Dell layoffs lead to price mistakes -- $10 processors and $4,000 mouse

If only the officials at Dell had watched "Office Space" not only would they have known that you always let people go on a Friday and if you do layoff workers you need to be prepared for the fallout before The Wall Street Journal reports on your 16% workforce cut in Malaysia.

Otherwise you run the risk of Web site pricing shenanigans. Sure it's no Superman 3 style rounding exploit like the plan enacted by the disgruntled Initech employees, but Dell's remaining workers appear to be taking out their frustration by drastically changing the prices on
According a posting on pricey Xenon processors like those below were discounted to unheard of prices.
  • Dual Core Xeon Processor 5060,2x2MB Cache, 3.20GHz, 1066MHZ FSB, $10.99
  • Xeon 3.0 GHz Dual Core Processor, $16.99
  • Xeon L5430 2.66 GHz Quad Core Second Processor, $12.99
  • Xeon E3110 3 GHz Dual Core Processor, $16.99
  • Xeon X5470 3.33 GHz Quad Core Processor, $23.99
  • Xeon E5450 3.0 GHz Quad Core Processor, $39.99
These deeply discounted prices are gone from, and all orders at this price are likely canceled, but that doesn't mean there's nothing funny going on at

If you have money to blow you can still pay way to much for computer accessories that have had their prices pranked.

"Deals" included the following, although Dell is changing the prices back to normal: Both the mouse and the power adapter price errors have been fixed; here's an image of the $4,000 laser mouse.
Update: Dell responds in the comments.
As you've reported, there were some pricing errors that occurred overnight on Dell's U.S. Software & Peripherals website, which impacted some of our Small and Medium Business and Consumer customers. Coupled with human error, a corrupted file containing incorrect pricing was posted.

We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience our mistake may have caused and are working quickly to rectify the situation. Most incorrect orders will be canceled (even the mouse for $4,000), and customers have the option to reorder at the correct price. Affected customers will receive an email from Dell within 24 hours explaining the situation and how they can reorder on if they choose. An error like this is regrettable any time of year, but especially now with the holidays upon us.
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