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The Eee PC is finally available for purchase

The ASUS Eee PC coverage has been quite fierce here on DailyTech, but the pint-sized notebook is finally available for purchase. As reported a few weeks ago on DailyTech, Newegg is today one of the first to offer the Eee PC – one day earlier than originally expected.

Newegg is only offering one model of the Eee PC:  the 4G model. The 8.9" x 6.5" x 1.4", 2-pound Eee PC comes standard with an Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz processor, a 4GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 7" 800x480 display, 802.11g wireless and three USB 2.0 ports.

The Eee PC 4G also comes equipped with an Asus-optimized version of Xandros Linux. Asus will offer a version of Windows XP on the Eee PC at a later date.

Battery life for the Eee PC 4G is pegged at around 3.5 hours according to most of the reviews from around the web. The battery used in the device has four cells and is rated at 5200 mAh.

Although the reported price for authorized resellers of the Eee PC is as low as $199, Newegg has priced the notebook at the suggested retail price of $399.99. You'll also cough up $10.03 for 3-day shipping.

For those that are looking to know even more about the Eee PC, there is no shortage of coverage. Notebook Review has two reviews of the device and you'll also find coverage at TweakTown, LAPTOP Magazine and Unwired.

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Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By iFX on 10/31/2007 11:44:14 AM , Rating: 5
I feel like the over-hyping of this product may have driven the cost up. It was originally reported to be $199, then magically that price was said to be for resellers only - after a huge amount of hype from the press. Then it was reported to be $299, and that this would be the final sale price. Now after more hype we get the actual MSRP of $399.

No thanks.

RE: Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By djc208 on 10/31/2007 1:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
100% markup is typical of MSRPs on a lot of items, that's why places like Newegg do well they make up the money in volume.
In any event the hype as well as the novelty is why Newegg wants MSRP. There's farily high demand and no real competition right now. In a few weeks when the early adopters have theirs, BestBuy has them in stores, and the availability is better Newegg will start dropping the price to compete.

Especially once they're in the retail stores, Best Buy won't be any more than MSRP most likely, so why buy from Newegg when for the same amount (Taxes instead of S&H) you can have it now vice 3-day UPS. That's when Newegg will start selling them for less.

RE: Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By bpurkapi on 10/31/2007 2:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
Very good point, unless Best Buy figures competing with the 'egg is a losing proposition and prices similarly. The price cut will occur when there are more in stock. I've kept up on the news for this product and think that supplies are going to be limited, they will sell out and then production will ramp up later. Personally I am going to skip the first generation of the eee pc and get the next one which will feature a better proc and hopefully an unsoldered ssd hdd.

RE: Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By Oregonian2 on 10/31/2007 2:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I've usually seen that $199 as the claimed volume OEM price. Meaning that would be the price that Uruguay (or whomever) would pay buying many thousands of them - and the units wouldn't be in retail packaging. And even then for the bottom-most stripped version. And if Uruguay wanted to resell them, they'd probably want more than that to sell you or I one.

By theapparition on 11/1/2007 9:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, that $199 pricing was for large volume OEM sales and for the rock bottom version. I speculated when the news broke that retail of the 4GB model would be $399.

RE: Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By theapparition on 11/1/2007 9:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
Especially once they're in the retail stores, Best Buy won't be any more than MSRP most likely

FYI, in the US, it is illegal for authorized retailers to sell any item for more than MSRP. It is called price gouging.
That is one reason, the Wii (just picking an example) is always sold in stores at the same price, and cannot be priced higher, no matter what the demand is.
There are ways to get around this, for example, anyone could have bought an $800 Wii "bundle" online on launch day. Also, car dealers can add "Additional Dealer Markup" to a hot model, but the price of the base item cannot be marked up.

By tanishalfelven on 11/1/2007 1:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Price gouging is a frequently pejorative reference to a seller's asking a price that is much higher than what is seen as 'fair' under the circumstances. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a felony that applies in some of the United States only during civil emergencies. In less precise usage, it can refer either to prices obtained by practices inconsistent with a competitive free market, or to windfall profits. In colloquial usage, it means simply that the speaker thinks the price is too high. Non-pejorative uses are generally in reaction to what the writer believes is an unjustified restraint on the market.

The economic theory of the free market suggests that, even in unusual circumstances, price controls do more harm than good by preventing incentives for the supply of needed goods. For example, in a disaster situation, a very high price for equipment (e.g. tents) will prompt hugely increased supply of the relevant goods. Libertarians are among those who robustly defend the right of firms to charge what they want regardless of the circumstances. The contrary argument is that emergency situations increase inequality markedly and allowing vendors to exploit emergency situations to gain extra profits is unequitable.

As a criminal offense, Florida's law is reasonably typical. Price gouging may be charged when a supplier of essential goods or services sharply raises the prices asked in anticipation of or during a civil emergency, or when it cancels or dishonors contracts in order to take advantage of an increase in prices related to such an emergency. The model case is a retailer who increases the price of existing stocks of milk and bread when a hurricane is imminent. It is a defense to show that the price increase mostly reflects increased costs, such as running an emergency generator, or hazard pay for workers.

having a LAPTOP is not a civil emergency.

RE: Let's play "Hype up the Price!"
By FrankM on 10/31/2007 4:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
The originally $199 (then modified to $239) version had 2G storage, 256MB RAM and a 2-cell battery. This version was never supposed to be $199. The interest may have helped to drive up price, but a plan that underestimates costs, problems with sourcing and yet another increase in costs from the design can lead to a steep increase in price, as shown by the OLPC case, as well - which went from $100 to over $175 (and website now says $200).

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