Cheap $150 Laptop - Scam Or Real?

27 July, 2007

Current Affairs, Technology

Several sites and news media are talking about the cheap laptop from the Swedish company Medison. The company are selling the laptop for $150 through their website and you pay with your creditcard. Medison is using as payment processor.

Is it a scam or the real deal? Read on and make your own conclusion.


How can they make it so cheap? According to Medison they use a plant in Brazil to build the laptops, Linux Fedora as operating system and outdated components. (The homepage looks very cheap too)

* Medison Celebrity Key Features Intel® Celeron 1.5 GHz CPU
* 14? Widescreen X-bright LCD
* 256 MB Ram memory
* 40 GB Hard Drive
* 802.11g Wireless LAN
* Optimized Linux operating system
* Pre-installed office and multimedia applications

“There is a great interest but I cannot disclose exactly how many computers we are selling”, said Medison representative Robert Klanjac to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “We have changed our strategy to meet the demand from our customers. We want everyone to be able to afford a computer”, he continues.

Is it a scam?

Several forums are discussing whether its a scam or not. Read the list and you be the judge:

  • The price suddenly dropped from $450 to $150
  • At first it was supposed to be sold in retail shops, but it can only be bought on Medison’s site
  • No one has actually seen the laptop yet
  • You can’t contact the company. The phone lines have been down since yesterday
  • The price is too low, even though the components are 2-3 years old, it won’t cover the costs even with a Brazilian plant
  • CEO Valdi Ivancic has connections to several domain names and closed businesses
  • Medison’s name is on six Swedish companies, but five of them are either closed or closed due to bankruptcy
  • The last company, Medison Consulting is the company behind and medison
  • is registered to Valdi Ivancic’s address in Huskvarna, Sweden, but his company is registered in Karlskrona. The domain is registered April 11, 2007 with a Hotmail address and a cell phone number
  • is registered in 2003. The registration is updated March 29, 2007. It was previously owned by Medison Data AB, which is bankrupt
  • The company address in 2004 was no. 1 Embarcadero, Suite 4100, San Francisco, CA 94111. The current address is Medison Europe Limited hovedadresse i England på 27 Ruffets Wood, Gravesend, Kent
  • According to several boards the privacy policy on is copied directly from
  • Several buyers have cancelled their purchase and got a refund. has released a public statement, it basically said, don’t worry you’ll get your money back if this is a scam
  • According to Medison, the delivery time is 4-6 weeks, maybe a couple of weeks more because of the huge interest. If you haven’t received your laptop within three months, you’ll get a refund. You can read their press release on the Medison Celebrity Yahoo Tech Group

So what do you think is this a scam? Maybe a publicity stunt?

Personally I wouldn’t worry about getting my money back. I trust 2Checkout to handle that, they can’t afford to lose any customers because of one Swedish company.

I believe in giving everybody a second chance and if this works, great for those that got a cheap laptop, if its a scam you lost $150 for a couple of months and then you get them back. Perhaps this will open the eyes for some of the cheaper laptop manufacturers such as Acer.

Let me know if you ordered one, if your friend or relative did and what his/hers experience is

UPDATE: It’s now 2008 and what has happened? Read the follow up on the $150 laptop here.

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  • Christopher

    If no one’s seen one yet, I call scam. That website is just too slipshod. You’re much better off going with one of the new OLPCs that will roll off production lines in October, or the EeePC, which at $50 more and with four times the RAM, is a steal (and an actual product). I blogged about both here:

  • Mike

    NPR radio was promoting it this morning! Are they willing to risk their reputation as well?

  • Donald

    Thanks for the article. But when you wrote, “…they can afford to lose any customers because of one Swedish company” did you intend to write “can’t” instead of “can”?

  • Dennis Bjørn Petersen

    You are welcome, Donald and thank you, yes it should say “can’t”. Post is updated, thank you :-)

  • Miche

    This would be great for developing countries, if it’s not a scam. They could even double the price and “donate” one for every purchase to new businesses owners. Again, if it’s not a scam =P

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  • Heidi Loomis

    I would say that this is definitely a scam, but if it is legit you will most likely spend hours of time signing up for memberships that you will have to cancel at the end of the month. If you don’t cancel them, your credit card will automatically get charged at the end of the month.

    Be sure to research websites with your local BBB or sites like before handing over any kind of personal information to a website.


    Its a scam for sure

  • josh

    I find it hard to believe it, are they even allowed to sell such cheap laptops? I don't think I trust “cheap” as long as I can afford more, but then again we shouldn't deny poor people's joy of having a laptop.

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