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So I look on Ebay and there are supposed, Brand New - Factory Sealed - Non Refurbished Dell desktops selling considerably cheaper than Dell offers them. Whats the deal here? How are these people able to do this? Has anyone ever bought something off Ebay like this?
On Ebay the Following Setup is selling for around $404 with shipping included.
Dell Dimension 3000
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2.80 GHz
512MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
40GB (7200RPM) Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
48X CD-ROM Drive (1st Bay)
16X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write Drive (2nd Bay)
6 Ports USB 2.0 : (2 Front / 4 Back)
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet (LAN)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2
On Dell dot com this same setup, with no monitor, is selling for around $600, not including shipping.
However, more likely they are shopping the Dell outlet. I've bought stuff from the outlet and you'd be hard pressed to tell if from new. More specifically, I'm suggesting that the terms of the auction (not-refurbished) may not be a precise description of the product you'll recieve.
Although, in this case, I'd say the dealer got a great "close out" deal on a bunch of units. The system quoted is not exactly "cutting edge."
The system quoted is not exactly "cutting edge."
What exactly would be considered cutting edge?
I don't play games, mainly just running my web develpment apps - dreamweaver, photoshop, 3-5 brower windows, email, dbase tools, music app, G Desktop search, etc.
Compared to what I currently run, the system above does seem cutting edge. ;)
Pentium 4 - 1.70 GHz - 256 MB RAM