Office Max Informative - MaxAssurance/Protection Plan
SUNRISE -- I really wish that I could use names so that I can say how great this kid was; but alas I can't.
I was in the market for a new computer. I decided on buying HP because it was highly recommended. I went to my local computer stores which are Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Office Max, and CompUsa. I was doing research to see what were the best deals for my hard-earned dollar, I had all the ads that come in the paper with me as I went to the different stores shopping around talking to the sales folk. As I'm shopping I'm also trying to gauge how trustworthy these people are because you know they are going to try to sell you all this other junk you don't need or want. I learned this very quickly because the sales man(mid 30s this guy thought he was a friend to me calling me 'bud') took one minute to sell me a computer and an extra thirty to sell me all this other stuff I did not need. I had to be prepared so I made a list with the things I was going to purchase which were the laptop, a wireless mouse, Microsoft word, a laptop desk, and a laptop case; now you know when I'm telling the people helping me that I'm only purchasing the things on my list they are not very happy because they had a different agenda.
I end up between Best Buy and Office Max; Best Buy is not really pushy and they had the best price on the HP but the guy at Office Max was great and very trustworthy and the computer they had in Office Max was only 20 more dollars which didn't hurt my pocket much. As I'm speaking to the guy in Office Max he is telling me that he was recently hired, we keep talking and he is showing me tips and tricks to find out what computer is best for me and how I could make my decision easier when I was ready. He hands me a sheet that has all these discounts on different things that you could buy when you get a laptop/netbook/desktop; he also hands me the brochure of the Protection Plan where he wrote his info since he didn't have a business card and he told me to take a look at it while I decided where I was going to make my purchase. I gathered all my things from the different stores; I chose to take my business to Office Max. I arrive at the store Friday morning (this happened during the course of a week) with my wife this time because she surprised me in the morning saying she was going to buy the computer and other things for my birthday. As I said before I arrived at the store and there was the guy I had spoken to before, he was on the register this time he acknowledged me when I came in the store with a wave and then I guess he called someone to go help me out by the computers and since I had spoken to him and he knew my story I asked if he could help me. He came over and asked me if I had decided where I was going to purchase the machine and I told him that because of him I would purchase it in Office Max. He was very glad that we had chosen his store and thanked us for our business, he proceeded to go over the things we had discussed that I would be buying. He explained the MaxAssurance or Protection Plan to us and we politely declined seeing as how we had never used the ones we purchased before.
Anyway that computer came out to be 599.99 and the extras were about another 400 dollars something he explained was completely normal on a computer purchase; we bought a printer which had a discount with the black ink, we bought Office Home and Student, a Targus case, Targus Chill Mat, antivirus, a wireless mouse, and a router so we could have wireless internet at home. Again he reiterated the importance of being covered under the plan stating that spending a little bit more would make our purchase last longer and give us peace of mind, and again we declined.
I was very happy with my purchase for exactly 23 days and then it just stop working. I call HP because the computer is still obviously in the warranty period and they tell me they can't diagnose the laptop via internet since the machine is not working correctly. I have to send it in to them but I decided to go to Best Buy and have them diagnose the problem and save myself the headache of shipping the machine anywhere; that diagnostic cost me a pretty penny. Best Buy told me how much it would cost to fix the computer and I nearly blew a gasket because the computer was not even a month old at this point; I asked the guy if HP would cover it and he said that most likely it would not be covered because it was just one of those things that didn't fall within the manufacturers warranty.
Long story short I had to send the computer in to make sure there was nothing they could do about the computer and this is the 20th day that I'm without my pc, it is incredible how things happen. I emailed the guy to tell him how the computer was doing the first week I had it and thanking him for his help, he replied back letting me know that he was glad everything was going well and when I told him a week later that the computer was damaged he said he wished he could do more for me but that the store policy couldn't be broken and that he wished we had been able to buy the MaxAssurance plan for the computer when we bought it and he wished me luck. He also turned me on to this website so that I may let other people know that it is possible that a computer might get damaged or crash and to tell you to BUY THE PLAN AND BE WORRY FREE, IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG OFFICEMAX HAS YOUR BACK AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO FEND FOR YOURSELF.
P.S. If you are in Sunrise and you need a computer talk to the Technology Specialist or the Electronics Manager in that store and he will take care of you.
HP got back to me, the damage is not covered by the limited warranty. I will have to pay for repair out of pocket. According to them the computer was damaged due to an electrical surge/spike, which damaged some of the internal components of the machine.