Dell puts $100 bounty on iPods

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. smegdude macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Cambridge, uk
    dell seems to have found a good way to identify the insane. Who in their right mind would take up this offer???
  3. cabes macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004
    ME ME ME!!! Wait a sec... umm NO. That's the dumbest thing I've heard of... who in their right mind would want one of those??? The iPOD (IMO) is the best product out there, plus iTunes, and (almost) now AirPort Express.... enough said.
  4. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    what are they gonna do, resell the iPods on ebay for a profit??
  5. spaz macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2003
    san francisco, ca
    an innovative plan, yes, but... this offer is going to be taken up by those for whom all of the following is true:

    1. they have to be tired of / unhappy with their iPod (i don't know anyone in this group)
    2. they have to be SO unhappy with their iPod as to want a different brand of player instead of a new, up to date iPod. (again, don't know anyone here)
    3. they have to be willing to essentially dump any tracks they've burned in AAC, including any they've paid for from the iTunes music store (not very much of a plus in my book)

    and, here's the kicker:
    4. they have to think the Dell is a nice looking mp3 player.


    i REALLY think this is gonna fly. </sarcasm>
  6. the_mole1314 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    Lets sell them broken iPods we own, just to make them regret this whole decision... teheheheheh :p
  7. pumpkinapo macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2004
    Hmm... I don't see it saying anywhere that the iPod has to work... so I wonder if I could buy one... send in for the rebate and send in the old broken iPod... then e-bay the DJ to get money to replace the broken iPod.
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    is dell getting....Desperate?.....when it comes to this area i think so, they know that they cant compete against the iPod so they are trying this, i wonder what will happen when this doesnt work.....
  9. Photorun macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2003
    [points at Michael Dell] [Nelson] Hahh Hahhhh [/Nelson]

    If you can't beat the competition I guess he figures he can through money at people, clearly showing that f***tard doesn't get it.
  10. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    they will probably pick up a few disatisfied iPod customers who are not particularly fussed about their iPods but I would imagine that number would be pretty minute.
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I wonder if this includes broken iPods in need of recycling. ;)
  12. macridah macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2004
    dell needs to hire some real marketing people. If anything, this is bad marketing. This just shows that dell needs to practically beg people to buy there jukebox.

    Someone should do the same deal for their POS laptops. everyone I know, i mean everyone, that owns a dell, has something break ... cd-roms, batteries, hard drives.

    a lot of people won't give up ipods because then they wouldn't be able to use the itunes music store ... so give up dell.
  13. zuggerat macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2003
    9,000 songs is a load of crap i went to the dell site and looked at the fine print and it's 9000 songs at 64 kbps, thats TERRIBLE quality... who listens to songs that are even less than 160 now a days???? i try to get at least 192 mp3 and 128 AAC. Yet again, dell is spewing useless trash across the internet.
  14. Sabbath macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    I wouldn't be surprised if broken 1st gen mac only iPods sell for more than $100. Who on earth would take up this offer its just crazy. A win-win situation for dell, preying on the stupidity of their customers and the way their superior competitor holds its value.
  15. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Thanks Michael Dell, seriously. I haven't had that good of a laugh in quite a long time. :D
  16. RealityMonster macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2003
    I think the REAL kicker, actually, is that they'd have to be sufficiently stupid that they didn't realize that they could sell their iPod on eBay for more. The people that this would make the MOST sense for is people that want to buy a new iPod because they've got a 1st gen one. They could get $100 for it, then sell the DJ on eBay, and have enough money for most of a new iPod.
  17. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    this is actually a pretty good idea as a 1st gen ipod user. get the dell dj for $199, send in my old 5gigger to get the $100, sell the dj for a little under $199 on eBay then you have $300 for an older 10 gig or a new mini. and the only loss is $99 and shipping costs to dell, to the eBay winner. i'm seriously thinking about doing this now.

    i mean, if i sold the old ipod on eBay it would only get between $50-70 max. this way, i would only pay $99 for an upgrade. the only problem i have with this is the whole mail-in rebate form. it may take too long to get your $100 back.
  18. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    Why was this sentence written? WHY?! Does the author not actually understand anything about sound file size? Excuse me, this has nothing to do with sound file size or even technology; this is purely common sense. I'm tired of hearing this silly argument about the "number of songs" that a certain player can hold...Yeah, that's a real contender to be an SI unit if I've ever seen one. I need not expound in this forum of intelligent human beings the vast variability of both song length and sound quality, which patently affect file size. I did not think such exposition was required in any forum with sentient individuals.

    Guess what folks. My 16 meg pocket USB drive can hold ~16,000,000 songs*!

    *Estimate of 16,000,000 songs assumes file size of ~1 kilobyte (KB) per song.
  19. chabig macrumors 68040

    Sep 6, 2002
    Yeah, but the Dell retails for $199 so you won't get that much on eBay. They are selling there for about $150 which makes the whole idea kind of pointless. You'll lose on shipping and eBay charges.

  20. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    They're trying to get as many iPods as possible to dissect them and copy them.

    They'd buy their own iPods, but their Jukebox division is strapped for cash, due to a lack of sales.

    Or maybe they actually just want to have the iPods for personal use. :D
  21. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    You're so lucky, mine can only hold half a song :(

    I use Apple Lossless :D
  22. chv400 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Isn't midi wonderful
  23. sjk macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    I'm tired of all that kind of dumbed-down "infotising" that seems targeted exclusively for uneducated potential consumers. :rolleyes:
  24. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Step 1) Buy iPod, and enjoy - until it dies.
    Step 2) Give dead iPod to Dell, with $99 and get their Jukebox thingie.
    Step 3) Sell Jukebox thingie to someone (who doesn't have an iPod to trade in) for $140 or $150, saving them 50-60 dollars.
    Step 4) Look around for someone who's selling an old, dead iPod and hasn't heard of this offer. Buy for less than 50 or 60 dollars.
    Step 5) Repeat, until you have money for a new, working iPod.

  25. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    I think it's really aimed at people who don't have iPods to trade in, who don't really know much about them but the name. With this promotion, Dell get to imply that their competition is something regretful owners would happily dump for a fraction of the original price, rather than settle for a complete loss. It's sort of clever, in a way.

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