Dell Profit Plunges 48%

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  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    I posted this in another thread, but seeing as it concerns the much-disliked Apple competitor (the one whose founder and CEO infamously stated that he'd liquidate Apple to return what little value he could to shareholders back in the late 90s), I figured it deserves its own thread:

    Dell Profit Plunges 48%
     
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  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    People, in today's economy, are expecting more when they make a computer purchase.

    Dell's crappy over-seas customer service doesn't quite cut it anymore. People are buying HP or investing the extra money to buy a Mac...

    http://www.ihatedell.net
     
  4. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Dell has made some serious mistakes in the past few years. It's reflected both in their public image and in their sales and profits.
     
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    Which kinda goes against the other argument, like many in this thread have posited, that people just buy cheaper in a crappy economy and thus are avoiding Macs...
     
  6. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    You know, maybe the best thing Michael Dell could do is just take the cash they have and give it back to the shareholders. :D
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well since the only 2 computers I buy are either Macs or Thinkpads, I don't see the issue here.
     
  8. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    It's amazing that they're making a profit at all.

    I just bought two Vostro 220 desktops from them for $550 each, landed.

    Specs were:
    2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
    3GB DDR2-800
    500GB Hard Drive
    DVD-RW
    256mb ATI 3450
    22" S2209 LCD monitor

    I just got both machines today and they are awesome little things for the price. Quiet and cool, and fast enough to do most things.
     
  9. cleetusvandamm macrumors member

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    Dell still makes good hardware..its the support and warranties that have dropped off big time
     
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  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Or maybe that just goes to show just how over priced Apple computers really are.
     
  12. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Not surprising really.

    Hopefully this doesn't cost more lost jobs:(
     
  13. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    In before the retarded apple fanboy says "they arent overpriced if apple is selling them"

    I've resorted to calling them 'exorbitantly priced' because it cant be argued and most hardcore fanboys are too stupid to know what it means.
    :D
     
  14. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Yea, thats how you make a good argument for your side, insults abound:rolleyes:
     
  15. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    Heh. I couldn't build a computer for $325 with those specs, and then bundle it with a $200 monitor...

    And here is the shocker: The computers actually aren't half bad for that price.
     
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I'll be crying myself to sleep tonight.

    Oh wait, I wont.
     
  17. gkarris macrumors 604

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    ^^^ LOL...

    BTW, work just got me an E4300 (13" WS laptop) and has the same specs (with the Intel Graphics instead of nVidia) as the middle MacBook with the exception of an 80 Gig drive instead of the 160...


    The Dell is $200 more ($1,495).

    So much for Dell being "cheaper" than a Mac... :eek:
     
  18. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm sure you can cherry-pick models to show there's Dell machines that are more expensive than similar Apple computers, but I don't think anyone can seriously argue that in general, Dell (and most of their PC cousins) aren't cheaper than Macs.

    At least in terms of retail price for initial setups.

    (Yes, there's all those other arguments like OS update frequency and pricing, AV protection, obsolescence, etc but for the purpose of this discussion I'm not digging that deep.)
     
  19. djjclark macrumors regular

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    Article implies they will be laying people off to reduce their costs.
     
  20. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Well then, on that note, I'm very sorry to hear the news.

    As much as I hate Dell machines, I just cant bring myself to hate employees, why could anyone?
     
  21. Wiska macrumors member

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    I'd shut Dell down and give the money back to the shareholders.
     
  22. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I've would've gladly taken the Mac and Bootcamp into Windows XP... :mad:
     

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