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Why hasn't anyone brought this up yet?

  I have read just about all of this list for the last three weeks,
  and haven't seen anyone bring this up yet.
  Here's a for-instance:
  Go to any Best-buy and tell'em you want to buy a Compaq Deskpro.
  Tell the store manager you won't buy it unless the disk is "clean" and
  want a discount because it doesn't have any software on it.
  You get two answers:
  1. They won't do it
  2. They will tell you you can delete the software after you buy the
  Call the Compaq corporation at any 1-800 number you can find,
  and request the same thing you did from it's retailer(s)  (ie; 
  just a machine, NOT the software).
  Just like their distributors:
  1. They won't do it.
  2. They will tell you that "software is a value added feature,
  not included as a cost of the machine".  This is to infer that
  the Microsoft Windows 95 software they are forcing down your
  throat IF you want to buy the Compaq MACHINE... doesn't cost
  you anything.
  I'm mad as hell... and I'm not gonna take it anymore.
  As a consumer I do still have a choice.  That choice is
  to not purchase the Compaq machine I wanted, but to 
  purchase a machine I don't prefer from another vendor.