Best Buy's Geek Squad practically commit armed robbery: $129 console setups

Geek Squad and Best Buy are now offering the invaluable service of plugging in 2 cables for the low, low price of $129. Yes, that's $129 USD, not $129 Mexican pesos. Not even the pitch-master Billy Mays combined with the spin power of Rush "El Rushbo" Limbaugh could get any sane consumer to buy this service. That is, unless you are above 70 years of age and all "vidja-games" are still called "Atari." Although the in-store ad specified the PlayStation 3 as the console being set up, we imagine Best Buy and Geek Squad would be happy to take your $129 to set up an Xbox 360 as well.

This dear readers, is a rip-off. There is no other way to look at it. Yes, the service does include installing the latest firmware updates, set-up of one (read: 1, uno) solitary online account and the configuration of parental controls, but what 11-year-old neighbor couldn't do this for you? In fact, if you can't find an 11-year-old neighbor or relative, I'm willing to help out via e-mail. Just shoot an email to [email protected], but whatever you do, please don't waste $129 of your hard-earned money on a job that takes less than five minutes to complete.

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