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Just crazy that anyone shops there. I just bought something and had to wait ten minutes to get it. What a world!
If you were pitching it as a new shop you'd be sectioned
so you're just down to the bare bones - you give us money, we give you goods.
Don't you have some quirky name for argos then?
what's the rationale behind it?
can they fit more stuff inside the shop? is it meant to be quicker?
Think about how many different items are in an Argos catalogue. You'd need a shop floor the size of a B&Q to stock it all.
which is why want ant says upthread is actually the opposite of correct. The way shops are going now is less on 'point of sale'/ display and more warehousing/ despatch style because the use of customer floorspace erodes margin. there's quite a complex algorithm used by argos to ensure they can keep just about in stock to meet seasonal demand without overstocking/ overusing space. and of course there is no display space other than the catalogues/ ordering machines and all of the disney frozen/ loom band tat. And that jewellery bit still seems to thrive- suspect there is a very specific reason for this still being allowed to remain part of the business.
I always think of argos as being for the kind of stuff i'd need from amazon or B&Q, but I can't be doing with waiting for amazon to deliver/ driving to the out of town/ industrial retail park B&Q. It satisfies my need for instant gratification like when we decided to sand the decking a couple of weeks ago when the weather became good. It had to be done THAT VERY DAY. I do admit to feeling a bit grubby after being in there, and can't make eye contact when sitting in the queue.
we popped to argos yesterday because a lamp broke and we couldn't be arsed to go to ikea to get a nicer one. Just needed a quick £4 replacement - no thrills. Will keep an eye out for a nice one, but in the mean time Argos did the business.
as if, it's all tablets, self service and diy reference pin numbers
The revamped ‘paperless’ store has a fresh and contemporary look, with tables of tablets replacing Argos’ traditional laminated catalogues, paper slips and pencils.
and the removal of the old queing system with numbers on a leaderboard style thingy is just unbelievable. it's just a free for all as soon as you spot your item its every wo/man for themselves
I was 96 but got served after 97 and 98! Collection point B.
the future is not good.
"Local residents in Wandsworth can now take advantage of the speed and convenience of online shopping on their local high street"
I bet she does.
Staff in the Balham store will also be wearing a brand new uniform to reflect the growing role of technology in the store environment.
Predominantly a black polo shirt and soft shell jacket with a white logo, supported by red and grey secondary colours, the new outfit has specially-designed features that make it fit for purpose for the fast-paced, changing nature of retail. Staff across the store, including store managers, will sport the new look to reinforce a team approach when serving customers.
The new uniform features include:
click and collect where you have to pay in store and still wait in line 💁
they've got all the technology
so I looked at the dozen tellies, the sprinkling of toys and the solitary BBQ that were on display.
That sounds like a truly intoxicating experience
in the small town which I grew up near. Bought a watch from Argos. Went to the allocated Collection Point. There was some horrendous behind-the-scenes cock up which meant it took half an hour for my watch to turn up. The delay was so long it meant I missed the last bus back to my village and I had to ring my Dad and get him to pick me up. In any other shop you’d cut your losses and leave. But you can’t do that at Argos because YOU’VE ALREADY FUCKING PAID.
Took them 50 minutes to sort it out. Nice Sekonda when it eventually arrived tbh tbf...
Richard E Grant as an aging rock star and Julia Swahala as his assistant? What the fuck was all that about? And don't me started on the blue aliens.
the richard e grant one. :( :( :(
you can hear the teenagers that work there all joking around and messing about in the stock room just behind the counters.
Very unprofessional and not very nice to make other people (customers (me)) feel excluded from the fun
eBay retailers can have the stuff delivered to an Argos of your choice, for free. Seemed better then inevitably not being home when it's delivered.
This might only be useful information if you're buying white miniature primer and matt varnish spray, I don't know.
To get the cheapest earphones they had for using at the gym. Went to The Book, filled out my order with the tiny pencil, queued up for ages (a couple of minutes) to give the till person the sheet... then when I got to the front of the queue they had even cheaper earphones on clearance to just buy the normal way.
the stuff they have to buy the normal way
why are they doing this to us?
works well in Screwfix too.
got a right fucking buzz off it despite the grot and shit around me.
Everything under one roof innit. Sometimes you need a cheap BBQ, or a desk lamp, or an electric heater. Proper shop.
