We just received two separate invites (in two gmail accounts) from Google letting us know that they've cut a deal with the Gilt Group to sell some Samsung Chromebooks a little early. The cost is $499 and shipping is a flat $5.95. The sale is good for a limited time (ends 06/03 at 8am CT) and is invite only.

It's a strange promotion from Google, I've never seen them work with a partner similar to the Gilt group before and had to verify the headers to make sure of it's legitimacy, but it is in fact the real deal. In addition to being able to purchase the Chromebook, the offer includes a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Rickshaw. They also have many other carrying cases and Chromebook totes available in the shopping cart.

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