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Website vnunet recently expressed the belief Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) should abandon its direct sales model:

Michael Dell’s return as the chief executive of Dell could mark the entry of the computer maker into the retail market, analyst firm Current Analysis suggested.”We believe that at Dell, there is a high-level belief that in the consumer market, customers need to experience (i.e. touch and feel) the products more than in the business segment. Retail is the next logical step,” wrote Sam Bhavnani, a research director, covering computing and storage for Currently Analysis in a report.

Which is more or less what we’ve been saying for a while, with one exception: if Dell plans to enter the consumer market with a touchy-feely model, they’re going to have to make computers that are a lot less bland.

Source: Dell Needs Less Bland PCs To Target Retail Sales