Get your Chromebook early via Google and GILT

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  1. JohnDroid

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    We just received two separate invites (in two gmail accounts) from Google letting us know that they've cut a deal with the Gilt Group to sell some Samsung Chromebooks a little early. The cost is $499 and shipping is a flat $5.95. The sale is good for a limited time (ends 06/03 at 8am CT) and is invite only.

    It's a strange promotion from Google, I've never seen them work with a partner similar to the Gilt group before and had to verify the headers to make sure of it's legitimacy, but it is in fact the real deal. In addition to being able to purchase the Chromebook, the offer includes a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Rickshaw. They also have many other carrying cases and Chromebook totes available in the shopping cart.

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  2. caboyzcoti

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    who is the gilt group? why is it a strange partnership?
     
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    I got the invite, checked it out, and was not impressed. Sure, $500 is an early-adopter price, which, under ideal circumstances, might sense. But this is a relatively unknown product, with poorly-described specs, and maybe most importantly, a reputation during "beta-testing" for being slow, unreliable, and fairly unimpressive (I'm assuming this is the same hardware as the test units, right?). I liked it much better when they were giving out the test Chrome units for free.

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    I agree.

    I've had a CR-48 since January, but I would not pay more than a "nice" netbook price for something from Samsung.

    I like their TV's but that's where it ends. Their support leaves a bit to be desired.

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    got the invite too. 500 meh, im going to go get me a win7 laptop and a free xbox 360.
     
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    I was really irked when I saw the boutique website, and thought "Whoa, I guess it ain't gonna happen for $300." Yeah, I was anticipating the "netbook" price-point too. I don't know what genius marketing group thought this angle up, but someone should have done their math: the community most interested in this device probably won't drop $500 on it.

    This is like Google TV. But worse.

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    $500 is great when you factor in that it comes with 100mb 3g per month for 2 years! :icon_rolleyes:
     
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    Wow, you mean for the same price as my core i3 thinkpad edge, I can get a nerfed netbook, with a limited OS and an atom processor? Sign me up!
     
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    lol.

    I got the invite as well. I might consider it if I hadn't just picked up a Transformer..... nah.
     
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    I got the invite. I think this is a Google lap top. I don't need one, thanks. Deleted.
     
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    lol. You only think so?

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    $500 Chrome Book or $500 Android Tablet... now that's the question :)