Dell is running a “10 Days of Deals” promotion, and it looks like the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 will get its time in the spotlight tomorrow.
There’s no indication of what kind of deal we’ll see. Dell could slash the already low price of the netbook by a few bucks, or perhaps the company will bundle some accessories with the netbook and offer a deal on an Inspiron Mini plus a printer, USB DVD-RW drive, or other item. Either way, if you’re in the market for a Dell Inspiron Mini, you might want to check out the promotion page on October 16th.
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Cancelled mine and ordered another one. Went with the 8GB version this time, since I’m thinking I might upgrade it to SLC anyway so no reason to pay twice.
Boy, going through the phone tree at Dell to cancel an existing order was painful. I must have entered my order number three times, had to talk to three different people, etc etc. More like a phone company than what I expect from Dell. Quite sad.
With the deal, as alluded to by others, they charge an extra $30 for the starting configuration, but give you $80 off. The difference comes from the 4GB flash card that is bundled. The card is listed in the shopping cart at $30 when you check out, and isn’t removable. Annoying, because the card usually costs just $25 from Dell.
It’s not much of a discount. Essentially they are offering the WinXP / 1GB / 16GB configuration, which was $489 minus $40 “instant savings” = $449. The sale configuration is the same, except they’ve changed the SSD to 8GB and offer it at a starting price of $479. If you upgrade that to the 16GB to match the original configuration, your starting price jumps to $519. The big discount is the “instant savings” of $83, for a total of $436 — a whopping difference of $13, and exactly the same price as the Ubuntu 16GB configuration. However (I had to check the really fine print to find this out), they do appear to throw in a 4GB SDHC card, so you get a little extra memory out of the deal.
For what it’s worth, both WinXP and Ubuntu configs are listed with a preliminary ship date of 10/31 unless you add a webcam, which pushes it out to 11/5.
I’m about to cancel my Mini 9 order. I ordered it on September 9, and it was supposed to ship today (!). I just got an email from Dell giving me a new date of November 12 (!!). THey may be offering a discount just because they know they’ll take two months to ship you a unit.
I ordered one yesterday and got $40.00 off without doing anything. Will have to see whether the deal tomorrow is any better. If so, I’ll probably try and cancel my existing order and reenter it to save the money…
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