HP addresses TouchPad questions

By on August 30, 2011, 12:00 PM

Less than two weeks ago HP dropped a bombshell by announcing they would be halting their WebOS division and effectively slashed prices on the HP TouchPad to $99 and $149 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. Since then, demand for HP’s tablet has been phenomenal and finding one at that price has been next to impossible for most.

HP is surprised at the enthusiastic response from the price drop and as a result, has been flooded with questions from users and potential customers alike. The company took to their blog yesterday to answer some of the more pressing questions regarding availability, pricing and ordering.

The most common question from the public is when will HP get more TouchPads. HP says that they will have more information available in the next few days about whether or not they will have more available and if so, what the details are on the situation.

Regarding those who have signed up for alerts about replenished stock, emails will be going out to everyone on that list at the same time so each person has a fair shot at scoring the tablet. Due to high demand, no further email signup notifications are being accepted at this time.

Potential customers have also expressed dissatisfaction about people buying multiple TouchPads and reselling them for a profit online. HP says that if more stock becomes available, they'll implement an order limit to help curb this behavior.

If you purchased your TouchPad at a higher price before the liquidation sale started, you are urged to check with your retailer regarding their price match policy. A full list of questions and answers can be found on HP’s blog.

Were you one of the lucky ones to get a TouchPad for next to nothing, and if so, what do you plan to do with it?




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treeski treeski said:

This could all have simply been a brilliant plan to effectively increase tablet market share =P

Panda218 Panda218 said:

treeski said:

This could all have simply been a brilliant plan to effectively increase tablet market share =P

And BINGO was his name-o

Gars Gars said:

lol

me: I WANT $99 TABLET!!!

HP: this product is discontinued and dead

me: BUT I MUST HAVE IT FOR $99 !!!1!!ONE

HP says that they will have more information available in the next few days about whether or not they will have more available and if so, what the details are on the situation.

So, every1 is aware about how HP quitting their pc business.

Nothing brilliant here. Pure old dirty smelling trick.

At least we get closer to the real cost of the product.

MilwaukeeMike said:

treeski said:

This could all have simply been a brilliant plan to effectively increase tablet market share =P

Yeah... everything's a conspiracy. Increase market share before they're discontinued? have you talked to anyone who owns one? They might really suck...

Lionvibez said:

treeski said:

This could all have simply been a brilliant plan to effectively increase tablet market share =P

I was talking to someone about this earlier today at work as I just ordered the 32GB model for $169 infact half the IT department did.

Someone mentioned to me it would be considered a fire sale and is illegal not to sure on this.

Guest said:

In the milder Australian vernacular, HP could not organize a pissup in a brewery.

They could have sold off their TouchPad stock in an orderly manner, at near-cost price, limiting their losses, instead of the flip-flopping panic they have exhibited.

Guest said:

When did Mr. Magoo take over HP? Nothing about this makes sense! HP, "We sold each $99 tablet at a 2/3 lose so... let's loose some more money by making more of them and selling those at a lose too? We are...well, we think we are... still scrapping the whole billion dollar webOS fiasco so don't get too excited. Oh, btw, we are the number 1 PC maker, but we are getting out of that business too. Still spinning gold out of air with those inkjet cartridges, so we have that going for us."

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