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Return of Packard Bell???

I remember Packard Bell when I was younger and just getting into computers. It was the go to cheap brand of its day. There always seems to be one of these. Then PB went by the wayside and we were introduced to the next nightmare called eMachines. Luckily that nightmare is also over but there are always cheap computers, especially on Black Friday. I was looking at the Menards Black Friday ad and noticed a Packard Bell tablet.

Did someone buy the name or does the company still exist? Based on some of cheap the gimmicky stuff I see at Menards, I wouldn't expect anything great. Even some of their house brands for tools leave a lot to be desired. If you want stuff like that Harbor Freight seems to be the way to go. I mean you don't go to Menards to buy a USB phone charger with a fan included or whatever other strange odd gadget that they are selling.

Here is the ad with a Packard Bell tablet. https://www.theblackfriday.com/menards-blackfriday.shtml

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I think Parkard Bell never went away...

only in the US. I remember back in the days when PB was big in the US --known for cheaper off the shelf desktop PCs. Maybe they are reintroducing themselves in the US market now.

I cringed when you reminded me of eMachines, those were some budget PCs that had a pretty bad track record IMO.

Post was last edited on October 30, 2018 2:39 PM PDT

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1990's

Packard Bell was sued by Fed, a large number of state attorneys (20+), Compaq computers, and various class action lawsuits. They were basically told to get out of the USA market.

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/oct/08/business/fi-30462

Not wanted back here.
https://techcrunch.com/2008/09/19/yeah-so-packard-bell-wont-be-coming-back-to-america-any-time-soon-and-probably-not-ever/

https://www.theregister.co.uk/1998/10/08/packard_bell_nec_settles_whistleblower/

https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Packard-Bell-Settles-Suit-Over-Used-Parts-2967237.php

"Packard Bell NEC Inc. yesterday agreed to pay $5 million to the federal government and 22 states, including California, as part of a settlement over its practice of selling new computers with used parts.

Without admitting any wrongdoing, Sacramento-based Packard Bell said it will pay each state $70,000, and the federal government $3.5 million, to cover investigation costs.

The attorneys general from each state claimed that when consumers return PCs to Packard Bell, the company disassembles them and tests the component parts. If the parts meet testing criteria, they are used to assemble computers sold as new."

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ah now it's all coming back to me! Thanks James.

Shady business practice indeed. That's like a restaurant owners reusing served food to the next new customer dining in. SMH

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Packard Bell.

I'm in the UK and I still have a Packard Bell desktop in a spare room somewhere. Haven't used it for years but never had a problem with it.
I really ought to reset it to factory condition and gift it.
Dafydd.

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I had a 386 Packmate

in the 90's.

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Put Linux on it

Might have to find an older version though, like Knoppix 4 or 5 for something that old. Those were in the days of windows 3 and windows 95.

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Yeah, they were lucky...

...to not be tarred and feathered and run out on a railcar, LOL.

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I'd always wondered what they did

with the leftover dinner rolls and bread sticks that were placed on the table to share. Butter pats too.

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