If my local store is typical, going-out-of-businesses CompUSAs are having one helluva Vista fire sale. The deep discount raises good questions about what people should pay—and we’d like you tell us (and Microsoft) what that price should be.
The shelves are starting to look pretty bare at the local CompUSA, where discounts range from 10 percent to 40 percent. Notebooks are holding at 10 percent off, while Zune gear and some digital cameras are discounted 30 percent. The big deal is on Windows Vista, which the soon-to-close CompUSA has discounted 40 percent. Other Microsoft software is discounted just 30 percent.
- Vista Home Basic Upgrade just $59.99 instead of $99.99.
- Vista Home Premium Upgrade just $99.99 instead of $159.99.
- Vista Business Upgrade just $119.98 instead of $199.98.
- Vista Home Premium (full version) just $143.99 instead of $239.
The discounts mean that some closing CompUSAs are selling full-version Vista Premium for less than what many other retailers charge for the upgrade. For example, Amazon asks $145.99 for the Premium upgrade version.
What a deal. But who’s buying? I spent about 30 minutes observing and then later asked. The 40-percent sale isn’t drawing a whole lot of takers, although a sales person indicated most customer interest was for Windows Vista Ultimate—and there weren’t many copies left.
But the store had scads of Windows Basic (aka Home Basic) upgrades, which just weren’t moving very fast, even at $59.95.
For anyone living near one of these closing stores and wanting Vista, these are big discounts.
Microsoft, Windows Vista