HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

Summary: HP is building a final batch of TouchPads, but if you don't already have an order with them for one you may not get one.

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The HP TouchPad will go on sale for the last time in a few weeks and while the original fire sale had lines at retail stores don't expect that this time. Even though HP has indicated the final production run will consist of 100,000 - 200,000 units, the company is telling interested parties that those will largely go to those unable to previously get one before supplies ran out.

While some retail stores seem to be taking full price orders for the TouchPad online, HP is unofficially telling callers it will only sell the next batch online at its web site. Folks asking about these TouchPads are told that a large number of orders unfulfilled last time will get first dibs on the final run. It's not clear how many buyers that may be, but HP is stating it is a substantial number.

HP is not currently allowing online orders for this final batch of TouchPads, but it seems likely the $99/$149 pricing will apply for the 16/32GB models respectively if orders begin again. The only information HP has provided states clearly that if you don't already have an order in the system then you may be out of luck.

For orders placed after 4am CT on Monday 22nd August, US SMB had already sold out of HP TouchPad. We are unable to fulfill these orders and they have been cancelled.

If you placed an order prior to 4am CT Monday, August 22, we are working through the large volume of orders, verifying payment details and seeking to source inventory for fulfillment.  This process is taking longer than first anticipated. At this time, we cannot guarantee supply to all these orders but are working to supply as many orders as possible.

Hopefully you already have your order in for a TouchPad or you may not get one.

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  • OH noes!

    "Ize gotz to getz my touchpadz on ebay." -- LOLKitty

    We will be seeing $200 touchpads on ebay for months to come
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

      @facebook@... Exactly. That's where I got mine. ;-)
      statuskwo5
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    Does this only apply to the SMB orders? what about H&O orders that were placed on Friday night at H&O and then cancelled? Seems like this is ONLY the SMB side of the story
    Phenoum
  • What a stupid concept! Building a discontinued product

    I have an iPad, I wanted to buy a touchpad, because this was the only company that had a fighting chance to compete with Apple.

    I wanted to buy a printer for my iPad. I do not think it is going to be an HP product.
    papyrus100
    • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

      @papyrus100 HP printers are still one of the best around so I wouldn't be counting them out just because you couldn't get your hands on a TouchPad.
      statuskwo5
      • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

        @statuskwo5 Name me a better printer then a HP 4200! Those things are like the Volvos of the printer world. They are not the prettiest, but they are tanks that just go forever.

        And does this mean I missed my chance for a useless Touchpad? Oh well, guess I am stuck with my Transformer. Woe is me.
        Bates_
  • Still waiting for mine from HP SMB

    I was able to purchase a 16GB from SMB prior to the cut-off date. The shipping date changes every time I check on it. I was hoping that it would be here by now, but it's looking like I may have to wait a few weeks for the new units.

    I would have been more upset about waiting so long, but I already have a 32GB that I got at Best Buy during the fire sale.
    K B
  • This is awkward

    I don't understand this move by HP at all. First they release an overpriced, underpowered tablet onto the market with 1.2 billion dollars in investment yet, very little more than a buggy version of WebOS on a tablet. The tablet fails to move which came as a surprise to only HP, they rather than fix the problem, hold a fire sale and burn everything to the ground that they built, even bundling free apps with the device. Then they run another 200 thousand units to sell only so they can stop producing the device all together? This and the decision to remove the tablet from the PC division all the while trying to spin the division off. Meaning, they want to keep the failing tablet? Either the heads of HP are a genius with visions beyond my comprehension, they are intentionally trying to destroy the company, or they are trying to destroy the value of the company so they can buy more shares and then rebuild it from the ashes after a corporate bailout.
    nucrash
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    More unnecessary hype... around a discontinued product.
    lgpOnTheMove
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    Finally got a notification from HP on the status of my order, said I would receive my order in 6-8 weeks! And if I want to cancel (!!) then I could do it through an email address they provided... phew..gonna be awhile, but at least it looks like I will get em!
    hjenkins1
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    I'd love to have picked 2 of these up during the sale but HP's web portal crashed on me every time I tried to check out. Ironically. I had used a unit for a short time before it was returned and found it to be good for basic multimedia playback and basic email service. The catch was no document editing which was the kill switch for me. I'd still buy one if I was certain I could install some other os on it since the webos is looking like it is on the cliff edge with no safety rope. No real biggie since there will be other tablets available and they can only get better with the new chips coming out.
    Jaytmoon
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    HP should remove the touchpad from their web site if there's no chance for a person to place an order. They are doing their customers a disservice stringing them along.
    stubucks
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    Why would anyone want a tablet device that was not upgradeable, had an operating system that was unsupported, a development community that is going to quite developing, and can not be repaired (spare parts inventory is going into the next production run) for $99?

    I have a great idea, why doesn't everyone send me their $99 and I'll give them exactly what they are going to end up having: nothing.

    Its like going to the beach and throwing two dollars into the water before every wave, because the track is closed.
    mdenson50@...
  • RE: HP TouchPad: If you do not already have an order, you may not get one

    What I don't understand is why people are routinely paying about $225 on eBay for a 16Gig orphan product that the seller got for $99. If I can get one for $99 I will, but I won't pay $225. Rather pay more for something with a future.
    rwhaller42
  • That's an old quote out of context

    The HP quote in the article dates to before they decided to make a final production run. The quote refers to a glitch in the smb store that caused it to continue taking orders after the stock was sold out.

    I placed my order with the smb store prior to the cutoff time mentioned in the quote and just got an email saying that I will get a Touchpad within two weeks.

    This sounds like a writer taking a quote out of context in order to make an attention getting headline.
    pantrybear