These probably are the identical units. I have seen many instances where FS loses track of old stock and prices remain high even though the stuff is well past the due date. I would not judge value against FS having an out of date price on out of date stock. Personally, I would go with the newer FS offering for $50 more. Also you should consider the fact that the battery in the SDM netbook has been sitting around for some 2 years. Lithium ion batteries age even when not in use.
Originally Posted by TheHans
You're right -- it does seem rather expensive for something around two years old. And that's the problem. All these retailers are so greedy by not selling these older models for what they should be selling them for. So, in a way, I'm holding out on principle I suppose. I don't need a brand new model and my usage is so basic and I think retailers are taking advantage. For example, if you look here:
I'm no expert, but on a surface level, this seems about the same as the one from Shoppers for $249.99. Yet Future Shop is selling it for about $80 more. And you're not going to tell me that SDM should be able to offer better prices on electronics than Future Shop. It would be like Future Shop selling Tylenol cheaper than SDM...it would make you wonder...
I actually read the fine print of some SDM deals this week. If I can find a senior to go in with me on Thursday and the computer is still there at SDM, I could get it for about $200 because it's 20% off senior's day. Regardless, between the Optimum points deal and some gift card thing SDM is promoting, the computer's net cost is $239.99 in the worst case scenario, if you consider $10-off cards on future purchases as a discount.