A lot of people here on the Internet love rage comics: simple, four-panel comics made with a pre-designed set of faces that tell stories of rageworthy situations ranging from tragic to mundane. I’ve never found them very funny, but clearly many people do. It’s unlikely, however, that they’re popular enough that the average Best Buy customer is going to recognize a rageface as a beloved icon. Even less likely if they’re hanging out at the Geek Squad counter. And that’s just one of the things that are wrong with this adorable homemade sign that Wes noticed on a recent visit to Best Buy.
Even if you don’t know a rage face from an emoticon, you have to admit that the sign is fun, but very amateurish. As if a particularly enterprising seven-year-old has gone to work as a sign maker for this Best Buy.
Wes sent us this note with the photo:
I was in the [redacted] Best Buy last night doing an in-store pickup when I noticed this sign hawking Black Tie Protection for CD’s and DVD’s. There are so many things wrong with this sign, from the horrible font usage to the mere fact that they even offer a service plan for CD’s and DVD’s. But the thing that caught my eye the most was the use of the “Y U NO” meme–which isn’t even being used correctly. I also can’t tell if the miserable copywriting is an ironic joke, since it sounds like the person who wrote it speaks English as their second language. If you aren’t familiar with the meme, here’s an explanation.
I personally think the “Y U NO” meme can be funny, because I understand that kind of humor. But for someone who doesn’t get it, they’d just see a caricature of an angry asian guy–which might not be the best thing for a company that’s on the outs.
Basically, this promotional sign pretty much sums up what’s wrong with Best Buy today: Disorganization, lack of tact, deceitfulness (and the push for unnecessary and overpriced products and services.)
We’ve all scratched some discs in our day. Usually, though, it happens long after the one year that this protection plan lasts. Just a year? I’m still playing computer games that are old enough to start kindergarten.