Last week, I wrote about how hard drive space was getting ridiculously cheap. Today, I get a Dell catalog in the mail. Their deal on a Dimension 2400:
- 2.4 Ghz Celeron
- WinXP Home
- 256MB RAM
- 80GB hard drive
- 17” monitor
- Color inkjet printer
All this for $299. There’s no way they can be making money off that deal. No way. It has to be a loss leader that they just try to tack stuff onto. (And yes, I know — Dells aren’t Macs. But for $299, I’ll take five Dimensions over the one Mac Mini we bought.)
Question: how low can computer systems go? How low can Windows-equipped computer systems go? When does price of the system go so low that it settles on top of the price of the OS?
I remember when I worked at Best Buy in early 1998. That was the year computer systems crossed the $1,000 barrier. That seems so quaint these days.