Henrico moves $50 Apple iBook sale to Richmond International Raceway due overwhelming demand

“One man says he’s flying from California to buy a $50 laptop, and a story about a group of Germans hopping the pond has circulated for days. In fact, response to Henrico County’s $50 Apple iBook sale has been so overwhelming that school officials are moving the Aug. 9 sale to the Richmond International Raceway, which offers more space, parking and security than an earlier-announced site. The main gate will open at 7 a.m., and the sale starts at 9 a.m.,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. “Overnight parking and camping will be prohibited.”

“The laptops will go on sale for $50 on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s a one-per-person limit and only cash or checks will be accepted. The PowerPC 750s are white and feature a 12-inch screen, 320 megabytes of memory, Mac OS 10.2.8 and AppleWorks 6.2.9.,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, if so many people want the iBooks and are willing to go to such lengths to get them, maybe the Henrico rubes should’ve kept them?

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  1. mike –

    Not just that it’s new Apple store; it’s the biggest one yet!

    Don’t bother visiting the Genius Bar, though. I suspect they probably had to leave it out.

  2. >Such a shame to get rid of such great macs. Oh well shows the educational system of the US promotes stupidity. The president must be so proud that he is so smart compared to the rest.>

    It’s the bloody unions, stupid. Give all kids a voucher, then we’ll see the education of the kids thrive and get back to where it was before the unions decimated it. Tenure my rear end.

  3. Another waste of taxpayers money by retarded public officials.

    Geez at least sell em for $149.00. If some are left after the sale, then have another sale for $99.00. After all the proceeds are headed back into the school district are they not? It’s the hottest brand in the computing world, not some piece of trash Dell.

  4. Just to repeat:

    These machines can and should run Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

    An erase-and-install would be best.

    You can get cheap CDs of Panther from places like Other World Computing. (I have no affiliation with them, just trying to help.)

  5. “The main gate will open at 7 a.m., and the sale starts at 9 a.m.” Yeah, and will finish at 9:15, if not earlier. Is there a limit-per-person? If not, expect a small number of buyers to purchase carloads of laptops in order to make a fortune on eBay.

  6. You guys are living in a pipe dream. The ibooks are not all they are cracked up to be. There were always very long lines and a plethora of problems with the ibooks at my highschool. Yeah, I was a junior in henrico when they initiated the program. But nonetheless I am a henrico resident and I’m going to go buy one. >=D Suckas. and I wouldn’t sell it for all of King Midas’ silver.

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