Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

Summary: Electronics retailer Harvey Norman orders its franchisees to pull thousands of webOS-powered HP TouchPads off the shelves, after Hp announces that it would no longer be producing the device.

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Electronics retailer Harvey Norman has ordered its franchisees to pull thousands of webOS-powered HP TouchPads off the shelves today, after the product manufacturer said overnight that it would no longer be producing the device.

Speaking with ZDNet Australia after crisis talks with HP Australia, Harvey Norman's general manager of Computers, Ben McIntosh, said that the decision to stop selling the device was a reaction to the uncertain future of the webOS platform.

"I'm taking a very proactive view on this, rather than waiting and waiting," McIntosh told ZDNet Australia. "Because I can't be sure that webOS won't be supported ongoing, I've instructed my franchisees to take the TouchPad off the shelves. Not because HP told me to, just because we can't be sure if they're going to [be supported in future]," McIntosh added.

Harvey Norman scored an exclusive deal to retail the first Australian shipment of the HP TouchPad through its franchise network, and had taken delivery of 6000 units in the first shipment.

For more on this story, read Harvey Norman stops selling HP TouchPad on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Tablets, Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems

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  • RE: Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

    Smart move...get out while you can. Those are going to be very expensive drink coasters.
    TsarNikky
    • RE: Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

      @TsarNikky
      Harvey Norman is also going to offer a refund to everyone who bought a TouchPad. It was only on sale for 4 days and only 1,200 were sold. Nonetheless, it is the ethical thing to do.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • RE: Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

    Here in Canada, HP is still doing a media blitz to sell their tablet. Its like HP marketing didn't get the memo.
    anothercanuck
  • RE: Australian retailer stops selling HP TouchPad

    The retailers know that if they sell these things, they are going to get them back Real Soon. And they will walk in with an angry customer attached. Who needs that?
    Robert Hahn
  • Harvey Norman is a little quick to yank this product

    There is a market for that tablet.
    1forjohnny
  • Send 'em over here, mate.

    Wallmart & Best Buy can sell as many of these as they can get. So send 'em over here. We don't need any stink'in support. Heck, buy any tablet and it'll be obsolete in 6 months anyway.
    rsp999
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