Accidental New Toy
Anyhoo, yesterday afternoon the screen failed completely. I can still use the laptop with an external monitor, but the only spare one we have weighs far more than I would risk placing on our glass-topped dining table. So my plan this morning was to buy the cheapest flat-screen monitor I could find. You can now pick these up for under Dhs 700, and the smallest size that can be had is 17". I made my selection and the guy from Géant went off to find it in the warehouse.
While he was doing that, I had a quick look at their laptops for future reference. Prices start from just under Dhs 4,000. But wait! Here's one for Dhs 2,499! Fujitsu-Siemens, 60 Gb hard disk, 512 Mb RAM, DVD-writer, wide screen, looks nice. When my salesman comes back I ask him why it's so cheap. He says that basically it's a discontinued model and this is the last one they have: so it's been fingered a bit by punters, but otherwise unused and comes with a full one-year warranty. I have a quick consultation with BetterArf, and she tells me to buy it.
So I bought it. Yeehaaa!