Walmart and HP Go Low End

Good old Walmart, what will they think of next? Looks like the warehouse of cheap shit is going to be selling Hewlett-Packard PCs and laptops for $398 this Thanksgiving season. The laptop, which will officially be the lowest price for a mainstream Windows machine, comes with a 2800+ Sempron processor from Advanced Micro Devices, 256MB of memory, a 40GB hard drive, a CD-RW/DVD drive and a 15-inch screen. Actually, it's not too bad, but makes you wonder exactly how they could get away with it and still make a profit. The desktop comes with a 3000+ Sempron, 512MB of memory, a 40GB drive and a 15-inch LCD. These will be on sale the day after Thanksgiving, which is joyously dubbed Black Friday to retailers because it represents how much consumers plan on spending during the December holiday season and is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. You can check this (and other hopeful deals for all kinds of retail outlets) out on the Black Friday website (http://www.bfads.net/). It does mention that prices may change before the big day, but I wouldn't put this stunt past both Walmart and HP, which is trying to catch Dell in terms of pricing and growth.

Will Wal-Mart sell $398 notebooks, desktops? [News.com]