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Old May 19, 2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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Students: Buy a Windows PC, get a free Xbox 360

Nice new offer from Microsoft launched in the United States today. Students who buy a new PC for over $699 from participating retailers will get an Xbox 360 4GB console thrown in for free. The offer is also available online from stores like Dell, Microsoft and HP.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b...u-covered.aspx
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Old May 19, 2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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That sure beats an iPod touch
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Old May 19, 2011, 02:39 PM   #3
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wow that is rather nice bonus. Any way I could get that back when I fork out 1500 a year ago for my dell laptop. That is WELL over the limit
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Old May 19, 2011, 02:40 PM   #4
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Hey thats pretty sweet.

Edit: OFF TOPIC - id love to see the next 360 (720?) rolling out before too long.
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Old May 19, 2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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Hey thats pretty sweet.

Edit: OFF TOPIC - id love to see the next 360 (720?) rolling out before too long.
I am not so sure 720 would be the best name. I am still sadden by the fact when MS named the 360 they did not just go with X^2. I think that would of been a much cooler name.
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Old May 19, 2011, 03:06 PM   #6
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thats pretty awesome
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Old May 19, 2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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wow that is rather nice bonus.
Agreed, that is a great offer.
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Old May 19, 2011, 03:19 PM   #8
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Great deal!
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Old May 19, 2011, 03:23 PM   #9
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Too bad Im not in the market for a new computer and already have a 360. Way better than an iPod Touch though
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Old May 19, 2011, 04:07 PM   #10
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Yeah I'm sure MSFT shareholders are really pleased at this throwing away of profits.
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Old May 19, 2011, 04:09 PM   #11
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It just shows how desperate Microsoft is. They're clinging to the PC era [/*LTD*]
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Old May 19, 2011, 04:12 PM   #12
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Yeah I'm sure MSFT shareholders are really pleased at this throwing away of profits.
and Apple ones are when they throw away profits in free iPods? It more than likely not costing them that much per PC sold. I would not be surprised if the OEMs are eating a good part of it.

Plus it more than likely does not cost MS a huge amount of money per 360.
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Old May 19, 2011, 04:14 PM   #13
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Nice deal... although, how far will it cut into margins and effectively into what little profit Entertainment Division has at Microsoft... (considering it barely breaks even)

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and Apple ones are when they throw away profits in free iPods? It more than likely not costing them that much per PC sold. I would not be surprised if the OEMs are eating a good part of it.

Plus it more than likely does not cost MS a huge amount of money per 360.
True Apple throws away some profit. However, take into consideration Apple's margins vs Microsoft's margins. Microsoft will obviously loose more money than Apple.
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Old May 19, 2011, 04:24 PM   #14
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Impressive. I can see this going down a treat.
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Most PC's priced 699 or higher have descent margins.

I know I was about to buy a $600 pc... Looks like I'll upgrade it to the $900 gaming PC and get a 2nd Xbox thrown in for free
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and Apple ones are when they throw away profits in free iPods? It more than likely not costing them that much per PC sold. I would not be surprised if the OEMs are eating a good part of it.

Plus it more than likely does not cost MS a huge amount of money per 360.

Yes but Apple is still getting a PC sold and the associated profits. What does Microsoft get? $20 for a Windows license and the market gets flooded with cheap xBoxes for sale.
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Yes but Apple is still getting a PC sold and the associated profits. What does Microsoft get? $20 for a Windows license and the market gets flooded with cheap xBoxes for sale.
Game sales

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I bet a lot of the xBox get sold costing Microsoft 2 xBox sales per unit.
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I bet a lot of the xBox get sold costing Microsoft 2 xBox sales per unit.
I dont understand what you are saying.

but game sales+XBOX Live gold+getting them into Microsoft ecosystem+advertising for XBOX (People see more XBOX's and if friends dont have one they get what their friends have)
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I dont understand what you are saying.

but game sales+XBOX Live gold+getting them into Microsoft ecosystem+advertising for XBOX (People see more XBOX's and if friends dont have one they get what their friends have)

Many will resell the free xBox they get thereby costing Microsoft 2 sales per unit. The free xBox and the lost sale due to the unit being resold.
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Plus $60/year of XBL (or whatever it is now), game sales, and hardware - have you seen the price of the HDD's - will more than make up for any lost profit.
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Old May 19, 2011, 05:22 PM   #22
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Offering students a free XBox ...

That's a ridiculous idea.
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Offering students a free XBox ...

That's a ridiculous idea.
Um... care to explain how? Or was that saracasm...?
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No, it's hardly sarcasm.

Students don't need additional motivations for wasting time in college. A free XBox is the equivalent of saying "don't study, play Halo instead!"
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No, it's hardly sarcasm.

Students don't need additional motivations for wasting time in college. A free XBox is the equivalent of saying "don't study, play Halo instead!"
It's what weeds out the losers and keeps our degree system in check.
Microsoft: "Sorry for giving away something people want to actually use. Here's a ****** iPod Touch. Enjoy!"
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