MovieBob's Re-Tales II: Tales From The Table

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MovieBob's Re-Tales II: Tales From The Table

MovieBob talks about more of his adventures working retail.

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MovieBob:
And while you can teach sales tactics, you can't teach having wasted your life memorizing this stuff.

Amen, brother, amen. That's why I'm so good at my job (I'm a librarian who buys the DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and video games for the library).

You a regular PT Barnum Movie Bob, except you sold stuff that was real =)

Great stories, Bob. I liked the C.O.P.S. cartoon and collected the short-lived comic as a kid. It's one of those shows where seeing a main character who is black is rare, especially during the 90s.

Shame your bosses never gave you credit for your hard work. I'd call that another reason why retail stores are struggling to stay open.

Welcome to retail. It's not always a nice place.

Wow.. Now I'm just trying to think what crazy ass super villain shit management thought you could be trying to pull by selling reasonably large numbers of obscure dvds.

I remember C.O.P.S. We had a video with a couple episodes of it. Part of me always wanted to figure out more about it.

I distinctly remembered C.O.P.S (not the actual name, which I'm still so happy to finally have found out so it would quit bugging me) for three reasons - the guy with the machine gun in his chest, the guy with the half-armor and the dog (I have his action figure), and the final episode when they finally caught Big Boy(?) by trapping him in his car with a garbage truck. Good times...I think?

I should probably watch it sometime - it's so goofy looking I almost think a movie done with a bit more tongue-in-cheek than GI Joe would be a lot of fun.

A perfect example of why working retail is soul-crushing. Even when you're an expert salesman, your reward is having suspicion cast on you and being made to think you did something wrong, all while the suits count the money.

I can't get enough of these stories of simple things that make people really happy. I just eat that shit up.

ahh bobs found his true calling shame its in marketing and not movie reviews, i kid i kid.

interesting article as always now its time for me to go to my sales job and hope i do just the right level of mediocre.

Ah... Retail, how I'm glad I left.
For the last 3 years or so years I'd worked in a video rental/retail joint, just quitting recently. Though I was lucky enough to make friends with the manager everything I heard from above there was hate and misunderstandings. For the time I worked there I was known as the shops best salesman with a constant 100% late fees collected and often getting praise from customers sent to my manager about me.
The only thing bad was the mystery shoppers report... 40%
The report for the shop was filled with contradictions and lies but all that seemed to matter to them was that one number, it took over a month to solve but it still left a black stain on my employee record so they often kept an eye on me.
(Just as a punch to the guts the report said I recommended the DBZ live action movie when ask for family movies... Bleh!)

Not all bad experiences though.
Selling the right stuff and making a customer happy was fun.

Shinsei-J:

(Just as a punch to the guts the report said I recommended the DBZ live action movie when ask for family movies... Bleh!)

Goes to prove just how wrong those mystery shopper reports can be. After all, I can't imagine anyone recommending Dragonball Evolution to anyone for any reason.

Deimir:
Goes to prove just how wrong those mystery shopper reports can be. After all, I can't imagine anyone recommending Dragonball Evolution to anyone for any reason.

Nobody's deserves that kind of torture and I don't think anybody's that cruel as to inflict it.

This is why I always bother to talk to the gamers at my local Gamestop. Three flavors: Two gaming geeks, one arcade goer from the same days I grew up in, where the SF2 cabinet had a line and an audience, and all twelve quarter-slots were always full, who loves to chat about "the good ol' days" (Yeah, I'm 23, and?), one guy probably twice my age who played AD&D in the Navy and is still into gaming as about anyone I know, two more recent, casual-ish gamers, who have taken a few of my suggestions and are genuinely interested in learning about gaming (I tend to talk about gaming history and where-it-came-from... neither of them knew about System Shock despite both liking Bioshock, for example), and two "Hardy har, my 360 is a 200USD COD MACHINE!1" types... and a manager who has one of the limited edition SEGA Dreamcast competition sponsor jackets.

I've gotten to know them pretty well, after one commented that "At least someone has some decent taste in games" when I picked up a copy of King's Field and Persona 3...

Great story! Always interesting to see how retail actually works.
I somehow dreaded that the end would be something like: "I got fired and now I'm here..."

