DonAithnen (donaithnen) wrote,

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I finally bit the bullet and bought a new computer last night. Well, sorta bought.

While playing around with the Dell website i noticed that on the checkout form they had a space for putting in coupon codes. After a quick google search i managed to find several websites listing current Dell coupons and i found one that was 30% off for the kind of computer i was looking at, a lot better than the $200 that Dell offered everyone (unfortunatly you can't do _both_ at the same time =)

That brought the price of the Dell down to $950 with shipping, again with no flatscreen. I decided it would be easier to get the dell and buy a flatscreen sometime later when i see a good deal than to get the $900 Compaq, buy a copy of Win XP Pro (probably about $150,) wipe the system and reinstall. Then at the last minute i decided that i might as well get a McAffe subscription since having zero virus protection these days is probably unwise, so the finaly price of the computer with tax shipping and everything came out to about $1100. After the last minute editions i think the 30% coupon saved me about $412, as opposed to the $200 plus a 4% employee discount. (Oh yeah, the 30% coupon didn't seem to combine well with the employee discount either.)

Unfortunatly i decided to try signing up for a "Dell Prefered Account," since the same website i got the coupons off of claimed you could get another small discount if you used one of those. However that means they need to check my credit rating so although the order is confirmed the actual processing is awaiting the outcome of the Dell Prefered Account =P

Anyways, i'll just copy paste the details of the computer from the order status page...

Order Details

Quantity Description Unit Price

1 Dimension E510 ,Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630 with HT Technology (3.0 GHz) $981.74
1 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz $0.00
1 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop Solution $0.00
1 Video ready option w/o monitor $0.00
1 256MB ATI Hyper Memory PCI-Express X16 (DVI/VGA/TV out) Radeon X600 SE $0.00
1 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) $0.00
1 Dell 13 in 1 Media Card Reader $0.00
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional,Service Pack 2, English $0.00
1 Image Restore $0.00
1 Dimension Dell Support $0.00
1 Dell Media Experience 3.0 Basic $0.00
1 Windows Media Player 10 $0.00
1 Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access $0.00
1 Complimentary courses: Look for EU icon $0.00
1 Dell Direct Download $0.00
1 Internet Search and Portal $0.00
1 Mouse included in Logitech Wireless Package $0.00
1 Intel Pro 100M Integrated PCI NIC Card $0.00
1 56K PCI Data Fax Modem $0.00
1 Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 $0.00
1 16X DVD+/-RW CD-RW CombinationDrive $0.00
1 PowerDVD Software Decoding forDVD Drives $0.00
1 SoundBlaster Advanced MB Audio $0.00
1 No Speaker Requested $0.00
1 Network Associates McAfee 7.0 English, 3 Year Subscription $0.00
1 Earthlink for Broadband $0.00
1 Broadband Icon for Inspiron $0.00
1 Corel WordPerfect 12 plus Trial of Quartro Pro and Presentations $0.00
1 1 Year Limited Warranty $0.00
1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3 $0.00
1 Warranty Support,Initial Year $0.00
1 Type 3- Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year $0.00
1 Thank You for buying Dell $0.00
1 Thank you for choosing Dell $0.00
1 Quickbooks 2005 Special SimpleStart Edition $0.00
1 Backup media for XP Pro Dimension $6.66
1 Basic digital Music,Photo and Game experience $0.00


Sub-Total $988.40
Shipping $24.00
Tax $78.47
Total Price $1,090.87

Hmm, and lots of extra bits of stuff in there which they didn't give me a choice about but didn't officially charge me for. Er, wait, "Thank you buying Dell $0"? "Thank you for choosing Dell $0"? That's pretty dumb :)

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