Price Of The $100 Laptop Going In The Wrong Direction

from the isn't-technology-supposed-to-get-cheaper? dept

I'll admit it. I've never quite understood the rationale behind the $100 laptop (or OLPC or whatever it's being called these days). Yes, it's a noble goal to get technology into the hands of people around the world with the hope that they can do something productive with it -- but a big top down attempt to build something without much actual user feedback seems destined to fail. At the same time, we've noted that the market seems to be doing a pretty damn good job on its own of driving the price of computers down such that a special project may not make as much sense. So it's a bit amusing to now find out that while computer prices are dropping the price of the "$100 laptop" keeps rising. In fact, the price is now $200 per laptop, showing a rather rapid climb. The $100 laptop was never actually $100. Back in February, project backers said it would be $150. In April, they bumped the price up to $176. Just two weeks ago, they said it would be $188... and now it's $200. And we thought technology was supposed to drop in price over time. Perhaps if they'd acted more like a startup from the beginning things would be moving in the right direction.

Filed Under: $100 laptop, nicholas negroponte, olpc


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Oct 2007 @ 8:15pm

    Re: They aren't for you

    I also find it quite out of line to accuse someone of charity to be wasting time

    Hey, if you're being ineffective then you're probably wasting time, regardless of the nobility of your intentions.

    would you tell a breast cancer charity they are a waste of time because they don't try to help all cancers?

    If you're going around peddling some kind of snake oil and telling people that it will cure cancer then calling your product a "waste of time" is putting it charitably.

    Or maybe you'd tell them "raising awareness" is a waste of time and money and they should just close up shop

    So they never really meant to produce $100 laptops and it was all just a publicity stunt to "raise awareness"? That sounds almost fraudulent to me.

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