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