I now have my doubts about The Genius Bar at the Apple Store. On Friday, after court, I stopped by an Apple Store to get some technical help from the folks at The Genius Bar. A few weeks ago, I left a set of airpods in their charger in a pair of pants and ran it all through a wash cycle. I was surprised that the airpods worked great, but the charger did not. So, when the airpods died, there was no charging them.
The Genius Bar was booked up. So, I made an appointment to come back. I received a text to come back in. And all was good.
I’ve always perceived the Apple Store as not aggressive or into high pressure sales. And I’ve always viewed the Genius Bar as sort of walk-in tech support, separate from the sales process altogether. So when I spoke with their representative, I trusted his advice when he said that the airpod would ultimately fail over time due to the water contact (yes, I was honest about the wash cycle thing, which may have made me seem to be an easy mark.). Then there was what came next.
He advised that I buy a replacement charger, and two replacement airpods separately at a price of $69.00 each since water damage is out of warranty. I then asked him, a few seconds later, why I would buy three pieces for more more than I could pay for brand new airpods off the shelf. And he looked like I’d caught him. All of this made me question his original advice regarding replacing the charger versus the entire set. But I ultimately just bought new airpods because I didn’t (1) want to be out the time that it would take to call tech support or return to the Apple Store or (2) pay for a whole new set of airpods plus purchase a new charger now.
Maybe the guy was following a script and didn’t think it through, but I also see the Apple Genius Bar thing no longer as tech support but an extension of Apple sales. And I also wonder if I was “taken” at some level. The genius also asked me some questions about my business to take an opportunity to try to have someone call me later to upsell me a bunch of business products. It was a bad time to discuss long-term sales with me.
I’m wondering how much lawyers do this at the beginning of a new case by filing a bunch of pleadings that don’t advance the client’s cause,