Henrico closes $50 Apple iBook sale to general public; only Henrico residents can buy

Public sale of iBooks for the general community has been moved from August 9th to August 16th and now the iBooks will only be available for residents and taxpayers of Henrico County.

The Henrico County iBook sale scheduled for August 9th has been changed. A sale open to Henrico County residents and taxpayers ONLY will be held on August 16th at the Richmond International Raceway.

The main gate will open at 7am and the sale begins at 9am Overnight parking and camping will be prohibited.

One thousand laptops will be available on a first-come first-serve basis — limit one per person. The cost is $50 each. Cash or personal checks will be accepted.

For residents and taxpayers of Henrico County ONLY: More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, the iBooks running Mac OS X aren’t “good enough” for the Henrico County students and teachers, but Henrico residents want to keep them for themselves?

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Henrico moves $50 Apple iBook sale to Richmond International Raceway due overwhelming demand – July 28, 2005
Apple announces 30,000 iBooks deal with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools – July 27, 2005
Henrico residents object to public sale of Apple iBooks – July 26, 2005
Henrico County Public Schools to sell Apple 12-inch iBooks for $50 each on August 9th – July 25, 2005
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Survey shows support for Henrico iBook program with ‘lukewarm support’ for Apple’s Mac OS X – March 07, 2005
Henrico poll finds students are using iBooks successfully – February 11, 2005
Henrico iBooks raise concerns among some parents – May 28, 2004
Henrico high school laptop program to continue, but will it still feature Apple Macs? – February 24, 2005
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  1. Guess the world really isn’t going over to PC’s as much as they like to beleive.

    I can’t wait to see the schools computer IT budget get broken to bits when they incorporate those cheap Dells.

    A Mac is about $200 a year cheaper to operate and maintain than a Windows PC and a Dell has a lifespan of only 2 years due to the cheap hardware compared to a Mac laptop lasting 3 years on average.

    The very fact that they are overwhelmed by countless requests for those $50 iBooks gives testiment of the quality of Apple’s products.

    Lets see millions of folks fight over a 3 year old $50 Dell laptop. Not.

    People are throwing away perfectly good PC’s because it’s just easier to buy a whole new one than deal with the problems of Windows.

  2. ron,

    with all due respect, where oh where do you come up with the whole union bit? no where do i read on mdn or on the henrico site that they’ll be paying double overtime or that the staff involved will be a)teachers b) most importantly, unioned employees. for all we know they could’ve hired a contractor to handle the sale or the normal staff they us on other surplus sales.

    mw “thinking” as in what are you thinking in your assumption.

  3. Best thing to happen for Apple is for the laptops to be sold to residents. I’m writing this on a 6 year old iBook. . . The new crapboxes they bought will now be endlessly compared to the Apples they replaced. . . .

  4. “So, the iBooks running Mac OS X aren’t “good enough” for the Henrico County students and teachers, but Henrico residents want to keep them for themselves?”

    Oh, come on, MDN. Obviously not everyone in Henrico County was against the iBook program.

    That like saying “So, Al Gore wasn’t good enough to be president, but the Apple board wants him for themselves?”

  5. At least the taxpayers have first rights of refusal to buy these iBooks. A modicum of sense, finally.


    Your school union thing is getting old. True, there’s lots to be done to fix them and the coasters. But then there’s lots to be done to “fix” the parents of kids who don’t even know basic manners and blame teachers for all thier kids ills. Teachers don’t get paid enough to babysit 30 kids at a time (or enough to teach them when they can).

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