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Friday, April 22, 2005 4:25 pm
Dell 2405FPW 24" LCD screen
A month back, someone had an idea to “mass buy” the newly released Dell 24" LCD screen direct from Dell Australia. The actual price was about A$1780, and this was negotiated down to A$1310 (or so, not sure) with several hundred buyers.

I made my order a little later, at A$1420, with Dell did their not-uncommon “20% off” sale. Aside from corporate orders or mass orders, this is about as low as the Australian prices go. As a comparison, Apple’s 23" LCD screen costs A$2551 (education pricing).

Anyway, 2.5 weeks later, the Dell 2405FPW has arrived at my doorstep. What a wonderful view this is.

My main source of information for this deal was Whirlpool Australia—a site devoted to broadband news coverage in Australia. It also attracts quite a few tech-savvy people, hence the organisation of the A$1310 mass order. Thanks to Whirlpool and forum participants.

I also can’t complain about Dell’s service. Despite continual reports of online about off-shoring and the language barrier issues, I have had no problems with them. They have been polite, helpful and efficient. Thumbs up!

For the last 2 weeks, the 2405FPW has not been available on Dell Australia’s site—probably because of low stocks. Some participants of the mass order are reporting very slow deliveries and long waits. One poster has seen boxes and boxes of 2405 LCD screens in one of the Australian courier warehouses, awaiting delivery. Is it possible this formerly luxury item will become one of the most commonly seen screens in Australia? I would’t be surprised.

I’m using Webshots for my high-resolution widescreen desktop pictures. Excellent!

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