Thursday 28 December 2006 11.55pm
Dear All ... DO NOT GO TO SPECTRUM on TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD.
Silly me ... I thought buying a new digital camera as a Xmas gift from a small time dealer would be a good thing - y'know supporting small businesses etc. How wrong was I!
I walked into a so-called specialist (SPECTRUM on Tottenham Court Road - Next door to the Grafton Hotel) a few days before Christmas and asked for the NEW Nikon S10 as I'd read in a gadget mag that they were a great buy ... however the fat bald chap behind the counter laughed and told me they'd been discontinued due to it not being a good design and suggested I buy the S6 - which was NEWER and better. I asked him if it really was new as it seemed weird the S6 being released after the S9 and S10 ... he assured me it was the latest on the market - so against my better judgement and because he seemed nice I went ahead and bought it ... I noticed later - after his assistant (who insisted on putting it in a bag full of my other shopping - and also going through my other stuff) that the box wasnt sealed and the protective film on the screen had already been removed ... he had sold me an ex dis-play model at more than it cost new ... the prickless wonder! I went to Comet to re-check the price and ask about the camera - they confirmed it was an old model being phased out and that it shouldnt cost more than around £180 I paid £250. I rushed back to SPECTRUM to ask for my money back ... they refused ... and became very aggressive. The fat chap would only give me a credit note - like I'd want to do any more business with the worlds shittest Del Boy. However they still refused to give me a refund - so I then asked fatty why he had lied to me by telling me the S6 was the new model when it obviously wasnt he again turned aggressive before turning around and ignoring me ... I said I needed the latest Nikon as an Xmas gift and tried to appeal to his kinder side ... he said ... 'Oh OK I'll get you the latest Nikon if thats what you want ... it'll be £50 more' I agreed as it was by now Xmas eve and I was in a desperate situation. He asked for my card - which I handed over ... then realised I hadnt seen the damn camera myself ... so asked to see it ... he then said 'Oh I dont have one I'll have to order you one after Xmas'. I got upset ... he then agreed to let me keep the s6 - so i could present it as a gift on xmas day - to be returned when the new camera came in - he said he would sell it as ex-display ... (again probably at full price as he did with me) ... so be warned DO NOT buy from them - until they can redeem themselves by showing some form of honesty ... oh ... and Im still awaiting the arrival of my latest NIKON.