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HP collateral damage shows Dell carpet-bombing US with low priced PDAs

Rheum with a view
Wed Feb 12 2003, 19:10
A RESELLER OF PCs in an eastern state of our Union has provided me with some collateral damage that HP is providing to combat what it sees as the threat of Unholy Dell penetrating uncharted parts of the IT market.

The cartoon, for those who can't afford the bandwidth to see the frames below, depicts Michael Dell, CEO of the eponymous firm, dreaming up a scheme to deliver "bargain basement" PDAs, so "squeezing every bit of cost and quality out of submissive OEM suppliers".

The second frame in the cartoon shows two individuals having the life squeezed out of them by a man cranking up the volume on cost cutting. The man on the left in the vise looks uncannily like an ex-prime minister of the United Kingdom, John Major, but we are sure this is just sheer coincidence.

The third frame suggests Dell is carpet bombing "inferior products across mainstream America".

While the fourth shows a picture of somebody strung up by their knees so coins and money can fall out of his pockets.

Last week, the INQ showed data from iSuppli which demonstrated that Dell, with its Axim range, was expecting suppliers of PDAs to show big cost cuts.

Oddly enough, HTC of Taiwan was reported yesterday to have won a contract for HP/Compaq iPAQs.

The final frame depicts an "offshore call center" which looks like a shack equipped with a couple of satellite dishes waiting for help from America. µ



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