blaablaaguy wrote:How can you complain about a £4 computer!? Even plus shipping its still a computer the size of a stick of gum for £20. Youd expect it to be £100
I can agree with the first two, but not the last. For around £100 I would expect 25 Zeroes or a cased PC, 2GHz Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD writer, 6 channel audio, 4 x USB, Gigabit Ethernet.
amazing value IMO for what a Zero is, but paying five times as much through shipping costs does make getting one quite expensive and there's no hiding that by inflating the value of a Zero.
There's no getting away from it, as has repeatedly been said; shipping can be expensive and retailers don't have a lot of control over that. As production ramps up and bulk purchases become available there will be options available which can reduce costs.
How much would it cost to post that cased PC?
Because that is the correct comparison.
A long time ago a friend said to me, that he find it amazing that you can take a letter to the post office and send it almost anywhere in the world, for £1.
That's £1. Anywhere in the world.
How cool is that? Imagine what that letter has to go through to get there. First it's collected from the post office, and transported to a sorting office. There it is, well, sorted, and then driven to the appropriate airport, where is sorted again, put in to bags, put on a plane, that then flies halfway round the world (note it might be unloaded and put on another plane at some joint in the journey), where it is unloaded, transported to another sorting office, where is is sent to another sorting office, where is is given to someone to drive and then hand carry to your postbox.
Methinks people should stop complaining and think more about what is meant by postage and packing.
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