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Dell Inspiron 14z Laptop: Core i3 2350M 2.3GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 14" 1366x768 LED, WiFi N, 6-cell, Win 7 Prem EXPIRED

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Promoted 11-23-2012 by redsolar at 12:00 AM View Original Post
Dell Home has Dell Inspiron 14z 14.1" Laptop for $300 with free shipping. Thanks yuugotserved

Specs
  • Intel Core i3-2350M processor 2.30GHz
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB HDD
  • 14" 1366x768 LED
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 8X CD/DVD Burner
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 & Bluetooth 3.0
  • 6-cell Battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Adobe Elements 9.0 Photoshop and Premiere Bundle
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Edited November 22, 2012 at 07:27 PM by widgit
Dell Home

*Starts 11/22 11PM CST/12AM EST*

Dell Inspiron 14z Laptop [dell.com]

Specs
  • Intel Core i3-2350M processor 2.30GHz
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB HDD
  • 14" 1366x768 LED
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 & Bluetooth 3.0
  • 8X CD/DVD Burner
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Adobe Elements 9.0 Photoshop and Premiere Bundle
= $299.99 with free shipping


*Starts 11/22 11PM CST/12AM EST*
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Last Edited by franD December 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Huffington Post news on Dell's pathetic sale :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/201...05837.html


Please add your FIRST 6 digits of the order number and status (OR EVEN BETTER YOR FULL ORDER NUMBER). We need proof Dell is not sending the 14z's on a first come first served basis.

First 6 - Status

235570xxx Delivered 11/27
235570xxx Delivered 11/27
23556xxxx - delivered
23556XXXX - Cancelled
23556XXXX - Cancelled
235564909 - Switched to 15 without consent, Shipped
23557xxxx - Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
23557XXXX- Cancelled, switched to 15 without consent, order processing 12/12
235575XXX- Email to Switch/Cancel, Delayed 12/4
235579XXX- Email to Switch/Cancel, Delayed 12/113
23558XXXX - Cancelled
235580XXX- Cancelled, switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235581XXX- Email to switch cancel, Delayed to 12/17
235582XXX- Email to switch cancel, delayed to 12/13
235582XXX- Email to switch cancel, delayed to 12/13
235583XXX- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235586XXX- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235587XXX- 15 switched and out for delivery 11/28 without consent
23559XXXX - Cancelled
235591XXX Email to Switch/Cancel, Delayed 12/13
235595XXX Cancelled, switched to 15, and now shipped.
235599XXX- Email to Switch/Cancel, Delayed 12/113 got a shipping confirmation for 15 without consent Frown
235601xxx Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235603XXX- Called and cancelled my switched order. Can't waste anymore of my time arguing. Promised myself to stay away from Dell forever, and to advise everyone against them.
235611XXX- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235612XXX- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235604xxx- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
200418xxx- Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235586xxx- Switched to 15 even after verbal refusal on phone, order processing
235600xxx- Cancelled
235579xxx- switched to 15 without consent, estimated delivery on 12/12
235589xxx- Switched to 15, order processing, estimated delivery on 12/12
235575xxx Switched to 15 order processing, estimated delivery on 12/13 - new order # 240943xxx
235594xxx Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235578xxx Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235619xxx Switched to 15 without consent, order processing
235570401 Cancelled, switched to 15 without consent, emailed & called to cancel 15
235618XXX Switched to 15 without consent, estimated delivery for 15R on 11/30
235602XXX Switched to 15 without consent, order processing, though refused on email and unable to reach anyone live to dispute or even to cancel.
235601XXX canceled and switched to 15. order processing and estimated delivery 12/17. called to upgraded to next day delivery for free.
240934XXX Switched to 15 without consent, estimated delivery for 15R on 12/28



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You must read this: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/c...pro15.shtm


Dell's Yelp Page
http://www.yelp.com/biz/dell-computer-corp-round-rock-3



https://www.oag.state.tx.us/forms/cpd/form.php
COMPLAINT FORM TO ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS GREG ABBOTT



