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Anybody ever take their GPS to Bestbuy to update maps?

 

I understand they will do an on-line update for a fee. I'm on dial-up so can only update with CD.

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ummm..

I just have a bit of a hard time believing a major retailer would do something for FREE. Please keep us updated on this.

I believe

allbizz wrote:

I just have a bit of a hard time believing a major retailer would do something for FREE. Please keep us updated on this.

I believe the OP stated "for a FEE" not for free !

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ooops

I totally read that as for FREE like allbizz did. redface That is pretty funny we both thought it said free hahaha!

Let us know what the fee

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

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Nope...

I don't go into Best Buy. Can't stand the place. I got a gift card for Best Buy a while back and I gave it away. rolleyes

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I go to Best Buy, but it

I go to Best Buy, but it would be a cold day in hell when I allowed their techs to touch my electronics.

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nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

I'd like to know how much they charge too.

I'm with you on this... public WiFi hotspots or a friend's place is better. I may be wrong but I believe it's managed download so OP can quit downloading at anytime and continue to get the rest of it later at his convenience.

I agree

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

I go to Best Buy, but it would be a cold day in hell when I allowed their techs to touch my electronics.

I have to agree. I haven't found anybody at Best Buy who really knew what they were talking about. I got a $100 Best Buy gift card for Christmas and don't know what to buy with it. Sigh......

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maddog67 wrote:

I don't go into Best Buy. Can't stand the place. I got a gift card for Best Buy a while back and I gave it away. rolleyes

You can sell them on line, you know. I'm not sure how much you will get but it's more than giving it away, unless you wanted to give it to a friend or relative.

"Google" it for sell trade gift card to find the many sites.

Best Buy usually is not the best place to buy anything

My guess is, they will charge you "two arms and two legs".

Not only I don't want their tech to touch my electronic gears, I don't even want my gears any where near that place. People have reported that they often sell bogus services just because someone asked them for advice.

I know what you can do with that gift card.

thrak wrote:
Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

I go to Best Buy, but it would be a cold day in hell when I allowed their techs to touch my electronics.

I have to agree. I haven't found anybody at Best Buy who really knew what they were talking about. I got a $100 Best Buy gift card for Christmas and don't know what to buy with it. Sigh......

Buy me another GPS with it. *laughs*

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I go down to the local library. Takes me about an hour or so but it is quiet and I can take a nap.

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Best Buy fails

I hadn't been to Best Buy in quite a few years. I got a $25 gift card last Christmas. sad

Luckily I needed printer ink, so I bought that and some popinjay printer paper.

I hope to not set foot in that pit for many more years.

who?

so, who on earth shop at best buy?

My grandson

abin wrote:

so, who on earth shop at best buy?

My grandson bought a new Toshiba laptop at Bestbuy for $348.00 about 2 weeks ago.

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Probably nobody. That's why they're one of the biggest electronics retailers in the world. rolleyes

My daughter

trigon wrote:
maddog67 wrote:

I don't go into Best Buy. Can't stand the place. I got a gift card for Best Buy a while back and I gave it away. rolleyes

You can sell them on line, you know. I'm not sure how much you will get but it's more than giving it away, unless you wanted to give it to a friend or relative.

"Google" it for sell trade gift card to find the many sites.

wound up with it. She is not like her dad, she likes the place.

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which is

DamonZ28 wrote:

Probably nobody. That's why they're one of the biggest electronics retailers in the world. rolleyes

exactly where Circuit City was 10 years ago.

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I really hate

I really hate the way everyone bashes Best Buy. They are no different than any other company. You need to get the right person. Not everyone is stupid and lacking in knowledge. You can get that in any company. And every company needs to up sell a product and service. The cost of a product is inexpensive. All companies make profits off of the service after the fact.
They have to up sell to everyone. Not everyone needs the enhanced service, but, there are those that do.

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pwohlrab wrote:

I really hate the way everyone bashes Best Buy. They are no different than any other company. You need to get the right person. Not everyone is stupid and lacking in knowledge. You can get that in any company. And every company needs to up sell a product and service. The cost of a product is inexpensive. All companies make profits off of the service after the fact.
They have to up sell to everyone. Not everyone needs the enhanced service, but, there are those that do.

