HP TouchPad gets one final run at Best Buy

HP may no longer have any more of its HP TouchPads to sell, but it seems Best Buy has a few available. The electronics retailer has announced that it will offer the 32 GB version of the failed webOS-branded tablet for its "fire sale" price of $149. Online sale begin on November 1 with in-store sales starting November 1.

However, before you go rushing over to the nearest Best Buy store or go to the company's web site there's a rather big catch to this deal. HP will sell you the TouchPad for that price, but only if you purchase an HP or Compaq desktop, notebook or all-in-one PC along with it.

This decision is certain to anger a number of people who have waited for the promised chance to purchase the TouchPad by itself. HP said back in August it was going to make one final batch of the tablets in order to meet the unexpected demand after HP choose to lower the price down by as much as 75 percent from its original price.

It's more than likely that people who want to get a new HP PC may not want to pay an extra $149 to get the discontinued and now unsupported TouchPad. It's also likely that people who would really like to get the tablet don't want to spend any extra money to get another PC. So this whole situation is something of a Catch-22. HP and Best Buy are forcing people to buy a product they may not want to get the product they do want. We don't know why HP just doesn't sell off the remaining TouchPads as is.

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This is the email I received yesterday from HP:

Dear Sam,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.

Sincerely,
HP

Now news that they are teaming up with Best Buy doesn't surprise me at all. They are trying to maximize profits at this point. A marketing scheme someone on their payroll came up with but will fail miserably. This pushes me away from them even more.

mackstuart said,
This is the email I received yesterday from HP:

Dear Sam,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.

Sincerely,
HP

Now news that they are teaming up with Best Buy doesn't surprise me at all. They are trying to maximize profits at this point. A marketing scheme someone on their payroll came up with but will fail miserably. This pushes me away from them even more.


I'm pretty sure this is Best Buy being their typical rip-off selves. Best Buy is selling them for the same price as other places, so no matter what, HP is still losing money.

And a lackluster first & only WebOS tablet sinks to the bottom...

HP needs to save a lot of money under the new CEO so i don't think they will sell WebOS in the short term... I believe WebOS still has a shot to be an viable alternative to iOS & Android however if HP lets the cat out of the bag too early it might be a threat for them too.

As an iOS fan, it's so sad to see such a good platform goes down like this. And one of the worlds biggest technology company which should have really smart people on the wagon lets happen to that... Shame

I loved mine....except that the speaker blew after about a month or so.
It sucks, I still love my touchpad a lot, but, the speaker being blown and now unavailable to be fixed realllly sucks...
I didn't play anything that would cause it, I just turned it on one day and, it was blown, so now any sound through it is useless....Like I said, still great for surfing, but no damn wonder it failed, bad hardware. Unless I just got bad luck.

you're not missing anything by not buying it, i got one from the fire sale and sold it 3 days after, because it felt so useless, yeah i could check my email and go online but that was about it.

Snakehn said,
you're not missing anything by not buying it, i got one from the fire sale and sold it 3 days after, because it felt so useless, yeah i could check my email and go online but that was about it.

That's pretty much what most of the people does on their tablets O_O

Buttus said,
buy the computer and touchpad, return the computer un-opened? or do they charge a re-stock fee?

well just like anything you will probably have to retun the touchpad at the same time.. or pay the full price for the touchpad $599.

Buttus said,
buy the computer and touchpad, return the computer un-opened? or do they charge a re-stock fee?

Pretty sure they thought that through already, like most deals like this, you return the computer, you will get whacked something fierce, or have to return the touchpad. If you can find a sucker, er buyer, for the other item, more power to ya.

why do you people keep saying its unsupported? HP never said they are not going to support it, they just wont be making anything new. Since they announced that they were ending it they have pushed mulitiple updates, along with prizes and contest for developers.