$100 Laptops Fetch $600 on eBay

US consumers go nuts over discount charity laptop
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2007 11:11 AM CST
Renzo, 8, reads on his laptop in Arahuay, an Andean hilltop village in Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2007. Doubts about the One Laptop Per Child project evaporate about as quickly as the morning dew in this...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The $100 laptop is turning into the $600 laptop on eBay, reports the San Jose Mercury News, sealing the novelty value of the computer aimed at children in developing countries. Nonprofit One Laptop Per Child is also hawking the laptops through year's end, but many shoppers shelled out extra in private auctions to ensure Christmas delivery.

Buying from OLPC is better for your wallet and conscience. The $425 buys two laptops—one for you, and one for a needy child. Many eBay scalpers promise to donate to OLPC, but few do. But other desperate eBayers may just want a second, since the machines network with each other.