I agree, I've had good experiences at BB, and I've had bad..Now Radio Shack,(You got questions, we got blank stares) they need to change their name to Cellphone Shack..

near me

pwohlrab wrote:

I really hate the way everyone bashes Best Buy. They are no different than any other company. You need to get the right person. Not everyone is stupid and lacking in knowledge. You can get that in any company. And every company needs to up sell a product and service. The cost of a product is inexpensive. All companies make profits off of the service after the fact.
They have to up sell to everyone. Not everyone needs the enhanced service, but, there are those that do.

Best Buy is located in a shopping center with a Wal-Mart, Target, and a Staples. I've gone in BB on a Saturday and noticed product plainly displayed on the shelf with a fair quantity. The ads come out Sunday morning and the item that was displayed on Saturday is nowhere to be found on Sunday because the other 3 stores have the same identical item, from the same manufacturer, advertised at a price BB doesn't want to match. After the special pricing ends, the item 'magically' reappears on BB's shelves.

I just save myself the grief anymore, I'll check the other stores first and then shop BB as a last resort.

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Totally agree

I totally agree with pwohlrab. Those who generalize and bash them are no smarter than the people they are bashing. As with anything else, do your own research ahead of time before you buy. Check your local retailers, as well as online stores. Same thing with repairs. Check the bigger stores, and check the specialty shops. Gather all the information, and make the decision that is best for you. As with ANY store, there are going to be clueless employees, and there are going to be very knowledgeable employees. If you do your research ahead of time, you will then know what kind of employee you're dealing with when you walk in.

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Box Car wrote:

The ads come out Sunday morning and the item that was displayed on Saturday is nowhere to be found on Sunday because the other 3 stores have the same identical item, from the same manufacturer, advertised at a price BB doesn't want to match. After the special pricing ends, the item 'magically' reappears on BB's shelves.

I will have to agree with that, sale items are sometimes pretty hard to find in the store, especially if they're a really good deal. But I just assume that I'm too late - there are people out there who will make sure they're first in line to get these good deals.

Check out

poi WiFi.csv, this file may have free internet options where you live. I myself would be afraid to trust BB staff with my gps. I have enough bricks here. Unless of course you have a extended warranty with them for your gps. I think if they break it they would have to replace. I wouldn't even take the chance. My cousin on the other hand keeps them (Best Buy Geeks)in business. They are so professional arriving in the little geek bugs lol

BestBuy

DamonZ28 wrote:

As with anything else, do your own research ahead of time before you buy.

I shop there, but because I did my research I usually know more than sales rep in any of the big stores. So when I show up I usually know exactly what I want. All I need them for is finding the right aisle.

As for going to BB to do a map upgrade, watch out for that fee. When my sister bought a laptop there last year, they tried to sell her an OS installation service for a 100$. "Is Windows 7 not already installed on the machine?" I asked. "Yes, but for a 100$, we will create the rescue disks for you..." (that's 30 minutes and 5 blank DVD-R. duh!)

WiFi Download Speed!

nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

Question: What download speeds do WiFi spots have? I have 54bps and Garmin states that it is too slow for the lifetime updates! Would be nice if the Wifi poi file had information about download speeds.

Regards,

Norm

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You can get up to...

rettollcapt wrote:
nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

Question: What download speeds do WiFi spots have? I have 54bps and Garmin states that it is too slow for the lifetime updates! Would be nice if the Wifi poi file had information about download speeds.

Regards,

Norm

Your connection shows 54mbps. That is the maximum that you will get. Although you will never get that. The speed depends on to many factors including (and not limited to) the number of people on the connection, interference (walls and building), and router capability.
For instance...my download on a 54mbps wifi at my home is about 18mbps.

Try a speed test: http://www.speedtest.net/

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Tried the

pwohlrab wrote:
rettollcapt wrote:
nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

Question: What download speeds do WiFi spots have? I have 54bps and Garmin states that it is too slow for the lifetime updates! Would be nice if the Wifi poi file had information about download speeds.

Regards,

Norm

Your connection shows 54mbps. That is the maximum that you will get. Although you will never get that. The speed depends on to many factors including (and not limited to) the number of people on the connection, interference (walls and building), and router capability.
For instance...my download on a 54mbps wifi at my home is about 18mbps.

