Like I said Max, I've seen the releases and all the public information.
Bottom line is without seeing the contracts or knowing if Dell intends to honor them, all we know is Dell owns Alienware at this point. We know what Dell is saying, and what Alienware is saying, and I've never been lied to by the people I know at Alienware, but it's foolish to just assume nothing at all will change.
I'm sure from the customer standpoint, this will all be good as long as things go as their being represented. I'm sure you'll believe me that if they do, I'll be there cheering them on loudly as I always have. In fact this may turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened to Alienware. My point is that there is a factor here that's being ignored. We all must wait and see how this goes.
Nobody would have guessed ten years ago that AW was assured it's success. This isn't the same exactly, but unless you want to be called an AW fanboy like I usually do, you have to take these things into consideration.
I'm a small businessman, so a lot of what I admired was Alienware being privately owned, and growing to where they are from a startup with $10,000. It's truly the American capitalist dream. I will never be in the position of having Dell make me an offer for my business, so I can't say how I would react, and I certainly don't know all that AW had to consider when looking at this offer.
As much as I hope the situation works out like the guys at AW plan, I can't just start saying it will. Alienware will still and always be my manufacturer of choice as long as I still get the quality machines, value and support I've received, but you're not being honest with yourself if you don't recognize the differences. I've made a lot of friends at AW over the years, and I very much hope for them that this goes as they're planning and representing it.
I also understand what it takes to start a business, but can only guess as to how difficult it became to manage Alienware. It's entirely possible that AW was running into limits of the current market the way they were growing. It may have been necessary for them to find a solution to supply and organizational difficulties that would have been difficult to overcome without a huge corporation like Dell giving them the buying power to insure their continued growth. Who knows what would have happened with Alienware's supply chain had they refused the offer.
From what little I know of Nelson and Alex personally, I'm sure they didn't make this decision easily, and they've likely done everything they can to insure the future growth and success of Alienware, including staying on as management. But it's impossible to deny the possibility of this deal having a major impact not only on Alienware, but the gaming industry as a whole either positively or negatively.
I hope what we're being told works out. I really, really do.
I've always shopped around when buying a new machine anyway. If indeed AW doesn't change, they'll likely be my first choice for many years to come.