Thursday, December 29, 2011

Don't Believe All The Discounts You See


Daughter's computer died and she called us up all upset, looking for her brother, the computer engineer, to order her a new one.  We said, don't worry.  He'll order and we'll pay.  (For my kids, I always pay, even though they both earn very good livings.)  Son checked out Dell's website and found a laptop for her.

Being frugal, I remembered Dell offers a 10% discount to teachers.  When I couldn't access the code online, I called and got a very nice young man to help.  I placed the order, my only problem being the computer would not be delivered until Jan 10.

An hour after I placed the order husband got an e-mail from Micro Center offering the same computer for the same amount of money I was paying to Dell.  I called and made sure it was in stock.  I then called Dell and asked them to do something about the price.  After all, buying it directly from them should be cheaper than buying it through a middle man.  They said tough.  If you don't like the price, cancel.  I cancelled.

Daughter is now sitting with her brand new computer, happy to have immediate gratification.

(Today Dell is offering the computer at Micro Center's price.  We could have saved $44 if we bought it today.  But, then she wouldn't have it so I'm not complaining.)

6 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

You are one awesome mama. I know your daughter must appreciate how wonderful you are to her.

Oh, and screw Dell. ;-)

Daughter of PO'd said...

THanks for the computer mom. Its actually still sitting in the box since I just got home now (10:40) and I have to work tomorrow but will set it up after.

Thanks mom!

Pissed Off said...

Don't forget to thank dad too.

Daughter of PO'd said...

Thanks Dad

Schoolgal said...

Which model did you get cause I need an upgrade? btw, I notice some discounts offered by AARP and Geico are better than the teacher discounts.

Pissed Off said...

We bought her a Dell Inspiron 15R. Actually, the next day it was cheaper on Dell site because it came down to same $449 and then there is a 10% teacher discount.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DHR/EmployeeIncentiveandDiscounts/default.htm