> Am looking to buy a new 'puter (base unit) and would sooner get one from a
> local independent outfit which builds them in-house, rather than somewhere
> like PC World. But the catch seems to be that I'll end up paying much more
> for the machine because I'll have to fork out loads of cash for the
> software that would be 'thrown in' with one from PC World (etc.).
> Have thought about eBay for software. Is there likely to be a drawback to
> buying MS products such as Works or Office on eBay? (I'd only go for ones
> that are described as unused, unregistered, sealed.)
> Any advice most gratefully received.
Go to: http://www.dabs.com/uk
Have a look at the product with quicklinx (top-right input box): 3QV3WS
The machine which costs GBP 140 +tax comes with Mandrake Linux. It probably
includes Open Office and pretty much any piece of software that you will
ever need. I believe you will need to but the box separately, but it is
still a huge bargain, especially if you need plenty of software.
Roy S. Schestowitz