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Poor quality Instruction for a brazen high price.
I have to echo the previous reviewers claims as dead on the money. San Diego telemarketer, TakelessonsDOTcon's involvement is a clear indication of Best Buy's immaturity and gullibility when they decided to expand from home entertainment to include buying their way into musical instruments.
Best Buy is only making more bad decisions to fix previous bad decisions and it's obvious they think they can buy their way out of embarrassingly low credibility in the musical instrument market.
Their instructors are just inexperienced kids who are only doing what the company demands of them but I would NEVER recommend an instructor who has allowed themselves to be a part of this scam for anything more than a couple of months for a legitimate school, clinic, workshop etc.
Experienced, professional instructors know not to have anything to do with scams like TakelessonsDOTcon so you are not going to find a quality instructor who is nearly the quality that the telemarketer salesmen in San Diego claim.
I have spoken directly to Dru who heads the Best Buy staffing and it was shameful how far he was willing to lie because he didn't realize how much I know about teaching privately. I have actually been teaching privately myself for 7 times as long as Takelessons has been in business but I only admitted to being a father of 4 daughters to see what he would claim.
He clearly knew NOTHING about what it takes to provide QUALITY private training. He was basically a used car salesman who will just say anything that he thinks you want to hear to get you to sign up as fast as possible before you find out what a fraud the whole thing is,
It is very clear that the one word that sums up Best Buy and Takelessons is 'Brazen." Their policy of "no such thing as a lie that is too big or too small or too many or too few" is very obvious to anyone who knows anything about music and training but that isn't who they are targeting.
I know from an insider in San Diego that their composite of the ideal customer (or victim) is what the call the "sucker mom" who just wants to drop off their kids at Best Buy child care while they leave to get their nails done. That's one of the reasons they keep hyping the unnecessary "safety" issues to attract mothers who are that lazy.
It is also a way to cover their butts because they only hire people in the high risk age of late teens to mid twenties.
Takelessons also tries to sell you on letting them send you one of their instructors to your house which is the most unsafe thing you can do as a customer; allow a kid who could have an extensive criminal record as a Juvenal completely absent from a background check and allow them into YOUR home where they now know where you live and what you posses.
South Florida is really lacking quality overall when if comes to finding instructors in a facility and Best Buy is among the worst right down there with ASM, SoFlo, Parkland Music Academy, All County, Music Tech, Music For All etc. You are much better off calling instructors yourself directly through Craigslist, findaguitarteacherDOTcom, learningguidenetworkDOTcom and avoid ANY salesman that try to pressure you into just letting them pick a teacher for you which NEVER WORKS WELL FOR THE CUSTOMER
The LAST place you want music lessons.
I have students that work at different Best Buys and they say it's the biggest joke.
When Best Buy first got into the music biz, it's very obvious they tried to view lessons as mass production and decided that it was unnecesary and too expensive to have a separate sales staff and teaching staff.
Solution: make sure to always hire people who CLAIM to play an instrument and when a customer comes in wanting a lesson, that salesman will now be your teacher even if they have only been playing a few months.
They have been the laughing stock ever since but now they think the best way to fix their bad reputation is to team up with a telemarketer scam takelessonsDOTcom who basically does the same thing but just a lot more aggressive and shameless about lying about their imaginary "staff" of instructors.
Now, if you respond to an ad because you like the bio an pic of the instructor but "their" instructor doesn't work at Best Buy, TOO BAD! It's the classic bait-and-switch"
You are not only going to be told, "Too late, the teacher in the ad is filled up," but the "counselor" (salesman) will pressure you to sign up right now with one of their "certified" teachers at a Best Buy near your address, you will miss your "opportunity" to sign up at all so you really don't have time to meet the teacher first,
They do not want you to meet your teacher before you pay. THIS IS NUMBER ONE OF ALL RULES OF SHOPPING FOR MUSIC LESSONS; TALK TO YOUR TEACHER BEFORE YOU SIGN UP NOT A SALESMAN.
Takelessons/Best Buy has to force you to make the biggest mistake to sign up with them for lessons.
All Takelessons does is SELL the ILLUSION of credibility, the ILLUSION that you need them and the ILLUSION that they are helping you, JUST LIKE EVERY CON! They know how to target people who no absolutely nothing about music.
No wonder Takelessons was able to fool the head of Best Buy. But then again, Best Buy is the only company whose reputation in the music lessons field is as bad as Takelessons.
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