If they are paying ordinary public prices for the hardware they are putting into the boxes then they are doing something seriously wrong. Even the smallest of companies I used to work for could get a decent discount on hardware on the prices paid in the shops.
1GB DDR ram stick (hard to find, say 150-200),
Um, 92ukp (ex vat). (PC3200 - non ECC).
Um, 15 quid.
usb kb (10 from castle),
Aye, these are about 10 quid, although I've seen your basic USB keyboard down as low as 6 quid.
Not *quite* sure what kind of mouse you're expecting for 20 quid. Your basic mice start at around a fiver (USB mouse, that is) and go up to about 15 quid. Yes, you can get a dead posh one for more, but since the microsoft intellimouse is 10 quid I don't think that it's likely the one being supplied is vastly better.
My point here is simple. These are prices *I* can get *today*. If, as you're suggesting they are mad enough to not be buying in reasonable bulk, at reasonable prices *and* are paying VAT on the parts then that might, feasibly, explain the cost. But since they can reclaim the VAT and I suspect they can get substantially better prices then that seems unlikely.
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