In another thread in this forum, I’ve been asking about satellite Internet. Based partly on the responses there and from other sources, I’ve pretty much decided to go for it.
I’ve been dealing with a company about 50 miles away, because I first saw their ad in our local weekly paper and at the time they were the only dealer in this area. They’re in a small town that I never visit. They’ve been answering my questions via e-mail and also sent me their application packet via snail mail. However, I’m still waiting for a reply to my e-mailed question of yesterday morning.
In the interim, a sign has gone up at the digital place in town where we used to have our cell phone account (we switched to pay as you go, and they didn’t have a plan that suited us) and who also installed our Dish Network equipment, advertising that they are also a WildBlue dealer. We’ve always been happy to deal with them, and they’re right there in town. I like being able to stop in and ask a question.
Would I be a shit if I signed up with the local dealer instead?
Yes, I know it’s a free market and I can go wherever I want. But I’m also the type that goes back to the salesperson I’ve been dealing with. They’ve got an “investment” in reeling me in. (My independent bookseller friend always got peeved, and I think rightfully so, when people would shop and browse in her store, and then TELL HER that they were going to buy the identical book at Big Box Bookstore 50 miles away because they had a discount.) The faraway dealer has been fairly prompt about answering questions, but this recent delay has me wondering. Yeah, if it were urgent I could call them. And maybe my e-mail got lost or something. But still.
On the other hand, it seems like it might be a pain sending an installer from way up there rather than from right in town – the whole convenience thing – even if customer service were equal across the board.
And of course, this morning when I checked, it turned out that Faraway Dealer now has an address in a town only 15 miles away. Better – but still. 5 miles still beats 15. (I live in the middle of a constellation of small towns, so doing business in another municipality is fairly common, if that’s where The Place is. No one town has everything.)
What say you?