Best Buy has a stock of over 200,000 unsold HP TouchPads, and according to AllThingsD, and wants HP to take them off their hands.
The story goes that Best Buy took in some 270,000 TouchPad tablets, but despite deep discounts now amounting to $100, the big chain retailer can't seem to shift them. Not wanting to end up lumbered with tablets it can't shift, Best Buy has asked HP to take them back.
But there's more to the story. HP is so worried by this development that rumor has it that it is getting ready to send executive VP Todd Bradley to Best Buy HQ to ask the retailer for more time to get sales back on track.
HP's handling of the TouchPad has been far from smooth. Within days of the release of the WiFi version, the company announced that a faster version featuring '4G' was on the way, then the company messed about with the pricing, making it cheaper than Apple's iPad.
All this points to things not being well with the TouchPad.
Let me remind you that this report is based on rumors and whispers and that there's no official word from HP or Best Buy, but it's also a safe bet that the TouchPad launch hasn't been plain sailing given feedback from the industry and owners.