$100 laptop jumps 40%

Stephen Baker

Bruce Nussbaum writes that the much anticipated $100 laptop-- the centerpiece of an effort to bring more of the world online--has jumped to $140. Price can come down as volume grows. But this laptop's core market, that extra $40 could mean another week's work, or more. The laptop may price itself out of its target market, and end up selling to pennypinchers in rich countries.