What is included if I purchase desktop PC from a vendor?

November 16, 2016 at 05:22:23
Specs: Windows 7
I recently ordered 5 desktop PC's from a vendor. They sent the computers without monitors, and said they are extra. I assumed a PC is an entire system. Is that wrong?

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#1
November 16, 2016 at 05:52:47
mmm this is an old issue...

One generally presumes there will be a monitor supplied with a computer; as that's how most vendors sell them. But in truth you're paying for the monitor as an extra item - the cost of it is "hidden" in the overall price; in effect you're buying a bundle...

It is not always clear on some sites, and with some vendors that a monitor is extra. Dell are pretty clear on this and I think HP/Compaq etc. likewise. Local stores one would hope will be too. But one never knows...

Commercial suppliers usually indicate the monitor is an extra - or ought to indicate so and clearly make you aware that there is no monitor in the price for the computer; similarly keyboards and rodents...

The reason behind "monitor is an extra cost" is likely that many have monitors already that will serve well with a newer computer; and so decline to buy a new monitor. I know of many outfits who follow that path. It ain't broke, so we don't need to fix (replace) it...

Never wise to assume nor presume that monitor, or even a keyboard and rodent are included in the asking price; unless it's clearly state you're buying a complete system - computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor - at least; and hopefully an operating system if you need that too.


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#2
November 16, 2016 at 06:01:27
Most of the computers that I have purchased come without a monitor. I prefer to make my own choice of monitor as requirements can differ. But it should be clear in the specifications when you order.

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#3
November 16, 2016 at 08:42:46
Thank you! Not exactly what I wanted to hear from anyone, but offers some clarification!

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#4
November 16, 2016 at 09:00:08
Can understand the pheelings of phrustrayshun.. I think (occasionally..) some vendors deliberately choose to make the monitor issue less clear than it might otherwise be.

But as I say Dell and other's of similar standing do appear to indicate re' the monitor being included in the package or not...

I can recall almost falling down the same trap you have way back when; when I was price checking one vendor's prices against another's. Took me a few minutes to realise that one included a monitor and the other didn't - which is why the latter appeared a cheaper deal (when of course it wasn't if one considered a new monitor might be required too).


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