Engadget is reporting that Sony is offering to ship you a machine without putting crapware on it for $50. So Sony is acknowledging their users might want a better experience out of the box…but then charging for the option. Sony isn’t really putting a shine on their brand with this new ‘Fresh Start’ initiative are they?
As Mac users who are used to pristine machines out of the box, we can appreciate the "fresh start" but being charged for it leaves the bad taste in our mouths. Is it really worth the $50 Sony? To give your customers a nice clean computer that isn’t polluted with applications that give your users a three hour of uninstalations tax?
Update: According to C|Net, Sony caved into our pressure and removed the $50 fee to rmove the crapwarz. Rest of the industry? Are you listening?