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Target Will Set Up Your Game Console, For "Only" $99

I'm aware that some people really aren't electronically inclined and some need help replacing light bulbs but this...this might be a little pricey for plugging stuff in.

Many retailers now offer installation services for various pieces of electronic equipment, ranging from stereos to TVs to computers. Now that video game consoles can accurately be included in such a category, it should come as no surprise that Target now has a setup service for those who are either clueless or simply can't be bothered to hook up their new game system. This according to a piece of info found by Kotaku; for the "low" price of $99, an employee will come to your house and get your new console up and running. Now granted, this can be a little more complicated in the new generation, what with the setting up of online accounts, or the fact that many may want their console hooked up to a PC monitor. There are any number of complications, I suppose, although I have to assume that many will balk at the price. It's half the price of the Wii and 1/3 the price of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 and I just can't see paying a hundred bucks to get it setup...especially by some register biscuit from Target. But hey, they wouldn't offer the service if people wouldn't use it, right?

Still, I'm guessing not many of our readers will be adding this charge to their next console purchase. Really, how hard is it, anyway?

1/8/2010 12:21:20 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (102 posts)

Buckeyestar
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:35:08 PM
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This is as bad as Best Buy's offer to upgrade your Blu-ray firmware for a hefty price. If you're too stupid to hook it up, you probably can't handle the controls either.

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SnipeySnake
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:35:57 PM

Theres....just...so...many...BUTTONS!

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mexgeo86
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:43:03 PM
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I doubt there is a consumer who doesn't know a family relative, friend or coworker who is familiar with a console and wouldn't mind setting it up for them in exchange for $5, $10 or a drink, if not for free

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 9:33:43 AM

Some friend that would charge you a fiver.. lol :P

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 9:41:50 AM

Wait i take back what i said, the amount of people that annoy my head asking me to set up silly things like tvs and dvds etc... i should be charging!! That money could make college life much better:P

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Hezzron
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:44:41 PM
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Good Lord.

I would think Target would have to hire actors to perform this job.....you know, show up and talk up a storm and pretend it's heavy labor so that these hooked fish think they're getting their money's worth.

"I'm going to have to ask you to please stand back sir, I'm about to plug in a HDMI cable! I'm a trained professional, but I wouldn't want you or your loved ones to lose an arm during this process...."

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Oyashiro
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:57:02 PM

Thats not funny man... My entire family was killed by HDMI cables.

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WolfCrimson
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:56:52 PM

looool

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Banky A
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:15:46 PM

Proper LOL.

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:22:08 PM

I know a guy who lost his hand to the BD drive. The dweeb should have called Target.

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Sir Shak
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:36:22 PM

You guys are lol .

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Gone
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:03:12 PM

@Oyashiro

The prices they charge for HDMI cables would kill any family.

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Crabba
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 9:07:50 PM

LOL that's funny!!

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Cholo Gamer
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:50:23 PM

My PS3 ate my dog :(

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bomba2812
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:07:34 PM

LMAO!!!

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mid10smaradoarg
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:45:54 PM
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that offer is for noobies only,like my friend ,he doesnt even know how to replay a message lol or everytime we use the chat he start a new one,that make me crazy

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Silent_J
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:01:19 PM

my cousin is the same way lol

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mid10smaradoarg
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:49:35 PM
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with that money i could buy a game a psn card $20 and and 36 pack of icecream for $10 on bjs

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Sunni_Boi
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:50:31 PM
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I Hope Some Love Me Long Time Is Included In This Deal! :)

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ed_winchester
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:53:29 PM

You'd hope so for that price lol

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yak4life85
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:25:34 PM

At least love me short time!

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Jed
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:20:17 AM

I LOVE IT!

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:00:45 PM
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I don't know how good this service is, they still haven't even shown up to set the clock on my vcr.

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:07:21 PM

Dude, your VCR? Let it go man, let it go. It's not worth your pain...

;)

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:37:05 PM

My kids watch the old classic Blue's Clues on my VCR. I can't let it go until they grow out of it. And besides, Steve > Joe.

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:43:06 PM

LOL, I wonder how many others here know what you mean by Steve > Joe?

Oh and BTW, my wife and I agree, though our son has grown out of Blue now, so we don't get many clues these days.

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:23:56 PM

Yeah, even Dora has to grow up one day... oh wait..

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:37:38 PM

::shudder::
Oh, the thought....how very dare you!?

