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Windows 7: Interesting Staples marketing - Win7 and 8.1

05 Mar 2015   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

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Stapes is closing stores because their recent merger with Office Depot, cause many stores to be redundant.

Demand is the major reason for the price difference between Win 7 and Win 8.1 machines. Few people want the 8.1 machines compared to the Win 7 machines.
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Stapes is closing stores because their recent merger with Office Depot, cause many stores to be redundant.
Office Depot merged with Office Max last year and their profits are down even more than Staples.

So, even though they have more name recognition, they close the Staples stores and keep Office Depot?

I see.

The times in the last ten years that I have been in a Staples store, you could play flag football in the aisles and never hit a customer, much less an associate.

Compare that to Fry's - they never have less than 200 customers at any time.
In my neck of the woods, Office Max has far more stores than Stapes or Office Depot combined.
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05 Mar 2015   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think there is no logical explanation for the price difference - only marketing. There can possibly be no significant difference in the Windows license fee. And if Windows 7 is in higher demand, then it should be cheaper - volume lowers price. I think they are just taking advantage of those people that want Windows 7 - and that for the wrong reasons.

My wife's friend for whom we bought this $299 machine had never seen Windows 8.1 but she had no trouble at all using it after I had set it up (including the installation of a SSD). And I did not use any of those vintage setups like classic shell - only pure 8.1. The lady is no computer wizard, just a normal end user. I did, however, explain a few things and she still calls me off and on for advice.
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05 Mar 2015   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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...There can possibly be no significant difference in the Windows license fee. And if Windows 7 is in higher demand, then it should be cheaper - volume lowers price...
Methinks you are confusing supply and demand. When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. When supply exceeds demand, prices go down. In this case, Win 8 machines have very little demand, so the prices are lower in attempt to get the merchandise to move whereas Win 7 machines are far more popular, increasing demand (supply doesn't increase because no manufacturer in its right mind wants to increase supply enough to cause prices to come down).
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05 Mar 2015   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would think that MS keeps a lid on the supply side and that the OEMs are only allowed a small number of 7 systems. That is the modern form of free marketing.

But given that there is apparently a considerable market for 7 machines, things could be different if monopolies would not control the market..
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05 Mar 2015   #15
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep just another method of discouraging buying win-7 is raising the price of it,
Still worth it but I wouldn't buy from any of the three mentioned places although there's plenty of parking

8 sucks 7 rules it's just that simple.
Jury is still out on 10 but it isn't looking good looked better a couple of builds ago but now wrong direction.
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05 Mar 2015   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I actually like 8.1. Yes it took a few days to explore all the corners, But with the disturbing charms and corners disabled, I have no gripes at all. And I especially like that it is so easy to setup the high contrast themes. That is more difficult in Windows 7. Look how pretty and readable that is:


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05 Mar 2015   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Pretty is in the eye/ s of the beholder
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05 Mar 2015   #18
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Looks good WHS, I too like 8.1
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05 Mar 2015   #19
ThrashZone

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Sells shows many more do not
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05 Mar 2015   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Pretty is in the eye/ s of the beholder
Don't forget, I have only 40% eyesight. Pages without high contrast are very difficult to read for me. I usually have to engage the Magnifier.
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