Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple's (AAPL) white 120 GB MacBook has captured the top spot on Amazon's (AMZN) list of bestselling computers this Christmas eve.
Helped along by rebates ranging from $75 to $150, three Apple-brand notebooks are on the top 10 list this morning. The other bestsellers are the 80 GB MacBook (No. 7) and the 120 GB MacBook Pro (No. 10).
Price cutting among the competition is even steeper. HP's (HPQ) 250 GB Pavilion (No. 5) is selling for $999.99, 27% off the $1,375 list price.
The least expensive computer on the list, at No. 8, is the $381 Linux-based Asus Galaxy with a 7-inch screen and 4 GB of flash memory rather than a hard drive. Many expect Steve Jobs to announce at Macworld that Apple is entering the market for flash-based notebook computes. Apple's thin MacBook, however, is likely to be larger, carry more memory, and cost a whole lot more than $381.
In Amazon's list of top-selling electronics, a late surge by a heavily discounted portable hard drive has pushed an iPod off the stack. Apple had five of the top 10 spots for much of the pre-Christmas shopping period; it's now down to four. See here.
UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. ET, the MacBook has been edged aside at No. 1 by an HP Pavillion with 160 GB hard drive marked down 37% (including rebate) to $679.99.
BOXING DAY UPDATE: This morning, the day after Christmas, the MacBook is back on top.