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eMac pricing glitch causes deluge of orders

Around 20,000 people placed orders for more than 100 million eMacs this week after a glitch caused the computers to be listed on an online shopping site for US$25. Japanese computer reseller Catena says a code number assigned to a package of Apple DVD-R discs was accidently matched up with product information for the eMac and with the price for the DVD discs. “That Catena says it won’t fulfill the orders isn’t a surprise,” notes PC World. “But had it done so it would have catapulted Apple’s market share in Japan to around 90 percent for the year. In October last year IDC estimated around 14.1 million PCs would be sold in Japan during 2004.”

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