Here’s the offer from Dell for May in the Employee Purchase Program. may2x2_050108.pdf
It pays to shop carefully right now, and to weigh all your options. I’ve been saving my pennies (actually, my car payments, as I recently finished paying off my 2004 Honda Element) to buy a laptop for my daughter on her upcoming birthday. I shopped a bunch, and ended up buying a Toshiba (big and chunky but with a reputation for being tough). Five minutes later, I found essentially the same model on the same web site for $50 less, and in frustration I canceled my order (It was about 1 a.m.). I ended up with a very nice little HP from Best Buy for under $600; I went back two days later and the same laptop had been jacked up $150. I can’t figure out the logic behind retail pricing strategies. My suggestion: know what you want and look around a bunch.
Dell builds a nice machine. I’ve used the same Dell laptop, and hauled it all over every day, for four years. It looks beat up but works great. I’d welcome another Dell pc into my home, at the right price. Employee purchase might help you get there.