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Dell computers will be available in 10,000 Best Buy stores around the world

Dell has long sat near the top when it comes to PC sales in America. Traditionally, Dell only sold direct to consumers with Internet and phone orders only.

More recently, Dell has begun selling its desktop and notebook computers in retail locations like Wal-Mart. This was a way for Dell to gain back some of the profits that it was losing due to falling sales.

Today Dell has announced that it will be selling some of its notebook and desktop computers in more than 900 Best Buy stores across America in the coming weeks. Dell products will be sold in nearly 10,000 Best Buy stores worldwide as part of the new agreement.

“Seeing the latest fashion colors of our Inspiron and XPS notebooks or previewing the ultimate gaming experience on a high-performance system can be an important part of how people shop,” said Michael Tatelman, vice president of sales and marketing for Dell’s global consumer business. “In the next few weeks, people looking to upgrade to a Dell notebook or desktop in the U.S. can visit their local Best Buy to check out and purchase our award-winning line of products.”

Dell products that will be available at Best buy will include the XPS m1330 in white, the Inspiron 1521 in blue and black, and the Inspiron 1420 in black. Dell says its new XPS One will be available via Best Buy as well. Dell desktops coming to Best Buy stores include Inspiron 530, 531, and 531s models. Dell says that other colors and models will be coming in the following months.

Dell has recently announced some new and interesting notebook computers like the XPS m1530 notebook, the big brother to the hot Dell XPS m1330. Dell also announced a special edition notebook recently for World of Warcraft fans called the XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition.

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By FITCamaro on 12/7/2007 2:48:04 PM , Rating: 4
Now we can have an Apple guy next to a Dell guy.

The Apple guy can be standing there extolling the blessed features of their product ending it with "or you can buy one of those.....things......"

The Dell guy can be standing there smoking a joint saying " want a dra....Dell....?"

I'll be standing between them saying they have to battle to the death and the winner gets my money. Then will walk away right before the killing blow.

RE: Awesome
By Owls on 12/7/2007 3:10:21 PM , Rating: 3
what do you smoke?

RE: Awesome
By FITCamaro on 12/7/2007 3:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing. Why do you ask?

RE: Awesome
By Silverel on 12/7/2007 3:10:30 PM , Rating: 3
Sounds like a Superbowl commercial to me, or even better, a half-time show.

You'd have to toss in a Linux rep to sit in the background and referee.

RE: Awesome
By FITCamaro on 12/7/2007 3:28:40 PM , Rating: 2
That would actually be hilarious.

RE: Awesome
By daftrok on 12/7/2007 3:18:00 PM , Rating: 5
Dell: Didn't you used to make fun of us for running on Intel processors?
Apple: Dude, come on. We all make mistakes.
Dell: All right....Didn't you used to make fun of us for running Windows?
Apple: Yeah, yeah...
Dell: And Office?
Apple: Yes...
Dell: And didn't you used to call us overpriced?
Apple: Dude, you're getting a Punch...

RE: Awesome
By akugami on 12/7/2007 4:18:35 PM , Rating: 4
Apple: Dude, didn't you used to tell us to pack it in and give all the money back to shareholders?
Dell: ...

As far as Dell selling computers at Best Buys, I won't make any comment about the quality of both companies, though Best Buys is not my favorite store I do shop there. My fear is that Dell will price their computers much like I've seen them in Staples...severely overpriced compared to Dell's online web store.

When I can get the same laptop or desktop computer for $300 less on the web store, why in hell would I want to go to Best Buy or WalMart or Staples to buy the same laptop or desktop?

I hope I'm wrong about this. I really do as it would be great to get the same laptop right away...I highly doubt I'm wrong though. It's likely Dell is charging Best Buy roughly what it does to consumers on it's web store and that the rest of the price is what Best Buy makes. This brings the retail price of Dell computers to what Dell list as their list price even though they have weekly sales that knocks off $100-300 easily.

RE: Awesome
By Spuke on 12/7/2007 4:31:15 PM , Rating: 4
When I can get the same laptop or desktop computer for $300 less on the web store, why in hell would I want to go to Best Buy or WalMart or Staples to buy the same laptop or desktop?
Because there are still a lot of old farts out there that need to talk to a person. Even though those persons aren't interested in having long conversations with said old farts when they have 50 people waiting in line (I'm sure we've all seen that).
Simply, loads of people STILL don't know how to buy something online or don't know that they can buy stuff online or any other thing that us geeks take for granted.

RE: Awesome
By TomZ on 12/7/2007 4:33:11 PM , Rating: 3
My fear is that Dell will price their computers much like I've seen them in Staples...severely overpriced compared to Dell's online web store.

I would guess that the retailer - Staples and Best Buy - are responsible for setting the retail price, not Dell.

