Linux Pre-installed on a AMD 64-bit Based System for $300 (LinuxElectrons)
Posted Jul 15, 2006 5:39 UTC (Sat) by azhrei_fje
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It came with a partition on the harddrive that acts as the "recovery
partition", and the CDs were of the extras: drivers, give-away apps, and
I had to fight a bit with the BestBuy. Here is where I
got the inspiration to try it.
The salesperson at the store couldn't understand that I wanted my money
back. So he did what everyone does when faced with something they can't
handle: he passed the buck. It went to the store manager eventually. He
told me that it was shipped with the machine and I couldn't get my money
back. I told him that when I powered up the box, there was a EULA from
Microsoft that said if I declined the LA, I could return all original
media to the retailer for a refund of the price paid.
Now, when I ordered the machine, they claimed that the price of Windows
was $0. I tried to follow the outline given in the link above, but I
relented after awhile. I accepted $50 in exchange for the CDs.
The linked article describes how the author played this out, all the way
to small claims court, where he got a refund of the retail price of the
software. But after about a week of calls back and forth to the manager,
I felt sorry for the guy. (My SO's comment was, "He's probably got a wife
and kids to feed," so I guess I'm a bit of a softie. Not next time,
When I buy another machine, I won't let the manager pay me off, though.
I'll ask for the
full retail price and when they refuse, I'll take it to BestBuy corporate.
If they refuse and I take it to small claims court here in FL, it'll cost
them money. (In FL, corporations must be represented by legal counsel
during court proceedings of any kind!) So it would be less expensive for
them to just refund the box price. If they don't, I'll subpoena their
purchase records and those of their supplier(s) until I find out exactly
what was paid for the OEM version of Windows that is pre-installed. I'm
sure the rest of the country (world?) would like to know! ;)
It was fun, in any case. I'll bookmark this page and return here when I
buy my next machine so that I can update the saga. :)
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