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Best Buy reconsiders, sells HP TouchPad in US again

updated 07:35 am EDT, Sun August 21, 2011

Best Buy initiates TouchPad fire sale, Sunday 10am

In the wake of HP's decision to shutter its webOS division, ending all hardware development and production, Best Buy has reconsidered its position on selling the TouchPad. Rather than returning unsold units to HP, Best Buy has agreed to sell any remaining TouchPad units that it has on hand for the fire sale pricing seen on HP's own web store and its Canadian Best Buy stores. The sale starts today from 10am.

While not all stores have stock, those that do only have them on hand in limited numbers. As such, it is expected that it will quickly sell out of any remaining stock on hand.

Best Buy stores which have units of the HP TouchPad in stock will be selling the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for $100, while the 32GB Wi-Fi model will be sold for $150. Quantities are limited to one per person, while all sales will be final with no exchange or refunds offered for any reason.

The expected rush on remaining units represents an interesting scenario for HP. Questions are likely to be asked as to whether it exited the market too soon given the renewed interest in the product despite support for it being severed, beyond its 12 month warranty.




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  1. fjose1929

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    Of course

    After their legal department made sure that new rules were spelled out. Sales being final is the big one. I doubt that best buy will ship anything from the warehouses. They also probably will not pay anything to HP for these sales.

    Watch next week as people try to return these items. This is not worth the headache. There will be irate customers causing raucous at some stores when they are told that they cannot return the items.

  1. ebeyer

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    $99 is a little pricey for a coater that plays angry birds.

  1. flippyzip

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    They're flooding ...

    the market with cheap tablets using this fire sale practice. Based on the total stock some major resellers revealed they had, I estimate a stock of about 200K units for each reseller and with a total of about 10 stores completely sold out, HP may have sold about 2 million unit this weekend alone. Another 10 stores are on the verge of selling out. This can't be legal. Maybe this was their goal afterall, to get some major tablet market share through this unscrupulous method.

  1. BigMac2

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    How to thrash Tablet market.

    Right now with so many failed tablets dump on the market will hurt the whole tablet market. Beside the iPad, no tablet has gain any market share, and those failed tablet go orphan from corp that doesn't care.

  1. bob.A

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    you are kidding I hope.

    "Questions are likely to be asked as to whether it exited the market too soon given the renewed interest in the product despite support for it being severed, beyond its 12 month warranty."

    The ONLY renewed interest by consumers is due SOLEY to the fact that the price has dropped 80% in the last few weeks.

    TouchPad was a loser, HP realizes this and is bailing.

  1. slapppy

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    Cost not worth it

    Should be sold for 20 bucks. It's dead obsolete junk. Why blow 100 for that c***. Use that 100 for iTunes store instead.

  1. aSevie

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    Great Deal

    Selling like hotcakes. The line was huge at Best Buy yesterday. I picked up 3 of them (in a round-about way) and have to give them credit, it's 75% of the iPad for 20% of the price. It is much slower than even the original iPad has 1/100th the apps but you Apple fanboys are delusional if you think $99 for a perfectly suitable internet device means it is 'dead obsolete junk'. This pad is much more useful than I thought it would be and Apple could take a thing or two from its interface. Did I mention that it was slow though...

    Unfortunately, the number of these sold can be subtracted from the number of iPads that will be sold or at least delay the purchase of said iPad. I know, 3 of my family members that couldn't justify the iPad...yet, bought these to get started. Flame away deniers.

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