Various members on the What Laptop forum noticed the massive price decrease. Two members, one of which was I placed an order to see what would happen. I am going to purchase an Area 51m at some stage so there was no harm in trying
For LurkingJayHawk: Automated e-mail (This is un-edited, I assure you!):
Thank You for giving us the opportunity to build your system.
A sales representative will contact you within the next 24 hours to confirm your order.For security reasons and to protect our customers from fraud, your order will not be processed until it has been confirmed. Please make sure that the phone number and email address you provided are correct. Thank you once again, and congratulations on your purchase.
Order Number: xxxxxxx
Total Price: £1,249.03
Again, Alienware thanks you for your business.
Here are the items in your cart:
Case: Area-51m Chassis with 15.4" WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD Display - Cyborg Green
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.2 GHz 800MHz FSB w/Hyper-Threading
Motherboard: SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
Memory: 1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Hard Drive: 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache - Hitachi
Video Card: AREA-51M ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Module with 128MB DDR
Sound Card: Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Smart Bay One: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8x DVD Combo w/Software
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K Modem with V.92 Technology
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional UK
Keypad: Mobile Keypad - English
Optional Notebook Bag: Alienware® Premium Backpack
Free T-Shirt: Alienware® T-Shirt - Black - XL
Warranty: Aliencare Free Phone 3-Year 24/7 Warranty
They did not honour it, but I didn't expect them to. As someone has already pointed out the website has a disclaimer against such mishaps. Even without the disclaimer you would not have much legal power to take matters further ...