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Old March 2nd 09, 03:01 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
AndyHancock
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.
  #2  
Old March 2nd 09, 03:54 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
S.Lewis[_3_]
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.


"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...

snip

And yet you wind up here, which is where you should've asked about your
choices in the first place.

Ask the questions. People here got game.


  #3  
Old March 2nd 09, 01:15 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
RnR[_2_]
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

On Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:01:47 -0800 (PST), AndyHancock
wrote:

After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.



I don't understand you. If your experience is that bad, why bother
with Dell? Can't you buy another brand? I think what Consumer Report
says is irrelevant if your experience is so different.
  #4  
Old March 2nd 09, 06:36 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Larry A
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.


"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.




I just came to the same opinion about the web site.I need a new laptop 15-17
inch screen. 2 must haves is a backlighted keyboard and the vista down
grade $50..
to xp pro. It seams like one or the other but NOT both. What kind of crap
is that??

Larry A


  #5  
Old March 2nd 09, 08:25 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
S.Lewis[_3_]
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.


"Larry A" ss563 no spam @ymail.com wrote in message
...

"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.




I just came to the same opinion about the web site.I need a new laptop
15-17 inch screen. 2 must haves is a backlighted keyboard and the vista
down grade $50..
to xp pro. It seams like one or the other but NOT both. What kind of crap
is that??

Larry A



Your requirements mean you can go only with either Vostro or Latitude lines.
And I'm nearly positive the Vostro has a backlighted keyboard. Not sure
about the Latitude.

HTH


  #6  
Old March 3rd 09, 01:20 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Christopher Muto
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

afik, backlit keyboards on laptops with a 15"+ lcd and pre-loaded with xp
are...
precision m6400 (17"),
xps 1730 (17"),
xps 16 (16"),
and a backlit keyboard is optional on the latitude e6500 (15.4").

"S.Lewis" wrote in message
...

"Larry A" ss563 no spam @ymail.com wrote in message
...

"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.




I just came to the same opinion about the web site.I need a new laptop
15-17 inch screen. 2 must haves is a backlighted keyboard and the vista
down grade $50..
to xp pro. It seams like one or the other but NOT both. What kind of
crap is that??

Larry A



Your requirements mean you can go only with either Vostro or Latitude
lines. And I'm nearly positive the Vostro has a backlighted keyboard. Not
sure about the Latitude.

HTH



  #7  
Old March 3rd 09, 05:54 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
AndyHancock
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

On Mar 2, 7:15*am, RnR wrote:
On Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:01:47 -0800 (PST), AndyHancock



wrote:
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. *No options but glossy display, and only Vista. *Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). *Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. *Finally found a webmail form. *Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.


I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. *The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. *Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. *The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.


I don't understand you. *If your experience is that bad, why bother
with Dell? *Can't you buy another brand? *I think what Consumer Report
says is irrelevant if your experience is so different. *


Consumer Reports does not evaluate the website. As for buying another
brand, I am weighing options. The Dell laptop is apparently a good
one, and I'm weighing that against the tremendous headache in
interacting with the vendor. Trying to divine how much of that one
will be subjected to after taking ownership of their product. Make no
mistake, this usenet group can make up for a lot (especially on the
technical front, in the face of a dysfunctional vendor hosted forum),
but it cannot substitute for dealing with the vendor.
  #8  
Old March 3rd 09, 12:04 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
WSZsr
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

I bet you have trouble shopping for peanut butter too!

"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.


  #9  
Old March 3rd 09, 12:26 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Tom Scales
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.



-----Original Message-----
From: Larry A [mailto:ss563 no spam @ymail.com]
Posted At: Monday, March 02, 2009 11:36 AM
Posted To: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
Conversation: Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be
true.
Subject: Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be
true.


"AndyHancock" wrote in message
news:d3ca20c5-87f5-46fc-8e6e-
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales)

and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad

sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.




I just came to the same opinion about the web site.I need a new laptop
15-17
inch screen. 2 must haves is a backlighted keyboard and the vista

down
grade $50..
to xp pro. It seams like one or the other but NOT both. What kind of
crap
is that??

Larry A



Which store are you looking in? Look in small business. Make sure you
choose either Vista Business or Vista Ultimate. They're the only
versions eligible for downgrade.



  #10  
Old March 3rd 09, 02:29 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell
John Novicki Jr
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Default Is Dell serious about business? The opposite seems to be true.

I believe the Studio 13 also has a backlit keyboard. I saw it at Best Buy
this weekend.

John


"Christopher Muto" wrote in message
...
afik, backlit keyboards on laptops with a 15"+ lcd and pre-loaded with xp
are...
precision m6400 (17"),
xps 1730 (17"),
xps 16 (16"),
and a backlit keyboard is optional on the latitude e6500 (15.4").

"S.Lewis" wrote in message
...

"Larry A" ss563 no spam @ymail.com wrote in message
...

"AndyHancock" wrote in message
...
After reviewing Consumer Reports, I went to the Dell site to order a
laptop. No options but glossy display, and only Vista. Tried chat
and phone, but they're closed (phone icon says 8am-9pm, but
apparently, not). Swum around the site in a few circles trying to
find an email address, which seemed highly abnormal in its
elusiveness. Finally found a webmail form. Filled in the many
mandatory details (most of which only makes sense for post-sales) and
got repeatedly asked for a correct address.

I took stock of the time spent at the Dell site. The result was an
overwhelming sense of futility in dealing with a vendor in this
manner. Spending the evening swimming around a site designed to
confound the visitor and not getting beyond square one is a bad sign,
especially if this is only indicative of presales behaviour. The
debacle with the user group forum drives the nail into the coffin.



I just came to the same opinion about the web site.I need a new laptop
15-17 inch screen. 2 must haves is a backlighted keyboard and the vista
down grade $50..
to xp pro. It seams like one or the other but NOT both. What kind of
crap is that??

Larry A



Your requirements mean you can go only with either Vostro or Latitude
lines. And I'm nearly positive the Vostro has a backlighted keyboard.
Not sure about the Latitude.

HTH





 




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