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$4,000 laser mouse
Simply a coincidence, or payback from scorned employees?

Maybe it's a coincidence, but Dell's recent round of layoffs seems to have sparked a flurry of price mistakes on Dell.com. According to the Wall Street Journal, Dell has plans to lay off 16 percent of its 4,500 strong workforce in Malaysia -- that means that 700 people will be out of a job by the end of June 2010.

Interestingly enough, around the same time the layoffs were announced, numerous price mistakes started hitting Dell's website. Deals site Slickdeals was the first to notice the steady stream of price mistakes with one of the more popular finds being a 3.2GHz dual-core Xeon 5060 processor for a mere $10.99. Other popular pricing errors included a Xeon E3110 (3GHz) for $16.99, a Xeon E5450 (3GHz) for $39.99, and a Xeon L5430 (2.66GHz) for $12.99.

While extremely low-priced processors were being snapped up by people looking to make a quick flip on eBay -- in the slim chance that the orders actually go through -- there are other price mistakes that aren't such hot deals. A 120GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive for a Dell Studio 1735 is listed at a whopping $21,000 while a laser mouse is going for a cool $4,000. Another humorous addition is an Inspiron AC adapter for $710.

Dell may be laying off 700 employees, but it seems as though its remaining employees will be working overtime to flag the thousands of orders that have likely been processed for the ultra-cheap Xeons.

Now we can't be sure that the two events are related, but something smells fishy for sure at Dell today.



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Humorous?
By omglol on 12/17/2009 6:26:48 AM , Rating: 5
"humorous addition is an Inspiron AC adapter for $710."

What's funny? That seems like the regular price for a laptop AC adapter on an OEM site.




RE: Humorous?
By Proteusza on 12/17/2009 6:45:41 AM , Rating: 5
They should do what Monster Cable does, and claim that the AC adapter is made from gold made by the only alchemist who was ever able to transmute base metals into gold, and is thus superior gold, except that for some reason it resembles copper. And its plastic casing is made from ethically sourced plastic from sustainable, green sources that plant a tree in their native region for every kilogram of plastic produced. And it reduces your laptop charge time by 1%.

Works for Monster.


RE: Humorous?
By therealnickdanger on 12/17/2009 7:17:12 AM , Rating: 5
I heard that Monster cable even cures cancer and AIDS.


RE: Humorous?
By marvdmartian on 12/17/2009 8:13:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but can they beat the notorious Chuck Norris? ;)

Monster Cable.....all the cable, 10x the price!


RE: Humorous?
By BruceLeet on 12/19/2009 1:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer, too bad he never cries. :[


RE: Humorous?
By Ytsejamer1 on 12/18/2009 10:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
I totally should open a store right next to best buy and just carry HDMI cables for $20-$30 (still making a 10000% profit). I'd make a killing.


RE: Humorous?
By Inkjammer on 12/17/2009 9:57:05 AM , Rating: 5
"... the only mouse of its class built with the finest Dwarven Mithril."


RE: Humorous?
By Spookster on 12/17/2009 12:10:55 PM , Rating: 4
Using Adamantite for the mouse would be better with Black dragonhide used to wrap the cord.

Quickly....Run...Escape!!!!


RE: Humorous?
By Golgatha on 12/17/2009 3:32:11 PM , Rating: 4
Admantine Black Dragon Tail Mouse of Slaying FTW!!


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