Dell Inc
1 Dell Way
Round Rock TX 78682-7000


Bait-and-switch happen to you? Here's a list of places to send complaints to:

(1) BBB [bbb.org] (has email link to Dell, as well as ability to "File Complaint against Dell [bbb.org]")
(2) FTC [ftccomplaintassistant.gov] (Use Dell info. here [computerhope.com] to fill this out, if you don't know.)
(3) Bulk Email Exec's (a number of those emails bounced/failed sending)

For all the areas asking for details,you can modify Cabrill's well-worded letter from his post. All the info. relating to your order (i.e., order #, account #, etc. are in your email from your Order Confirmation). If you want more info., like a copy of the BBB report, go to my post & fellow users around that page.

I started a groubal [groubal.com]. Please sign.

Clarification: The 14z Black Friday deal was NOT the ultrabook still available, it was an older 14z model.

Generic message for the lazy ones (Credit goes to Cabrill)


"Dell advertised a "doorbuster Black Friday" special of a Dell Inspiron 14z ultra-lightweight ultrabook with an MSRP of $639.99 for only $299, with free shipping to those who visited their website at 12:01 AM on 11/24. I stayed up later than usual to accept this offer. I spent an hour waiting on slow server responses to finally get an order confirmation page and a corresponding confirmation email at 12:54AM; then I went to bed satisfied that I had ordered a product that met my needs during the limited "Black Friday" timeframe. I saw many equivalent laptop deals from other sources over the weekend, but had my order confirmation so I did not pursue any of them.

At 12:01AM on 11/26, AFTER all of the Black Friday weekend sales had ended I received an email from Dell informing me that they "regret the inconvenience" but they ran out of the ultra-lightweight ultrabooks which I had ordered, so they would automatically be shipping me a bulkier, larger and inferior laptop, minus the bundled Adobe software for the same price instead. The replacement they are offering has absolutely no advantages over the ultrabook that I ordered. The replacement has a lower MSRP of $568.99, it weighs 26% more, has USB2.0 ports as opposed to USB3.0, has a lower-resolution screen, has a reduced battery life, is missing the promised Adobe Photoshop bundle, and it also has a touchscreen-based operating system installed on it despite not having a touchscreen! I called the 1-800 number provided in the email and was told by a CSR that my only alternative to receiving the inferior replacement was to cancel the order entirely and then have no laptop at all to show for my "Black Friday" shopping.

Meanwhile, Dell still offers these 14" ultra-lightweight ultrabooks for immediate sale (says ships next business day) on their website albeit with Windows 8 now replacing the preferred Windows 7:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-14z-5423/fs

I believe Dell used bait-and-switch to lure my business away from their competitors and is now trying to charge me the agreed on price for an inferior product, knowing that I have no alternative but to walk away from the soured deal. I am no longer able to take advantage of their competitors "Black Friday" sale pricing to get an equivalent price on a laptop I actually want and Dell is using this knowledge dishonestly to coerce me into paying for inventory they are trying to offload. If they were honest they would have informed me of the shortage before the annual sale-event weekend was over so I could find something else, and if they were earnest they would have provided an equivalent ultrabook in substitute. Instead, they waited until after the sales were all over, and then offered me an inferior laptop.

Here are the specifications of what I ordered:
Intel Core i3-2350M processor 2.30GHz
4GB DDR3
500GB HDD
14" 1366x768 LED monitor
Intel HD Graphics 3000
8X CD/DVD Burner
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 & Bluetooth
USB 3.0
6-cell Battery
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Adobe Elements 9.0 Photoshop and Premiere Bundle

Dimensions & Weight:
Height: 0.998"
Width: 13.6"
Depth: 9.7"
Weight: 4.12 lbs

Here are the specifications of the replacement:
Intel Core i3-2350M processor 2.30GHz
4GB DDR3
500GB HDD
15.6" 1280x720 LED monitor
8x Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless card 802.11 b/g/n (2.4G), BT+HS
USB 2.0
6-cell
Windows 8, 64-bit, English

Dimensions & Weight
Height: 1.36"
Width: 14.8"
Depth: 10.24"
Weight: 5.2 lbs

I want the ultrabook that was described in my order confirmation or its equivalent. I will not accept the bait-and-switch of an inferior laptop at the same price.

