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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices 368

Hugh Pickens writes "According to an article by Tony Bradley, news is spreading quickly online that HP is going to clear out its vast TouchPad inventory by dropping the price to an offer you can't refuse. Rumor has it that beginning Saturday the 16Gb TouchPad will be $99, and the 32Gb TouchPad will be a measly $149. 'It is actually a fairly capable tablet. It's just not an iPad 2,' writes Bradley. 'For $500 it was a joke. For $300 it was still a shady deal. For $99 it's a steal.' HP has learned the hard way, and quickly pulled the plug on its tablet, proving that HP never had a solid tablet or mobile strategy and that it was really just looking for an excuse to get out. 'The reality is that my Best Buy is swimming in unsold HP TouchPad inventory,' adds Bradley. 'I went out tonight and picked mine up at the regular $400 price to beat the rush. Situations like this are why they invented price matching. I can just go back with my receipt once the fire sale starts and get the price adjusted and the difference refunded.'"
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:50PM (#37155004)
    Can one remove the WebOS and replace it with Android? Otherwise this about as useful as the Apple Newton. It's neat, but if the operating system is going the way of the Dodo, then who is going to develop apps for this thing?
  • My brother has one (Score:5, Interesting)

    by spectro ( 80839 ) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @02:23PM (#37155262) Homepage

    He works for HP and got one when they put them on sale for $300 a few weeks ago. I played with it last week and kinda liked it.

    It's a solid piece of hardware, slick UI and really fast.

    No, it doesn't run android and doesn't have data plan but after playing with it I would definitely buy it for $99 if only to browse the internet when watching tv or in a hotel.

    Too bad they are sold out already :(

  • Re:Best Buy? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 0123456 ( 636235 ) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @02:42PM (#37155398)

    They've got a pretty liberal return policy. Sometimes I "rent" from them until I am sure I want to buy something, and then I return it to best buy and order it online from Newegg or Amazon.

    You were the kind of person we used to hate when I was in the hardware business; you'd 'rent' our hardware from the store, then return it and we'd then have to QA it again and sell it as a refurbished product.

    Then people would complain that hardware prices were high. Well, duh.

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