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:58:32 PM

You could also trasfer the VHS tapes to DVD. :P
Dora has grown into her head, finally. Boots now resides over by the Market Street district in San Francisco.

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556pineapple
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:05:07 PM
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If it's anything like my PS3, I offer instructions for free.
Step 1: Take included power cable (Figure A) and use it to connect the Playstation 3 to a nearby outlet.
Step 2: Take your HDMI cable (not included) and plug one end into the Playstation 3 console, and the other end into the TV.
Step 3: Turn on the Playstation 3 console, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Enjoy.

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Silent_J
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:09:06 PM
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I used to work at target and game sales were not one of there strong points.if I was the one going to the customer's house to do the installing I probably would've advise them earlier on that I can do it for half price haha.


.....why is bayonetta on the poll?

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556pineapple
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:21:21 PM

If I had to guess as to why Bayonetta is in the poll, it would be due to something Metacritic calls "Universal Acclaim." (for the 360 version anyway, the PS3 version has slightly lower reviews)

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:10:59 PM
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If, and it's a big IF, the drone doing this installation for you understands router and firewall set up. Then for some it might be worth it. Not everyone understands the complexities of configuring their wirelss system securely, or of configuring things to ensure that the PS3 sees things it should (NAT type 2 please). So unless you already know how or know someone who does, or are technically minded and have a guide, setting up a home firewall router still takes a little knowledge.

...and of course plugging in that highly complex HDMI cable....

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godsman
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:19:30 PM

I knew how to do those. I just never knew my knowledge in that is worth $99. (feel proud)

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:39:43 PM

That's a good point TheHighlander. But will they do that? Or will they simply make sure "you're on the net?"

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:57:01 PM

@Alienage,

I have absolutely no doubt that they'll simply get you on the net. I also doubt that they'll be able to cope with anything except a totally vanilla network set up.

I don't think the service is worth the cost at all. But on the other hand there are a lot of people who know nothing about computers and networks. The kind of person who's unsure about turning their monitor off in case it shuts down everything. For these people, the reassurance of someone else being responsible for setting up their PS3 might be worth it. Of course the reason for the high cost is simple. Profit...

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:31:44 PM

"person who's unsure about turning their monitor off in case it shuts down everything"

LMAO

I love that line... that's the best...

It's also my aunt.

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rogers71
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:40:07 PM

You are absolutely correct Highlander.....

I was going to my cousin's house to setup his PS3 for him. He couldn't wait for me to get there so he plugged in the HDMI cable, the only thing was, he plugged it in backwards and blew his eyebrows clean off.

This is not something to take lightly folks. Please,Please,Please let the good people at Target handle this.

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mid10smaradoarg
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:11:52 PM
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Now tell everyone how to do it on standar TVs

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bomba2812
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:17:10 PM

yeah i almost got strangled with those AV cables lol

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eLLeJuss
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:30:01 PM
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Wow wtf.

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fatelementality
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:33:20 PM
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*Laughs for 20 minutes then passes out*

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bigrailer19
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:33:47 PM
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seems like i could start my own business and charge $50 which is still steep considering it takes 10 sec. to set up out of box.

highway robbery!

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SvenMD
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:35:22 PM
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"You know what?, if you guys don't know how to hook up your console, just ring your call button and Tommy will come back there and hit you on the head with a tack hammer, because you're a retard."

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camaro300zx
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:35:42 PM
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Hmmm...Maybe I should get a second job at Target.

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kevyd09
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:46:48 PM
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i have started up the irish branch of setting up your console for the cheap price of euro129.99!
and ill also promise to raid your fridge and make long distance phonecalls!!

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phudge_supreemz
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:15:36 PM

awesome pic

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fluffer nutter
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:25:17 PM

That is a pic of his kid.

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kevyd09
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:56:12 PM

its me when my mother tried to cut my hair

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Deleted User
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 1:55:58 PM
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I'll bet those dumb MTV socialites pay $99 for this service. 99.9% of us can do it ourselves, thank you.

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:34:06 PM

@brighat1971,
What you said!!!!!

Yeah, Paris Hilton & Brittney Spears come to mind

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shaydey77
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:06:01 PM
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When did Activision take over Target?

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:41:22 PM

LOL

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phudge_supreemz
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:13:29 PM
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This is obviously more for financially free lazy people than the rest of us.

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maxpontiac
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:26:01 PM
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I sure hope no one does that. I mean I would never let a friend or anyone I know pay for that, I would simply do it for free.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:26:51 PM
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As sad as this is, some people REALLY do not want to do this so they pay others to do it. What would happen if you pay them to connect it but you're shy of an HDMI input? Would they charge you additionally? Where are the guidelines? Let's find those loopholes. lol

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:30:57 PM
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Hilarious!

