Originally Posted by Anthony1
Best Buy and Office Max and places like that also carry a lot of $700 and $800 and $900 type desktops as well. If everybody is just buying tablets and laptops, then I'd imagine that not too many people are buying these pre-built $800 systems. You'd think that eventually the stores would have to clear them out at some point at a huge discount, but I guess HP and companies like HP already know that the demand is super low and they aren't making enough of them to see the closeout deals ?
I know that even most of the $900 PC's wouldn't be very good for a PC gamer, because in all likelyhood, the motherboards would be pretty crappy, and the memory would be the cheaper kind of memory, but they are still putting some relatively expensive intel cpu's inside them...
The problem with that is the rate at which technology improves. Yes, the stores 'eventually' would mark them way down, but by the time that came around, there's going to be better stuff and even general consumers won't bother with the old.
Looking it up, the most expensize 'non-gaming' comp that Best Buy has is an ASUS CM6870-US011S which is $1,200. Aside from the CPU which is an i7-3770 (non-K), the rest is arguably crap. It's got dual 2tb drives, which is ok, but those are fairly cheap and they don't say what brand, 16gb od 1600 RAM, a blu-ray drive, but then they severely hinder the entire system with a 3gb GT640 GDDR3... really? and a lowly 300w psu... I personally wouldn't even look at that system unless it was more than 50% off. it's just not worth it. at half off I could take that $600 and get better parts for my current system.
I don't know what a store's SOP is, but I would assume like most stores these places buy the merchandise and then re-sell it at a bit of a mark-up (I know they sell consoles at cost, which is why employees don't get a discount on them) but with hardware they usually don't sell much higher than cost, so the store just loses money if they mark it down too much. they'd probably get more for them selling them back to the OEM, but idk. Physical goods just never have 'good' deals until WAY past their age of worth.