OLPC News is reporting that some customers who placed orders for the OLPC XO Laptop as part of the “Give One, Get One” program in the UK are receiving emails letting them know that their orders may be cancelled. The reason? Merchants who sell their products through Amazon have to ship the items within 30 days of the time an order is placed, and the XO laptop won’t be available in the UK until January 3rd. So if you placed an order in mid-November, your order could be canceled if Amazon doesn’t work the issues out.
The OLPC Foundation is partnering with Amazon to sell the computers this year. Last year the foundation handled sales itself but this year the Give One, Get One available is available to customers in more countries than last year.
My guess is that this is just a technical glitch. Some automated Amazon system is sending people the same notice they would receive if their order had been placed with any other third party merchant that sells items through Amazon. Hopefully once the problem is brought to the company’s attention the orders will be extended and the computers will ship as soon as they’re available.
via OLPC News