Ah Bob, you remind me of me sometimes its odd. Not necessarily in the viewpoint department (I can argue for days about some of the things you express) but rather in experience and events or nostalgia surrounding childhood.
I too was a retail monkey for many years, Blockbuster Video, Circuit City, Beast Buy (intentional sp), K-Mart electronics section... I think other than Walmart I've worked for every major retailer of games, movies and those strange discs people used for music... And other venerable things.
I have had many opportunities to see the behind the scenes "magic" of End caps, front and facing... All the damn sales tactics that really work if you put your mind to it and KNOW YOUR PRODUCT.
This is why I think retail has gone down the shitter in some resepect: People who work in retail don't bother to know the product. I've seen it at GameStop even where I would figure they'd at least educate their CSR/Salesfolk enough to talk about the product. I think it is mostly the younger generation fresh out of high school who think that minimum wage is beneath them and spend more time texting than working. I'm not saying all of the younger folk are like that, just a lot I have worked with (or seen while shopping) that suck at their job. My only view of that is those kids didn't get any personal responsibility taught to them prior to going into the real world and they're just finding out that no experience and a HS Diploma doesn't get you far in life.
I do wish to point out too that when I started working, minimum wage was almost 2/3 of what it is now and barely enough to pay rent/utilities, gas, insurance and food and this was when gas was .99c a gallon. I actually had to work at restaurants to make up the difference part-time. I never complained about it because my first job was one I liked mostly cuz I got to talk about movies and music and games all day. Sure there was manual labor but none of it backbreaking.
On point though, I worked through the Saturn launch, the 64 launch and the PSX launch (not in order) and loved every minute of it. Plus I sold custom gaming PCs on the side and found that during my shift I could find like-minded people who loved gaming and didn't have a PC, since none of the stores I worked for at the time sold PC parts or PCs I could easily make orders (not on company time) and sell the PC games we did have in stock. I almost did well enough to become a 3dfx distributor... then Nvidia bought them.

Deimir:

Shinsei-J:

(Just as a punch to the guts the report said I recommended the DBZ live action movie when ask for family movies... Bleh!)

Goes to prove just how wrong those mystery shopper reports can be. After all, I can't imagine anyone recommending Dragonball Evolution to anyone for any reason.

Oddly enough, I liked Dragonball Evolution, but not because it was a good homage to the original Dragonball, not even close. I liked it because I just found it hysterically stupid the entire way through. To me, it kind of reminded me of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, but with less talented actors.

I do like how the point of the C.O.P.S. story is that the leader, Bulletproof, is black so the splash on the main page features a picture of one of the nondescript white C.O.P.S. Longarm, IIRC.

You know, it's things like that that remind me of just how real the race issue still is. I never think about it because pasty white bread don't have to think about it. But at the time, and probably still to this day, there aren't that many black heroes, much less black leaders in children's adventure properties.

I don't remember the character of Bulletproof being all that noteworthy, much like the show he was in. But to that guy in Bob's story, he was everything. That's significant and it's something I don't even know how to begin to comprehend. I don't know how to what these TV shows where the characters all are decidedly not like me or maybe there's a token like me character who's there for laughs or to rap over the end credits. And then to find a show where not only is there a like me character, but the like me character is IN CHARGE.

I just can't wrap my head around it. Growing up in the 70's, my head is full of old and dusty wiring that still things the canard of a character with a gender-neutral name turning out to be female is a twist worthy of O Henry.

Wow I'd forgotten all about COPS. It was on when I was like 5? Weirdly I remember liking it a lot oddly getting really into anime a few years later when stuff like Dominion Tank Police GITS and Macross came out. What a weird coincidence.

This always confuses me. management stumbles onto someone who is able to sell more product using an unconventional method, gets proof it is legit, and doesn't follow up. Doesn't promote, doesn't reward, and as such doesn't benefit. This is how a business does not succeed.

Damit BOB !!! .... ( looking in netflix for Nomad)

It seems Moviebob isn't actually a critic.
He's some kind of genetically engineered DVD whisperer.
An associations table so efficient, you nearly got in trouble for it. That's some serious fucking nerd-cred.

