|But merely offering a customer your products at competitive prices is not what we're talking about.|
We? Do you have a mouse in your pocket? Maybe it's not what you're talking about but you're mixing conversations so much I don't have any idea what you're talking about.
Just a suggestion, but maybe you want to twist your way out of this whole "DELL shakedown" idea of yours? It's not helping you... I mean, you've already conceded that "price" actually WAS the tipping point for DELL's purchasing decision, and now you're in danger of loosing the whole "payment for exclusivity" argument...
No, we established that you believe that price largely determined Dell's Intel only decision, not that I believe it. It was that belief that confirms the "Parts is Parts" moniker earned by your perspective. I believe it was a factor, but not the factor. Michael Dell's shakedown prompted pricing consideration as a propitiation offered by Intel for the tight spot he found himself in.