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CNET News.com: Ellison's not-quite-a-PC fetches top dollar on Amazon

Jul 11, 2000, 01:40 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Although analysts have questioned the ultimate viability of Larry Ellison's network computer venture, the first 10 of the new devices sold for a hefty $1,650 each in an auction on Amazon.com today."

"Analysts have questioned whether consumers will pay close to PC prices for Internet appliances that are primarily designed for Web surfing. "They really need to be in the $200 range" with a monitor included, ARS analyst Matt Sargent said recently. "If not, (consumers) will spend a few hundred dollars more and get a PC."

"However, some appeared to like the NIC, which can be combined with free Internet service from NetZero. "For $199 and no monthly ISP fees, this is an irresistible second computer," said Randy Padawer of Knoxville, Tenn., who today ordered one of the NIC units from the company."

"Plenty of people were sad to have missed out on the pricier limited editions."

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