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Old 08-19-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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CVS to carry new e-reader

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Old 08-19-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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$179 for the ereader? Too much.

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Old 08-19-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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$179 for the ereader? Too much.
Um-- those are $79, not $179. I was at CVS a couple of weeks ago, buying some highly overpriced DVD-Rs during a back-up emergency, and they were on the top shelf on the wall behind the register. I asked the clerk if it was some type of MP3 player (he said that it was) and the price, he scanned it, it came up as $79. I thought it was just a cheap Ipod Touch clone, and assumed that it could be hacked to read ebooks, but he didn't offer to let me read the box, and I didn't ask, because even $79 was more than I was willing to pay for a backlit LCD device. Maybe they were mispriced, maybe they were on sale, but there was no chance I misread the display-- the manager was standing beside the cashier and he guessed $59 before it scanned.

Edit-- looking at the packaging, I don't know if I would have missed seeing it say "book" on the box and showing icons of book covers on the screen, even though I was never closer than several feet from it (I was walking out the door when I noticed them behind the counter and asked about it.) It is possible, I suppose, but at the time I thought that the images on the screen on the device on the box (in the hole in the bottom of the sea) were like Ipod/Iphone/Ipad icons. So I'm not sure about the $79 price. Maybe I saw the reader, and maybe I saw what really was an Ipod clone that looked just about the same on the packaging.

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Old 08-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:22 PM   #5
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Um-- those are $79, not $179.
I've not walked into a CVS in a while, but they're not even supposed to be available until September.

Regardless, $179 is what's pretty much plastered all over every Google link I can find for it.

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Old 08-19-2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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Just now reading the specs in the ad-- it has 512 gigabytes of internal memory-- enough to hold 350 books!
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:32 PM   #7
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I know it says 512GB, but that seems like a misprint. Maybe it should read 512MB?
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:33 PM   #8
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And you can expand(?) that half terabyte to 8 GB by plugging in an SD card...

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Doh! Ya think? Obviously CVS knows what they are selling

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I know it says 512GB, but that seems like a misprint. Maybe it should read 512MB?
Or 512K if it only holds 350 books.

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Old 08-19-2010, 11:33 PM   #10
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I know it says 512GB, but that seems like a misprint. Maybe it should read 512MB?
Yeah, that kind of went without saying. The only way the reader could have 512 GB of flash is if it fell through a time warp from 2015.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:38 PM   #11
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Yeah, that kind of went without saying. The only way the reader could have 512 GB of flash is if it fell through a time warp from 2015.
But that ad looks like it fell through a time warp from 1985.
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agreed.
Reminds me of those Star Wars action figure ads back in the day. [long live Mark Hamil, not so much Christian Hayden!]
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