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First-Ever Chrome OS Computer Debuts and Sells Out on Gilt

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The first-ever Chrome OS computers went on sale today—on Gilt. Yup, the much-ballyhooed, hotly anticipated Samsung Chromebook Series 5 laptop with 3G built-in popped up on a fashion flash sale site on its first-ever on-sale-to-the-public day, priced at $499. CNET reports:

This is a rather surprising play for all parties involved, considering the fire sale is two weeks ahead of the original launch date set at the official Google Chromebook Web site. Gilt is also throwing in a special custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by San Francisco-based bag company Rickshaw.
Why a fashion flash sale site? Who knows. But lately we've had the inkling that more and more tech companies are looking to the fashion world as a way to reposition their brands and up-sexy their products—something that companies like Apple have done all along.
· Samsung Chromebook Series 5 with 3G [Gilt]
· Fashion site Gilt first to offer Samsung Chromebook [CNET]