08/20/2011, 06:22 PM
I'll confirm a few things, although none of you know me and prob dont care..but...
Preface: i missed the whole firesale thing until i opend up USA today about 1pm today. I was near a radio shack and an officemax. radio shack was stayng at $499 for 32gb machine..no price match. (i dindt care..no loss). And office max said they had peeps lined up at the front door in the morning. So...i said, im not drivng around for this...let's see whats online: nothing.
so..here's what i can confirm from wasting a beatiful afternoon...but i DID get the 16gb...See below.
1- the guy that suggested "opera" for webrowser was spot on. IE was unable to refresh HP.com screens or anything. i downloaded opera in 5 minutes or so, and hummed through the order process ALTHOUGH i
2- could NOT order via hp.com actually because it said "sold out"....but had to use its sub-site of hp small and medium business where the "CART" was still active.
I was able to open a few windows within Opera, and had to keep hitting "backspace" when the hp server error appeared. however..2 or 3 of those errors ..and some patience..2-3-4-5 minutes it seemed..would get me to the next screen. IE just failed miserably here..so OPERA was very cool to watch it moving.
3- So, YES, i got lucky SORT OF... my order was being confirmed..credit card , new account..the whole thing. Order was confirmed, they were processing credit card..then the errors srated again. So..i have no idea if my order went through or not.
4- BUT..if i value my time at theoretical $50 an hour (or use whatever you like), 2 hours of this nonsense adds to at least $100...making a $99 purchase closer to $200 (and lost opportunity time..was a beautiful afternoon here).
5-so..back to #4...i clicked on the previous post. and bought the thing on ebay for $119, plus shipping. Im in NY so i had to pay tax to the NY seller.
6- if the other hp "Small business" direct order goes though..so be it..im okay with that. i may even just buy another on ebay at $136 ..or less if i buy it out of state.
7- The prices are LOW on ebay now. Very low if you value your time..So, maybe just suck it up, pay the extra $25--40-$50..and and get a great machine for great price...and get bck to enjoying your afternoon and evening.
8- Ebay will be FLOODED with these new machines. CDW, Radio shack, others are still yet to lower their prices.
9- i have mine, and im done...So, thanks to the prior poster that put up the ebay info.
going forward,,,Opera is my web browser so THAT was cool to learn. That was FAST. I dont know why my IE is so darn slow and gets hug up but wow for the OPERA today. THAT worked in getting me all the way to HP checkout.