[ubuntu-uk] Windows Free Laptops

Stephen O'Neill squid at thefloatingfrog.co.uk
Fri Nov 14 08:22:59 GMT 2008

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On 14/11/08 08:04, Sean Miller wrote:
> I agree with this, but surely rather than support folks who are
> charging over the market price for machines we should be encouraging
> the major players to provide just that - laptops without Vista?

Whether the machine is overpriced depends on more factors than the raw
numbers on paper - build quality, component quality, service and even
ethical concerns carry different weight for different people. That is
why I say it is unfair to immediately say that the Tesco machines are
better value.

What the retailers mentioned in this thread have done is said "here's
our standard pricing model, and here's it reduced by the value of a
Windows license".

Tesco haven't done that.

You can obviously choose to pay for the Tesco machine, that is perfectly
valid. However what would make more sense would be to write to Tesco and
point out that what you perceive to be a competitively priced machine is
still over-priced because it comes with a £50 license that you won't
use, and can they please come up with new ranges to take account of that.

You may still choose to buy the machine with the license, but if you
don't inform the retailer of your thoughts then you're still wasting money.

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