Buying a laptop from Dell

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by TrailLeadr, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I'm not sure why, and maybe someone on here can explain it if they wanted. But Dell has their basic laptop Model 1501 for two different prices through their website.

    Shopping for latops for home, and office:

    Shopping for laptops for small business:

    Today the prices changed, and if you buy a laptop through the small business link you will save $50.00. Last night you would save $100.00
    Looks like some options have changed as well, but if you're not worried about a 60gb hard drive vs 120gb, and just need to save every penny you can, then buy it through the business link.

    I bought mine last night, and saved the $100.00, and they sent it free of shipping.

    Just thought I would share that info with you all.:mdr:
  2. Davandy

    Davandy Moderator 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Isn’t the difference in price inclusive VAT and exclusive? :rules:
  3. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I bought a Dell laptop computer for my daughter for Christmas and it was cheaper to buy it through the small business end with the promos they run.

    My order:

    Item Number Quantity Item Description
    222-4012 1 Inspiron 6400, Intel Core Duo processor T2050 (2MB/1.60GHz/533MHz)
    320-4650 1 15.4 Inch Wide-screen WXGA Display for Inspiron 6400/E150
    311-5778 1 2GB, DDR2, 533MHz 2 Dimm for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    320-4653 1 Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 GM
    341-3316 1 120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    412-0689 1 Image Restore
    420-4766 1 Microsoft Windows XP Home Service Pack 2, English, for Inspiron
    463-2282 1 Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access
    420-4928 1 Windows Media Player 10
    412-0911 1 Dell Support
    420-5477 1 Dell Direct Download
    420-5769 1 Internet Search and Portal
    310-6841 1 Backup media for XP Home
    310-8617 1 Thank you for choosing Dell
    430-0493 1 Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
    412-0917 1 Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0, for Inspiron
    313-3959 1 8X DVD+/-RW Drive for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    420-5901 1 Sonic Digital Media, v7.0, My DVD, for Inspiron
    313-4217 1 Integrated High Definition Audio, Inspiron
    430-1913 1 Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini Card (54Mbps), for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    412-0903 1 Norton Internet Security 2006 90 Day Trial,OEM
    420-6367 1 Yahoo Music Jukebox 2.0, Basic1 Month,Trial
    312-0404 1 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery, for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    412-0586 1 AOL BSD/SMB
    420-3224 1 Broadband Icon for Inspiron
    412-0934 1 Earthlink
    412-0938 1 AOL Offers
    412-0931 1 Corel Snapfire Plus Starter Edition
    412-0915 1 Microsoft Works 8.5 Plus Office Trial, for Inspiron
    981-9299 1 Thank you for choosing 1 Year Economy Plan
    985-3528 1 Dell Hardware Warranty Plus Return To Depot, Initial Year
    980-2790 1 Type 7 Contract - Mail-InService, 24x7 TechnicalSupport, Initial Year
    950-9057 1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3
    960-2780 1 Warranty Support,Initial Year
    310-8624 1 You have chosen a Vista Capable System
    310-8315 1 Intel Core Duo Processor
    420-6431 1 No Express Upgrade to Windows Vista selected
    430-1777 1 Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (2.0 + EDR),for Inspiron
    465-8714 1 Media Direct 3.0
    465-9282 1 Thank you for choosing Dell
    310-8315 1 Intel Core Duo Processor
    310-8624 1 You have chosen a Vista Capable System
    462-4506 1 Purchase is NOT intended for resell

    Subtotal: $802.62
    Shipping & Handling: $0.00
    Tax: $59.41
    Total: $862.03

    This package was $799 after rebates and coupons and I only added the Bluetooth upgrade.
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    The US doesn't really have a VAT like they have in Europe. :party:

    Don't worry! They still get small businesses for taxes though.

    It's all marketing. Dell is a master of it.
  5. Cableguy

    Cableguy Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Sounds like a good deal,Patrick. Now if you can keep the daughter from chattin' on it your laughing.

    XMDUDE New Member

    My advice on Dell is don't walk, RUN as fast as you can from Dell! I have had nothing but OS crashes every 2 months without fail, my tech guy thinks it's a hardware conflict, good luck guessing which part. I right now have a $2000 paper weight that is unreliable and I'm sick of pouring money into it.
  7. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I'm bought my last laptop from Costco. Fair priced and I can take it back anytime, for any reason within the first 6 months. Got a nice HP DV6000 and have been very happy with it. Bought it to replace a Dell that had the mysteriously 'hot' battery. Dell claims that our serial number didn't fall within the affected batch. Thank you Dell. Picture from: I have not yet gotten any satifaction from Dell's customer-no-service dept.:mad:
  8. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    So what I'm getting is that Dell sucks???:smile:
    I'm just being a smart-ass.
    Well, I hope I have better luck. I guess time will tell.

    How far have you escalated your issue, unplugged?
  9. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I own 3 Dell desktop computers (2 at home and 1 at work) and one notebook. I have had no issues with any of them and bought the first desktop PC about 6 years ago. I built my own PC for a gaming rig but I could not pass up the affordability of the Dells for both my kids and for work.
  10. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    We actually have a Dell for my wife's computer. She's never had any problems with it, and she's had it a couple years now. I guess it's really no different than cars. Sometimes you get lemons.

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