two things... 1: for OPT to make ANY kind of profit (the original price was almost at cost), 2: Allows them to hire more people to build more units to get to people faster...
I thought that was just the "premium" business and not the only option.
The premium was, and is for those who preordered who didn't want to continue waiting(and new customers off the street as well). I'm fairly sure it was stated during that time that the Pandora would no longer be $330. All preoders would be honored, but no new orders would be taken at that price point.
500 is the new price for I believe the majority of batch 2 and beyond(I think a small amount of batch 2 is 330 also). Now if production ever starts to run smoothly, and cost come down, we may see a price drop somewhere down the line, but that would have to be in the 10,000+ unit range at the earliest.
So for those who preordered 2+ years ago, you have made a solid return on your investment of at least 170 dollars. So if you stuck around, and let the team hold your money for that whole time, you get a little pat on the back. If your just joining the party, you'll need to pay 500 if you want to play. I thought the Pandora was easily worth that amount when I received mine close to a year ago, so not a big deal for me personally.
Edited by jumpman, 23 April 2011 - 12:50 PM.