Try a speed test: http://www.speedtest.net/

speed test, an amazing 2.2 mps download speed! Not what I was expecting.

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Price

So it looks like this topic go hijacked. What happened to the price. Has anyone found the price to update the map?

speed

rettollcapt wrote:
nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

Question: What download speeds do WiFi spots have? I have 54bps and Garmin states that it is too slow for the lifetime updates! Would be nice if the Wifi poi file had information about download speeds.

Regards,

Norm

54bps? maybe 54kbps? That's like dial up speed, and is far too slow.

Most wifi hotspots will be around 1-5 mbps, which is adequate for downloads.

I have 20 mbps at home, and it takes an hour or more to download gigabytes of info.

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Download new maps

A lot of library's have free WiFI setups.
I got the one time CD from Garmin and it didn't take that long to do it at home. Not as long as they told me it would. I ordered it on line from Garmin.
Check their site for the latest price.

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tremblsi wrote:

So when I show up I usually know exactly what I want. All I need them for is finding the right aisle.

Try asking that at Fry's electronics stores in Southern CA. You ask 5 different salesreps, you get 5 different aisles, haha.

tremblsi wrote:

As for going to BB to do a map upgrade, watch out for that fee. When my sister bought a laptop there last year, they tried to sell her an OS installation service for a 100$. "Is Windows 7 not already installed on the machine?" I asked. "Yes, but for a 100$, we will create the rescue disks for you..." (that's 30 minutes and 5 blank DVD-R. duh!)

Did you know Bestbuy can make your PC run faster for an extra $100? smile (bloatware/trialware removal fee)

That's like selling a car loaded with tons of garbage in it and asks the buyer if they'd want to cough up a few hundred bucks to have those garbage removed. Most retail stores try to sell us something we don't need. That's old news.

ue a friends connection

rettollcapt wrote:
nuvic320 wrote:

Let us know what the fee will be.

If I were you, I'd just take the laptop to a wireless hotspot, like a coffee shop, a hotel, or even Fedex Kinkos, and updated it via their wifi.

Question: What download speeds do WiFi spots have? I have 54bps...

WiFi spots like Coffee shops and such generally have a DSL connection. Might have a cable connection, but often cable doesn't get run to retail areas, just home areas. So you can expect the WiFi connection to have around a 1.5 mbs connection, maybe faster, maybe slower. You might be sharing that with several other users and the store itself. Most locations don't ration connection speed between connections, so you may get most of it during a download, but it would depend a lot on the number of other users and what they are doing.

I certainly would not pay someone to use their WiFi, Kinkos tries to charge around here. If you have any friends they very well might have Internet connections for this millenium and be glad to let you use them.

Also, be very careful of public wifi spots, make sure that your system is safe from "local" attacks and don't use a credit card or transmit other private information unless you are sure that you have a https secure connection AND you have verified the certificate of the site that you think you are talking to. If you don't know what this means, just avoid it unless you want to deal with idenity thieft issues. Don't even check your e-mail from a "public" site unless you are very sure that you have a secure connection.

Updating at a big box store?

Updating at a big box store? Never knew this was one of their services. Like others have said I may tend to trust using there wifi first or even find a hot spot since they are almost on every corner these days. Or find that neighbor computer wiz kid that is eager to do just about anything for someone else.

Good luck!

OT, re Bloatware

chewbacca wrote:

Did you know Bestbuy can make your PC run faster for an extra $100? smile (bloatware/trialware removal fee)

Bloatware/trialware is such a nuisance that removing the m is the first thing I do on a new machine. It's so common, their's an app for that! It's called "PC Decrapifier"

Best Buy Stupid Help

I went to Best Buy to buy a new mount for my Garmin GPS ...I told the guy selling gps's what I needed and he stated we do not sell them...I asked are you sure and he flatly told me they did not....I turned to leave and low and behold there they were.....I took one off the rack and showed him where they were his reply was OH....I guess his brain was fried from too much wacky tobaccy......

If It's FREE.. Why Pay..!!..?

Well if Best Buy is doing it for FREE.. then why are they charging to do it? confused wink

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