Dell Outlet prices are higher than new -- what's the deal?

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I've been pricing laptops and servers the last couple months and found that
every time I can get a *new* system from dell.com with more features/newer
features/etc. for a *lower* price than outlet.dell.com. I used to buy
*every* Dell for our company through the outlet because I could typically
save at least a hundred bucks, but it looks like they've priced themselves
out of the market (for me at least).

Anybody have any insight as to why?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

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    Paul wrote:
    > I've been pricing laptops and servers the last couple months and found that
    > every time I can get a *new* system from dell.com with more features/newer
    > features/etc. for a *lower* price than outlet.dell.com. I used to buy
    > *every* Dell for our company through the outlet because I could typically
    > save at least a hundred bucks, but it looks like they've priced themselves
    > out of the market (for me at least).
    >
    > Anybody have any insight as to why?

    I think it could be because typically a real outlet store has models
    that are no longer popular at the main stores, or models that have been
    repaired, returned, etc...

    I just priced my laptop there that I paid almost an even $1000 for, its
    just under $100 less there now.

    Dell often has sales when they release new models, so that probably has
    something to do with it as well.
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  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Paul wrote:
    > I've been pricing laptops and servers the last couple months and found that
    > every time I can get a *new* system from dell.com with more features/newer
    > features/etc. for a *lower* price than outlet.dell.com. I used to buy
    > *every* Dell for our company through the outlet because I could typically
    > save at least a hundred bucks, but it looks like they've priced themselves
    > out of the market (for me at least).
    >
    > Anybody have any insight as to why?
    >
    >
    >
    Less overheads!!
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    because unsuspecting buyers would think an "outlet" would offer lower prices
    and not check around.

    you mistake dell for a well organized company. dell is so screwed up as a
    company that the outlet store, peripherals and outlet divisions don't know
    or care what the other does or what its pricing is. they might as well be
    seperate companies.

    dell has a reputation for screwing its customers so just add this one to the
    long list of ways it does it.

    "Paul" <paule-nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:10t8b6f4hkjn64@news.supernews.com...
    > I've been pricing laptops and servers the last couple months and found
    that
    > every time I can get a *new* system from dell.com with more features/newer
    > features/etc. for a *lower* price than outlet.dell.com. I used to buy
    > *every* Dell for our company through the outlet because I could typically
    > save at least a hundred bucks, but it looks like they've priced themselves
    > out of the market (for me at least).
    >
    > Anybody have any insight as to why?
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote in message
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    > because unsuspecting buyers would think an "outlet" would offer lower
    > prices
    > and not check around.
    >
    > you mistake dell for a well organized company. dell is so screwed up as a
    > company that the outlet store, peripherals and outlet divisions don't know
    > or care what the other does or what its pricing is. they might as well be
    > seperate companies.
    >
    > dell has a reputation for screwing its customers so just add this one to
    > the
    > long list of ways it does it.
    >

    That's just ridiculous. Sometimes the sales on new equipment make them
    cheaper than refurbs. Often older generation equipment is high at the
    outlet, because it was high when it was new.

    Does Dell come to your house and force you to buy from the outlet? If not,
    why do you care.

    Of course, it's hard to respect someone that thinks a Hummer is appropriate
    transportation. They make me laugh out loud every time I see a soccer mom
    driving one.

    Tom
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    "Tom Scales" <tom@scalesfamily.com> wrote in message
    news:OKeBd.6003$7N4.218@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote in message
    > news:0MSdneweMKZ3-UjcRVn-iw@comcast.com...
    > > because unsuspecting buyers would think an "outlet" would offer lower
    > > prices
    > > and not check around.
    > >
    > > you mistake dell for a well organized company. dell is so screwed up as
    a
    > > company that the outlet store, peripherals and outlet divisions don't
    know
    > > or care what the other does or what its pricing is. they might as well
    be
    > > seperate companies.
    > >
    > > dell has a reputation for screwing its customers so just add this one to
    > > the
    > > long list of ways it does it.
    > >
    >
    > That's just ridiculous. Sometimes the sales on new equipment make them
    > cheaper than refurbs. Often older generation equipment is high at the
    > outlet, because it was high when it was new.
    >
    > Does Dell come to your house and force you to buy from the outlet? If
    not,
    > why do you care.
    >
    > Of course, it's hard to respect someone that thinks a Hummer is
    appropriate
    > transportation. They make me laugh out loud every time I see a soccer mom
    > driving one.
    >
    > Tom


    Then don't call it an "outlet". Call it what it is, "Dell Overpriced
    Returned Krap". It is a new website opportunity... www.dell.DORK.com
    Of course, that wouldn't lead to many sales to unsuspecting buyers.

