Take the Dell Dimension XPS T 500. Purchased through the Dell advert in this month's What PC the specification is significantly up-rated (ie a 17-inch monitor and DVD-rom) - furthermoreit is pound;24 cheaper!
To upgrade the teachers' offer I would have to pay pound;1,186 for a machine for which, as a private individual, I would pay pound;996. Taken together with the likely tax charge on the "subsidy", this process means my real subsidy is in the region of pound;200.
It seems that the "spin" is not only confined to the CD Roms.
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