No queuing or having to deal with technology other than your laptop and having to understand their weird system. Pretty good.
keep the receipt and box and get them replaced if they break within the year due to there no-quibble replacement policy.
Once saw someone try to return and get his money back on a used hot plate at Argos. Unboxed, no receipt and wrapped in a bin bag.
The 'Staff will not accept threats or physical violence' signs that go up around Christmas are a nice touch.
Even though it's dead old and a bit grubz, like PO said, surely this is the way that shopping will go? Maybe with cool chutes.
cos you don't have to talk to anyone like you do in currys
using pay online and collect. The guy in the shop /really/ didn't want to hand the box over until he'd had a really good shot at trying to sell me an extended warranty and insurance. Got really aggressive with his questioning. You wouldn't get that staff bullshit in Argos.
DFS guy was really insistent that we get the special coating put on to protect against spills and stuff. we said no, he was surprised, went away to get some stuff to demo how good it was. we said it looked good, but no thanks. he said he was really concerned, but ok. then later he brought it up again, said he was worried about us ruining the sofa, we still said no. then he went to talk to his manager and said he'd get us free delivery if we got the coating (delivery coincidentally cost the same as the coating, odd that), so we got the coating. probably gets more commission on it or something.
you've ruined my minor £50 victory now
i think she's doing it just to annoy me
Like, it's TINY.
I didn't go in but I want to know where the fuck is all the shit they sell?
Most stuff is so flat packed now I'd imagine they can store enough for an average day at Argos. Probably computers determine what to keep in stock based on previous sales.
Probably computers determine what to keep in stock based on previous sales.
don't think they have full stock cos whenever i checked to see if they had such and such item it always said click and collect in a few hours, so i guess they get it shipped over from some warehouse somewhere. maybe the strand one does the same?
either that or they have one of those magic machines that creates any item that someone on here's dad knew about
They always sell out as soon as the weather gets hot but I never remember until it does.
Toy wheelbarrow set for £10. Then they upsold me a toy lawn mower that blows bubbles in a 2 4 £15 deal. So got all that for a tenner.
if your son is a realist he will likely be disappointed.
should be fine.
and bin bags are too small for it.
not surprised tbh.
and there is no garden waste collection. But you can join a garden waste club for £80 (for two years) where you get a bin and they collect it every two weeks. Now, do I just pile my grass cuttings in a (shit) corner of the garden and hope for the best or should I join up? I mainly just have lawn.
that's what i do with all my grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, and fox corpses.
That or I could just luzz it all in my neighbour's garden as I note he is in the club.
#Argos #Lorry #ArgosLorry
mainly in the stockroom, sometimes on collection point if they were short, never on the tills.
I reckon nobody else here can beat that utter nadir in their professional lives.
You had to stand up and keep a steady flow going the right way up down the chute. If the chute emptied the machine would break and working class people would dispay anger towards you. It was ten hour days in the heat of summer for what would be less than minimum wage in this day and age. Half hour lunch breaks. Did six weeks.
sports direct and telesales are the only things I can think of off the top of my head that would trump it
they just have 1 of everything and it must always be on display
One of the jobs was sorting the returned glass bottles so they could be cleaned and used again. Our job was to manually inspect each bottle to check for cracks or whether they were the correct type of bottle.
There was 1728 bottles per pallet and you'd be expected to go through 20+ pallets a day. That was fucking shit. At least we got to use a pallet truck and it wasn't the worst job I did while I worked there, oh no.
The worst was labeling the 5ltr Heineken gigs. These ones, for example: http://bigbarrel.co.nz/content/images/thumbs/0001010_heineken_keg_imported_keg_5ltr.jpeg
We used to have to apply a label to the top of the keg that stated you had to leave the can resting and chilled for 4 hours before opening it because otherwise you'd just get foamy beer out of it.
I say this was a factory but really it was just a warehouse. Because of this there was no production line, no machinery to speak of. Our "line" for putting the labels on consisted of a row of eight pallets stacked on top of each other multiplied by eight pallets in length with a layer of MDF on top which we would shine up with Pledge we'd nicked from another area in the warehouse to make it slippier.
We used to have to stack the kegs on the 'line' and physically pusk them all the way to the end, creating one continuous line of kegs. I was nineteen and nine stone at best. It was the toughest job I've ever done. The burly Polish guys we worked it with hated it as well and they were strong dudes. You'd come home every day with tired arms almost crying from the pain.
I did that for four summers running.
Also, tl;dr! Sorry!