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Futureshop's HD DVD bias

Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:28 pm

I was just asked to take part in a survey at Futureshop.ca, and I found the first question, and multiple choice answers to be pretty obviously slanted. Actually, the whole survey seems to be quite suspect, so I've copied and pasted it here:

THE FUTURE SHOP Wii REWARD SURVEY
You are well on your way to a very rewarding experience.

Just answer these ten simple questions to be instantly entered to win one of 25 grand prize Wii rewards.



1. If you were to weigh in on the HDTV "HD-DVD vs Blu-ray" debate, you'd have to say:
HD-DVD, dude. Think half the price of Blu-ray.
Interesting Fact 6B: the wavelength of a blue laser is 405 nanometers.
Can I still get "Smokie and the Bandit" on tape?


2. When I get in to work in the morning:
I know how to turn my computer on. And I feel good about that.
I spend a lot of time helping friends remove those annoying pop-ups.
I recompile my kernel before breakfast.


3. When it comes to portable music players:
I'm all about the iLive system.
I love that the CFDF17CP boombox has a Dual Expansion Bass Expansion system speakers, great tweeters and is MP3 compatible with ID3 tagging.
Are those things still called "ghetto blasters"?


4. When choosing a new digital camera:
I keep in mind that I look better in low res.
I need at LEAST an 8.1-megapixel sensor with advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD.
It's not about the photo; it's all about the size of the lens.


5. Before buying a groovy new gadget:
I do my research online.
My friends always ask for my opinion on all things techie.
I don't have a clue what the best choice might be.


6. My definition of a "Social Butterfly" is someone who:
Waves at the mailman.
Has a longer IM list than I do.
Really, really needs a "facebook intervention".


7. The next time I supe-up my ride, I'm gonna:
Go for portable GPS with Bluetooth (C550).
Add an MTX car subwoofer.
Add some big-ol' tires, a super-sized exhaust pipe and neon lights. Oh yeah.


8. How often do I visit Future Shop?:
Often. I prefer to do my shopping "au naturel", and there's no dress code at futureshop.ca.
I visit Raj in Home Theatre weekly.
I'm good with Boxing Day sales.


9. When it comes to wireless, I so...
Have a "crackberry".
Have a cell phone.
Go the distance with Wireless-N.


10. You say "gaming" and I say:
Um, Pong?
Go "Grand Theft" or go home.
I'm a level 70 Shadow Priest on the Uther server.


I really hate it when people make surveys and then weight the answers they want to hear.
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:45 pm

That's pretty funny, there is no pro-Blu-ray answer option, LOL! :lol:

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that all of Futureshop is bias towards Blu-ray, just that the person who created the survey might be...

Futureshop also sells both HD DVD and Blu-ray (I just checked online), so they don't seem to be favoring one format over the other when it comes to home video sales.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:21 pm

Wesociety wrote:That's pretty funny, there is no pro-Blu-ray answer option, LOL! :lol:

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that all of Futureshop is bias towards Blu-ray, just that the person who created the survey might be...

Futureshop also sells both HD DVD and Blu-ray (I just checked online), so they don't seem to be favoring one format over the other when it comes to home video sales.


I think option 2 was supposed to be the Blu-Ray supporter line... but the person writing the survey was probably ignorant to the fact that both HD DVD and Blu-Ray use blue lasers. What bugs me though is that instead of listing an actual advantage or feature of Blu-Ray, like they did with HD DVD, they made it seem like only geeks and techheads would be interested in Blu-Ray. Maybe a mention of the superior movie studio support would be nice? #-o
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Postby Ian on Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:34 pm

Blah.. its all just a bunch of trendy buzzwords. The person that did the survey probably saw that its cool to bash Blu-ray and put that in there.
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Postby Grain on Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:09 pm

The way I interpret this is they're trying to gather info on how tech savy their customers are. Each question has an answer which either shows zero, average or above average knowledge, and I dare say spending habits would be closely related. They're trying to profile you Dolph!
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