    Sounds like you'd be a frequent Dell DORK customer!

    BTW, I've picked things bigger than you out of my front grille! What kinda
    girly man car you drivin'? A pink Probe? hahaha...
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote in message
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    >

    > BTW, I've picked things bigger than you out of my front grille! What
    > kinda
    > girly man car you drivin'? A pink Probe? hahaha...
    >
    >

    Yeah, like a 12 year old owns a Hummer.....
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    And substitute any other brand name for dell. Does anybody know of a name-brand
    computer company that gives any respect to its consumer customers?

    .... Ben Myers

    On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 09:40:47 -0500, "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote:

    >because unsuspecting buyers would think an "outlet" would offer lower prices
    >and not check around.
    >
    >you mistake dell for a well organized company. dell is so screwed up as a
    >company that the outlet store, peripherals and outlet divisions don't know
    >or care what the other does or what its pricing is. they might as well be
    >seperate companies.
    >
    >dell has a reputation for screwing its customers so just add this one to the
    >long list of ways it does it.
    >
    >"Paul" <paule-nospam@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    >news:10t8b6f4hkjn64@news.supernews.com...
    >> I've been pricing laptops and servers the last couple months and found
    >that
    >> every time I can get a *new* system from dell.com with more features/newer
    >> features/etc. for a *lower* price than outlet.dell.com. I used to buy
    >> *every* Dell for our company through the outlet because I could typically
    >> save at least a hundred bucks, but it looks like they've priced themselves
    >> out of the market (for me at least).
    >>
    >> Anybody have any insight as to why?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

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    Ben Myers wrote:
    > And substitute any other brand name for dell. Does anybody know of a name-brand
    > computer company that gives any respect to its consumer customers?

    PalmOne does.
    - --
    David Wade Hagar AKA Cyclops

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    hummer wrote:
    > Then don't call it an "outlet". Call it what it is, "Dell Overpriced
    > Returned Krap". It is a new website opportunity... www.dell.DORK.com
    > Of course, that wouldn't lead to many sales to unsuspecting buyers.
    >
    > Sounds like you'd be a frequent Dell DORK customer!
    >
    > BTW, I've picked things bigger than you out of my front grille! What kinda
    > girly man car you drivin'? A pink Probe? hahaha...

    Do be quiet? Please!?
    - --
    David Wade Hagar AKA Cyclops

    http://members.cox.net/dwhagar
    http://www.livejournal.com/users/dwhagar
    http://genius-of-lunacy.blogspot.com/

    "It's sick, but it serves a purpose." - Bill Cosby
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  10. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Methinks he doth protest too much. About Hummers, that is. Dell computers,
    too, when you think about it. "Let the buyer beware." Translation: Shop around
    before buying... Ben Myers

    On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 11:55:22 -0500, "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote:

    >
    >"Tom Scales" <tom@scalesfamily.com> wrote in message
    >news:OKeBd.6003$7N4.218@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
    >>
    >> "hummer" <hummer@4wheeler.com> wrote in message
    >> news:0MSdneweMKZ3-UjcRVn-iw@comcast.com...
    >> > because unsuspecting buyers would think an "outlet" would offer lower
    >> > prices
    >> > and not check around.
    >> >
    >> > you mistake dell for a well organized company. dell is so screwed up as
    >a
    >> > company that the outlet store, peripherals and outlet divisions don't
    >know
    >> > or care what the other does or what its pricing is. they might as well
    >be
    >> > seperate companies.
    >> >
    >> > dell has a reputation for screwing its customers so just add this one to
    >> > the
    >> > long list of ways it does it.
    >> >
    >>
    >> That's just ridiculous. Sometimes the sales on new equipment make them
    >> cheaper than refurbs. Often older generation equipment is high at the
    >> outlet, because it was high when it was new.
    >>
    >> Does Dell come to your house and force you to buy from the outlet? If
    >not,
    >> why do you care.
    >>
    >> Of course, it's hard to respect someone that thinks a Hummer is
    >appropriate
    >> transportation. They make me laugh out loud every time I see a soccer mom
    >> driving one.
    >>
    >> Tom
    >
    >
    >Then don't call it an "outlet". Call it what it is, "Dell Overpriced
    >Returned Krap". It is a new website opportunity... www.dell.DORK.com
    >Of course, that wouldn't lead to many sales to unsuspecting buyers.
    >
    >Sounds like you'd be a frequent Dell DORK customer!
    >
    >BTW, I've picked things bigger than you out of my front grille! What kinda
    >girly man car you drivin'? A pink Probe? hahaha...
    >
    >
  11. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers) wrote:

