Following HP's August 18 bombshell announcement that it would discontinue its poorly selling TouchPad tablet, the company decided to deeply discount the remaining devices. The company issued a note to retailers that said all units would receive a $300 price cut. After factoring in a price drop from earlier in August, the new price for 16GB units would be $99; the 32GB units would cost $149.
Ironically, the repriced tablets are now a hot commodity--if you can find one.
HP's website currently sports a sale page for the discounted tablets. Though the tablets were out of stock (online and in stores) in the United States on Sunday, more are apparently on the way, according to a notice on the site, which advises customers to "check back soon."
Users can sign up for an email alert to find out when more devices are available.
Retail giant Best Buy began selling the discounted tablets in the United States on Sunday. Though the site said that the TouchPads were "sold out online" on Sunday evening, a post on the site informed early adopters of a return/exchange policy update. "Customers who purchased the 16GB or 32GB TouchPad after June 19 may come into the store to get either a full refund or a refund of the difference between the price they paid and the clearance price," the post read. "Best Buy will not accept customer returns or exchanges on clearance-priced TouchPads bought through any Best Buy channel."
WebOSroundup explains that users who bought the tablet at full price can obtain their refunds:
Folks who bought HP TouchPads from HP's website just need to call HP's Home & Office phone service (be ready to be on hold for about a half hour) and tell them you want a full refund or to be credited the difference. HP will honor either request, and in the case of the fire-sale difference, they will give you an additional $10 credit off of your sales tax.
Have you been able to snag your own super-cheap TouchPad since the clearance frenzy began? Where did you find one? Share advice for other deal-seekers in the comments.