[IAEP] [UKids] Amzn Fire Sale No More: pricing rises 86% !

Nick Doiron ndoiron at mapmeld.com
Mon Nov 30 08:27:11 EST 2015

Percentage wise sure, but I don't think it's that much of a dollar
difference when it's compared to other devices and everything else a school
deployment needs. I'm reminded of a blogger's calculation a few years back,
that the NY Times could just send every subscriber a free iPad and save
millions. It doesn't make sense until you think of the complex logistics
which are already in place.

The tablet will return to the cheap price from time to time, and get
cheaper in the long run as it is mass produced.
On Nov 30, 2015 6:46 PM, "Adam Holt" <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> Amazon assures us they are not in fact a casino, with oscillating prices,
> oscillating inventory, and oscillating policies, and 86'ing inventory from
> a country whose code is +86 = China ;-)
> Perhaps worse from microdeployments' very practical and pragmatic
> perspective, looking out over the high walls of Fortress America, Amzn's
> tablets just don't exist in many countries, so that "local capacity
> building" CAN become more than a fundraising buzzword One Day.
> But yes: fyi Amazon has now almost doubled its tablet price range/target:
> "$64.99 without special offers", instead of $34.99-for-everyone so very
> recently.
> Braddock's cautions (about deployments having the logistics rug pulled out
> from under them) apply earlier than we imagined...
> Oh for the good old days when OLPC'S microdeployment pricing only
> oscillated about 10-to-20% of the XO's "China price" (perhaps that's still
> the case, if OLPC still uses DHL from China).  OLPC's microdeployment
> real/actual pricing (including country-by-country certication, delivery
> from China, customs brokering) being even more stable in the USA, last I
> checked anyway.
> The future of student devices / clean browsers / consistent Sugar UX
> remains all too blurry for now ~ might OLPC Australia's "Infinite" hardware
> (modular laptop, announced for September 2016) possibly reconsider a clean
> Sugar experience out-of-the-box?
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