HP employees offered chance to buy final TouchPads

Employees at HP will be able to stand a chance at getting one of the final TouchPads made by the company. The webOS tablet, which barely survived a month before being cut to $99 and sold off as part of a 'fire sale', then became a highly-desirable piece of technology. Since the fire sale, enterprising sellers online have attempted to turn a profit by selling the tablets for inflated sums of money. But what about the HP employees who may not have been able to buy a tablet produced by their own company? News is good for them, it would appear, as the company is going to offer some of its final TouchPads to employees on a 'first come, first serve' basis.

According to an internal email, which was acquired by TechCrunch, Senior Vice President Stephen Dewitt acknowledged the company was intending to clear inventories. The possibility of one more batch of TouchPads is still alive, but the email does not suggest anything about it. The offer, extended to employees from September 28th, means that you could see a few more tablets available on eBay if you missed the initial rush. It may also be worth keeping an eye on Best Buy and other larger retailers, in case they do get one more batch of tablets to sell.

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I got this email at work last Monday, and we have all to register out names down.

in the UK HP had 6000 for sale for staff, 300x16GB, 5700x32GB.

I registered but not needed to check my work emails yet.

It did also said that if they don't all go, they will go onto the public for sale, however HP UK has 20k+ employees

it takes a senior vp to sent out a garage sales email.

just got to show how healthy hp's company structure is at the moment.

HP has too many employees! Consumers will get very few TouchPads, if any at all.

They have about 330, 000 people working for them. Quite an army!

The webOS tablet, which barely survived a month before being cut to $99 and sold off as part of a 'fire sale', then became a highly-desirable piece of technology.

I wouldn't say a highly-desirable piece of technology... Just a good price.

Since the fire sale, enterprising sellers online have attempted to turn a profit by selling the tablets for inflated sums of money.

In 3-6 months we will probably be seeing Touchpads hit ebay for dirt cheap is my prediction.

hotdog963al said,
Kind of glad all my orders got cancelled now. It was all hype!

Huh? How was it all hype? They WERE selling the Touchpads for $99 or $149. Mine arrives on Tuesday.

Jaxkesa said,

Wait til u realise how useless they are. I bought 3 (ebayed 2 and kept 1). Kind of wish I eBayed the one I kept now as you can't really do much on it except browse the web and check emails.

Open up the app store then.

This is well and good for the HP employees, but I certainly hope that HP delivers the TouchPads to the numerous customers who were left waiting for their orders after they ran out of stock. I placed an order for a 32GB TouchPad after wading through their horrible website issues and although I have been confirmed that my order is "pending", I'm still waiting for an actual shipping date.

The TouchPad was obviously an interesting product and at a discounted price the demand was tremendous. Hopefully this isn't the end of WebOS and HP will figure out a way to learn from this PR disaster.

jamesyfx said,
My manager would have a fit if he found out we were keeping stock for staff sales where I work. xD

Chances are that there are returned stock. Despite the huge success of the firesale there were some retailers that demanded that HP take the stock back.

I'm still waiting to see of my EPP application has been accepted. I'm a HP employee but not in the US so we have a slightly different process to that outlined above.