This is the ultrabook that I ordered and want delivered for the agreed price of $299.99:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron...n-14z-5423"

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Faulty post....
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#497
I wanna kill myself now... Frown
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#498
Finally, my order went through.
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#499
Mine went through now. 1hr 39 min wait.
1st checked paypal, then got an error saying paypal is not available at this moment
now entered credit card and went through finally
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AH! I finally got it! The confirmation email came, almost immediately after I got to the "order submitted" screen. I don't know why people kept saying OOS earlier. I ignored the naysayers and kept refreshing my screen after each "gateway timeout". After about 60-80 min's worth of waiting around, while that refresh arrow kept circling, I finally inched my way through each of the steps. I couldn't believe it when I finally got that order number and dell order ID! Moral: KEEP TRYING!

TIPS:
1. Save your cart so that items will remain in it! (Edit: at this point, only those who saved their cart, or had the laptop in their cart will be able to get it, I think)
2. Each time you get that "Gateway Timeout" screen, just click that refresh button (once, maybe twice), and wait for the page to load.
3. As backup/alternative, keep calling that Dell # (1-800-WWW-DELL), go through the process, and get in the "line" for a sales rep. The first 2-3 times I called, they sent me to a message that said it was "after hours". But by the 3rd or 4th time, I was in line on the phone. Luckily, my online order went through, but at least I had that alternative route. Try that!
4. You can try staying in "line" for the chat, but if you're anywhere pass the 1,500 (or so) person at this point, I wouldn't try that option (the # in line you are, is the # in parentheses at the bottom of that chat window). (Edit: If you don't have the item saved in your cart, don't even try this now.)

My opinion on the deal & effort:
1. Deal? - Although not a great deal, it's still quite good a deal, and is one of the BF better deals this year, which is why it's posted as such, almost everywhere (i.e., deal sites, review sites, tech mags, etc.). Ignore the negative comments from people about this being a mediocre deal. Are they experts? If so, then they should run their own deal sites.
2. Effort? - The 60-75 minutes I spent continuously and anxiously waiting in front of my parent's computer screen to refresh, wait, etc. for this deal was very maddening. I'm sure many of you felt the same. However, I feel this is preferable to sitting out in the cold, in front of a store, for 2 hours or more, with crazies and idiots making comments and acting insane around me. I got to do this wait all in the comfort of my home, sitting, warm, and got to spend Thanksgiving with my family...the good and bad. Wink
3. Value? - If you didn't get it, you only wasted an hour or so in front of your computer, at home (most likely)...and not lined up somewhere. If you got it...you can always return this laptop if it turns out you don't like it. (I'm hoping my brother likes it.)

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Edit: I just checked the link for this Dell 14z Doorbuster sale and it now says "We're sorry, but we are unable to process your request. The product or offer you are attempting to locate is no longer available." So, only those who have this saved in your cart have a shot still, imo.
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#501
Just got it after 100 minutes!
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#502
finally made it.. i added in my cart at 12:01 and submitted at 1:42.. almost 2 hours
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#503
Finally got one...90 minutes of frustrated reload , back and proceed
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#504
Accidentally ordered 3 instead of 2, but order finally went through!

I was too scared of my cart disappearing into the 404 to remove that last one.
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#505
About 100 minutes later...I got one

Most of the problem was that I had Street instead of St and didn't put in the 4 digit zip code extension...and then for Dell's address correction I would get Gateway error after Gateway error...

But I'm done.
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#506
those who have it in the cart please dont close the window. keep on refreshing the page if it times out
mine went through after 1hr 39 min
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#507
finally got my order to go thru after an hour and 42 minutes Smilie
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#508
giving up
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#509
Me too! Their sever is better now. I used IE to complete my order.
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#510
LOLZBALLZ.

2nd order went through just now. I guess persistence pays off Smilie
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