Well this is interesting. We just learned from Engadget that CR-48 owners are currently receiving emails to buy a new Samsung Chromebook, before the June 15 launch date, through Gilt.
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We can't say we expected Gilt to be the first place to offer Samsung's new Chromebook but, well, here we are. Google's now sending out emails like the one above to at least some folks that were a part of the Cr-48 pilot program, telling them that they can join a "limited time" sale on the high-end discount site starting today, June 1st. In true Gilt fashion, the Chromebook (otherwise known as the Samsung Series 5) will also come paired with a "limited edition" sleeve designed by Rickshaw. Unfortunately, "limited" seems to be the keyword here -- the sale is only open to those that have received the email, and it's not clear how many Chromebooks are actually available.
The really interesting metric that none of us have is how many Chromebooks were available at Gilt. Samsung gave away 5000 to 6000 of them at IO2011. However, we don't know whether Gilt sold and shipped 25, 2500 or 25,000 units.