This is wild speculation at best, but the price point was simply too high to ignore: $1,000 for a no-contract Palm Pre when Best Buys get them for a trial run on June 7.
Unbelievable? Probably, yes, but the other rumored price points are more in line with what we'd expect them to be. Those being $200 for new customers w/2-year contract; and $300 for existing customer upgrades.
If you're choking on dinner after reading "$1,000," we are too, especially in light of our post on the iSupply estimate that pegged the Pre at $170. And yes, we know the software adds to the price, but that's still a hefty hike even when we factor in the whole making a profit part.