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:42:33 PM
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100% profit. A good deal to be sure. If someone's dumb enough to pay this, then yeah, they're too dumb to hook up their own console.

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:58:08 PM

Nah...it's only about 75% profit. The drone and vehicle probably cost a total of about $25 an hour including all overhead costs and vehicle purchase/lease.

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:35:21 PM

I thought about that but I think the drone would get paid for work around the store if he wasn't out doing an installation. As for the car, I don't see any GeekSquad type stuff so who knows? Maybe there's ONE clunker in the back per Target?

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 2:50:12 PM
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$99????? "Holy bat sh*t, Robin"......

Don't they know it's only $4.99 for an "Easy button" at Staples?????

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fluffer nutter
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 6:38:49 PM

Some "bargain" shopper you are. I got mine for 49 cents!

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Banky A
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:16:17 PM
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Haha.. only one dollar away from $100.
Damn that's a bargain.

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:12:17 PM

@fluffer nutter,
Yeah but I got the better deal....
I paid 49 cents less than you did, because I didn't "need" an Easy Button.

so there, nahhh nah na-na nahhhh !!!!!
(making raspberry sound)
LOL

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Naztycuts
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:32:49 PM
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I saw this last year Best Buy in my area was doing it for $129.99 I actually asked an employee "Is that real? I mean it's a little early for April Fool's pranks." He said that maybe 1 in 4 console buyers actually used it (after the employees talked it up Im sure) It was that day I found out that that many stupid people lived near me and I moved far far away never to return to the Land of Technological IIliteracy.

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Alienange
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:35:55 PM

Say it isn't so...

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Naztycuts
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:15:39 PM

I only slightly embellished the conversation, and I unfortunately haven't moved. :)

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Sir Shak
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 3:44:41 PM
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I'd avail this offer if I had the choice . Then I'd charge those bastards $60 for a glass of water and $100 for using the bathroom , plus tax .

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tes37
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:40:38 PM
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It's only worth it if they'll play your games for you too.

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randomname
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:43:36 PM
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lol just like the guys at geek squad lol

give me 20 and ill do it for ya

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FlyingKickPunch
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:46:41 PM
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i remember whan i was really young i had to have my dad hook up the NES...

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Break_The_Mould
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 4:47:47 PM
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Looks like Windows Vista has stiff challenge this year for its title as service with worst value for money.

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FlyingKickPunch
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:02:28 PM

LOL ^^
windows 7 is no better

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:41:24 PM

@Flyingkick

Kinda figured that Windows 7 would be nothing more than a pig (Vista) wearing lipstick...

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___________
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:06:45 PM

WHAT!
windows 7 is what vista should of been.
for once i can tell my PC to do something and it does it, instead of asking me if im sure i want to do it 15 times.
windows 7 is so much easier to use and so much easier to find things compare to vista.
its got the security of vista but the ease of access of XP.
not as good as XP, but close enough for now.

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Jed
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:26:49 AM

You do know 7 was my idea, right?

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___________
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:13:43 AM

i HATE! that add campaign, i just want to hunt down the person who created it and string him up by his own entrails!

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Fane1024
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 5:44:46 AM

"not as good as XP"

High praise indeed.

/sarcasm

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Culoslap
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:19:59 PM
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Didn't know there was a spike in old ladies buying video game consoles.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 6:40:06 PM

Those old ladies are going to slap your culo. Ha!

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rogers71
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 5:46:56 PM
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This reminds me of 'the geek squad'. They charged my aunt $160.00 to setup a wireless router she bought from Best Buy. The problem was that they didn't even secure it. They just pulled it out of the box, plugged it in and made sure her PC could connect to it and they were gone.

I wonder if Target would throw in a red shirt with a bullseye on it with this service. Then I would consider paying. NOT!!!!!!!

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Highlander
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:43:25 PM

Holy crap, the router probably cost her half what their 'service' did. You know, I think it's about time these cowboys put some substance behing their claims of service and guaranteed to set up security and what not. After all if they sell the product and offer service you pay for, they should be obligated to do something besides debox the bloody thing.

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SympoziumPawa
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 7:29:35 PM
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If anyone dares embarks in getting thier console installed for 99$ freakin dollars instead of getting of your backside to read a manual. Maker help ye

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Crabba
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 9:13:14 PM
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That is just sad. $100 to connect two cables, all which is clearly described with pretty pictures in the manual...

