Oh and im not sure what you looked at but there are several options of this laptop and the one that matches mine is $529 new. Here are the details.
Product Features and Technical Details
* Inspiron 1525 Jet Black Notebook: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2330, Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Web Camera, Windows Vista Home Premium
* 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB Serial ATA hard drive for large video files
* Wireless Internet access 802.11b/g, 4 USB Ports, 1 VGA Out, 1 HDMI Port, 1 iEEE 1394a FireWire Port, S-Video Out, 8 In 1 Media Card Reader
* 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability for DVD RW For DVD and CD Burning
* Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, Slim and compact design for business user. 15.4" Widescreen with Truelife
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
* Hardware Platform: PC
* Number of Processors: 1
* RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
And you know what else, a lot of people don't have an extra $500 laying around to go buy a brand new laptop, especially in this economy today. I got lucky b/c of where I worked and could make weekly paycheck deductions on this thing, other wise i would have been buying a used laptop. So why don't you take your negativity somewhere else.