In addition, you have to expect a slightly higher price at retail, for at least two reasons:

1. Immediate availability - take it home with you instead of waiting weeks for shipment - this makes it more valuable

2. Additional cost overhead of selling retail compared to via web site

RE: Awesome
By retrospooty on 12/7/2007 6:15:06 PM , Rating: 3
He's right though... regardless of who sets the price, its alot more, and doesn't count the awesome dell coupons you see out there all the time.

For example: today at Dell via

Dell Vostro 200 Desktop with Pentium Dual-Core Processor 1.60GHz and 19? Flat Panel for $379

Dell Vostro 200 Desktop with Core 2 Duo Processor 2.20GHz and 20? Flat Panel for $499 after $300 instant savings

These same systems would likely be $599 and $699 if not more at Walmart and Best buy.

RE: Awesome
By ChoadNamath on 12/7/2007 7:05:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would think they'll try to keep the prices down since they're really making their money on accessories and service plans. As long as they can get x% of customers to buy a 3-year service plan, they can pretty much sell the PCs at cost.

My Take on Best Buy
By rushfan2006 on 12/7/2007 3:23:24 PM , Rating: 3
Great selection of products, very stupid policies and horrible service.

With that in mind, if you are tech savvy (or I guess you can say "electronics savvy" too) Best Buy shouldn't bother you much as long as you aren't expecting super high end equipment. Since you won't need to rely on their service all you need is their products.

The people that have the bad deal are the ones that no nothing about technology and they get sucked into all the BS Best Buy reps dish out and let's not forget the "Geek Squad".

I still remember pissing off a Best Buy rep around the Christmas Shopping season two years ago -- two couples were ahead of me in line all of us buying laptops. The rep was talking them into $250 (yes I said that right $250) to install a wireless network at their homes.

Well let's just say I think the best buy rep wanted to kill me on the spot when I spoke up to the couples and told them how easy it was - I even gave them a link a tech site a friend of mine updates with all kinds of DIY topics related to computers and networking. They didn't take up the guy on his I guess I cost BB $500 that day....;)

Oh well..

RE: My Take on Best Buy
By FITCamaro on 12/7/2007 3:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
Hey we weren't all idiots. In high school/college I worked at Best Buy both in Computers and as a cashier. I knew what I was talking about with computers. The even sadder thing than you said is that people just don't care. "This one is cheaper than that one and faster? But that one is advertised more. Give me it."

I sold the service plans because I thought they were a good deal. They didn't offer the wireless install when I worked there, but I wouldn't have sold it if they did. I couldn't in good conscience do it.

Since quitting I've pissed off many a Best Buy employee in the computer section. Such as overhearing a customer talking to an employee about a product they know nothing about, and encouraging the customer to go online to buy it or something else online because its cheaper and/or a better product. ;)

RE: My Take on Best Buy
By AntiV6 on 12/7/2007 5:49:01 PM , Rating: 3
I work at Circuit City now in High School(w00t), and customers really don't know anything there...

For instance, last week, I had a couple who wouldn't look at anything other than Sony for laptops. They ended up telling me that HP/Acer/Gateway/Toshiba/Lenovo were all crap brands and weren't worth saving a "few bucks".

But I am not mad, they bought a 4 year accidental warranty, full Firedog setup, and an in home wifi networking.

The only problem I have working there is having to recommend Norton AntiVirus. :(

RE: My Take on Best Buy
By darkpaw on 12/7/2007 3:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, I'm sure a lot of us tech types like messing with the help at stores like this.

My bro and I used to correct sales people in Fry's all the time when they'd be feeding people a load of crap about memory or video cards.

Was really bad with video cards especially (of course the number systems from both mfg's really don't help matters there at all).

RE: My Take on Best Buy
By FITCamaro on 12/7/2007 4:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Q: "Excuse me sir. Will this Geforce 8400 let my son play a game he calls Crysis on his 3 year old computer? He has a...7950GT right now. The higher number means its better right?"

A: "Of course! Fry's only stocks the best in gaming gear! Do you need some more memory to go with that purchase?"

Uh? You made a huge typo!
By MADAOO7 on 12/7/2007 4:45:47 PM , Rating: 4
You can't offer Dell Computers in 10,000 Best Buy stores when there are only 1,800 stores worldwide, 1,400 of which are in the US.

RE: Uh? You made a huge typo!
By xti on 12/9/2007 4:20:32 PM , Rating: 1
this reply just cost me 10 seconds of my life.

By AlvinCool on 12/7/2007 3:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is about expanding service into businesses. Geeksquad, using Dell service contracts, get their feet in tons of doors they can't get into now. This will creat one of the largest service organizations in America. Right now much of the onsite serivce is performed by Unisys, and I think Dell is sick of them.

RE: Service
By othercents on 12/7/2007 4:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
Right now much of the onsite serivce is performed by Unisys, and I think Dell is sick of them

I think the feeling is mutual. Dell doesn't pay much and has many guidelines of how long things should take. Geeksquad has the ability to hire high school students to do their servicing right in the store without any prior experience. Many times paying them pennies on the dollar and students do it to get experience, so that they can get a car in the future. It could take twice as long and they spend half as much as Unisys does on each call.

