Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC
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If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by Morgan on Wed 7th May 2014 11:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I think one factor in this phenomenon is that (depending on the specific store) sales clerks are either not trained how to sell a Chromebook, or are trained to not sell a Chromebook. I've seen the latter in stores like Best Buy and MicroCenter, where they have beautiful Mac laptops on display, but the sales rep inevitably steers the customer towards the cheaper Windows laptops where the margins are higher for the store itself.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by hobgoblin on Wed 7th May 2014 14:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2005-07-06

Iirc, usually the margins are not on the computer.

Instead they are on the "accessories". The boxed software, the cables, anything of that nature.

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Morgan on Wed 7th May 2014 14:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

In my limited experience as a retail clerk selling computers (granted, that was many years ago), your average craptastic Windows laptop will have a margin of about $50 to $100 for the retailer. A Mac laptop, on the other hand, nets the retailer about $5 to $10. Macs exist in retail stores purely as window dressing to get customers in the door.

As for the Chromebooks, I don't have any experience selling them but I would imagine the margins are also pretty low, given the already low retail price of the device vs the quality of hardware alone.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

In my friends experience working at best buy, the real money was in the extended warantees. Those had absurd margins.

Even now, last time I bought a laptop at retail. The sales guy went so far as to suggest that I purposefully break the computer shortly before the warantee expiration to get a new computer.

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