Touchpad firesale reaches UK; sells out within a few hours

At 6pm this evening (22nd Aug) the HP Touchpad (£350) was lowered in price in the UK to £89 matching the recently lowered US price ($99), due to HP deciding to ditch the WebOS powered Smartphones and Touchpad.

Within minutes of the announcement shops all over the country were hit with a barrage of interest from the general public wanting to get their hands on a tablet that in many ways is as good as an iPad but could also run flash.

People were reported to have been ordering as many as they could before stocks ran out or they hit an imposed "per customer" limit. Electrical Shops like PCWorld, Comet and Dixons had their "click to collect" service's sold out within minutes and stock levels emptying out within the hour with most stores only have a few Touchpad's in stock due to previous low demand at the higher price.

People were being advised to "camp out" Apple Store style, or queue from early in the morning to acquire any remaining stock that hasn't already been taken by their online or reservation operations. There are reported to be only a few thousand left in warehouses for the entire UK.

Meanwhile the remaining touchpad stock continues to drain quickly in the US with the device hitting the #1 spot on Amazon and virtually selling out. With all the renewed focus on the device a large community has sprung up to support the device (as official HP support will be ending) and an Android OS port looks to be on its way.

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Received an email from BN that my order couldn't be processed...guess they shouldn't have accepted it at the first place...

I don't understand why people want to buy an obsolete product, even if it is very cheap. I think it's a false economy long term. I'd rather wait and save my money for a Windows 8 Tablet.

Ricky65 said,
I don't understand why people want to buy an obsolete product, even if it is very cheap. I think it's a false economy long term. I'd rather wait and save my money for a Windows 8 Tablet.

One window of opportunity is either continuing development of WebOS through maybe HP making WebOS open source or whatever. Or, Android, if there are devs willing to try it.

Did anyone manage to get one of these? If so and you have more than one and wouldn;t mind parting with it drop me a PM

If anyone knows of any stock anywhere I would appreciate a quick PM. Really want one of these. Lots of retailers have not dropped their price yet though.

Amazon's £89 link was active for well over an hour, possible an hour and half since around 00:02 midnight. Got a feeling not all orders will be honoured.

Salty Wagyu said,
Amazon's £89 link was active for well over an hour, possible an hour and half since around 00:02 midnight. Got a feeling not all orders will be honoured.

I never saw it at that price, only at the retail - £50. I also didn't get an option to change to retailer to amazon

djdanster said,

I never saw it at that price, only at the retail - £50. I also didn't get an option to change to retailer to amazon

That £349 page that was showing for most people was a Marketplace item I believe. The £89 link was at the right-side of the page and comes from Amazon EU Sarl.

Salty Wagyu said,
Amazon's £89 link was active for well over an hour, possible an hour and half since around 00:02 midnight. Got a feeling not all orders will be honoured.

I saw it too once. "17 new from £ 89.00". I clicked it the price was from amazon.co.uk but wasn't able to order when I tried.

buggingmenot said,
Did you find it available somewhere? I have money.

Supposidly Amazon have/had 18 left. So maybe u might b able to get it!

How hard is it to surmise that the first guy (Microsoft) to come a long with a cheaper tablet, that doesn't lock you into the Apple creapo-system, is going to quickly become the market leader? I think a lot of these dumbass companies are forgetting why the PC is %90 of the freaking market. The PRICE STUPID.

Wonder if places like Argos and online retailers such as ebuyer will drop the prices. I think it's time for a walk around town tomorrow morning and find out.

For a split second it appeared as price dropped on Amazon.co.uk.

My friend just ordered 2 16GBS. Can't see the price anymore... we'll see what happens.

i don't get it. why do people want an obsolete product? i don't care if it's $5 - still worthless to me. not to mention no bug fixes, firmware, apps, etc.

the420kid said,
i don't get it. why do people want an obsolete product? i don't care if it's $5 - still worthless to me. not to mention no bug fixes, firmware, apps, etc.

You may be able to run Android/Windows 8 on it.

the420kid said,
i don't get it. why do people want an obsolete product? i don't care if it's $5 - still worthless to me. not to mention no bug fixes, firmware, apps, etc.

You are missing the point ... HP is not making the hardware anymore. They will continue to support WebOS and find different avenues to make it a more viable solution so it can have more opportunities to evolve.

the420kid said,
i don't get it. why do people want an obsolete product? i don't care if it's $5 - still worthless to me. not to mention no bug fixes, firmware, apps, etc.

Because for an almost unprecedented price, you get a relatively capable and well-specced machine from a reputable brand, with a valid warranty, and because it is so cheap, if you do manage to break it somehow, it does not really matter.

Also, the dev/mod community will make this a worthwhile buy if only simply for the plethora of hacks and mods and ports that will come to this now very popular machine.

the420kid said,
i don't get it. why do people want an obsolete product? i don't care if it's $5 - still worthless to me. not to mention no bug fixes, firmware, apps, etc.

Because for an almost unprecedented price, you get a relatively capable and well-specced machine from a reputable brand, with a valid warranty, and because it is so cheap, if you do manage to break it somehow, it does not really matter.

Also, the dev/mod community will make this a worthwhile buy if only simply for the plethora of hacks and mods and ports that will come to this now very popular machine.

I think my housemates/workmates and I bought down the Dixon's website single handedly with the amount of frantic F5 bashing that was happening.

Daniel said,
I managed to get one from Staples of all places

Got mine from the Carphone Warehouse.... but their site was so hammered and barely working at the time they still managed to sell me their £9.99 a month Direct Debit Geeksquad insurance despite me unclicking it 7 times

Daniel said,
I managed to get one from Staples of all places

At my store, I never sold a Touchpad. In one day, within 8 minutes, I liquidated all 20 Touchpads I had in stock. We've recently started to carry a lot more tablets than people know about. =D