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golie3030
Aug 16, 2006, 06:10 PM
Gadgetell just posted a comparison of the new Dell Store in Dallas, TX to Apple Stores. I haven't seen the Dell Store, but I'm sure it's terrible.

http://www.gadgetell.com/2006/08/head-to-head-dell-direct-stores-vs-apple-stores/

Danksi
Aug 16, 2006, 06:17 PM
Gadgetell just posted a comparison of the new Dell Store in Dallas, TX to Apple Stores. I haven't seen the Dell Store, but I'm sure it's terrible.

http://www.gadgetell.com/2006/08/head-to-head-dell-direct-stores-vs-apple-stores/


I couldn't care less if it were draped in gold banners, you still only walk out the door with a DELL!

EDIT: Having read the article I see you don't actually walk out of the DELL store with anything!

topgunn
Aug 16, 2006, 06:19 PM
I couldn't care less if it were draped in gold banners, you still walk out the door with a DELL!
Would that be a Dell 2407WFP?

WildCowboy
Aug 16, 2006, 06:19 PM
I couldn't care less if it were draped in gold banners, you still walk out the door with a DELL!

That's the thing...you don't walk out the door with anything except maybe the receipt for the machine you had to order online, if they'll even let you do that from the store. (From the review, it looks like you can't even do that.)

Danksi
Aug 16, 2006, 06:21 PM
Would that be a Dell 2407WFP?

Nope. Couldn't bring myself to have something Dell in our home. 20-inch Viewsonic screen waiting for my Mac Pro - very nice screen.

Danksi
Aug 16, 2006, 06:23 PM
That's the thing...you don't walk out the door with anything except maybe the receipt for the machine you had to order online, if they'll even let you do that from the store. (From the review, it looks like you can't even do that.)

Seems like a waste of time.

golie3030
Aug 16, 2006, 06:51 PM
I agree... why what's the point of going into a store if you can't walk out of there with anything? Maybe I'm missing something...

maxrobertson
Aug 16, 2006, 07:10 PM
I couldn't care less if it were draped in gold banners, you still only walk out the door with a DELL!

EDIT: Having read the article I see you don't actually walk out of the DELL store with anything!

And that's the main reason it's going to fail. Wasn't there a Gateway store before that died for that very reason?

opik
Aug 16, 2006, 07:20 PM
ha! another copy stunt...just because it worked for apple, doesn't mean it will work for imitators. looks like dell is going desperate; the amount of tv commercials they now have is exhaustive

Dr.Gargoyle
Aug 16, 2006, 08:23 PM
Hmmm...
I do understand the reason for Apple stores. People can here see how beautiful all Apple products are and explore OSX for themselves so they realize how superior OSX is compared to Windows.
Dell stores? Cheap black grey boxes suffering blue screen of death???
I really think it would be in Dells best interest to display their products as little as possible before people actually got ripped off.
When I think of it, Steve Jobs might have tipped off Michael Dell and persuaded him that opening retail stores was a brilliant idea. If that is so, I think he forgot to tell Dell it would be a brilliant idea for Apple... well well

jholzner
Aug 18, 2006, 08:58 AM
And that's the main reason it's going to fail. Wasn't there a Gateway store before that died for that very reason?

I think you could actually walk out of the Gateway stores with a machine though I'm sure most of their configs had to be done online. I think their stores failed because they stuck them anywhere and everywhere. One reason Apple's are succeeding is because they are picking the RIGHT locations not just a location with an opening. There was never a Gateway store on Mich. Ave in Chicago or in SoHo/5th Ave. I'm sure the bean counters said it was too expensive or some crap. Well, you gotta spend money to make money.

ZoomZoomZoom
Aug 18, 2006, 09:04 AM
I think that it's important for Dell not to actually sell anything. At least, if my thinking is correct here (I'm not completely familiar with tax laws). Since Dell maintains advantage by cutting costs and shipping direct, building stores would be counterproductive. Also, by selling products in the store, I think that means that customers in the same state as the store have to pay tax on Dell products sold online.

Again, I'm not sure on this, but that would be my shot in the dark.

fblack
Aug 21, 2006, 03:44 AM
I guess there not interested in having people make an impulse buy? :rolleyes:

Lollypop
Aug 21, 2006, 04:06 AM
I guess there not interested in having people make an impulse buy? :rolleyes:

what... u mean people actually impulse buy a dell?? :eek:

iMeowbot
Aug 21, 2006, 04:07 AM
That's the thing...you don't walk out the door with anything except maybe the receipt for the machine you had to order online, if they'll even let you do that from the store. (From the review, it looks like you can't even do that.)
Yeah, you can do that much, at least that's how their little kiosks work. What they don't have is a do-it-yourself configuration setup, you go through a salescritter. If the new showrooms have Internet access, dell.com would seem to have that part covered anyway.

aviationwiz
Aug 21, 2006, 12:30 PM
What good is a brick and mortar store if you can't walk out with the product you want?

That gives customers too much time between sale and delivery to change their mind because they realize what a crappy machine they've ordered.

Zwhaler
Aug 22, 2006, 12:20 AM
And that's the main reason it's going to fail. Wasn't there a Gateway store before that died for that very reason?

Haha, that's (the Gateway Store) where I bought the PC I am using now!