IBM To Start Charging For Power Systems Shipping And Handling
May 21, 2012 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you have been shopping for stuff online in the past several years, you know that the cost of shipping things has gone through the roof. And IBM is well aware of this too, and is not about to absorb the shipping costs on Power Systems gear when its peers in the server racket charge for shipping and handling.
To that end, in announcement letter 112-066 and in a further clarification in announcement letter 212-239, IBM explained that staring on July 10, it will be adding shipping and handling features to selected Power Systems equipment.
The shipping and handling charges range from $308 to $339 on various entry rack and tower servers, to $400 for a 42U server rack, to $699 for a Power 770 or Power 780 to a whopping $6,894 for a Power 795. There are also shipping charges for BladeCenter chassis and HS22 and PS7XX blade servers that slide into them (with the same price range as rack servers), various InfiniBand switches, and the 7406-CR6 hardware management console (HMC). You can see the shipping and handling charges here.
Blame UPS and DHL, I guess.