Is Acer's 11.6-inch netbook being recalled? [UPDATE]

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Although Acer officially announced its 11.6-inch netbook, the Aspire One A0751h, on Monday as “available now,” nobody’s been able to find one in a US store, online or otherwise. A few of our readers have indicated that the machines are (or were) on display in their local Wal-Mart stores although nobody has been able to actually buy one.

Some curious bits of information according to the comments in this post: 

http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/18/acers-116-inch-aspire-one-ao751h-now-available-in-the-us

First, from Brian:

i also tried to buy one at Walmart and was told that the UPC is the same as another recalled Acer laptop. I had several asst managers invovled and they couldn’t figure out how to sell it to me. if anyone figures out how to buy one, please post the info. BTW, the one I had in my hands came with 2GB of RAM, 250 GB harddrive and loaded with Vista for $398!

Then, from Steven:

Just got off the phone with my walmart and was told they got an email to send thier 3 units back as they are being recalled. Are they confusing this model with another because it has wrong upc?

And finally, from Matt:

Yeah, I went to Walmart last night. They had a note up on the 11.6″ models stating that they were unable to sell them due to “a recall from home office”…whatever that means?

I just called a few of the Wal-Mart stores here in the Boston area and none of them even had the machines in stock or knew what I was talking about. From the looks of the above comments, it appears that the 11.6-inch Aspire One has either been recalled accidentally by way of a SKU number mix-up or the machine’s been recalled for real.

Also notable is that the 11.6-inch Aspire One is nowhere to be found on Acer’s website. I’m waiting for a comment from Acer, I’ll let you know what I hear.

UPDATE: Here’s the word, directly from Acer:

It’s not a recall, per se – there’s an incorrect marketing sticker on some of the boxes. Acer is remedying this – the products will be back on shelves next week.

So there you have it. Looks like it’ll just be a little while longer now.

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