Perhaps it would be nice if you could phone up a computer store and explicitly demand an OS-free computer for
$150 off the retail price,
Utter bollocks. The cost saving of getting dell to remove the OEM copy of XP Pro from the machines we buy is about £20.
How about removing all software that comes with the PC that also only runs on Windows?
In all my dealings with Dell (other may be different) the total cost saving of removing all the junk (Works, Roxio, XP etc) has always been in the ~£20-£25 mark!