[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?
pmgazz at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jan 17 15:24:27 UTC 2011
On Mon, 2011-01-17 at 14:51 +0000, Simon Greenwood wrote:
> On 17 January 2011 14:32, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:
> On 17 January 2011 14:23, Barry Drake <bdrake at crosswire.org>
> > Just went through the process and looked at the shipping. A
> > Netbook ships to the UK at $130 something - a good
> percentage of the
> > cost of the netbook!!!
> I didn't say it was value for money :)
> I have often pondered setting up a cottage business buying
> laptops and ubuntifying them, but can't see there's a huge
> margin in
> it, but there's the potential to get sucked into very long
> support conversations, negating any profit made.
> Likewise. I even contemplated refurbishing old computers with a
> lightweight Ubuntu-based distro but the margin would have to be based
> on providing support, which could be made to work for small companies
> and charities and the like, but was more difficult to do for
> individuals as people won't pay for computer support and the charge
> and value often outweighs the time spent on problems.
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> "Is this your sanderling?"
Went through much the same process myself, can't really see a way to
make this viable for individuals - it's hard enough with charities and
I did run into someone in Manchester who claimed to be supplying
refurbished PCs with Ubuntu successfully (but as he also claimed to be
working a 70-hour week just to break even, it didn't seem all that
That's why we decided just to run a free workshop every month so people
can do it themselves (and we don't take on any responsibility to be
picking up the phone to them 24/7).
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