Sony charges $50 to NOT install software on your PC
Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it? Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....
Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.
A reader directed us to this post over at Engadget, which apparently was covering this new configuration option for Sony’s TZ200 Vaio notebook first. Of course, paying extra for having bloatware, sometimes also referred to as crapware, removed from your new PC is sure to cause a fair amount of outrage, but there is a positive side to this offer as well.
Think about the fact that notebooks
today sell for less than $1000 and sometimes close to the $500 range.
Of course someone has to pay for the design and development of the
device, for its production, shipping and marketing.
There isn’t much margin left in $500 and pretty much all vendors are
using a model of software advertising on your new PC. In exchange for
that cheap PC you will have to agree to deal with loads of crapware,
which will cost you a few hours to get rid of. Paying 50 bucks for
having it removed sounds reasonable to me.