Deal alert: the webOS-running, Wi-Fi only HP TouchPad 16 GB is going for a jaw-dropping $99 and $149 for the 32 GB version as I type, but good luck finding them in stock, much less available at these amazing prices.
With HP's shocking announcement that it is discontinuing all webOS smartphones and tablets this week, you would expect huge discounts for the devices but not this quickly or dramatically, especially for the recently released TouchPads. The 16 GB TouchPad originally launched at $499 and $599 for the 32 GB model, but got $100 cheaper earlier this month in a last ditch effort to boost sales. Clearly, the TouchPads were not moving out of stores fast enough for HP even at $399 and $499, but now retailers can't keep enough stock to satisfy all the bargain hunters who are circling websites in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
[Update: HP TouchPad is already the number one search term this morning, according to Google Trends.]
According to SlickDeals and Woot, here are some of the ways you can try to snag a TouchPad at brag-worthy prices (as of 5:16 AM August 20 but keep tracking those sites for the most up-to-date developments):
- Office Depot is offering the 16 GB for $130 (rather than $99) and the 32 GB for $150.
- HP.com, HP Academy, Target, Amazon, Sam's Club all had TouchPads at these prices but have now sold out.
- BestBuy.com seems to be out as well, or perhaps it really did return its unsold units back to HP?
- Select Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada may still have the tablets in stock but they are definitely not sold online anymore.
- Drop by a Walmart near you to grab one off a shelf. The discounted prices are not applicable to TouchPads ordered from its website.
While webOS does lack apps and is now an unsupported OS, but it's highly possible that developers will try to bring Android to the TouchPad, even if HP decides to not bother licensing the OS to other manufacturers. For frugal students heading back to school, the TouchPad is more than sufficient for note-taking and reading on tiny lecture tables. I doubt even the best Black Friday deal this year could beat these TouchPad prices. It's just unfortunate that it takes HP killing off its webOS operations to see the demand and interest from consumers for its otherwise decent products.
Let us know if you were able to grab a TouchPad this weekend. Good luck!
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- HP: Please refund my TouchPad investment
- webOS: A compelling OS that never appeared on great hardware
- HP TouchPad now cheaper than the iPad