I hope Geeksquad goes public soon, they are going to be killer.


By RyanM on 12/7/2007 2:34:21 PM , Rating: 3
It was only a matter of time before Dell had to find another channel to push their product through, especially after HP took the lead earlier this year.

Good news
By kyleb2112 on 12/7/2007 6:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
I'm all for it, if for no other reason than Dells are easier to work on than the bargain basement PCs Joe Average buys. Dells aren't going to impress the techy crowd, but at least swapping out a hard drive is a familiar 5-minute chore, not an hour long, bloody knuckled, disassembly. Dell somewhat acknowledges that that some poor bastard may have to crack one open three years after it leaves the plant, and designs accordingly.

The mail order thing is a barrier with people who, let's face it, buy computers with about the same forethought as buying tires--Mikey's got a paper due Friday. And the fewer HPs, or Vaios (shudder) I have to deal with, the better.

heard about
By DeepBlue1975 on 12/7/2007 9:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
A new slogan for Dell, specially made for best buy stores:

"Don't get confused: Dell's your best buy. Dell-ete those rotten, overpriced, funny looking Apples from your mind"

And the new Slogan for Apple:

"Apple's the best hardware fruit. Though, that shouldn't ring a Dell"

By GeorgeOrwell on 12/8/2007 8:04:31 AM , Rating: 2
The people at Best Buy are not the best, and certainly not the brightest. They can't really "sell" any of the computers they already stock. All they do is stand around and talk to each other. I really cannot imagine why Dell chose Best Buy.

It won't take long for customers to figure out that they paid way more for their Dell at Best Buy and probably received an inferior warranty vs. what Dell would have sold them directly. The Dell brand will suffer from its association with Best Buy. And there is no Dell Store (ala Apple Store) to balance the perception out with something positive.

Of course, for Dell's consumer models (vs. small biz / medium biz / big biz / govt) maybe going with Walmart would be a better idea. Get the prices way down and move tons of product. That is more the Dell that would make me interested vs. buying anything at a sleazy Best Buy store. Dell is all about what you get for your money, not about image and attitude like Apple. I think Dell has forgotten this.

I hope they bomb again.
By Pandamonium on 12/8/2007 4:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
Michael Dell wrote a book about how he started the company and how it grew. He practically dedicated an entire chapter in this book to how selling through retail was the biggest mistake they ever made. After reading his book, it's kind of strange to see Dell push for retail expansion again. ISBN 0887309143.

Of course
By Screwballl on 12/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: Of course
By stburke on 12/7/2007 3:12:11 PM , Rating: 5
Anyone else wanna jump on the f*ck Best Buy bandwagon?

RE: Of course
By Silverel on 12/7/2007 3:12:22 PM , Rating: 3
It makes sense to add all of those together. They should collaborate to form a true "Evil Empire" of technology.

Really, each one of them has a horrible reputation for something, and they're all pretty big market leaders.

RE: Of course
By bryanW1995 on 12/7/2007 5:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, they could call it BuySoftIn and market pron while they were at it...

RE: Of course
By TomZ on 12/7/2007 3:24:40 PM , Rating: 5
What better way to flaunt and increase market domination and underhanded tactics than to buddy up with Best Buy, Microsoft and Intel.

Do we ever get tired of hearing this kind of crap? Yes, we do. Unfortunately you never seem to get tired of writing it.

OK, we get the point - you, for some reason, dislike everyone who is successful. I wonder why that is.

RE: Of course
By amanojaku on 12/7/2007 4:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
Because he's trying to get customers to desert for his own start up?

RE: Of course
By Fnoob on 12/8/2007 7:12:47 PM , Rating: 1
I'm shocked that he didn't blame Bush as well....

RE: Of course
By othercents on 12/7/2007 3:50:48 PM , Rating: 2
Best Buy had an agreement with Alienware.

But did Walmart have an agreement with Alienware? I dont' think they did, so if the reason why Dell started to sell laptops and desktops at Best Buy was because of the Alienware agreement then why did they start selling at Walmart first?

Well, as with any business when you are #1 and you fall to #2 you re-evaluate your position on many things. To do this you look at your competitors. When Dell did this they notice that their computers were about the same quality, usually cost less, and were not available at retail locations. So instead of increasing their price to match their competitors, Dell decided the best way to regain their #1 position was to make their computers available at retail locations.

Granted some believe that the call center in India had something to do with this along with the ability to get Geek Squad support from retail locations, but I tend to believe that increasing to retail locations will increase the number of people who can buy their products.

Call me crazy, but I don't think it was a Best Buy, Microsoft and Intel deal to squish the other guys.


RE: Of course
By othercents on 12/7/2007 3:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Oh forgot to mention that the 1521, 531, and 531s are all AMD powered computers which would make the Microsoft, Intel, and Best Buy deal that will squish out the little guys kind of hard. I'm sure Intel would be upset if they did.

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