[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Sarah Chard sarah at streetentertainers.co.uk
Mon Jan 17 12:01:12 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-01-17 at 11:41 +0000, Sean Miller wrote:
> In which case there is something amiss, is there not?
> Because they could buy a laptop retail from PC World for £299 by
> simply walking in, spend 5 minutes restoring a disc image and then
> sell at £399, £450 or whatever they do with a HEALTHY profit.
> So what advantage is the China/Taiwan thing gaining them?
> Unless, of course, they're overcharging.   And it's actually costing
> them £150 to build these laptops and they just know that Linux
> advocates will pay anything to be seen to be "supporting the cause".
> In which case, they don't deserve our custom.  As we're being used.

we all make choices about where and why we want to buy things including
IT equipment - personally I choose to use refurbished/recycled where
ever possible for both my business and personal use as this keeps the
landfill down 
If there was a high profit in doing what you suggest - then someone
would be out there doing it 
If you are just interested in buying the cheapest laptop with the spec
you require then that's fine, do your own research and buy from a bigger
- if you want a laptop that has been checked to make sure the components
work with Ubuntu or whichever linux install you want plus support if
things go wrong - then buy from a specialist dealer you will probably
pay more because they will be a smaller company but they are not 'using'
you just offering a more select service 
It's entirely your choice but don't assume that because the price is
higher for a product the company is always making more profit (they may
pay their workers higher wages, have higher standards, not squeeze their
suppliers on price as much as the large companies, not make economies of
scale the large companies do)
It's your choice


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