Blade_125:
This always confuses me. management stumbles onto someone who is able to sell more product using an unconventional method, gets proof it is legit, and doesn't follow up. Doesn't promote, doesn't reward, and as such doesn't benefit. This is how a business does not succeed.

i guess it's that big retail chains want to keep all stores as similar as possible and for something a common grunt does to affect every store you would need one such guy everywhere.
or it's just that middle management can't take credit for the thing when they talk to their bosses so they don't mention it as long as the numbers are ok (because otherwise they probably have to defend why they didn't come up with the idea).

captcha says tesla coil, alright captcha, i will install RA2

My local book chain that sells DVDs has a note that basically says 'refunds are only for defective items, please make sure of your selection before purchase', so they have learnt from things to stop things like COPS.

Never good when you have to teach your boss his job.

That is a great story. Also, they would never give you credit for showing them they don't understand marketing. You wouldn't get any accolades or pats on the back because you made them feel stupid. What you did seemed kind of obvious, you linked new products with old products which made a bigger cohesive picture for the casual buyer, making them buy more items. I don't mean it's obvious in the sense that, "duh, you did what anyone would do". I mean that as soon as you explained it to them, they said, "duh, I look dumb because that is clearly a good business strategy". Hindsight, it's 20/20 (it's not, but it's an illusion everyone subscribes to).

Bob, I think that C.O.P.S. DVD story is your Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. You must have made that guy's YEAR!

Yeah, retail sucked. I'm in a job where I deal with special needs students that run for the hills, hit, and mess their pants... and it's FAR better than retail. But at least you brought your A-game to the proceedings, and that's how you feel proud of yourself.

Is it bad I still recall what the C.O.P.S. acronym stood for? That show wasn't even really all that bad iirc.

Eleuthera:
Is it bad I still recall what the C.O.P.S. acronym stood for? That show wasn't even really all that bad iirc.

Central Organisation of Police Specialists.

YouTube for Great Justice!

I can definitely understand the guy being stoked about having Bulletproof to look up to. I grew up during the 80s and pretty much EVERY SINGLE HERO had blue eyes while all the villains had dark colored eyes. And, being someone who had brown eyes, it always got to me.

Aside from a black main character, there was one other first that I believe C.O.P.S. had to its credit. An inter-racial relationship. The black thief with the red hair had kind of a Batman/Catwoman thing going on with one of the cops. I didn't really pick up on it until now. I seldom remember seeing anything like that anywhere, let alone in a cartoon, where if there was an inter-racial couple, it was always a main focus of the story. Not so in this obscure cartoon.

Additionally, don't be so quick to sell yourself short on the ability to move items and identify how to utilize loss leaders. It's a skill not many people can say they have.

Lastly, when you got called to the principal's office, you noted that they never seemed to give you credit for moving seeming unsellable items. That might not necessarily be the case. I've been in management a long time and while I see the value in positive reinforcement when appropriate, I can understand why a boss wouldn't always vocalize it. Any manager worth their salt will always keep a running tally of which employees are doing well and which are not. Or, they really could have been shitheads. Who knows.

If those guys had any idea of how to run a business except for checking excel sheets for anomalies they would have put you in charge for the merchandise placement nationwide.

Urameshi13:

Lastly, when you got called to the principal's office, you noted that they never seemed to give you credit for moving seeming unsellable items. That might not necessarily be the case. I've been in management a long time and while I see the value in positive reinforcement when appropriate, I can understand why a boss wouldn't always vocalize it. Any manager worth their salt will always keep a running tally of which employees are doing well and which are not. Or, they really could have been shitheads. Who knows.

but if you as a manager find some level employee with the extraordinary talent to sell the unsellable, would you let him rot in some local store until he quits the company and puts his talent to better use, or would you try to use that talent on a wider scale? I mean, if central management noticed his numbers, they must have been really good. Now imagine every store has those numbers...

*sigh* Only in retail do you get in trouble for EXCEEDING expectations. It's like people can't comprehend that you might actually want the company to... you know.... succeed? Because they.... what's that thing they do.... oh right PAY YOU TO DO IT. Although significantly less than you would deserve as a sales rep. I know those types of jobs can't afford to pay commissions since they're already making pennies on the dollar in profits but seriously.

MovieBob:
MovieBob's Re-Tales II: Tales From The Table

MovieBob talks about more of his adventures working retail.

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I've been wondering for a year when/if you'd get around to C.O.P.S... I loved the show as a kid, in the same way I loved G.I.Joe and (briefly) Captain Planet.

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