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Judgmental Vendor

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I don't know if I need to vent as much as I simply need to share this story.

I'm proceeding on a project using RGB lights (I'm somewhat new to them) for use with my display next year. I reached out to a vendor who sells RGB light strings/modules/strips/etc. to ask about certain functionality and what they provided. I'm talking with a contact in sales at the vendor, and they're asking me about my project. I tell them what I'm trying to accomplish and the sales person proceeds to tell me how that won't work (wrong) or will be more expensive than other routes (maybe, but that's for me to decide), and that the project is not very appropriate for Christmas (I believe the words used were "more like Vegas".)

Given how much RGB lights cost, I'm estimating my project may require anywhere from $1000-$1500 depending on how ambitious I get. And this individual, whose job is to take that money from me, actually went out of their way to encourage me not to buy from them. The sales person spent more time talking about the validity of my project as opposed to general capabilities of RGB lights and what their products provided. It was a complete failure on the part of the vendor and sales person.

I'm leaving out details of my project because it doesn't matter -- it's my project. If you've seen my display, you understand that I'm very neat and attention to detail is quite high, so suggesting my project is "inappropriate" really pisses me off (it's not.) The sales person just guaranteed that I won't deal with that company again, and I'm not interested in sharing that information with the company. I'm simply done.

Congratulations to some other vendor that will take my 1k of project money sometime in the near future.

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Something that many in sales forget in todays world is there is always another Vendor you can deal with. They are NOT the only one.

You are doing right, vote with your checkbook. Buy what you need from someone that WANTS your business and takes care of you.

We have experienced this a few times in the past and in the end, we always come out as the winner.

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Go with Ray Wu aliexpress I don't think you will get that there, at least I hope it wasn't him, doesn't sound like something they would do.  I've had good results using Ray and he understands our hobby because so many in our hobby have purchased from him.

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I just had a similar very frustrating experience with GE holiday lighting "customer support" hotline.......pretty simple question I had was where to buy the replacement incandescent mini bulbs for their 200 light pro-line sets {they take an unusual .35 watt,2.5 volt bulb} after 30 minutes back and forth on the phone he was zero help with where to get them, or if even GE markets them.Really? They have been producing the sets that require these spec bulbs since at least 2007 when I began buying these sets.

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