I just got back from CompUSA and although I’m very excited about setting up my new MacBook, I was a little disappointed in the trip to CompUSA itself. I think this was a case of where I had over hyped what to expect, so it’s simply a matter of building something up in my head to something more than it was.
First off, let me just say that, Justin and Arnold at CompUSA were great. Arnold always takes good care of me and Justin was right there with my MacBook. My buying experience could not have been better. It’s just that the crowd wasn’t there that I was expecting. Let me back up.
From everything I was hearing yesterday, CompUSA was expecting booming business today. I think they’ll get the boom for sure, but just not at 7am when they opened early today. I woke up early, posted to the weblog and then headed out with Gracie to drive to Cool Springs. I opted to go the back way, which was a mistake. Yes, I was missing a lot of traffic, but Gracie doesn’t do so hot on the back roads. She hasn’t thrown up in the car in a long time, but now that I think about it, it’s because we’ve only been on major roads and interstates with her. So as I was cruising down the back roads, listening to This Week In Tech, Gracie starts barfing in the seat next to me. Luckily, I had put a towel in the seat, so it caught it all, but it made the rest of the drive a little more fragrant than I would like.
In addition to bringing Gracie, I also brought my camera. Why? Because in my mind, I pictured the parking lot being completely filled and a line running out the store. As I pulled in to the first parking space, what I actually saw was nothing special. The lot was pretty empty and when I entered the store, all I saw were staff. It had the feel of a team preparing for an onslaught, which I’m sure they are, but I don’t think that many people knew that CompUSA was opening 2 hours early today. It was just a little disappointing to see that reality didn’t match my wild imagination. 😛
Took the major roads back and I’ve unboxed everything — taking pictures of course — and now I’m just letting the MacBook charge for now. I had a client e-mail me that there is some work that needs to be done, so I’ll have to leave the MacBook sitting reposed in it’s glossy white beauty until I get this fire put out. After that, I’m all over it like a hobo on a sandwich!