    >Methinks he doth protest too much. About Hummers, that is. Dell computers,
    >too, when you think about it. "Let the buyer beware." Translation: Shop around
    >before buying... Ben Myers

    Hummer obviously flunked Econ 101, or he'd know a) how "outlet"
    systems work [I'd be willing to bet that the Dell "outlet" on
    E-bay has no connection, other than a license to bid on and sell
    surplus Dell computers, with Dell itself] and b) the laws of
    supply and demand and buy low sell high.

    As an outlet, they operate on supply and demand. Obviously, they
    guessed wrong when the bid on the computers Hummer was looking
    at, and can't afford the loss they'd have to take trying to match
    a current deal Dell itself is offering.
    --
    OJ III
    [Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
    Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
  12. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Ogden,
    Actually I got this Dim 8400 on eBay. It was through a re-seller. Brand
    new sealed in the box and $400 cheaper than anything I could price through
    the Dell site, including the large business section where I can go as an
    employee of Ford's. It's even warranted through Dell. The only thing I can
    figure is that it has the 3.0 processor which I don't see offered on the
    8400 anymore. Just don't ask about the clone I bought on eBay from Dollar
    Computers, I should have had my head examined to buy from this company, the
    name says it all.
    Paul

    "Ogden Johnson III" <oj3usmc@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:8u4ct0trib9uhrp685mtl6133kgpsg6e4b@4ax.com...
    > ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers) wrote:
    >
    >>Methinks he doth protest too much. About Hummers, that is. Dell
    >>computers,
    >>too, when you think about it. "Let the buyer beware." Translation: Shop
    >>around
    >>before buying... Ben Myers
    >
    > Hummer obviously flunked Econ 101, or he'd know a) how "outlet"
    > systems work [I'd be willing to bet that the Dell "outlet" on
    > E-bay has no connection, other than a license to bid on and sell
    > surplus Dell computers, with Dell itself] and b) the laws of
    > supply and demand and buy low sell high.
    >
    > As an outlet, they operate on supply and demand. Obviously, they
    > guessed wrong when the bid on the computers Hummer was looking
    > at, and can't afford the loss they'd have to take trying to match
    > a current deal Dell itself is offering.
    > --
    > OJ III
    > [Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
    > Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
  13. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Paul Schilter" <paulschilter@comcast dot net> wrote:

    >Ogden,
    > Actually I got this Dim 8400 on eBay. It was through a re-seller. Brand
    >new sealed in the box and $400 cheaper than anything I could price through
    >the Dell site, including the large business section where I can go as an
    >employee of Ford's. It's even warranted through Dell. The only thing I can
    >figure is that it has the 3.0 processor which I don't see offered on the
    >8400 anymore. Just don't ask about the clone I bought on eBay from Dollar
    >Computers, I should have had my head examined to buy from this company, the
    >name says it all.

    I hadn't intended to write a textbook, just to make a general
    comment. Whatever the relationship between an E-Bay or other
    venue outlet center with Dell, they will operate as an
    independent profit center. Buying Dell's surplus, generally I
    suspect on bids themselves, for $X, hoping to be able to sell
    them for at least $Y, and thus making up to $Z net profit before
    expenses.

    Under the law of supply and demand, if Dell itself is able to
    sell a comparable or better system for a spell at $Q, which is $P
    less than $Y, the outlet will have to reduce their price or their
    stock of surplus Dells won't sell. Worse, if that $Q pricing of
    Dell's is less than $X, the outlet is in deep kimchee and facing
    a serious loss, depending on how many computers they bought from
    Dell at $X.

