all these different numbers!!

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hi guy's

I was given a dimension 8100 with a duff HD

I changed it and think it's an okay machine. So when my uncle needed a new
system I recommended a dell and he's delighted with it

However I now need to purchase another system for myself

can anyone tell me

1 whats the difference between all the different numbering systems
8300,8400,4700 etc etc
2 why are ebay sellers selling new units far cheaper than dell direct?

these seem UK units etc where do they come from how can they buy them from
dell and sell them at these prices??


cheers

richard

--
http://www.fridgetech.com
worldwide refrigeration and air conditioning specialists.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    The 8-series and 4-series of Dimension desktops are of identical
    construction and quality. They use the same parts and software. The
    difference between them is essentially marketing. Choose the model with the
    combination of featues that most appeals to you.

    As for e-bay, here is a clue: The answer rhymes with "tip off".
    --
    Ted Zieglar


    "r.bartlett" <r.bartlett@spam.virgin.net> wrote in message
    news:LzRdd.454$oI6.367@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
    > hi guy's
    >
    > I was given a dimension 8100 with a duff HD
    >
    > I changed it and think it's an okay machine. So when my uncle needed a new
    > system I recommended a dell and he's delighted with it
    >
    > However I now need to purchase another system for myself
    >
    > can anyone tell me
    >
    > 1 whats the difference between all the different numbering systems
    > 8300,8400,4700 etc etc
    > 2 why are ebay sellers selling new units far cheaper than dell direct?
    >
    > these seem UK units etc where do they come from how can they buy them from
    > dell and sell them at these prices??
    >
    >
    >
    > cheers
    >
    > richard
    >
    > --
    > http://www.fridgetech.com
    > worldwide refrigeration and air conditioning specialists.
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "r.bartlett" <r.bartlett@spam.virgin.net> wrote:


    >1 whats the difference between all the different numbering systems
    >8300,8400,4700 etc etc

    8xxx have better components and/or are more expandable than 4xxx
    have better components and/or are more expandable than 2xxx which
    are baseline "starter" systems.

    >2 why are ebay sellers selling new units far cheaper than dell direct?
    >these seem UK units etc where do they come from how can they buy them from
    >dell and sell them at these prices??

    Some result from canceled major orders, some are batched,
    refurbished returns, etc. This is major caveat emptor territory.
    Know your supplier, know his terms, what support you will get,
    etc. Some of those ebay refurbished outlets are Dell connected,
    offer great terms, and many here buy solely from one or another
    of them that they *know* and *trust*.

    Computers are a commodity nowadays, and are priced as such. The
    more you know about the individual components that go into a
    computer, the better able you will be to compare one "turnkey"
    computer supplier with another. Know your components, know your
    supplier, and caveat emptor at all points.

    I turned to Dell when all of the local "build-to-order, and we're
    local so if our computer screws you can drive over and jump up
    and down on my desk 'til you get satisfaction" suppliers were
    priced out of the market by the majors, Dell, Compaq, HP,
    Gateway, etc., because they couldn't compete on price.

    I'll stay with Dell [or Gateway, etc.] because in my older age
    I'm too lazy to keep up with the reviews on the latest/greatest
    components, and for my computing, what Dell puts into the 4xxx
    series suits me fine. A couple hundred bucks in savings on eBay
    is not enough to entice me back into that "learn the new stuff"
    morass.
    --
    OJ III
    [Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
    Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    > >1 whats the difference between all the different numbering systems
    > >8300,8400,4700 etc etc
    >
    > 8xxx have better components and/or are more expandable than 4xxx
    > have better components and/or are more expandable than 2xxx which
    > are baseline "starter" systems.
    >
    > >2 why are ebay sellers selling new units far cheaper than dell
    direct?
    > >these seem UK units etc where do they come from how can they buy them
    from
    > >dell and sell them at these prices??
    >
    > Some result from canceled major orders, some are batched,
    > refurbished returns, etc. This is major caveat emptor territory.
    > Know your supplier, know his terms, what support you will get,
    > etc. Some of those ebay refurbished outlets are Dell connected,
    > offer great terms, and many here buy solely from one or another
    > of them that they *know* and *trust*.
    >
    > Computers are a commodity nowadays, and are priced as such. The
    > more you know about the individual components that go into a
    > computer, the better able you will be to compare one "turnkey"
    > computer supplier with another. Know your components, know your
    > supplier, and caveat emptor at all points.
    >
    > --


    thanks thus far
    i bought my uncle the 8300 and was amazed by how quiet it was..so i guess if
    the money streaches it will be the 8400
    most ebay sellers offer dell's return to base 1 yr offer which can be
    transfered on purchase so i don't think that's too much of an issue..if the
    advertiser say's its 'new' and the tag say's referb'ed then you can get some
    recompense i guess..

    but i wonder how they can get these 'cancelled orders' and not us??


    cheers


    richard
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