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HP TouchPad fire sale rush: photos

It took less than an hour for Harvey Norman's stock of HP TouchPads to run dry in Sydney after the electronics retailer announced a liquidation of the devices this afternoon.
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Harvey Norman told ZDNet Australia about the sale earlier this afternoon, reversing a weekend decision to pull the TouchPad from sale due to the future uncertainty of HP's webOS operating system.

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The offer was broadcast online through social networks and other news sites, with hundreds turning up to the Martin Place, Sydney, store alone.

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The store manager addressed the back of the queue, telling them that the demand had been exhausted.

"We only have about 60 left," the manager told customers at 2:10pm — just 10 minutes after the official start time of the fire sale.

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The demand was so high that the store security guard began telling customers as they walked in that the device was sold out.

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Those waiting in line told ZDNet Australia that they had come out for the TouchPad primarily because of the price.

"I wouldn't have bought it if it weren't so cheap," said one customer, while another added that the low price made it a definite winner over the dominant market device, the Apple iPad 2.

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