Round 9: Target Vs Best Buy

Best Buysells you boxes of bathroom tiles instead of products; lets Geek Squad steal your personal photos and pornography; sets their cellphones to record you showering while they’re supposed to be fixing your computer, and tries to turn “bad” customers into good ones by pushing you to buy expensive unnecessary extended warranties. They had a “secret website” that looked like but displayed different prices.

Target sells really complicated napkin holders; won’t talk to bloggers upset about their advertising; makes Diane Von Furstenburg mad, and charges less for three four-packs of Red Bull than it does for one twelve-pack. Their return policy is rather draconian. Target also displays Easter decorations on Dec 26th.

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