[Haifux] "Windows-Free" laptops in Haifa

Orr Dunkelman orr.dunkelman at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 20:33:59 MSK 2009

On Sun, Feb 8, 2009 at 7:27 PM, Eli Billauer <eli at billauer.co.il> wrote:

> As far as I've seen, it tells the user to check the policy for refund.
> It can very well be to cancel the whole deal, for a refund of the whole
> sum. And the software can also be considered a present. I mean, suppose
> that you go to the supermarket, and you get an extra piece of something
> because you bought for X shekels. Do you think you'll have a chance to
> get a refund for that?
> And if you bought a travel package, and then found out something was
> wrong about it, wouldn't the best expectation be to simply cancel the
> deal, all money back?
> The thing you're missing here, is that when you buy a laptop, you're
> aware that there it comes with Windows. The only thing you can complain
> about, is that you were forced to agree to something you don't agree
> with. The only sensible solution in this case, in normal business terms,
> is to cancel the deal. Completely.

That's the difference between playing this game when you are monopoly
and when you are not. Bezeq can in theory kill all the competition by
just reaching into their deep pockets, and the fact that they have
already paid back their infrastructure build costs (or at least of
it), and kill all competition when it comes to phones. IBM 25 years
ago, could kill any competition by just doing nasty things.

The only reason Microsoft cannot have the benefit of "Buy us or
else..." is the fact that they control too large portion of the
market. The moment they will go under 70%, they would be able to
actually say the above (70% may be country dependent).

Orr Dunkelman,
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