Commentary: Verizon is Google's exclusive partner for the Pixel 2 phone. But I wouldn't have known that after a chat with a Verizon salesman.
You might watch a launch event and decide you must have that new phone.
You might read a review -- they're very good on CNET, you know -- and hope you'll be influenced.
Many people, though, walk into stores and are willing to be swayed.
I'm one of them. I want to touch the phone, play with it and listen to a salesperson's patter.