Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 12, 2007 08:50 PM
The article appeals to me quite a bit.
As I'm raising a family little more than a pension, I can't afford to just go out and buy a brand new machine. I manage to keep what I do use not too far behind the curve by way of stores offering rent-to-buy schemes (the kids get the old one each time I upgrade).
These end up being more expensive in the long run, especially considering they're typically middle-of-the-road when they're new, and start to feel rather out of date by the time you've finished paying them off two or three years later.
But at least the price tag is manageable once it's broken down into monthly payments; the authors refund basically equates to getting at least one whole month free. My current monthly payments on this 2GHz machine with 256MB RAM, is $33AU (I'm just about due for an upgrade, thankfully).
Of all the companies I could get such a deal from, none of them offered no-OS options, be it rent-to-buy or payment up-front. If the company from which I purchased my machine had of offered a no-OS version at a suitably adjusted price, I most likely would have been able to afford the next model up from the one I have, or at the very least, one of the upgrade options.
So yes. Count me in as one of many people in my situation who are VERY interested in people getting results along the lines of this article.