Circuit City to advertise $99.99 notebook

After all the talk surrounding the One Laptop per Child's $100 laptop project, Circuit City has decided it doesn't need to make a machine with a tiny screen and no hard drive to hit the magical $100 mark. According to a posting on the Black Friday Ads site spotted by CNet, the company will soon advertise a notebook PC priced at just $99.99. The notebook won't be half bad either: it'll have a 15.4" wide-screen display, 1.60GHz Intel Celeron M processor, 512MB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, DVD burner, and 802.11g Wi-Fi.

Naturally, users will have to jump through a few hoops to reach that price: the notebook will start at $679.99, but the company will offer a $280 "instant savings" deal plus a $100 mail-in rebate to bring its price down to $299.99. From there, customers will have the option to sign up for a 12-month subscription to the Vonage VoIP service, at which point they'll be able to take the laptop home for $99.99. Hoops aside, though, analysts who claimed PC prices might "look like a going-out-of-business sale" this holiday season weren't kidding.

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