HP already offering $50 "instant rebates" on TouchPad tablet

HP already offering $50 "instant rebates" on TouchPad tablet

Summary: The sales woes for any tablet not named "iPad" continue, as HP's much ballyhooed TouchPad is already being discounted mere weeks after its launch.HP is now selling both its 16GB and 32GB TouchPad versions with a $50 "instant rebate," which is obviously a nicer way of saying "price cut.

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The sales woes for any tablet not named "iPad" continue, as HP's much ballyhooed TouchPad is already being discounted mere weeks after its launch.

HP is now selling both its 16GB and 32GB TouchPad versions with a $50 "instant rebate," which is obviously a nicer way of saying "price cut." The new price for the 32GB version is now $549.99 and the 16GB model is $449.99. Best Buy's Web site is blunter, listing the TouchPad as a "sale" item. Amazon.com goes even further in lowering the price on the 16GB model, selling it for $528.95.

The price cuts are obviously designed to make the TouchPad appear to be a better deal than the iPad 2, which costs $499 for its 16GB flavor and $599 for 32GB iteration. Whether that makes a difference in HP's tablet sales is yet to be seen, but it joins Acer as another tablet maker who's hoping to make a bigger splash by dropping prices. (Acer has recently reduced the price of its Iconia A500 tablet.)

Reviews for the TouchPad, which runs webOS from HP's acquisition of Palm, have been decent, but not stellar, and ultimately that may be the issue -- not shaving a few dollars off the price.

[Via PC World]

Topics: Enterprise Software, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: HP already offering $50

    I think, that Apple did great job at finding nice balanced spot for price/value numbers.

    But there are more and more Android OEMs tackling this problem, and recent cuts in prices are example how competition just starts... not ends.

    BTW I think that tablets need something more than just reviews in release time. Software gets better every month, so comparision of current state of affairs should be more important than (un)favourable reviews at lunch time.

    So on the other hand we have OEM finding best price point. On the other constant updates for tablets, and hard task of comparing tablets due to those changes (and uncertain future).

    My guess is that tablets are not in their full sprint. There will be more, and more advancements, and OEMs will eventually learn how to lunch properly tablets.

    My personal advise: Buy popcorn and watch ;)
    przemoli
    • RE: HP already offering $50

      @przemoli

      *chuckle* well put.
      josh92
  • RE: HP already offering $50

    >>Amazon.com goes even further in lowering the price on the 16GB model, selling it for $528.95.
    You have a typo there. Isn't $528.95 more than the original price $499.99. I think it should be $428.95.
    Ram U
    • RE: HP already offering $50

      @Rama.NET

      I think the typo was probably in saying it was the 16GB version. I think he meant to say the 32GB version.
      josh92
  • I don't think 50 dollar price drop is in any fashion

    Alarming:). As long ad HP and the places like Best Buy are still making money off of sales it's all good. I read just yesterday a blog post about the TouchPad and it was favorable. A few people chimed in about their positive experiences with the TouchPad as well. Heck a couple Xoom enthusiasts were seen there as well. My point being I being a huge Apple fan still wish HP and WebOS well and I don't think the iPad is the end all to be all tablet. To be frank its not for everyone.... There will be those who want/need something different.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
  • RE: HP already offering $50

    Actually, as the owner of a WebOS smartphone and registered on the HP website, I was offered the $50 rebate on the first day that the TouchPad was first available, even before the 'official' release. Anyway, I don't see a $50 reduction as a major incentive, less than 10% on the 32GB version.
    TechieGrandma
  • HP should ask for a 10% rebate on its purchase of webOS,

    or perhaps that rebate should go to 100%?

    Within 2 years, they'll be writing off the purchase as a loss.
    adornoe
  • RE: HP already offering $50

    I have two offers in email in the past 24 hours on the HP 16GB model, both are $349 with free shipping. Have not seen any 32GB model equivalent discounts, but haven't sought them out, either.
    languru@...
  • RE: HP already offering $50

    And then yesterday they drop it completely.
    Jimster480
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