[Cialug] The end draws near for the Alienware Saga.

Theron Conrey theron at conrey.org
Thu Jun 23 20:17:34 CDT 2005

I apologize for answering this email within an email.... bleech.
and kristau, I'll acost you with sushi the next chance I get......

Kenneth Ristau wrote:

>Theron Conrey wrote:
>>So in summary, I'm stuck with this license, and 75 dollars of gift
>>certificates.  I'd call that a draw.
>>Theron Conrey
>Don't take me wrong here, I don't mean to bust your chops.  You lost.
>If this does get taken up by the AG, AlienWare will argue that the $75
>of gift certificates were "compensation in excess" of the disputed
>refund value.  They bought you off cheap.  I bet they paid all of $0
>themselves for those gift certificates.
It may have cost them nothing for those gift certificates, but I'll get 
$75 dollars worth of stuff that I'd have shelled out coin for anyway. 

>Worst of all?  Microsoft still got their $$ from the sale of the
>license.  Sounds to me like you owe the FSF a $75 donation.
Trust me they're the last group I'll feel that I owe money to as they 
see a fair share of my $$ as it is, but if we're counting $$  I'd have 
gone higher.. (kristau trying to say the Microsoft is EQUAL to 
GNU/Linux.... sheeesh)...  If anything I'm pissed that I can't buy 
debian cd from Amazon :)  (why I'm not counting the Progeny CD there is 
way OT) That would have been the "best" outcome given the events 
unfolding as they did.  

>OK, enough bustin' yer ass.  I must give you kudos, mad props and
>mega-w00ts for the way you handled this difficult situation.  It is a
>plain, simple matter of economics.  You reached your threshhold and cut
>your losses.  Happens to the best of us (don't ask me about my special
>assesment from the wonderful City of Johnston).

>I'm tempted now more than ever to call up their sales line and string
>them along, spec'ing the highest priced system I possibly can -- only to
>ask the clincher question at the end, "Can I get that without an OS?"
>If I get enough guts to actually do it, I'll report my results here.
It may have cost them nothing this time, but they've identified and 
shown that the OS is worth 75 dollars to a customer.  That being said, 
when you call them up, and get your system, you'll be able to ask for 
the $75 dollars off that you know that they've given to another customer 
for the Windows OS.

>Fight the good fight!

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