www.micon.com - thats where i used to work. I was hired to be in their sales department. The company basically refurbishes and resells laptops. They do this primarily at the super computer sales (http://www.supercomputersale.com/)
anyways, I start working there and they are explaining there policies to me. First I am told they charge a 3% terminal fee for credit card purchases at the shows. This is used to offset the 1.5-3% fee credit card companies charge when you use your charge card. They go on to explain that we cannot tell the customer that reasoning because its illegal.
Then i was told that there are details about a computer that you tell a customer, anything that would cause them to change their minds, you dont tell them (i.e. no battery with laptop, no manuals, no original cd's or EULA's, and other things of this nature)
Then while at my first and only show, I see these people who are wanting to buy a computer, but they can only afford to spend 200-300 dollars MAX. This type of investment was a big investment for them. They dont realize the system they are buying is crap and they could get a whole lot more from dell or even bestbuy for a few bucks more.
The biggest kicker for me was the fact that all the software that was installed was mostly, if not all, pirated. Each system came with Windows 98, Me, or 2000, a DVD program, and Easy CD Creator. It didnt matter if the hardware supported DVD or CD burning, they all were cloned disks and shipped with it.
Some systems even came with the works suite, which also included Word.
I couldnt be a part of that crap, so quit on the 5th day of work.
That was on 12-22-02, today (1-10-03) i was hired at CompUSA, I will use that as a source of income until i can find a real job. Plus i will get some great deals on xbox games using that MS reseller program that allows you to get halo and stuff for like $10 bucks.
my big dilema is should i turn them in or not. Its one thing if you use 2 copies of windows at home, but when you are basing a business off selling pirated versions of the OS, its a whole different ballpark. What would you do?