HP TouchPads gets fire sale prices of $99

HP's failed attempt to enter the tablet market, the HP TouchPad, got officially staked by the company on Thursday (although we are still wondering why we are still seeing those annoying HP TouchPad TV commercials with Lea Michelle while we watch CNBC).  While the company may be trying to do something with the webOS operating system going forward it is now officially clearing the deck as far as the TouchPad tablet is concerned. HP is now selling the TouchPad at near rock bottom prices.

Starting now, the 16 GB version of the TouchPad is going for a mere $99, a $300 price cut from its previous price of $399 (which itself was cut from its original price of $499 just last week). It's an even better deal with the 32 GB version, where its new price is $149 compared to its previous price of $499 (and even lower than its starting price of $599).

While this tiny prices may be tempting, keep in mind that HP is no longer making any more TouchPads so support for these devices in terms of software updates is likely to be sparse. In face its likely that HP will never update the TouchPad after Thursday's decision. However people who want to buy a tablet device with a rather unique operating system at a truly fire sale price might want to jump on this quickly. Indeed we suspect that with these low prices, the HP TouchPad might actually do what HP had hoped it will do all along: be a best seller.

Update: For some odd reason HP has changed its $149 price for the 32 GB version back to $499 on its web site.

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For US, checkout zones.com. Their site is not updated with price yet but they are doing it if you call. Just ordered 32GB from them over the phone. Also called pcconnection.com and they might be updating their site or doing orders over the phone shortly at lowered price.

Also checkout Insight.com, they might do the lowered price if you call them. Not sure though but they have them in stock.

Still waiting for UK, but to be honest I think we've been shot once again for being well over the price compared to elsewhere in the world, bummer.

Here at my Best Buy and all in the cityy are fully sold out. There may be a web based offering but in both cases it is first come first serve and gone when gone.

HP has stated they will provide full support:
"HP has made the decision not to continue developing webOS devices. However, the company is deeply committed to the future of the webOS platform. HP is also fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices. We will honor our product warranties and will continue to provide market leading support via services such as webOS Butler, our free setup support service available to all purchasers of HP webOS products for the first 90 days after purchase.

Furthermore, HP intends to enhance the webOS platform and ecosystem and support, innovate and develop applications that deliver relevant and compelling benefits to the markets in which we compete. HP TouchPad owners can look forward to a continued delightful experience, over-the-air updates that enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog."

Be very careful! How long will HP support product? If their printer/scanner division is indication, you'll be the proud owner of an unsupported piece of hardware. Caveat emptor.

tester.br said,
so funny read this from my ipad 2, i've laugh MFA OFF.

Next, on the list ? xoom

Wow you are huge douche! Its because people have their blinders on that all these other companies will fail. Long live the monopoly know as Apple.

The Hp personal side is out of stock. Stinker.

Radio Shack has then in stock but will not price match.

Best Buy and Office Max are returning to vendor. Displays and all signage were pulled this AM. They made a company wide policy to return it all back to HP with no price matching. They have none on the shelves at least here in all the Atlanta and surrounding locations.

So those who are getting the TouchPad at Best Buy let us know where because its odd that you are able to get them. Not saying you are being untruthful just experiences are different.

Friends have been asking me to help them get one. I do not need it or want one.

i returned the one I got last week for $400 and got the 32gb for $150. They had plenty of stock left at bestbuy. I'm overall happy with this tablet, and it beats all other pricing, even the cheap knock off tablets

It took about 1 1/2 hours, but I managed to order one from HP's site. I kept refreshing or going back one page till I completed the process. Got my confirmation by e-mail just now.

rcman1953 said,
It took about 1 1/2 hours, but I managed to order one from HP's site. I kept refreshing or going back one page till I completed the process. Got my confirmation by e-mail just now.

