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Windows 7: Dell Support Caught Using Shady Sweepstakes to Hawk Warranties

16 Aug 2012   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
Dell Support Caught Using Shady Sweepstakes to Hawk Warranties

Thinking of calling Dell tech support? You may already be a “winner.” In three separate calls during our undercover testing for LAPTOP’s annual Tech Support Showdown, Dell persistently pushed premium warranties. At one point a rep claimed we had won a daily drawing that allowed us to buy a four-year extended warranty for the discounted price of $317. All we wanted to know was how to improve our battery life.
We wish we were making this up – and so does Dell. When confronted with our findings, the company told us that our observations give the company “important lessons to learn from.”
You think? Here’s a blow-by-blow of our experiences and Dell’s responses to our follow-up questions.
Dell Support Caught Using Shady Sweepstakes to Hawk Warranties

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01 Sep 2012   #2

Windows Home Premium 7 X64

Simply put, Dell cannot be trusted and has been caught in tricky situations several times that ended in court and Dell lost...
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02 Sep 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Wow... in 2003 I worked with Dell when installng a server witha lot of workstations to update medical departments in an hospital... and the server had lot's of issues regarding BIOS, they were really reluctant of giving support via warranty, until we mennaced to go to courts... then they answered and had no othr option that replace the goddamn server XD...

I thought this was a common practie in Mexico, but now I see they are very tricky elsewere...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

So slimey.

I build and maintain my own computers but I wish this information could, in some way, get to the masses. Unfortunately it won't.
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