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The Icon Bar: News and features: It's cheap as chips...
 

It's cheap as chips...

Posted by Andrew Duffell on 15:57, 2/6/2005 | , , , ,
 
Panther...or so Castle think. I'd disagree, as Castle plug another of their IYONIX "offers".

Castle are selling their Panthers at a discounted price of 999UKP (saving of 400UKP) to make way for "a new range of DVD IYONIX pcs".

Will Ling of Castle told us "Customers who do not wish to lose out on the new DVD technology can also acquire a DVDRW upgrade (normally UKP 129) for just UKP 100 and Castle will fit this upgrade free of charge - providing the upgrade is ordered at the same time as the Special Offer Panther."

Offer expires 30th June 2005 or when all pre-built stock is sold, but there will probably be another offer then.

Links: Press Release | Customer email | IYONIX pc
 

  It's cheap as chips...
  arenaman (18:05 2/6/2005)
  ad (19:02 2/6/2005)
    Gulli (21:08 2/6/2005)
      arenaman (10:51 3/6/2005)
        Gulli (16:31 3/6/2005)
          jmb (18:15 3/6/2005)
            rich (18:39 3/6/2005)
              Hertzsprung (15:29 5/6/2005)
                moss (22:06 5/6/2005)
                  ad (22:57 5/6/2005)
                    SimonC (13:14 6/6/2005)
                      rich (16:10 6/6/2005)
                        moss (16:52 6/6/2005)
                          ad (22:28 6/6/2005)
                            rich (11:33 7/6/2005)
 
Michael Stubbs Message #93607, posted by arenaman at 18:05, 2/6/2005
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This is actually a pretty hot price for a new top-of-the-range RISC OS computer. Good to see more sensible pricing :)
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Andrew Duffell Message #93608, posted by ad at 19:02, 2/6/2005, in reply to message #93607
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But we've already had sub-900UKP IYONIX:

http://www.iconbar.com/IYONIX_hits_sub_UKP900/news576.html

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Gunnlaugur Jonsson Message #93609, posted by Gulli at 21:08, 2/6/2005, in reply to message #93608
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Like it or not - people want to be fooled by "offers".

I have personally experimented with it by actually raising the price for a product and then making a "special offer" lowering the price back to the original one. The result? Sales almost doubled, just because there was a "special offer".

I fully understand why Castle are doing this over and over again. You can disparage this in any way you want but it works and people will continue to buy these offers. If it wasn't working do you honestly think Castle would continue doing it?

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Michael Stubbs Message #93610, posted by arenaman at 10:51, 3/6/2005, in reply to message #93609
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Hey fellas, let's not forget that we all used to moan and moan that RISC OS companies did not do decent promotion. This is decent promotion. Look, here is a new 32bit machine which we wanted. It is being marketed very well. People are buying it. Additionally, Castle appear to be shifting a huge number of embedded RISC OS devices. This is all good stuff.
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Gunnlaugur Jonsson Message #93611, posted by Gulli at 16:31, 3/6/2005, in reply to message #93610
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Just to be clear - I'm very pleased that Castle are promoting their products and I sincerely hope they'll sell plenty of Iyonixes (correct spelling please?).
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JMB Message #93612, posted by jmb at 18:15, 3/6/2005, in reply to message #93611
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"IYONIX PCs"

Except it doesn't like that, telling me:

More than seventy percent (jmb: was 70%) of your message is written in uppercase (jmb: was UPPER CASE) (jmb: only because it's meant to be like that). Text written in all-caps is considered SHOUTING and is difficult to read (jmb: take your complaint up with Castle, thanks). Please edit your message and try to write like a normal person

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Richard Goodwin Message #93613, posted by rich at 18:39, 3/6/2005, in reply to message #93612
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Or, you could just have made your comment a little more friendly, like:
"The correct spelling is IYONIX PCs".
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James Shaw Message #93614, posted by Hertzsprung at 15:29, 5/6/2005, in reply to message #93613
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This is one of the worst TIB news articles I've read in a while. This sort of opinion on the first line of an article makes me think that TIB is arrogant and subjective. Remember that all the Iconbar staff should try and maintain a uniformity on tone throughout the site. Comment or opinion should be marked as such, and should ideally appear /after/ the news item itself.

Sorry to be a bore, but this is why I usually skip the front page and go straight to the forums.

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John Hoare Message #93615, posted by moss at 22:06, 5/6/2005, in reply to message #93614

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http://www.ofla.info/archives/2005/may/16-2007.html
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Andrew Duffell Message #93616, posted by ad at 22:57, 5/6/2005, in reply to message #93615
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It isn't opinion. It is fact that castle think it is cheap, from what the PR says.
I said "I'd disagree". The fact that I use "I'd" clearly labled it as opinion. If you just want the PR then use http://www.iconbar.com/pressreleases/ but I think you will find that this also contains bias.
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Simon Challands Message #93617, posted by SimonC at 13:14, 6/6/2005, in reply to message #93616
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Right on, Commander!

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My very limited knowledge of journalism suggests that it's best to leave out personal opinions altogether from articles that aren't meant to be opinion pieces, and save them for the comments. Let people make their own minds up about the facts.
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Richard Goodwin Message #93618, posted by rich at 16:10, 6/6/2005, in reply to message #93617
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Yes, after all, we're not El Reg ;)

Joking aside, point taken.

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John Hoare Message #93619, posted by moss at 16:52, 6/6/2005, in reply to message #93618

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I personally still don't understand the problem with having opinions in news articles like this, as long as people don't twist the facts to fit them. I don't see the harm it does - people are intelligent enough to make up their own mind about things. Just as I did with this article - I think the offer is quite good!
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Andrew Duffell Message #93620, posted by ad at 22:28, 6/6/2005, in reply to message #93619
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It's probably just that I'm miffed that I can't afford one ;)
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Richard Goodwin Message #93621, posted by rich at 11:33, 7/6/2005, in reply to message #93620
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Can you afford an A9Home? :)
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