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Old 08-03-2007, 11:50 AM   #1
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The September issue of Maximum PC had a reference to an interesting article on buying systems from Dell and the Dell kiosks: "22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager" and it's a very interesting piece with what looks to be helpful info on ordering systems from Dell...

One of the suggestions--ordering from the small business side is better than ordering from the home/home office side--is something I've found to be true so that lent credence to the rest of his suggestions...

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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One of the suggestions--ordering from the small business side is better than ordering from the home/home office side
Especially if you want a machine with XP installed and not VISTA.

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Interesting article. But I heard Dell is going to start selling computers at Walmart. Ehhh--isn't that a bad sign??? I think that means they are lowering quality to lower price??? Makes me think twice about Dell.

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Interesting article. But I heard Dell is going to start selling computers at Walmart. Ehhh--isn't that a bad sign??? I think that means they are lowering quality to lower price??? Makes me think twice about Dell.
Walmart is selling Dell (and some other) computers. So far as I can tell, all “family” level systems.

   
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Exactly!


>>Thanks for the link.

You're welcome...glad you found it useful...

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Old 08-04-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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george: Interesting article. But I heard Dell is going to start selling computers at Walmart. Ehhh--isn't that a bad sign??? I think that means they are lowering quality to lower price???
Nah!!! Dell has always had lower end systems and probably 90% of their hardware is in some ways proprietary--as in don't go to the video card maker's site to get new drivers--so it's just another sales outlet for Dell. Personally, I don't shop at Walmart because I don't care for their business practices or their personnel practices...

I've always had my desktop systems custom built because I get what *I* want and generally have found the custom built price better but! if you are looking at a pc based laptop, I think Dell has a very good line of laptops and I've spec'd out quite a few for friends and family...

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I've always had my desktop systems custom built because I get what *I* want and generally have found the custom built price better
I learned some time ago never to disclose how I buy things, even donuts or stuff I hang in the garage for decoration, as it's just too peculiar for most people to take in -- but how do you keep on top of hardware components, to know which are the best ones and the new designs coming out??? Do you know of any good websites that function as hardware guides??

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(But it just so happens that I'm posting this with a custom built computer -- put together by someone else, who is the computer expert).
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I don't really keep up much with what's available in the newer hardware until I get ready to have a new system built and then I start rooting around at places like:

tomshardware

anandtech

both of which have very good overviews...

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tomshardware

anandtech

both of which have very good overviews...

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Thanks! I bookmarked them and intend to start reviewing there.

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You're welcome...hope you find the sites useful...

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