The $100 laptop designed for children in emerging economies is unlikely to become available to all and sundry after all.

Last week, we covered the BBC News’ report that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group was planning to sell the low-end laptop via eBay in an apparent change of policy for the project.

But Nicholas Negroponte has since dismissed the claim: “Contrary to recent reports, OLPC is not planning a consumer version of its current XO laptop, designed for the poorest and most remote children in the world," he said in a statement.

The BBC journalist who wrote the original article, Darren Waters, said in his blog that the “story was written in good faith based on accurate quotes”.

Clearly, no-one in the western world would ever buy one of these systems on the pretence of using it as their main home PC, but I’d be prepared to predict that a large number of units would be snapped up those interested in the technology. Certainly, a few of us in the PC Advisor office have been trying to get hold of one to keep for months.

At $100, or $200 under OLPC’s reported scheme, OLPC’s laptop falls into the category of affordable toy for the inquisitive techie in the west. Unfortunately, it turns that this is one $100 laptop that money can’t buy.