Disagreeable pricing • 7 August 2008 • The SnowBlog

Disagreeable pricing

I've been getting on very well with the covetable HP 2133 mini-notebook that I wrote about here. I did wonder whether a longlife battery might be a good idea, though. Apparently HP sell them for $129 in the States. Not a huge surprise to find that they were 109 here. At no time in the last six months has that been less than a 60% price hike for the same product on this side of the Atlantic. But I was even more horrified to see that a replacement screen could cost me 391. It seems a bit steep considering the whole machine retails for 300 + VAT. But then I suppose someone has to disassemble one, take out the screen and put it in a box. It's only fair to charge for that.


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