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 9:49:50 PM
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Really? Are they for real? It's kinda sad tht those manuals go to such waste... (Sigh) Without a doubt, we all have become, what's the word I'm looking for? Ah right, lazy...

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King James
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 10:39:53 PM
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Target's trippin.

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MysteriousMagus
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:02:15 PM
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meh... I've been connecting dvd's and setting up computers for the past 3 years... people for sure are stupid. A friend had to take a picture of the back of the tv to check the cables order.
Is it so hard to check the damn colors or is it just me?
I connected that damn wii and dvd player 3 times already.
I should start charging all people who ask me for that so far i only get free Coke! HA!

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___________
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:04:26 PM
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wow only 99 bucks.
thats the steal of the century.
the shoddiness and cheapness of retail stores never surprises me.
soon there going to start charging for customer service.
want a shopping trolley sir?
that will be 5 bucks.
o you want a basket instead?
ok thats 3 bucks.
its amazing what people will pay for, like ive said many times hop on ebay and 99% of the crap there is going for more than it would at the shops.
like i just sold a netgear router for 400 bucks, i bought it a year ago for 250 brand spanking new.
Iphones on there are going for over 800 when i can go to optus and get one for 700 unlocked.
gone are the days where buying things online was cheaper.

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bomba2812
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 11:25:11 PM
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i take my ps3 to friends' house all the time and it takes me left than 5 minutes to plug the cables and connect it to the internet i don't know why some people find this hard

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:56:50 AM
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I'm going to launch a company that does it for only $10...and still laugh at the idiots who I rip off in the process.

Last edited by ArnoldK PSXE on 1/9/2010 1:57:06 AM

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Jed
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:29:00 AM

I would totally pay you $5 to let me come along and laugh at them too.

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Jed
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 3:01:39 AM
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Wow, that is totally shameless. I can understand what Best Buy does for people that don't really understand how to set up a home network, but this is just wrong.

Target knows that this generation can be quite confusing to new gamers, with all the online this and hi def that. But instead of taking five minutes to explain how things work, they take advantage of any doubts the buyer has, then hammer them with this scam. They "target" (pun intended) all of the people that are just getting started with videogames.

What's next? A nose picking service? How to set up your toothbrush?

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Robochic
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:51:24 AM
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for 99 bucks wow this is just as bad as geek squad they asked me the other day if I wanted to pay 60 bucks for someone to show me how to set up my IPOD i was laughing the Whole way home.
To me if you dont' know how to read instructions then don't touch it.

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faraga
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 6:12:33 AM
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I'll do it for $98!

That was the first thing that came into my mind when I read the title.

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mykjessnjr
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 10:05:32 AM
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They also offer a $49 training course on how not to get duped by big box retailers- it's a 5 minute class, and I'd have to say..it was $49 well spent! They'll never get my $99 !!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:23:03 PM
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Should see the back of my TV, its got a PS2, Xbox, PS3, Dreamcast, and DVD player all hooked up.

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rogers71
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:58:45 PM

You are flirting with disaster my friend. After I read your post I called Target and they told me that you should only have one console at a time connected to your TV.

You may want to call your local Target and consult with them to see what problems you are heading towards. :D

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:08:43 PM

World,
You think that's something???
You should see the back my poor lil 32" SDTV.
With all the wires going into it, that I probably could have re-wired the Pentagon with them.

It's hooked up with a 5 piece Sony Home Theater System, a Realistic turntable, plus a Bose 10 double-cube surround sound system.
Plus another 15 gaming consoles hooked in on a 8-unit switcher box, two 5-game switch box's & 4 RF units.
And I also had to add two 15-outlet electrical gang boxes just so I could juicebox them all into the same grid.

I just might have to call in a priest before I add anything else to my poor lil TV, cause with all those wires there now, it already looks like it's on life support.

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Imagi
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 4:26:40 AM
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People pay for this....


What Mugs!

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Dingodial
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 2:55:20 PM
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Maybe I should open my own "console setup" brand and charge $80 so people will come to me for the great deal compared to target's xD

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Dingodial
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 3:10:11 PM

oops it looks like Arnold already had that idea...

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twistedbydezign
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 2:29:57 AM
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Future Shop offers this service for $99 CAD. I work there PT and I personally hide the sign because it is just ridiculous. Maybe I should offer to come over to interested people's houses and charge them only $50, haha.

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