Toshiba Thrive tablet hits at least one Best Buy early

July 5, 2011
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There are many Android tablet fans out there waiting with anticipation for the Toshiba Thrive to land in stores so they can go in and pick one up. The Thrive hit pre-order with Best Buy last month. The ship date on those pre-orders wasn’t offered, but the rumored launch date for the tablet has been July 10. Apparently, at least one Best Buy has the Thrive on hand and ready to sell already.

One of the admins over at the Thrive Forums happened into a Best Buy in Austin, Texas over the long holiday weekend. He noticed a working version of the Thrive sitting in a corner and spent some time fondling the little beast. The sales person claimed that the tablets were in fact in the back and could be purchased right then.

The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. There are also reports that other locations have a 32GB version of the tablet for $579. Anyone else run across this in Best buy recently or purchased one already?

[via Thrive Forums]


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  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Imprez99

    “The catch is that the Thrive had a tag that said the 16GB version was $479.99, which is quite a bit more than Amazon is selling the tablet for on pre-order. ”

    That’s what the price is for the 16GB. The 8GB is $429.99. The price shown looks to be correct.

  • Anonymous

    I bought a 32GB  model at a Best Buy in Frisco TX yesterday for $579, which is the same as the Amazon pre-order price. (And I think you’re mistaken about the Amazon price for the 16GB version being less than the Best Buy price, I believe that they’re both $479.)I happened to glance at his inventory screen while he was checking his stock, it looks like every Best Buy in Texas has five of those puppies — except Texarkana, which has 10 for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    Just noticed that the Amazon site now says that the 16 GB model is “in stock,” while the other two models are still “available for pre-order.” The Best Buy where I bought my 32 GB model yesterday said that they had just arrived that morning, so I guess they’re following the 16 GB models by a few days — which leads me to me suspect that Amazon’s 32 GB model will morph to “in stock” status soon, possibly today.