My order went thru. Delivery date is 8/25/11

It looks like the deal is back

hxxp://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductUUID=hH0Q7EN5nJ8AAAEvWNkr_eNP&CatalogCategoryID=dMgQ7habWagAAAEveclKiY4n&JumpTo=OfferList

hxxp://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductUUID=7goQ7EN5CRQAAAEvGdcr_eNP&CatalogCategoryID=dMgQ7habWagAAAEveclKiY4n&JumpTo=OfferList

Nehemoth, those links don't work. Whilst they allow you to add them to your cart, you cannot buy them. Click checkout and it won't proceed.
Thanks anyway...

Maybe if HP had priced them reasonably in the first place, they would have had this sort of response. If they had first come out at say $199/$299, they may have made a killing.

As much as I hate to admit it, it is really iPad vs everything else. So the "everything else" better offer more features or be a hell of a lot less expensive.

Heck, 15 years ago when buying my first computer, I looked at Apples. But they were so much more expensive for what you got that I went with a Packard Bell instead. I'm still on Windows to this day.

You've got to give people a reason to choose your device over the higher-priced one. HP never did that effectively with the TouchPad.

COKid said,
Maybe if HP had priced them reasonably in the first place, they would have had this sort of response. If they had first come out at say $199/$299, they may have made a killing.

As much as I hate to admit it, it is really iPad vs everything else. So the "everything else" better offer more features or be a hell of a lot less expensive.

Heck, 15 years ago when buying my first computer, I looked at Apples. But they were so much more expensive for what you got that I went with a Packard Bell instead. I'm still on Windows to this day.

You've got to give people a reason to choose your device over the higher-priced one. HP never did that effectively with the TouchPad.

And what folks are defining as *reasonable* is often under-cost (or at least at-cost with practically NO room for profit). With Android (and the Chromebooks) having the low-price-area locked up (after all, how can you compete with an OS with NO licensing costs and manufacturers willing to lose money to gain marketshare?) and Apple having the high-end locked up (and even being willing to sue Samsung just to acoid looking like a me-too), what's left for webOS?

Was able to pick one up. 32gb music player, recipe finder, etc for the downstairs. Not bad. Some stores resorted to selling display models at $99 without an open box discount.

All sold out here in Atlanta. I went at 10am this morning to 2 office depots, wal-mart and best buy. You just can't find them. They are getting flooded with phone calls and people coming in.

Futureshop in Canada is also selling them at 99$/149$. Soldout online obviously LOL

I admit that at 99$, it can be an interesting toy. Especially if someone was to ever manage to load Android or some flavor of Linux on it.

warwagon said,
What would be cool if in the future you could hack it and install android on it.

or windows 8 would be awesome as well

warwagon said,
What would be cool if in the future you could hack it and install android on it.
I was thinking this when reading the fire sale prices! But I think I won't be able to get one at $149. I'm not looking to buy a tablet, but at that price it was tempting, specially if one could install Android on it some day.

I think I will be better waiting for Windows 8 tablets to come out and see what the competition is up to on those days.

lol, I bought mine last night at around 10:15 PM with an academic email address, they were all sold out on hp.com by 11:00 PM EST. Costco and some Walmarts still have them, Best Buy shipped all of their touchpads back to HP.

Omen1393 said,
Best Buy shipped all of their touchpads back to HP.

Source? All I can't find are other forum posts. Anything from a reputable source?

I'd be tempted to pick one up, but probably won't bother. All it will take is 1 security hole and the device to me would be worthless. I assume HP won't be providing security updates. The more I think about it, the more I feel this is a sucker play. Unless another OS could be installed on it.

Edited by COKid, Aug 20 2011, 3:38pm :

COKid said,

Source? All I can't find are other forum posts. Anything from a reputable source?

I'd be tempted to pick one up, but probably won't bother. All it will take is 1 security hole and the device to me would be worthless. I assume HP won't be providing security updates. The more I think about it, the more I feel this is a sucker play. Unless another OS could be installed on it.

My friend went to Best Buy this morning and that's what they told him.

DaViD_BRaNDoN said,
Those who purchased theirs couple of weeks ago at much higher price would be so damn ****ed off right now!

returned mine to staples on the last day i could.. so happy i did now

good luck finding one on-line as most still show the higher price or OOS. you might get lucky if you goto one of the big name stores