According to Walmart's XO Tablet product page the device is currently Out of stock online!
At this point it's unknown how many XO Tablets were purchased since pre-ordering started two weeks ago. It's also unclear what impact this will have on the device's previously announced pre-order shipping and availability in physical Walmart stores which are both supposed to start today. However I assume that Walmart had some significant stock so there seems to be quite some interest in the XO Tablet.
[Update: You can now also buy XO Tablets on eBay with worldwide shipping]
And as I have already received some e-mails about the legitimacy of these offers: Given that the XOLearning Twitter account (which to the best of my knowledge is an official OLPC account) has posted tweets about the Target.com availability and pre-announced the Amazon availability I assume that they are sanctioned by OLPC Association.
As an aside: While browsing around on Amazon I saw that OLPC Association apparenty also licensed an XO-branded car charger, XO headphones, and XO Tablet Stylus. My first reaction over on Facebook when I saw this was:
No offense but this sell-out of the OLPC and XO brand is now beyond ridiculous. Headphones? Car chargers?? What's next: lollipops?
So in the spirit of constructive criticism here are suggestions for OLPC Association on how to capitalize on the brand even more with three new products and taglines:
- The XO Lollipop - Have sugar even when your XO Tablet is out of battery
- The XO Journalizer - Keeping track of all your child's online and offline activities with a cute green device and parental dashboard
- The XO Ads - Helping your child learn about new brands right on their education tool
And yes, you should take this with a grain of salt... Oh, of course I mean "XO Salt" (Because salt is important for a child's development).
P.S. I'd laugh if it weren't so sad. And absolutely ridiculous! Remember, only 3 1/2 weeks ago Rodrigo Arboleda (OLPC Association's Chairman and CEO) wrote that:
"OLPC believes that it is the educational equivalent to the World Food Program in its mission to feed the poor."
Am I the only one who suddenly feels this strong craving for french fries at Five Guys?