Yes. It has nothing to do with the rip-off prices that hard-drives delivered for 2 years after a flood affected a small percentage of production. It has nothing to do with RAM prices more than doubling in the last 6 months. Yes, it MUST be Win8.
But Win8's $35 opening and now its hundred-dollar increase DOES make it appear suspicious to shoppers with any recollection ability at all. "I'll wait until it's back to $35 again" is one knee-jerk response.
I don't think Win8's refusal to allow all kinds of User Customization is a big deal. The fact that they must decide, "Is this an App and a Start Screen, or is it a Program and a Desktop" only adds to so many other confusing issues. "I can't see Pale Cyan on White as a highlight color - why can't I change my own color schemes like I've done since Win95-B?" Well, because Ballmer can't make enough money allowing users to use their computers the way THEY want to.
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