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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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They probably got rid of someone they shouldn't have
By dgingeri on 12/17/2009 7:22:16 AM , Rating: 3
I'd say this is likely caused by someone giving a job to someone who didn't deserve it. Likely, a particularly lazy, stupid person replaced someone who did their job well.

Managers who lay off good people and keep stupid, lazy people in the interest of saving money get what they deserve.




By tastyratz on 12/17/2009 8:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
OR

They could have just fired someone and pissed them off...

Hmm yea, I think that's it.

I must say though the Irony is quite amusing when you think of it. Just think, if dell honors half of these price mistakes it will be a huge profit loss.... probably equal to a hundred more jobs.


By jdietz on 12/17/2009 8:52:09 AM , Rating: 2
They will not honor any price mistake.


By LordanSS on 12/17/2009 2:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure how the consumer protection laws are in the US, but had that mistake been made in Dell's website here in Brazil, by law, they are forced to go honor the orders made.

If any company advertises a product/service in a way/price in here, law mandates that they deliver it. In here, Unlimited internet is that - unlimited, no buts, no throttling. If a store's print (broadcast or internet-based) advertisement shows a CPU at 10 Reals, that's it too.

For all the really bad things and stupid laws we have here, regarding so many different things... one thing I can't complain is our customer protection ones. They are indeed quite good.


By nafhan on 12/17/2009 9:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
Based on the number of mistakes listed in the article, I'm going to go with "someone did this on purpose". One maybe two things could be an accident, but the number of expensive things selling for low prices and inexpensive things for rediculously high prices, plus the timing, really points to malicious action on the part of a soon to be former employee. I'd hate to think they would give someone a pink slip and let them keep access to update the site, so maybe the spouse/relative/friend of someone who lost their job?


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