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How to get the best price for Dell XPS 1530

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by sheixt, May 12, 2008.

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  1. sheixt

    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am intending to purchase the Dell XPS 1530 (specs below), I had heard that the best way to get a cheaper price was to call the sales line and barter rather than just buy online.

    The machine currently has a save £110 special offer on it, which runs out on the 14th. Basiclly I was interested to know if anyone has had any experience of how to get the price down, whether it was through discount coupons or haggeling...

    Any suggestions would be great as I don't have any experience in this area!

    Thanks

    XPS M1530 Specs

    Total: £729 (inc shipping)

    Special Offers:
    Get Free Shipping - Worth £60 (Inc Vat)
    Save £110 (Inc Vat)

    Base
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8100 (2.10 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache)

    Microsoft Operating System
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English

    LCD
    15.4" Widescreen™ WXGA (1280x800) TFT Display (220nits) with TrueLife™

    Video Card
    NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 8600M GT with 256MB dedicated graphic memory

    Memory
    3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048+1x1024]

    Optical Devices
    Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW
     
  2. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    I'm not up-to-date on this, but I understand that the phone sales people find it easier to give cut-price upgrades than to cut the basic price. It may also be advantageous to have a (mythical?) alternative that you are thinking of buying.

    You can always phone and see what you get offered, then compare it with the online price.

    John
     
  3. ArmageddonAsh

    ArmageddonAsh Mangekyo Sharingan

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    i would phone them, but i dont like talking to people i dont know on the phone (yes im weird) shame you cant email them and try to haggle the price down.
     
  4. sheixt

    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yeh thats what I had i mind... probably gonna suggest I'm torn between that and an HP that is slightly cheaper and try and get them to shift a bit.

    I don't suppose it is likely the will implement a larger reduction in price after this £110 deal ends on the 14th?
     
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    ArmageddonAsh Mangekyo Sharingan

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    i know someone that got like £700 off a fully maxed out m1730 he paid just over £2,000 so you could get more off if ya keep haggling.
     
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    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wow that loads off! Ok great that gives me some confidence, though I doubt I'll be able to get as much as my total costs is like £730 so if I can get £150 off I'll be happy!
     
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    cool, tell us how it goes and what methods you used.
     
  8. sheixt

    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    I thought I would update you on how it went, please note that a lot of what I tell the guy is not exactly the truth, but hey he's was a sales guy, he knows the deal, hehe:

    I called Dell's sales team and told them that I was interested in purchasing the XPS M1530 however I had seen a HP Pavillion with the same spec as a bit of a lower price. I also said that I was a fan of Dell computers however the original £729 was outside of my bugdet.

    The sales guy gave me the expected line of "this is an already reduced price with free shipping" he also said the HP contains a ATI GPU with a lower spec and encorraged me to research it myself if I was unsure.

    I explained to him that I had performed thorough research in advance of calling and that the product that I was interested in, was a next to identical spec.

    At this point he explained to me that as Dell are a manafacturer they are able to offer the cheapest prices, hense why it is already reduced and that he could not drop the price.

    I then suggested that I would have to pass on the product and purchase the HP and said it was a shame as I had perviously had purchased an Dell desktop. He then changed his tone and said "oh well I can run that past my manager and see what I can do" as I was an existing cutomer (it is actually true although not for years!). He then returned and asked for my address to check, strangely there was no record of this but he said that he would "take my word for it" and could offer me it at £699.

    I stressed this was still out of my budget and that I was sorry for waisting him time. He then asked me to hold, after 30 seconds he returned with a final offer of a 10% off the total price. I said that this is tempting however was still a little steap for me.

    I then (feeling rather cheeky at this point) said that I would meet him in the middle. I suggested that as he could not drop the price, if he would include a carry case and a bluetooth mouse I would purchase it then and there.

    After a little more time on hold he agreed and I completed the purchase.

    Therefore the total reduction was:

    10% off the already reduced price
    Free carry case
    Free bluetooth mouse


    I would recomend to anyone thinking of buying a Dell to use this approach as it was very successful for me.

    Thank you to everyone that assisted me through my pre-purchase desision process, all of your advice was greatly recieved and has been much appreciated.
     
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    cool glad you got what you wanted.

    i would do this for the m1730, but i just cant haggle and i dont like talking to people i dont know on the phone. which is ashame. i missed out on a Ebay m1730, for less then £900 (with shipping) by something like £30 which was annoying, gonna have to keep trying.
     
  10. Jonaid

    Jonaid Newbie

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    Did you not perhaps consider the outlet store? Example:

    INSPIRON XPS M1530 (System Identifier. 09AM1F0W)
    CORE 2 DUO T8100 2.10GHz
    System Price £479.69

    Memory: 3.0GB MB (1X2GB + 1X1GB) 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard Disk Drive: 320GB HD SATA (5400rpm)
    Video: ASSY, BASE 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
    NoteBook Screen: 15.4 WXGA (1280x800) with Truelife
    CD Read-Write Drive: 8xDVD+/-RW Slim Slot-Load Drive, including SW

    Anyone ever talked a price down from the Outlet Store? Is it possible / Advice? I don't suppose this is something you can just say you're tempted to get another laptop cause its so cheap in the first place. But it I could get something like this at this price with an extended warranty i'd snap it up asap.
     
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    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ah shame, sounds like a good price! Ask a friend to make the call for ya, offer them a drink or something in return... the drink will definately be cheaper than the discount you'd miss out on! Good luck with the M1730 hunt.
     
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    yeah i know, gonna keep trying though.
    everyone i know though like talking on the phone they are all to scared to try and haggle prices down, even if they know they are getting ripped off><
     
  13. John Ratsey

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    Umm. There's 40 M1530's in Dell Outlet as I type this.

    Stick one on a cart and you will see that the extended warranty is an option:

    (their spelling, not mine!)

    So, why are you hesitating? Just watch out for the £60 delivery bill.

    John
     
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    sheixt Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have not heard of anyone bartering with an outlet store as they purchase at a fixed price and are usually already discounted. It works with Dell as they are the manufacture, that said there is no harm in trying! Just say your very interested however your not completely comfortable (as it is through an outlet) but you would purchase imediately if they would throw in another years warrenty. Personally I think its unlikely as (if I remember correctly) the extra warrenties (1yr extra) aren't cheap... like £120-£140 or something like that. If you give it a go let us know where you went and what you tried.
     
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    wow my memory is terrible, I thought they were much more expensive than that!
     
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    They used to be. Less than £100 for 3 years on site is a good deal.

    John
     
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    does the dell outlet have a website you can buy from? if yes, a UK version?
     
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    maybe i could get someone on here who has done it before to buy it for me and send it to me afetr i have sent them the money via paypal?

    or to meet up and exchange money for item in person?
     
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    Jonaid Newbie

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    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?s=dfo&l=en&c=uk

    Is the UK outlet store Ash.

    I'm personally not in a huge rush to buy right now so I'm awaiting certain specs. Looking out for a T8300 with a 1440 screen atm ideally but if i can't get it by September I'll aim for a T8100. I heard that Dell occasionally do a 15% off the outlet so if can wait it out and something like that was to come along that'll be great to counter the VAT on the machine. :)

    Regards,

    Jonaid
     
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    You mean this? Dell UK Outlet.

    John
     
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