[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 15:32:35 UTC 2011

On 17 January 2011 15:24, gazz <pmgazz at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> 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> wrote:
> > Just went through the process and looked at the shipping.  A 10.1"
> > 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 naked
> 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 protracted
> 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.
> s/
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>  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 small
> businesses.
> 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
> appealing).
> 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).
That's the chap that I was talking to, I think. I was planning to do the
same in Leeds and he was happy to help as he didn't cover my side of the
Pennines. It did seem like a lot of hard work for not much return, so I'm
trying another tack now.


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