    You obviously caught a bargain, and that your savings was as much
    as $400 seems to show that in this case the outlet's buyer
    guessed right when he bought that batch of 8400s and made the
    outlet company a net profit.

    In the situation Hummer described, the outlet guessed wrong, and
    right now the buyer involved is probably gulping Maaloxes and
    Tylenol like Tic-Tacs.
    --
    OJ III
    [Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
    Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
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    "Ogden Johnson III" <oj3usmc@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:tiodt09v4tdrq89dk5cudlmbfo9cj6nknb@4ax.com...
    > "Paul Schilter" <paulschilter@comcast dot net> wrote:
    >
    >>Ogden,
    >> Actually I got this Dim 8400 on eBay. It was through a re-seller.
    >> Brand
    >>new sealed in the box and $400 cheaper than anything I could price through
    >>the Dell site, including the large business section where I can go as an
    >>employee of Ford's. It's even warranted through Dell. The only thing I can
    >>figure is that it has the 3.0 processor which I don't see offered on the
    >>8400 anymore. Just don't ask about the clone I bought on eBay from Dollar
    >>Computers, I should have had my head examined to buy from this company,
    >>the
    >>name says it all.
    >
    > I hadn't intended to write a textbook, just to make a general
    > comment. Whatever the relationship between an E-Bay or other
    > venue outlet center with Dell, they will operate as an
    > independent profit center. Buying Dell's surplus, generally I
    > suspect on bids themselves, for $X, hoping to be able to sell
    > them for at least $Y, and thus making up to $Z net profit before
    > expenses.
    >
    > Under the law of supply and demand, if Dell itself is able to
    > sell a comparable or better system for a spell at $Q, which is $P
    > less than $Y, the outlet will have to reduce their price or their
    > stock of surplus Dells won't sell. Worse, if that $Q pricing of
    > Dell's is less than $X, the outlet is in deep kimchee and facing
    > a serious loss, depending on how many computers they bought from
    > Dell at $X.
    >
    > You obviously caught a bargain, and that your savings was as much
    > as $400 seems to show that in this case the outlet's buyer
    > guessed right when he bought that batch of 8400s and made the
    > outlet company a net profit.
    >
    > In the situation Hummer described, the outlet guessed wrong, and
    > right now the buyer involved is probably gulping Maaloxes and
    > Tylenol like Tic-Tacs.
    > --
    > OJ III
    > [Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
    > Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]


    Yeah. There's a guy selling (refurbed) Dimension 4400's up there ( "in
    sealed box") for prices that are too high for P4 2GHz machines. He'd best
    hope he moves whatever stock he has quickly, as he's already upside down.


    Stew
  15. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Let me guess. PCChips motherboard with integrated SiS graphics. Computer case
    made of metal scarcely thicker than aluminum foil. Totally unknown brand of
    CD/DVD device. Dollar keyboard and mouse. Samsung hard drive. Memory produced
    at a factory in Outer Mongolia. A CPU is a CPU is a CPU, altho some are faster
    than others.

    TigerDirect has long sold this sort of schlock. I end up "repairing" them by
    replacing the motherboard, adding a graphics card if required, replacing
    whatever else is chintzy and likely to break, then readjusting Windows to see
    all the replaced hardware. This usually happens when there is a catastrophic
    hardware failure after a year or 18 months. Most often, a fan inside the case
    stops turning, the resulting high termperature fries something inside.

    .... Ben Myers

    On Sat, 1 Jan 2005 07:59:08 -0500, "Paul Schilter" <paulschilter@comcast dot
    net> wrote:

    >Ogden,
    > Actually I got this Dim 8400 on eBay. It was through a re-seller. Brand
    >new sealed in the box and $400 cheaper than anything I could price through
    >the Dell site, including the large business section where I can go as an
    >employee of Ford's. It's even warranted through Dell. The only thing I can
    >figure is that it has the 3.0 processor which I don't see offered on the
    >8400 anymore. Just don't ask about the clone I bought on eBay from Dollar
    >Computers, I should have had my head examined to buy from this company, the
    >name says it all.
    >Paul
    >
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