Over the weekend, HP blew out HP TouchPad tablets at incredibly low prices. Online and storefront retailers as well as HP were selling the HP TouchPad with 16GB of storage for $99 and with 32Gb for $149. They sold-out very quickly.
Those who paid full price at Best Buy can return the TouchPad for a refund and HP has said that it would make up the difference. Some people were buying the tablets at full price hoping that HP wold also refund the difference to them.
So can you still get the webOS tablets at such great prices? According to an HP employee's Twitter feed HP will be getting more TouchPad tablets and stock. HP has set up a webpage with an email notification when they will be available.
The webpage reports "We have received unprecedented orders as a result of the tremendous
discount offered. This is clear confirmation to HP there is huge
interest in building a webOS community. We apologize for any difficulty
you may have had in ordering on the web or through the phone this
weekend; it was as a result of selling out of our current inventory."
The latest Tweet says "Hey gang.. call center is overloaded. PLS be patient. I'll keep U in the
loop w/ what's coming my way. But FYI calling is going 2 B a wait."
Yesterday, the TouchPad was out of stock from HP online, with the notice to "Please check back soon."
We suggested, yesterday, it's worth checking the HP online store to see if goes back in stock. The best time is usually in the wee hours of the morning night.
As we thought yesterday, teams of Android developers including RootzWiki are working on a way to the root the HP TouchPad and make it run Android. Reportedly the TouchDroid team is working on it.
There are currently apps for the TouchPad to use it as video player, eReader, Skype, Internet radio (Pandora) and even an alarm clock.
This whole phenomenon shows that people would like to own tablet but don't want to spend four or $500 for them. Unfortunately a tablet like the iPad costs $320 to build and the Motorola Xoom costs $360 to build according IHS iSuppli. The HP TouchPad cost to build has to be at least $300.
We were hoping that you can use a coupon code for even more off $15 off orders of $75 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Exclusions Apply. Use code: SAVE15HP! But have not been able to verify that the coupon code works.