from what i can tell (this is just me talkin heh) dell has been getting angry with the way affiliate coupons have been distributed, they were never ment to be used by "joe smith". the way dell employee coupons work now, is that each employee has their own code, which can be used only once per quarter, then it becomes invalid. latley we have been instructed to notify our boss whenever we process an order with an affilliate coupon, we can still honor them, but we have to notify dell each time we use it. i belive that we will still see affiliate coupons out there, but we wont be able to use them. either they will go through EPP (employee purchace program - no coupon code used, but are redirected to a pasworded web page with the discount applied) or the once per quarter individual codes, idk if it will work this way, but my personal guess is that joe smith wont be able to use these coupons annymore. my .02 (for annyone that doesnt know, affiliate coupons are the big ones out there $750 off, 40% off.. etc.. they are givin to employees of partner companies to dell, such as sonic , microsoft, samsung, etc...) normal discounts and sales will still be there, such as the 34% off every once in a while on the i-6000 (thats the best one they run folks), if you buy, go to a dell direct store to get it, (if you use affiliate coupons price will be the same as if you buy it online, but if you jsut go by standard sale price you can sometimes get a little taken off if you go to the direct store, ask the sales rep if there is a coupon he can give you for buying today.