Want to Buy a Ferrari for $20,000? No, Silly, not the car, the PC

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eBay: Acer Ferrari 1000 Laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate (item 160068144458 end time Jan-04-07 13:15:11 PST) Holly Cannoli Batman, $20,000 for an Acer PC?

Well Scott Beale came up with a great idea on what to do with his Ferrari notebook PC that Edelman gave him as a “present” and then Microsoft wanted back. He’s decided to auction it off on eBay with the proceeds going to the EFF. The winner also gets a Laughing Squid t-shirt (as fashionably modeled here by Scott’s wife Lori) and bumper stickers.

This is great news because the EFF is a terrific and deserving organization (even if they don’t share my enthusiasm for free wi-fi in San Francisco).

Right now the high bid is over $20,000 for the computer. Then again, I’m not sure that I’d trust the top bid as being serious when it’s coming from someone named sillygoose109.

Still, I hope the auction stays legit and people see this as a terrific high profile way to make a donation to the EFF.

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AND digg have picked up on this.

Now, want to make this story even better? Someone (Apple themselves, a Mac forum somewhere, etc.) should donate a high end MacBook Pro to this auction as well. The twist would be that the winner wouldn’t get both computers, but would get to choose between the Acer Ferrari or the MacBook Pro. Let’s make a horse race out of it and see who wins.

The MacBook Pro could be a limited edition with the EFF logo etched on it.

Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to see whoever wins this donation be the ultimate high profile decider over what machine is better, the MacBook Pro running OSX or the new Ferrari Vista laptop?

If the winner chose the MacBook Pro then Scott could just send the Ferrari back to Microsoft.

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4 Comments

  1. Holger says:

    Have you seen Joel’s take on the whole mess, Microsoft/Edelman/etc. created?

  2. Thomas Hawk says:

    Holger, I did and I thought he made a powerful and poignant argument. I’m still sorting out how I feel about it all.

  3. Nick says:

    There is another take over at gigaom.com as well. There is no way that laptop is worth 20k btw..

  4. Turns out it was being gamed. See note:

    On Dec-28-06 at 17:44:45 PST, seller added the following information:

    Well it seems that someone is having fun with this auction, by registering new eBay accounts and then bidding up the auction. So from now on, you must have feedback higher than 1 to bid on this auction. Contact me if your feedback is less than 1 before you bid so your bid will not get erased.