Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Recently I decided I was tired of using the work laptop when on business trips.  It was probably cutting edge back in 2007-8.  Now, even trying to get it to hook into hotel wifi is at times a chore, and it weighs a ton.  As I was just given a brand new desktop at work, asking for new laptops would have been a stretch.  I decided that throwing out a bit of my own coin for a decent machine would be a fairly sound investment.

I spent a couple of hours on Monday looking through the wares available on the internet.  It was only about a day after I ordered one that the seller informed me there would be a delay of an extra 3-4 days for delivery.  As this defeated the purpose of me buying it now as I wouldn't be able to bring it with me on my next trip, I headed down to my local Samsung Digital Plaza, just across from the Tattoo field and new swimming pool.  I figured I'd go with the local, getting decent after service and a friendly smile when I walked in.

Oddly, I was essentially ignored when I walked in, with none of the typical 'anyonghaseyo' that the staff will usually throw at you from across the store.  As I browsed, none of the staff came forward, except one timid girl who kept a bit of a distance.  In the middle of the laptop section, some older adjusshi busied himself with looking at the news on Naver.  This went on for a solid 15 minutes.  I wondered if it may be a new hands off sales strategy.

You have to understand Korean in store service.  Usually as soon as you walk in, someone's on you; in fact it can be quite irritating.  They follow you around, ready to get you exactly what you need now, without giving you time to think about anything.  As I was prepared to lay out about 100 manners on a new laptop, and was looking at the high end stuff, I was surprised that no one came around to ask specifically what I needed, as I did have questions on the specs of a couple of machines.

So I left.  After waiting to ask about a machine that was priced at 120 manners, but getting only timid girl at a distance, adjusshi barely looking up, the young guys all congregating around the cash register, I walked out.

I went to my favorite hi-mart and was jumped on as soon as I walked in the door.  Within 20 minutes I walked out with a laptop that surpasses my current desktop, with an 8 gb USB and mouse thrown in.  Price: 82 manners.  I knew I was getting hosed when I did a quick search on the web with my smartphone where I found the model for about 20 manners less, it is a refurbished model with an upgraded graphics card, memory, and processor.  As I kind of needed it now, I went and bought it.

One consolation is I get to say: fuck you Samsung Digital Plaza Wonju.  You guys suck.  Look at this laptop!  I bought it after leaving your store!  You could have had my money, but instead I gave it to a competitor!  Next time get a sales representative to haul ass when you see an irritated looking customer scanning around for one.

Time for some Max.


Anonymous said...

Time to go Pretty Woman their ass.

Anonymous said...

Phone the fucking head office. Seriously, who wouldn't make a better secret shopper than a white male.

Anonymous said...

You should have walked by the store with your new laptop under your arm and a big smile on your face

F5Waeg said...

I seriously considered doing just that, but had better things to do with my time.

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