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Unformatted text preview: consistent rates of return over the lease term. Customer revolving loan financing income is also included in net revenue and recognized
on an accrual basis.
Dell reports revenue net of any revenue-based taxes assessed by governmental authorities that are imposed on and concurrent with
specific revenue-producing transactions.
Warranty Liabilities — Dell records warranty liabilities for its standard limited warranty at the time of sale for the estimated costs that may be
incurred under its limited warranty. The specific warranty terms and conditions vary depending upon the product sold and the country in which Dell
does business, but generally includes technical support, parts, and labor over a period ranging from one to three years. Factors that affect Dell's
warranty liability include the number of installed units currently under warranty, historical and anticipated rates of warranty claims on those units,
and cost per claim to satisfy Dell's warranty obligation. The anticipated rate of warranty claims is the primary factor impacting the estimated
warranty obligation. The other factors are less significant due to the fact that the average remaining aggregate warranty period of the covered
installed base is approximately 15 months, repair parts are generally already in stock or available at pre-determined prices, and labor rates are
generally arranged at pre-established amounts with service providers. Warranty claims are relatively predictable based on historical experience of
failure rates. If actual results differ from the estimates, Dell revises its estimated warranty liability. Each quarter, Dell reevaluates its estimates to
assess the adequacy of its recorded warranty liabilities and adjusts the amounts as necessary.
Vendor Rebates — Dell may receive consideration from vendors in the normal course of business. Certain of these funds are rebates of purchase
price paid and others are related to reimbursement of costs incurred by Dell to sell the vendor's products. Dell recognizes a reduction of cost of
goods sold and inventory if the funds a...
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