that report has caused Best Buy to make changes to their optimization offering — problem is, all they’ve changed is the name. [More]

Emailing Acer Results In Glorious Out-Of-Warranty Laptop Repair

Emailing Acer Results In Glorious Out-Of-Warranty Laptop Repair

Reader Dan writes in with the tale of his friend Jack, who he helped with an Acer laptop that broke only two days after its warranty expired. Geek Squad was no help, but launching an email carpet bomb on Acer did the trick. [More]

Best Buy Clarifies Its Policy On Imaginary Sync Service For 3D Glasses

Best Buy Clarifies Its Policy On Imaginary Sync Service For 3D Glasses

Last week, HD Guru pointed out that Best Buy was advertising 3D glasses syncing as part of a $150 installation service for people buying 3D TVs. The problem with the offer is it’s not necessary (or even possible) to manually “sync” your 3D glasses with a 3D TV. Now Best Buy has responded to the post, partly by explaining that some customers might not know that the glasses sync up automatically and that they can depend on Geek Squad to educate them. [More]

Geek Squad Member: Optimization Helps People

Geek Squad Member: Optimization Helps People

An anonymous Best Buy employee wrote in to clarify and dispute Monday’s post that accused the company of shifting to a de facto commission-based model by rewarding upsell-happy workers with more hours. [More]

Geek Squad To Provide Yet Another Useless Service For 3D Televisions

Geek Squad To Provide Yet Another Useless Service For 3D Televisions

HDGuru reports that Best Buy is at it again, charging innocent customers for truly unnecessary services. This time, they’re offering to sync your 3D glasses as part of a Geek Squad package to hook up your new 3D TV and Blu-Ray player. Sure, the connection services are logical enough, but the glasses sync thing makes no sense. Why? Because 3D glasses don’t need to be synced. [More]

Hey, Best Buy, Way To Drive Another Customer Away With "Optimization" Nonsense

Hey, Best Buy, Way To Drive Another Customer Away With "Optimization" Nonsense

J. in California tells Consumerist that he liked Best Buy. He was a loyal customer until he attempted to buy a laptop there for a friend, and ran up against a brick wall of strangeness and dysfunction, all in the name of… Geek Squad optimization. [More]

Some Best Buys Still Forcing Computer Optimization, Being Jerks

Some Best Buys Still Forcing Computer Optimization, Being Jerks

Michael just fired this EECB off to Best Buy. Apparently, not all stores have received the metaphorical (and literal) memo that they shouldn’t (1) Geek Squad optimize every computer in the store, and (2) be total dicks about it. [More]