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Dell would never give 50% off for a laptop, right?

jawtheshark (198669) writes | more than 3 years ago

User Journal 11

I've been registered to the "promotional offers" newsletter from Dell for years. Usually you get a code for 5% or 10% off and that's why I keep them. You never know you need a computer and why pay more, right?

Sometimes, they send a promotional code that can give you a saving of 5%, 15%, 25% or 50%. Of course, I never expect the damned thing to actually give 50% and every time I tried I hit the 5% or 15% and then I simply discard the shopping basket.

I've been registered to the "promotional offers" newsletter from Dell for years. Usually you get a code for 5% or 10% off and that's why I keep them. You never know you need a computer and why pay more, right?

Sometimes, they send a promotional code that can give you a saving of 5%, 15%, 25% or 50%. Of course, I never expect the damned thing to actually give 50% and every time I tried I hit the 5% or 15% and then I simply discard the shopping basket.

Today I got one of these offers again, and as always, I try for the 50%. So, I select a XPS15, configure it with a Quad i7, set the screen to Full HD, and some little gimmicks left and right. It's a promotional one, apparently original price is 1388.99€, a discount of 339.00€ is applied anyway, resulting in a price of 1049,99€. I'd never shell out that kind of money for a laptop these days.

Then I apply the code... 50%!!!! Holy fuck!. A Core i7 for 525€

Now I sit here fighting with myself whether I should really leave such a deal...

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Take it (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36462512)

A 1400 laptop for 600? I wouldn't even blink before clicking through.

Re:Take it (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36462634)

I ordered three... Yes, the discount applied to EVERYTHING I bought. So, I asked my brother and sister if they were interested. I called my wife for authorization for myself. I got vetoed. Later I called to get my credit card number (forgot my wallet) because I wanted to order for my bro 'n sis and I got a "Do whatever you think is right" instead of the Veto.

I frankly don't need one, but this way waaaay to good to let go unused.

Re:Take it (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36465010)

Pray that you never have to replace the hard drive... "Some disassembly required"

Re:Take it (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36465220)

I'm only familiar with their business lines where that stuff is easy. My current laptop(s) all are easy to disassemble (Easy access to at least HDD and RAM) and none of them are business line laptops, but none are Dells either. Let's just hope that if it fails it's still under warranty, and if not, too bad, then I can open it without fear ;-)

Re:Take it (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | more than 3 years ago | (#36468958)

Speaking from experience with the Dells that I've owned, they provided proper manuals telling you everything you need to know to service the machine and replace the various parts. So you should be OK in that regard.

-MT.

Re:Take it (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36469132)

I don't expect to open them anytime soon. Perhaps a RAM upgrade, but 4GB is plenty.

Re:Take it (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36476654)

NICE!

Very nice.

Re:Take it (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36476826)

I knew you'd like it... It does change from my usual dumpster diving antics, I must admit.

Re:Take it (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481294)

Well, you could aways wrap it in plastic, put it in the dumpster, and then take it out again.

"I rescued it from a dumpster!"

Same as the guy who goes to the market, and tells the fishmonger to toss him a salmon so he can truthfully say he "caught it."

Re:Take it (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481394)

Oh, come on Barb.... I know you love my dumpster diving stories. I'll be entirely honest: my Turion X2 laptop is 100% fine for what I do. The offer was just too goo to let go, and dear wifey understood that after explaining it in terms (non-tech) women understand :-P

Re:Take it (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36488292)

I'm not criticizing - I think it was a great deal, the sort of deal that if you can get it, why not?
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