I am considering buying a XPS13. I am trying to understand the difference between these 2 systems which appear to be the same from what is published but the price is $300 less from Costco?
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Costco has no information about the warranty that's provided.
Personally I would save the $300 and buy from Dell.
As it's a laptop, think about buying an extended warranty.
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Hi Louis D,
Thanks for posting.
If you are interested in getting the latest technology, buy directly from Dell, the computer won't start building until you order it. At Costco, you have no idea when the computer was built and how long it's been sitting in a warehouse or on their shelves before purchase.
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It sounds like Louis D gets the laptop cheaper at Costco? If so I'd get it there as Costco generally gives you an extra year of warranty for free as part of the membership. Although looking at the reviews of 2 stars out of 5 I wouldn't buy it regardless.
Thanks for all the input. Costco provides a 2-year warranty for all their PC/laptops. I was hoping someone could tell me if there were any significant technical changes in the last year since the Costco laptops might be that much older. The specs don't seem to show any difference.
If the specs do not show any difference then there shouldn't be, at least nothing you would notice. They could use a different chip for audio or LAN or this or that, but it wouldn't effect anything. Plus I doubt Costco would hold on to inventory that long, at least without reducing the price a ton and clearing it out.
I have the same problem. Xps 9360 at Costco was 400 cheaper than the dell website. I'm not exactly sure if these systems are refurbished and or returns. I'd like to know how Costco can sell much cheaper and dell allows it. I need to look at the warranty comparison.
If its a return or refurb it has to be clearly marked as such. If its not marked then its new. Dell can partner with Costco and other merchants to mass produce a specific model with certain features and components and a price Costco is willing to sell at. OR Costco could sell at a loss to get you to buy other merchandise while you are there. The only thing Dell could do if it was a problem is stop selling to Costco which wouldn't be very smart on Dell's part.