[LINK] Apple's Intel Desktop Move Threatens Linux Desktop,
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vicc at cia.com.au
Thu Jun 9 12:27:39 EST 2005
Con Zymaris [conz at cyber.com.au] wrote:
> > I was in dick smith last week listening to the sales girl telling
> > acustomer that if she wanted a secure OS she should use XP which of
> > course they could sell.
> > why should the retailer push something with zero to miniscule margins
> > when they can get a decent margin on XP?
> Because, a $500 Linux PC offers a reseller $150 margins, and their $699 XP
> box only gives them $50.
> And guess what? A month after they sell the XP box, that same customer
> brings it back, complaining how it now runs like a lame skunk and how it
> keeps popping up all these messages about long distance calls to the C'ote
> D'Ivoire and about Cialis etc. And the free hour that XP reseller spends
> on fixing that PC? Does Microsoft foot that bill? Are you nuts? Don't talk
> to resellers about margins on their Windows systems. They're just as
> likely to through a power supply at you. A big one.
show me a pc which has a 30% margin. if it exists now it wont for long.
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