Somehow we always knew it was too good to be true. Not only did we hear rumblings from our contacts at MSI two weeks ago that the WInd with the 6-cell battery might to be jacked up, but now it is being listed by e-tailers for more than its original $499 quoted price. Update: We finally heard from an MSI rep who tells us that “Since the cost of the battery and materials raise (sp), we had no choice but adjust the MSRP to $499.99 with 3-cell battery and $549.99 with 6-cell.” Despite the MSRP being $549, several retailers have taken it upon themselves to raise the price as high as $599. MWave.com has the MSI Wind 6-cell and so does Microtel, but the price is listed at $599 . That is $100 more than original $499 price. A quick search of three major price comparison engines found not one single e-tailer selling the 6-cell Wind for as low as $549. The best price we found was Zip Zoom Fly promising the system for $559, though it was out of stock. Additionally, one of our readers who pre-ordered the Wind with a 6-cell battery from Buy.com for the $499 price had his order canceled by the site. The e-mail informing him that the order had been canceled read: “We were recently informed that the item listed below from order #XXX is no longer available from that supplier. Please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.” Updated: A Buy.com representative has confirmed that the orginal $499 orders were canceled because of the price hike. “While selling the MSI WIND series notebooks for $499.99, Buy.com received notice from the manufacturer that this product is being mapped at $549.99. To avoid being de-authorized by this manufacturer, we did cancel all orders on this day for the 6-cell WIND series notebook,” Buy.com told us in an official statement. “Since this is such a hot product, we do sell out almost immediately. However, Buy.com receives more inventory every other day,” they added. Does this change the game for 10-inch mini-notebooks? Especially since the Eee PC 1000H seems to be priced at $549 on NewEgg.com. Slightly. What the Wind had over the Eee PC 1000H was its lower price point (and a bit longer battery life and a better keyboard layout). Now the very evenly matched systems are a few dollars apart. Nevertheless, we had the Wind winning in more rounds and will probably still say that, even if you have to pay $50 more to find one in stock, you should shell out the extra dollars and buy a Wind with a 6-cell battery. But what do you think?