MSI Wind Price Hike: 6-Cell Being Sold for $549 or More
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?