[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Jon Spriggs jon at sprig.gs
Mon Jan 17 10:59:18 UTC 2011

On 17 January 2011 10:45, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:

> On 17 January 2011 10:24, Alan Lord (News) <alanslists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Erm, I bet Tesco/PC World buy a shedload more machines than Linux Emporium
>> could ever do and so will get much better volume discounts on the hardware
>> even before you take into consideration the crapware kickbacks I mentioned
>> above.
> So why don't Linux Emporium, then, simply go to PC World, negotiate a deal
> for multiple PCs (50 £299 machines I am sure they'd give them for £200 or
> thereabouts, maybe £250 at a pinch) and then merely install Ubuntu and put
> the price back up to £299 again?
> £50/machine profit, can't be bad.
> Sean
Less taxes, oh and paying the person who's installing Linux. And the HR
person who's making sure they're doing everything right by the person. And
electricity, to, you know, keep the building running while they're doing the
installations. Oh, Buildings? Rent, council tax, etc. Heaven forbid? That
£50/machine profit suddenly becomes £10/machine loss, if you're lucky, and
probably a LOT worse.

Sadly, I made the same sort of mistake in my GCSE Business Studies
coursework 17 years ago, except my genius plan was to build custom-made
machines from parts sourced from shops. The fact of the matter is that
simply going in and asking for 50 machines, while it might have worked for
Michael Dell (who did something similar with IBM to start out), isn't going
to cut it in today's 1/2% margin markets

Jon "The Nice Guy" Spriggs
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