I always laugh (more like shake my head) when I come across retail specials like this. I have been looking for a desktop computer for my mom who currently doesn’t have a computer. All she needs is something basic as it will almost always be used for email and rarely anything else. That being said, I don’t want to get an outdated computer as I will also be using it from time to time, so I’ve been looking at the basic low cost computers on the market.
In today’s paper I saw that Frys was offering a Compaq computer with everything we’d need for $350 which included the tower and monitor. Most of these low cost desktop computers come with a fairly large monitor, and since I already have one of those that is in perfect shape, I asked what the computer would cost without the monitor. Now, I really didn’t think they were going to offer me a huge discount, but I figured if it was even a few dollars, it would save me the trouble of carrying the monitor home.
The answer? If I wanted the computer without the monitor, it would cost me $100 more than if I bought the two together?
I really thought the salesperson had misunderstood me. I explained that I didn’t want to upgrade the monitor, I simply didn’t want the monitor at all. He explained that he understood and if I didn’t want the monitor, the price of the computer would be $100 more ($450). To this, my question was “why?”
The salesperson simply shrugged his shoulders and said that is what his computer said. He didn’t care and even though it didn’t seem to make sense, he wasn’t going to make any effort to find out why. I left figuring that one of two things is going on:
Either way, it seems strange that a computer store would pay me $100 to take a computer monitor even when I don’t want/need it.