Saturday, October 23, 2004

"Company Policy"

Last time I was going through Heathrow I spotted the TomTom Go in-car GPS navigation system in Dixons in the Terminal 3 departure lounge. Well, it's still there, and I still don't have one.


The TomTom Go

Of course I wouldn't buy it in Dixons. Even though it was being discounted, and was "tax free", it's still more than £10 cheaper to buy it online at dabs.com. But I wasn't given the chance...

While I was browsing I took a few pictures of the merchandise with my camera phone. I was only in the store a few minutes however when an assistant approached me and told me that I was not allowed to do so, and that it was against "company policy" to allow me to continue. I was, as they say, politely asked to leave. I did so, scratching my head the entire way out the door.

I guess they don't want people doing comparisons like the one I did above. Dixons is charging £499.99 for the TomTom Go on the high street, so the discounted £425.52 price tag looks a pretty good deal, until you realise that dabs.com is charging just £412.98. It goes to show that, as always, you have to shop around it you want the best deal.