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Old 05-09-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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Just wondering if there's such a thing as a Dell store or outlet in the Austin area? I typically order online but thought since I'll be moving to Austin in the coming weeks that there might be a better deal locally?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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There used to be a Dell outlet store on 183, but it closed many years ago unfortunately. Now you have to order online.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The old Dell Factory outlet was great. We bought many machines for our business there... but alas, as mentioned above it closed many years ago. There is a local store called "Discount Electronics" which is almost like a Dell Factory outlet, but with older used machines. They specialize in Dell inventory, and have 3 locations in town. They remind me of an old-school computer store.

http://discountelectronics.com/
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Just wondering if there's such a thing as a Dell store or outlet in the Austin area? I typically order online but thought since I'll be moving to Austin in the coming weeks that there might be a better deal locally?
If you do order from the online dell outlet you will get your merchandise within a day or two.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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There are refurbished products online but no brick and mortar outlet store.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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There's a Dell kiosk in the Barton Creek mall. It doesn't have any super deals, but it's a good place to touch and feel different machines. You can configure machines there too. The Microsoft store in the Domain has a few standard configuration Dells along with all the other retail PC brands.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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There are refurbished products online but no brick and mortar outlet store.
Mr. Notebook and Discount Electronics sell used Dell computers pretty cheap.

Costco is the best place to buy a new Dell because the manufacturer warranty is automatically extended an extra year (2 year warranty) and you get a 90 day return policy in case you end up with a lemon.

Someone also told me that American Express extends the warranty even another year but I haven't confirmed that.

Steve
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I have an Amex card for my business and it does extend warranties for many things, though you have to have your receipts.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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I have an Amex card for my business and it does extend warranties for many things, though you have to have your receipts.
Yeah, that's what I heard. Good to know.

So a Costco Business Amex, such as mine, should result in a 3 year warranty on a new Dell (or any) computer, but only the 2nd year is automatic through Costco and the 3rd year wold have to be proactively claimed through Amex I suppose. Next major purchase I'll check it out further.

Steve
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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This is just my opinion, but the Dell computers sold at Discount Electronics aren't really a good deal for normal consumers.

The accessories and parts there are a good deal (laptop power adapters, replacement Dell parts, etc.), but the actual Dell computers are generally off-lease older than 3 years Optiplex and Latitude line machines. A current example is below:

From Discount Electronics:
Dell Latitude E6400 for $369 with the following specs: (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26Ghz CPU, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB HD, DVD-RW Drive, 14.1 Inch Display, Integrated 802.11b/g WiFi, Windows Vista Business, 180 day warranty).

From Dell direct (current deal for this week online found on www.techbargains.com:
Dell Inspiron 15 for $379 with the following specs: (15.6" 1366x768 LED; Intel Core i3-390M 2.66GHz; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD burner; 802.11n + bluetooth 3.0; Windows 7 Home Premium; HDMI 1.4; USB 3.0; webcam; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty).

Most normal everyday computer users should go with the second computer option direct from Dell. The only people that might need the first option are people that need a port replicator/e-dock or need something else that the Latitude line offers like a TPM chip for Bit-Locker.

Otherwise, my opinion is that a better deal can always be had by not going to an end of lease dealer like Discount Electronics. And those $199 laptops that are advertised in their ad are Latitude D610's with 1GB RAM, 40GB HD, and a Pentium-M processor. That would be painful to use for anything in 2012.

If someone is hurting for money, I would send him to Best Buy to get the nicely configured 15" Toshiba laptop for $309 at their retail store (in this week's ad) before I'd send someone to Discount Electronics to buy any computer. Fry's has a $247 15" Acer laptop in their ad this week that still shows it's in stock at the Austin store. Sure it only has 2GB of RAM and a Celeron processor, but at least it has Windows 7, a built-in webcam, HDMI out, etc. That extra $48 over the old $199 Dell Latitude Discount Electronics model for the normal consumer is very well spent.

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