OLPC XO-1 Laptops Now Going for Peanuts on Ebay

It my have taken them a few more years than they expected, but OLPC can finally offer you  sub-$100 laptop.

A reader sent me  link this morning. She was browsing laptops when she noticed that there were a number of XO-1 laptops listed. There have always been a few OXs on Ebay at any one time. but now there re some dozens listed. What’s even better is that the starting bid for a number some of the auctions is under $50. Damn, that’s cheap.

I have a bid in on a couple, but I’m not sure what they will end up going for. The close price on completed auctions is showing as anywhere from $90 to $150. That’s a lot more than the initial bid, but it’s still not bad.

I don’t need an XO-1, and it’s really not that capable of a laptop. But I’ve been wanting to get  closer look at a Pixel Qi screen for some time now, and this looks like my best bet. I haven’t had a chance to spend any quality time with the XO-1,  so I don’t know all of what it can do as an ereader. But I do know that FBReader has been ported to the laptop. It also has  browser, so I plan to see how well Kindle Cloud, Ibis, and other web apps work.

I haven’t checked XO auctions in a while, but when I last looked these devices were going for more than $200, with some auctions closing t over $300. I wonder why the price has dropped?

Some might jump to the conclusion that Apple’s news last week has caused  run on the prices, but I think it’s  little too early for that. If anything, these lower prices might have been caused by the hype surrounding the XO-3 tablet. This sibling to the XO-1 was unveiled at CES 2012  few weeks back. It’s not going to ship for quite  few months, but that might be enough to cause some to sell rather than shelve a device they’re not using.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. Jonathan k. Nzioka27 July, 2015

    Highly interested in partinering in ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD in Kenya and needs latest details on OLPC XO ~ series at a very competative price

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