Yes, you need a guide to buy a Dell laptop — and Dell is wondering why nobody is buying their products. Well this is a guide to buy a laptop, not a post-pc touch device.
Choosing the Laptop Series
The first step is to figure out the technical specifications and what kind of laptop you want to have.
You can choose as a normal person from the Laptops available from “Privatkunden” (If you are representing a school etc. other benefits are also available, for simplicity we will just go with a average consumer).
Currently all 14” Laptops have a HD+ display and all 15” Laptops have a FullHD (1920×1080) display.
In this category there are two product lines: The cheaper Inspiron series and the more expensive XPS line (Only the XPS 14 and XPS 15 are Laptops, all other Models in the series are touch devices).
If you do not find a suitable laptop you also can look in the “Mittelstand” Category (However sales tax has to be added to the price)
Getting the best deal
Ok choosing the Laptop series was the easy part. To get the best deal you got to use coupons. In many cases you save 100Eur or more, or you get a laptop with better technical specifications for a lower price. Coupons are even available for laptops that are currently on sale.
So where do you get these Coupons? For one they are located on the top of the website. (Usually you just scroll down and miss them)
In addition coupons are available when you subscribe to newsletters. Specialized sites like http://dell.awardspace.info/ collect and display current coupons available. (When you scroll all the way down on that site you can select your series laptop and the various coupons are then displayed)
When buying the laptop, you have to try out different combinations of the available coupons to get the best deal.
You usually only can apply a single coupon for a laptop. However, an independent coupon to discount the shipping costs is usually available.
When all is said and done, the price of the laptop is reduced by 100-200eur, making it competitive to laptops available in stores or Amazon. Frankly, I believe if Dell would simply apply their coupons directly and not have customers go on a coupon hunt they would sell more laptops.