23 thoughts on “December 20, 2016

    • I dunno, I’d rather not leave to chance the possibility of leaving a cartoonish imprint of my face on the steering wheel.

      On the other hand, I would never for a million dollars sign up for a store credit card.

        • that’s because airbags were designed as a “safety measure of last resort”- basically, in an ideal situation, you were wearing your seatbelt so the airbag was unnecessary. it’s supposed to protect you from the full impact of smashing into the steering wheel. You’ll still get hurt, just not as badly.

      • Properly used, insurance is to protect you from things you can’t afford. Few people can “afford” a significant injury. But I’d hope most people don’t buy things they can’t afford to replace.

        Then again, protection plans are a bet. You’re betting something will happen to the product and the store is betting that it won’t. If you’re buying a protection plan against accidental dunking of a expensive cell phone, you know the new owner better than the store does. The odds might be in your favor.

        • I always thought that with a protection plan (and Life Insurance) that you are basically betting on the “wrong” side of the equation. You are literally betting that you will damage your phone or be killed/die in some manner before you could save up “X” amount of dollars to cover the loss.

          • Correct. But suppose you’re getting a phone for your clumsy and forgetful teen – NOW what are the odds. 🙂 I’ll bet that that protection plan starts sounding like a good deal.

      • Insurance is always a risk/reward comparison. When it comes to replacing a $250 computer, the risk is low – I can afford to replace it if it breaks, and I have other devices that can fill in the gaps in the meantime. When it comes to my life, I don’t cheap out – seat belts, airbags, cars with good safety records.

    • I meant store-supported protection plans on consumer electronics, not seat belts and auto insurance. Those you really DO need.

  1. At this point I am honestly expecting Harris to kill himself in the store on Christmas Eve. Brice will be more disillusioned when Stuart just complains about missed sales while the store is closed for cleaning. Marla will retire at that point. Coop will film it all and post it to YouTube.

  2. The thing is that the protection plan is useless 99% of the time, just like a car’s airbags, but that 1% doesn’t mean risking your life like it does with the car.

    Also water is wet. Does Brice know that?

    • Also, I can use the statistics to make my own “protection plan”, whereas I can’t do that with airbags. (Which, in my understanding, actually don’t do anything beneficial in most crashes either, especially the first gen ones)

  3. A more apt analogy would be if the car manufacturers charged” airbag deployment fees” or if the car you thought had airbags actually didn’t because you missed some fine print in the agreement and never registered it online.

  4. I know this feel. My job is 99% sales, and there’ve been times where I talked someone into something I knew they were unhappy or probably shouldn’t be wasting money on.
    Was nice to make the money bc I’m all commission, but I always felt guilty, especially if I didn’t do a great job on what they bought.
    (caricature artist, we sell art and add ons like frames)

  5. One way this could play out – Harris finds another job elsewhere and then Brice is left explaining to Stuart why the decline in the numbers. Of course, Stuart will never accept that a whole store fails just because one minion leaves. It’s been shown those numbers are possible and nothing less is acceptable. I’d love to watch Brice get the full measure of “corporate logic”.

    • This is a thing that happens post holidays anyway. The holiday help moves on, returns come flooding in, and sales on expensive items die off.

      None of these things generally stop corporate from continuing to expect gift-giving season sales and levels of the protection plans.

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