Linked by drsmoothy on Sat 7th May 2005 18:54 UTC
Linux When I read the article on Slashdot & OSNews that Linare was putting out a sub-$500 notebook, I immediately jumped on the deal. I purchased a laptop directly from Linare in early February. Their site stated that I would receive the laptop in 2-4 weeks. I waited in anticipation.
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RE: $500
by Stewart on Sat 7th May 2005 20:30 UTC

$500 IS a very low price for a laptop. The reason companies charge "high markups" and maintain a profit margin is to be able to provide customer support, warranty repair, detailed manuals, recovery CDs and a competent Shipping and Receiving department along with the standard marketting costs and overhead of running any business.

When you get a good deal on a product, you have to consider whether the price is disproportionate to the direct competition and if not - ask yourself why? Why is it so high? What after-sales incentives are there to justify the higher price? Why is it so low? What might I be missing out on?

While $500 may seem like a lot of money for a laptop - imagine how you'll feel if you get a lemon and can't get the unit replaced. Now you've just lost $500 and you have no laptop to show for it, rather than spending, say, $800 and being happy with your purchase.