Originally Posted by gollum
By the way, I would not listen to any of the schmucks at any of the BIG stores. The tend to dish out misinformation to get the sale, and if they don't work on commission they just not knowledgable. Forums like this are great for beginners and advanced users alike. Do yourselves a favor and research the products yourselves, go to the stores and force them to let you use the product as would outside the store, then make an informed decision. Knowledge is the key to getting exactly what you want.
No offense, but it's not the best idea to be forceful (at least from my experience). Unless you have some sort of advantage in the conflict (i.e. a towering stature, a deep wallet, etc.), it's not always worth it to bother, and besides, if they interpret "real world use" as "holy sh*t, they're gonna f*ck up the f*cking computer just like they would in the real world" (which they often do) you're kinda screwed there as well. Then again, I'm only 13, so it figures why this bullsh!t always happens to me.
seriously, you should be able to get them to let you mess around with the computer to some extent (not bestbuy, because they always have their little information program thing running and you can't get out of it too easily), and if not, "may i speak with your supervisor?" might have a chance.