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#1 BluePanda

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:01 PM

Sadly a guy in my town sells ALL THIS for $150...
 
Shit. I kid you not. 
 
 

This is what a $150.00 total computer rebuild will buy you. *
1) Save all your data off the hard drive (unlimited).
2) Brand new install of your Windows or MAC operating system.
a. Install ALL the operating system updates. ALL of them.
b. Update to Windows 10 for additional $15.00 
i. Windows 10 will be fully patched, of course
ii. This also assumes your computer hardware is
compatible with W10
3) Install all the computer manufacture’s updates (IE: Dell, Sony, 
Toshiba, HP, Apple, etc.)
4) Install as many piece of software you can provide a license for 
(Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)
5) Install free software normally used by most people:
a. Acrobat Reader, FlashPlayer, Adobe Air, Shockwave
b. iTunes, Quicktime
c. FireFox (or your preferred browser)
d. Skype
6) Install free Virus, Malware and SpamWare protection
a. Or I can install your preferred computer protection if you 
provide license info.
7) Download and install (if applicable) your printer software.
8) Thoroughly clean up the disk after everything is installed. 
a. Configure operating system for best performance
9) Restore all your data back in appropriate folders.
10) Clean up the computer screen and keyboard.
11) Make hardware recommendations if necessary or consult on any 
software questions you have.

*This assumes your computer has no defective hardware and I do not have to take the computer completely apart. For example, I cannot save your data if your hard drive is damaged. BUT, I can rebuild it with a new hard drive.

 
I can't even make this shit up. My gawd people are paying for this. 
 
 
Edit -- omg "quote" makes that unreadable.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:04 PM

How do stupid people get money to pay for this shit?



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:09 PM

How do stupid people get money to pay for this shit?

Stupid people spend money on stupid things all the time...
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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:42 PM

 

How do stupid people get money to pay for this shit?

Stupid people spend money on stupid things all the time...

 

 

Just look at Apple.


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:30 AM

A friend of mine works at a computer store here on Nantucket. For those unaware, its an island so the number of places where people can go for help with their PC or Apple devices is limited to that place. So, yeah, some people come and ask for all those things listed in the OP and, since they charge by the hour, he has no choice but charge people out like $50 an hour if he has to re-install windows and some of the software. His favorite type of customers are those "i already know whats wrong with my computer i just need you to fix it and i'll stand here and argue with you for an hour instead of letting you do your job in 5 minutes" people. He actually charges them for the time he spent arguing with them. LOL


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:32 AM

But yeah, speaking of computer illiteracy, i do repair my friends computers from time to time and when they call me to tell about the problem with their Facebook isn't loading and i ask them which browser they use and hear "Umm, i think it was Windows 7 but now its 9 or 10 because it upgraded" i want to pull my hair out. I mean - seriously. 21 century, duuuh.

 

I am way cheaper than the guy in OP though. I charge in beer! 


Edited by That_Guy, 07 November 2015 - 04:33 AM.

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:41 AM

I work for two pawn shops wiping & reloading laptops so they can resale clean unit,.. going rate is $50.00 hour plus parts if I replace any broken/missing items on laptop,.. and upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7,8,8.1 is flat rate of $150.00.

 

I do several a month,.. and sometimes barter my labor for interesting pawned items from shop, been doing it for years.  ;)


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 11:03 AM

People without the skills to complete the task or those that are to lazy will always have money to pay someone else to do the work. 

 

I have the skills to change the oil in my car but am content to let someone else get dirty for 50 bucks when I feel I do not want to do it.


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 12:21 PM

Honestly, guys, I do not see the $150 charge as too high. Installing new OS, MS Office, and other licensed software takes time. Installing the freebies also takes time. I am an experience PC installer/trouble shooter, and, although retired, still upgrade and fix friends computers. I charge $60/hr - minimum - friends or not. Sometimes it takes 5-6 hrs to do evcerything. Especially if there is a hardware problem. In some cases I cut them some slack but have charged upwards of $400 for a problem install.

 

Also, I would really rather build a system from scratch - new parts - than upgrade an older system. Much less time consuming.

 

As for trouble shooting - I recently had to clean up a registry after a guy let some asian outfit have access to his system to 'clean it up'. They fixed the registry so that when his computer came up he had to put in a password just to get Windows to start. They wanted $500 to remove the malware. Talk about crap. I charged him $300 to fix the problem only becauyse I had to pull his hard drive and install it as a slave in a computer I keep around just to handle problems like that. Seems that greedy and unscrupulous people abound.


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:19 PM

They do seem to be everywhere. Unfortunately family gets the low cost freebies. But on the flip side they never ask for support once its built. I can count on 2 fingers how many calls I have gotten from the last 10 family builds.  


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 05:36 PM

I also don't think $150 charge is too much for what he is willing to do, just to do windows updates on some systems can take hours, plus he updates all the drivers and any software that is on the system. For a non tech savvy person (which is 90% of the people I know) it's a fair price.


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 05:48 PM

I just found it a bit funny -- as most of us do this free for our families and friends for free.

This guy makes about all his money off this.